Coronavirus leaves bitter taste for Canada maple sugar shacks

first_imgUnder a dazzling sky, with spring in the air, syrup is flowing in a maple grove near the village of Saint-Alexis.With a mallet in hand, feet braced in deep snow, Simon Lanoue pounds plastic tubing into one tree after another to drain their sap, weaving a vast spider web in the forest.As the sweet liquid drips slowly from the trees, Lanoue laments his losses due to Quebec province’s measures to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Lanoue had to close his dining room in mid-March, barely two weeks after the start of “maple sugar time.”An annual tradition that runs until the end of April, Quebecers and visitors flock to rustic sugar shacks to feast on spiced sausages, sticky baked beans, fluffy omelets and Christ’s ears (deep-fried pork fat) — all layered with golden maple syrup.It’s topped off with a dessert of maple “taffy,” made of thick hot syrup spread over snow and rolled around a popsicle stick.Usually, “catering represents from 75 to 80 percent” of revenues, but this year Lanoue will have to be content with the sale of his syrup, “which does not represent much.””But there are cabins in worse shape than mine,” he points out.A similar scenario is playing out in the neighboring village of Saint-Esprit, at the Constantin Gregoire sugar shack. “It is generally full everywhere,” owner Denise Gregoire says in one of the three grand dining rooms, where moose antlers hang over a large fireplace.”On March 15, we closed our doors, and we will not be able to reopen this year, it will go to next year,” says Gregoire, who had to lay off about 20 employees.Nevertheless, Jacqueline, a client, wants to come “buy maple syrup, like every year. Usually we come to eat at the cabin. But this year, because of the virus, it’s not possible.”There are more than 200 of these so-called “commercial” cabins in the province of Quebec, explains Helene Normandin, spokeswoman for the federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers.”It’s a catastrophic situation,” she says. “This year 2020 is completely lost for [owners].” But COVID-19 or not, the production of syrup continues, the industry having been designated “essential” by the provincial government.Canada produces 92 percent of the world’s maple syrup, largely thanks to Quebec (72 percent), with the rest coming from American border states.Quebec has more than 11,000 producers grouped into 7,400 companies, most of them artisanal, which contribute annually up to Can$600 million (US$422 million) to the local economy, supporting the equivalent of 10,500 full-time jobs.Quebec had a record season last year, harvesting more than 72,000 tonnes of syrup, with 80 percent of it exported to 60 countries. The United States, Germany and Britain are the largest foreign buyers.The current season promises to be “normal,” according to Normandin, projecting a slightly more modest harvest.”I think we are going to have a good year, and the syrup again is excellent,” Lanoue says.And no shortage is anticipated, as the federation maintains a strategic reserve of “blond gold” to ensure price stability: more than 45,000 tonnes of syrup stored in barrels in a padlocked warehouse as large as five football fields. Topics :center_img “For me, this represents a shortfall of between $80,000 and $100,000,” he said.Quebec has ordered all residents to stay home except for essential tasks, closed eat-in restaurants and even limited travel in the province.The 140-seat dining hall in Lanoue’s Osias sugar shack, located in an old barn about 60 kilometers north of Montreal, is deserted.On weekends around this time of year, diners normally rotate in and out every two hours.last_img read more

UK’s LPP searches for diversified credit managers via IPE Quest

first_imgThe investor – a collaboration between the London Pensions Fund Authority and Lancashire County Pension Fund – has not set a minimum for assets under management for the asset class or the manager.However, interested parties should have a track record of at least three years – although a minimum of five years is preferred.Applicants should state performance gross of fees to 30 June, and submit applications by 6 September, 5pm UK time.The search for diversified credit managers comes after LPP launched its third pooled fund, a global infrastructure fund, in July. At the time it said it planned to launch credit, fixed income and total return funds “in the coming months”.The infrastructure fund was slated for a final close in September, with LPP having said it expected to raise more than £1.5bn by then.LPP launched its first joint fund, pooling its two member funds’ global equity allocations, in November 2016, and then launched a private equity pooled fund in April.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email The investment vehicle of the UK’s £12.5bn (€14.5bn) Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) has tendered a diversified credit mandate of up to £300m via IPE Quest.According to search QN-2345, LPP Investments (LPPI) is looking to award a global mandate of £150m-£300m to one or more managers.The desired mandate will incorporate an unconstrained multi-asset credit strategy with a target gross return of cash plus 4%-6% over a full market cycle.Volatility should be restricted and the mandate should offer weekly liquidity, which can be gated.last_img read more

