By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWhen organic produce flies off the grocery store shelf, it’s not necessarily the upper class doing the picking. In fact, in a recent study, University of Georgia professor Chung-Liang Huang found that income seems to have little effect on organic produce purchases.Huang should know. An agricultural and applied economics professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, he began studying organic produce trends in 1989. At that time, only 3 percent of U.S. produce was certified organic, accounting for $1.25 billion in sales. By 2005, sales had jumped to $14 billion.“I think we do have a preconceived notion that it’s the wealthy, better-educated consumer that would buy organic,” he said. “The perception is just that: a perception. Looking at the data, it doesn’t show that kind of stereotype. The data shows that the consumers are very diverse.”Between 2001 and 2004, he said, Hispanics emerged as the largest ethnic group of organic produce consumers. Asian Americans were the most likely group to buy organic produce, spending 133 percent more than Caucasians in 2001.African Americans showed the largest difference between 2001 and 2004, spending 61 percent more in 2004 than three years earlier.The years Huang chose to study are significant. It wasn’t until October 2002 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture put its certified seal on organic products. By doing so, they took pains to make sure that what consumers were eating was actually organic.“2002 was a benchmark,” he said. “From then on, anything that meets USDA approval can be labeled as organic. It gives consumers some kind of confidence.”Ten to 15 years ago, organic food was considered a niche product and was mainly found in specialty foods stores. Today, shoppers can find organic produce and foods containing certified organic ingredients in supermarkets anywhere.With an increased supply of organic produce and the ability to expand, “the growth in organic sales has been increasing 20 percent in the last five years,” Huang said. “It’s been a very rapid increase. The growth will continue, but not as fast as before.”Tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, onions, lettuce, apples, oranges, bananas, grapes and strawberries are the organic fresh vegetables and fruits that shoppers most often buy. For these foods, average spending increased by 22 percent between 2001 and 2004.Fresh produce still accounts for most organic foods, with 40 percent to 45 percent of total sales. Looking at 2005 numbers, organic produce pulled in $6.3 billion.Huang did find that households earning more than $100,000 a year buy more organic produce than people in other income brackets.But “there was no significant difference between any group in the amount spent on organic fruits and vegetables relative to total produce expenditures,” he said. “The findings suggest that high-income households are no more likely to be users of organic produce than low-income households.”Huang said people have many reasons for buying organic. “It goes back to motivations,” he said.Those motivations, he found even back in 1989, center mainly on consumers’ desire to avoid chemicals and be more environmentally friendly and their perception that organic produce is more nutritious and tastes better.
In line with the aforementioned efforts of IATA, a member of the U.S. Senate for Trade, Science and Transportation, Mary Cantwell from Washington and Senator Rick scott from Florida, presented a bill proposing that U.S. Traffic Safety Administration (TSA) conducts temperature checks at existing airport control points in order to increase the safety of passenger air traffic in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. What is crucial is to standardize all protocols at the global level, in order to bridge the problem that each country has its own different rules and not to depend on the measures of individual countries. Because unbalanced and constant changes in measures lead to the impossibility of travel planning, and as we know air transport is crucial for the tourism sector. It would be testing at airports that would allow airlines to operate relatively normally. It is estimated that since the outbreak of the pandemic, profits of $ 400 billion have been lost so far, and the entire industry could make a record net loss of over $ 2020 billion in 80 (an optimistic scenario). You can see more information about the Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) protocols HERE With rapid tests as well as non-contact temperature measurement technologies, things would improve significantly and gain the confidence of both passengers and the state to open borders. These are the challenges and preconditions that must be met, in order to re-actualize global tourist travel, despite the coronavirus. / / / THE QUESTION THAT EVERYONE IS ASKING: WHAT WILL THE NEXT TOURIST YEAR BE LIKE? HERE ARE SOME LOUD THINKINGS Airport temperature checks would be carried out using innovative, contactless technologies thermal cameras capable of automatically viewing a large number of passengers passing through existing TSA checkpoints. It is simple and non-invasive, and such systems have already been shown to be effective in identifying infected individuals and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in other countries. International passenger air traffic fell by 92% compared to last year. To conclude. Thus, by using innovative, contactless thermal camera technology, it is possible to automatically view a large number of passengers, without contact and creating crowds. Photo: Negative Space The economic collapse that threatens the aviation industry, on which more than 66 million jobs worldwide depend, must not be left to fend for itself because there is a danger of a chain of airlines collapsing before the global pandemic ends, de Juniac said, adding that the resulting loss disruption of global connectivity makes investing in airport testing justified and a priority. Cover photo: Skitterphoto In addition to opening borders, public opinion research has also shown that testing will help restore passengers’ confidence in aviation, which is again crucial, ie the perception of safety. – The key to restoring freedom of cross-border mobility is to systematically test all passengers for COVID-19 before traveling. This will give governments around the world the confidence to open their borders, which would be a great substitute for current self-isolation or quarantine measures. Testing all passengers will give people back their freedom of movement by air, and millions would return to work in the aviation industry because of such a decision, said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General of IATA. Respondents in the survey identified the implementation of COVID-19 protection measures for all passengers as an effective measure in achieving safety. The availability of rapid testing on COVID-19 is what gives passengers the most safety. On the other hand, the big problem is that on test results on covid19 waited too long. However, intensive work is being done in this field as well, and several companies around the world have announced that they are working or have already developed rapid tests for coronavirus, thanks to which test results are obtained within 30 seconds. Thus, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for the development and implementation of fast, accurate, affordable and systematic testing on COVID-19 for all passengers before traveling as an alternative to quarantine. IATA is thus cooperating with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with the health authorities in order to implement this solution as soon as possible in airports around the world, reports Croatian Aviation. Thus, 88% of respondents are ready to take the test as part of the travel process, while 88% of respondents are ready to take the test as part of the travel process. – IATA Quick testing i temperature measurement – as key challenges – As our economy reopens and Americans begin to travel more, we must do everything we can to make travel safe. ”said the senator Rick scott and added that consumer protection must also be ensured against unfair airline pricing tactics. “This law will make it possible to check the temperature, while at the same time ensuring the flexibility of airlines with customers who get sick after buying a flight. If passengers are not allowed to fly due to fever, airlines will need to work with the client to transfer or cancel the flight free of charge.”Scott points out. IATA’s opinion poll revealed support for testing for COVID-19 in the air travel process. Approximately 65% of passengers surveyed agreed that quarantine should not be required if a person is tested for COVID-19 and has a negative result. 84% of respondents agreed that testing should be mandatory for all passengers, Photo: JJ Jordan I recently wrote that globally the tourism sector at the time of the coronavirus pandemic, has two big challenges which must be resolved in order to attempt to return confidence global travelers, which are: rapid testing i temperature measurement at the entrance of both the state and the destination. Activation of air traffic is key to the recovery of tourism, and they are needed for that three key prerequisites: Standardization of security protocols in airports and airlines, fast testing, ie fast obtaining of test results, and contactless thermal camera technology capable of automatically screening a large number of passengers. – Safety is the highest priority of aviation. We are the safest form of transport because we work together with governments to implement global standards. With the costs associated with daily border closures and the emergence of a second wave of contagion, the aviation industry needs to bring all parties together and find a solution, and that is testing each passenger. It must be fast, accurate and simple. This will certainly allow the market to recover, adds de Juniac. For the right start and a new impetus for global tourism, it is crucial to start international air transport. It is on this topic that the global scene is intensively discussed and guidelines and protocols are proposed for the creation of security protocols, both when boarding planes and in airports in general.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionReferring to the Dec. 13 editorial encouraging the state to pass a law that would revoke the certification of any building inspector who is found to be guilty of misconduct, don’t think it will be a simple matter. The certificates they are issued indicates that the candidate has attended mandatory training and that he or she has passed a test. That certification can help a local government decide if a candidate has achieved a basic level of competence. But it doesn’t end there.Don’t forget the civil service system. Who is going to fight to fire this unscrupulous worker who is entitled to due process? I guess that would have to be the local government. Lots of luck there.There are approximately 1,500 local governments in the state. Add in 60 counties and numerous state agencies that also have code enforcement responsibilities. The state is already required to train all if them. What kind of program could the financially strapped state possibly come up with to monitor, investigate and possibly litigate all of the allegations that could arise from such a program. How does one define misconduct?Was the Jay Street fire a result of misconduct or just plain stupidity? Was the inspector incompetent or was he unscrupulously guilty of misconduct. Was the inspector asked to do more than he was capable of? All of these questions will be put to a jury. How could the state rule that he was guilty of misconduct and take away his certification if the court can’t even do it.I don’t think the state would want to be in the middle of that argument.It sounds good on paper. But unless the state comes up with the money to develop and implement any kind of meaningful program, it will be doomed from the start.Don’t get your hopes up. Roy ScottSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%
More than 150 new homes for Wooloowin Belle Property residential sales consultant Daniel McGahan, who is marketing the project, said the developers, Carbone Developments, had sought a site on Keona Rd for some time because of it location. Carbone Developments’ Keona Rise development will consist of townhomes designed for owner occupiers and investors.A new residential development will deliver six land blocks and 14 townhouses to Brisbane’s McDowall by the middle of next year. “High-end finishes and striking facades combined with open-plan designs and large courtyards will provide a point of difference compared with existing dwellings in the local area and all at an affordable price point.”Mr McGahan said the development was targeting local downsizers, as there were currently limited options for them in the existing marketplace. RELATED: >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Innovation comes to historic Herston MORE: The proposed bathroom within the Keona Rise townhouse development.“The residences have been designed for owner occupiers and savvy investors being in a boutique development of 14,” he said. Noosa townhomes walk to river precinct The proposed living areas within the Keona Rise townhouse development.“The position has always been highly sought after from buyers due to its elevation, surrounding large family homes and close proximity to amenities,” Mr McGahan said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“The current site at 107 Keona Rd had been in the same family for decades and when the time finally came to sell, the Carbones expressed interest immediately.“The development has been in planning for six months.”Mr McGahan said the product mix of executive townhouses and vacant land in a “whisper quiet” location, would appeal to a wide range of buyers. “McDowall and surrounding suburbs comprise a lot of buyers who live in substantial homes on large blocks and they have very few options available to them when looking to downsize, but more importantly have the option to still live locally and have access to the same amenities,” he said.Mr McGahan said the community would also suit young professionals and investors.