Ineos making ‘steady progress’ with Forties pipeline repair

first_imgFollowing the recent shutdown of the Forties pipeline in the North Sea, Ineos is sticking with its plan to complete the repair works within two to four weeks. The pipeline, which  carries the UK North Sea oil to the shore for processing, has been closed since Monday, December 11 after a routine inspection discovered a small hairline crack in the pipe at Red Moss near Netherley, just south of Aberdeen.Ineos, the operator of the pipeline, said on Tuesday, December 19 that it continued to make steady progress towards the repair of the Forties Pipeline.A continued assessment has confirmed that the hairline crack has stabilized and the crack has not propagated since flow of oil and gas was stopped through the pipe on December 11.The company also added that repairs were progressing well and a number of options were being developed.“The custom parts necessary for some of these options have now been fabricated and are being delivered to the site over the coming days as we progress the preferred method of repair from today.“At this stage it is still too early to say exactly how long the repair will take to complete, and there is no change to the previously indicated timescale of two to four weeks from 11th Dec,” said Ineos.The precautionary safety cordon remains at 150m. The restricted access to the road to the site (the unclassified CK12 Netherley to Cookney road) remains closed by the police and all non-essential drivers are being requested to seek alternative routes to ensure that the road remains clear for essential works.last_img read more

Women and weed: the gender differences in cannabis use and abuse

first_imgStuff 25 January 2016Naomi* smokes a couple of bongs in the morning after her two-year-old son has been fed and clothed. Once he is asleep at night, she smokes about 20 more.The 29-year-old says she wakes up feeling fresh the next day. She pays her bills, sticks to a routine and never smokes in front of her son.With cannabis, “everything is that little bit more pleasant,” Naomi says. But without it, her body begins to shake and anxiety takes over. “I couldn’t ever imagine anything worse than going without marijuana,” she says.Naomi belongs to a growing number of women who smoke weed every day, according to the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey.The research shows that of the 1.9 million Australians over 14 years old who have used cannabis in the past year, 1.2 million are men. But female smokers are now more likely to use every day. Fourteen per cent of women users smoke daily, compared with 12 per cent of men.Women also tend to become addicted more quickly, suffer worse withdrawal symptoms and are less likely to seek help, international research suggests.“Women have a higher tolerance so they need to use at higher levels,” says Jan Copeland, head of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre.“They are more at risk of negative effects including paranoia and other kinds of anxiety-type feelings, but also to addiction.”Large studies from Yale University in 2011 and Columbia University in 2012 found women were more likely to “telescope” in their use, moving quickly from first joint to dependency.Lighting up is also a better predictor of poor mental health in women than it is in men, researchers from King’s College London and Utrecht University reported in 2014.“Men tend to use for positive reasons,” Copeland says. “They are having fun, their friends are using, cannabis is available: they just go with the flow.”Women, on the other hand, are more likely to smoke “to relieve an internal distress situation”.Emma*, 31, calls herself a “high-functioning drug addict”. She is a single mother to a seven-year-old, employed part-time and about to embark on a masters degree in law.Having tried cannabis for the first time when she was about 16, Emma has spent the past eight years smoking “full time”: a cone every 45 minutes or so. It helps her sleep at night, switch off and avoid drama, she says.“If someone passes on, you can just numb it off with a couple of bongs. You don’t have to sit there and grieve in that emotion.”Heavy users of either gender risk well-documented harms such as mental illness, insomnia and attention problems, the Australian Medical Association warns. up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Barbados virtual HIV research unit provides access to Caribbean data