BACOLOD City – A man was killed after he was struck by lightning in Barangay Cabatangan, Talisay City, Negros Occidental. The 52-year-old resident Carmelito Garzon sustained body injuries, a police report showed. Carmelito’s wife Nenita said her husband was doing carpentry work at their house when the incident happened around 2 p.m. on July 27. Carmelito was rushed to the Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Negros Occidental where the attending physician declared him “dead on arrival.”/PN
Press Association Swansea are set to sign Marvin Emnes on loan from Middlesbrough, Press Association Sport understands. The 25-year-old Dutchman had a one-month spell with the Swans three seasons ago, making himself a fans’ favourite by scoring the winner in a south Wales derby win over Cardiff. Swansea have tried to bring the striker back to the Liberty Stadium on several occasions since, and they look to have succeeded on his occasion with moves for Tom Ince, Anthony Pilkington and Nacer Chadli having failed to come to fruition. The deal will see Emnes, who has scored just once for Boro this term, make the move to south Wales until the end of the season.
Manchester United forward Memphis Depay has been involved in a spat with former Red Devils striker Robin van Persie during a Holland training session. “Then you talk about it. That’s what happened and then it’s over.” Blind, whose son is Depay’s United team-mate Daley Blind, also stressed the episode had had no role in his decision to leave Van Persie out of his starting XI for the Kazakhstan game. Van Persie – his country’s all-time top-scorer with 49 goals in what is now 100 caps following his late substitute appearance on Saturday – left United to join Fenerbahce in July, a month after Depay’s arrival at Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven. Press Association Following reports of a bust-up occurring between the pair prior to Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan, Dutch national team boss Danny Blind on Monday confirmed there had been an incident but was keen to play it down. Blind, quoted by www.telegraaf.nl, said: “There are sometimes situations in training where players think different.
Steve Massey, racing manager for the owners Supreme Horse Racing Club, said: ” I was excited to hear he has been given an entry in the Grade One three-mile novice chase at Leopardstown and there is also a Grade Two at Limerick on Boxing Day – a race Willie (Mullins) has won with Sir Des Champs and The Paparrazi Kid in recent years. “He is really a spring horse and we already have one eye on the big Festivals next year.” Another Supreme runner being primed for a return is talented mare Uranna, who is set to embark on a career over fences. The seven-year-old won a Listed hurdle race at Sandown back in February and was last seen being touched off by stable companion Whiteout at the Punchestown Festival. “She is in very good order and is a real natural over fences,” said Massey. “She opened her account over hurdles at Limerick last Christmas and the plan is to head back there for a mares’ beginners chase on December 29. “I’m really excited about seeing her tackle the larger obstacles.” Punchestown Festival winner Avant Tout is in line to make his return to action at either Leopardstown or Limerick over the Christmas period. The five-year-old was a surprise winner for Willie Mullins in County Kildare in April, but showed off his talent once more with an emphatic success on his chasing bow at Tramore a month later. Given a break since, Avant Tout is set for a step up in class this winter, with the newly-named Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown on December 29 among his options. Press Association
Florentin may also be headed to his native country, Guatemala, in order to avoid prosecution. Officials say he is known to cross the southern U.S. border.Anyone who sees Florentin is advised not to approach him due to his violent nature, but to call the nearest law enforcement agency.Those with information on his whereabouts are also asked to call Detective Mitter of the Coral Springs Police Department Special Victims Unit at (954) 346-1300. Authorities need your help to locate a 36-year-old man who is on the run after being accused of sexually assaulting a child in Coral Springs.They believe he could be hiding in Palm Beach County.Coral Springs Police charged Andres Tomas-Juan Florentin with four counts of sexual battery and one count of false imprisonment following his February 28 arrest. His bond amount was lowered, and he was placed on an ankle monitor pending trial.On June 12, Florentin cut off his ankle monitor and went disappeared. Police say he could be hiding in Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade counties.Andres Florentin was arrested in CS for the sexual assault of a minor child on 2/28/19. On 6/12, he cut off his ankle monitor and absconded. He may be hiding in the tri-county area. If you have info, please call CSPD at (954) 346-1300. Learn more: https://t.co/MQgMR3gliW pic.twitter.com/pIxTGNb3Cs— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) June 27, 2019
BRISTOL, England (Reuters) – Moeen Ali hit the second fastest one-day international century in England’s history to set up a win over West Indies by 124 runs on Sunday.Victory gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the third of the five-match series after the second game was washed out last week.Chris GayleJoe Root with 84 and Ben Stokes (73) were the other main contributors to an imposing total of 369-9 off 50 overs. They shared a fourth-wicket stand of 132 as Root became the highest scorer in all formats in an English international season.Then Ali took over, reaching his century off 53 balls, the last of them being his eighth six. Only Jos Buttler, from 46 balls against Pakistan in 2015, has ever got there faster for England.Ali eventually holed out to long-off for 102 as West Indies’ labouring bowlers went for 123 in the final 10 overs.“The ground isn’t that big so it’s nice to play on it,” he told Sky Sports. “I just tried to slog it as much as I could.”Opener Chris Gayle led the response, at one stage hitting Ali for three consecutive sixes, but he never quite had sufficient support and was run out for 94 going for a quick single.Ali even took the final catch as the innings ended for 245 in the 40th over, Liam Plunkett finishing with 5-52.Mooen Ali reached a 53-ball century, his second fifty taking just 12 deliveries ©AFPChris Gayle kept popping sixes into the crowd before he was run out for 94.ENGLAND InningsJ. Bairstow c&b Holder 13A. Hales lbw b Cummins 36J. Root lbw b Cummins 84E. Morgan c S. Hope b Holder 0B. Stokes c Lewis b R. Powell 73J. Buttler b Cummins 2M. Ali c Holder b Nurse 102C. Woakes c R. Powell b Taylor 34L. Plunkett run out (Taylor) 9D. Willey not out 1A. Rashid not out 9Extras (lb-1 nb-2 w-3) 6Total (for 9 wickets, 50 overs) 369Fall of wickets: 1-27 J. Bairstow,2-73 A. Hales,3-74 E. Morgan,4-206 B. Stokes,5-210 J. Buttler,6-217 J. Root,7-334 C. Woakes,8-354 M. Ali,9-358 L. PlunkettBowling: J. Taylor 10 – 1 – 75 – 1(nb-1 w-3),J. Holder 10 – 0 – 81 – 2(nb-1),M. Cummins 9 – 0 – 82 – 3,D. Bishoo 5 – 0 – 33 – 0,A. Nurse 8 – 0 – 59 – 1,R. Powell 8 – 0 – 38 – 1.WEST INDIES InningsC. Gayle run out (, Rashid) 94E. Lewis c Ali b Willey 13S. Hope c Buttler b Plunkett 20M. Samuels c Buttler b Plunkett 11J. Mohammed c Bairstow b Plunkett 38R. Powell c Woakes b Rashid 8J. Holder c Ali b Plunkett 34A. Nurse lbw b Rashid 1D. Bishoo c Morgan b Plunkett 12J. Taylor b Rashid 0M. Cummins not out 4Extras (lb-3 w-7) 10Total (all out, 39.1 overs) 245Fall of wickets: 1-15 E. Lewis,2-79 S. Hope,3-109 M. Samuels,4-176 C. Gayle,5-192 R. Powell,6-210 J. Mohammed,7-212 A. Nurse,8-241 D. Bishoo,9-241 J. Taylor,10-245 J. HolderBowling: C. Woakes 7 – 1 – 32 – 0(w-1),D. Willey 4 – 0 – 34 – 1(w-1),L. Plunkett 8.1 – 0 – 52 – 5(w-1),M. Ali 10 – 0 – 65 – 0(w-2),B. Stokes 4 – 0 – 25 – 0(w-2),A. Rashid 6 – 0 – 34 – 3.