first_img Share Tweet Share 49 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Barbados virtual HIV research unit provides access to Caribbean data by: – April 3, 2014center_img Share Sharing is caring! BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday April 3, 2014, CMC – Barbados has launched a Virtual HIV Research Unit (VHRU) as it seeks to better understand and address issues related to HIV/AIDS.Comprising 5,000 scientific publications and reports on HIV in Barbados and the Caribbean, the VHRU will be accessible to researchers, students, non-governmental organisations and others through the portal. Social Care Minister, Steve Blackett, said the establishment of the VHRU was a step in the right direction. “Barbados continues to be on par with other developed and developing nations in its HIV information gathering, monitoring and evaluating and compiling of journals on the successes we continue to attain,” Blackett told the launch attended by various stakeholders including Health Minister John Boyce, and Chair of the NHAC Research Committee, Professor Clive Landis.He said the island would “push forward” in its national response towards attaining an HIV-free generation by the year 2018.“We know that this is an achievable goal,” he said, adding that the VHRU would also be used in other capacities.Blackett said that the tool would assist “with the coordination of research programmes of the Ministry of Health, NHAC and other relevant research pursued nationally relating to HIV in Barbados and the Caribbean”.He said the website would complement another tech-based NHAC initiative, namely the free HIV Explained app, which is available for download on both Android and Apple platforms.Blackett described the VHRU’s arrival as a timely one, which coincided with the beginning of government’s five-year National Strategic Plan for HIV. It aims for zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths by 2018.During his presentation, Professor Landis said that “this tool provides empowerment to the community for anyone who is curious about HIV and wants to know the facts and not the myths…“When I joined the NHAC as Chairman in 2011…we felt there was a clear lack of research capacity…We also noted quite significant gaps in behavioural research…and the barriers to seeking care.“We do feel there are a lot of barriers – fear, stigma, discrimination – that are preventing persons with HIV from accessing the wonderful care that we have on the island,” he said, adding that there was also a need to communicate research among peers, to the public and to translate it into policy.Professor Landis noted that, while it was previously presumed that certain risk factors increased the likelihood of contracting HIV, the VHRU could now offer conclusive research on how ‘bashment culture’ and intergenerational sex, (sex between young girls and old men, impacted HIV infections).“(In one national study) we identified high rates of intergenerational sex (in Barbados), and we are in a high income country. I think the assumption was that intergenerational sex was driven by poverty…we did not find that, even though it (the study) was carried out during a recession,” he said, adding that issues such as low self-esteem and being coerced into sex also contributed to the issue.The HIV Gateway was created by the National HIV/AIDS Commission of Barbados, with financial assistance from the World Bank.Caribbean Media Corporationlast_img read more

​Schmeichel urges Man Utd to stick with Solskjaer

first_img Loading… Schmeichel, who played with Solskjaer at United under Sir Alex Ferguson, thinks the Norwegian is building a quality team. The Norwegian is under pressure to qualify for Champions League football at a minimum. But he is likely to stay beyond this season, unless United suffer a devastating end to the season. “I think Ole has been absolutely fantastic,” Schmeichel is quoted as saying by the Mirror. “Fingers crossed that everyone in the boardroom and the ownership circle see the same thing, that they’re happy with what got and don’t see the need to change to yet another big-name manager.Advertisement “We have a big-name manager. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is one of the biggest names in Manchester United’s history, so we don’t need anybody else. “Ole had them going really well. It was 11 games undefeated, before everything was closed down. It was a big shame, because the job that Ole’s done, it really is an amazing job. “I don’t think he was given the best squad of players to do precisely what he wanted to do. He realised very quickly it was going to take time and he spent that time wisely. “The players he knew for sure that had to go, I think most of them have gone. I think the players he brought in were good, in the sense of what he wanted to do. read also:Pogba could trigger FIFA Article 17 to quit Man Utd “So I’m actually looking at United being very successful this season, with the introduction of new players and still in touching distance of Champions League qualification.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew About12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconic18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel wants the club to stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.last_img read more

Negros policeman survives Brgy. Estefania ambush

first_imgBacolod City Police Office spokesperson, Police Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico, said Perez sustained a gunshot wound on his left shoulder and was rushed to a hospital. BACOLOD City – A home-bound police officer almost failed to make it home alive after unidentified gunmen yesterday morning fired upon his car in Barangay Estefania. Police Staff Sergeant Miguel Perez survived the attempt on his life and escaped with a lone gunshot wound on his left shoulder. Police investigators conducted “hot pursuit” operations against the suspects, who fled after the incident. They have yet to establish the motive in the shooting as well./PNcenter_img BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA The 43-year-old Perez was a resident of Country Homes Phase 3 in the said village. He is currently assigned at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.Police investigation revealed Perez was on his way home on board a Toyota Wigo when an undetermined number of suspects hidden behind the bushes opened fire.last_img read more

World Cancer Day: Join The Fight

first_imgWorld Cancer Day is Tues., Feb. 4. The Relay For Life is asking for business support for the June event.Whether you or a loved one has been diagnosed, or it was someone you know from work, chances are cancer has impacted you.In an effort to raise awareness of the illness, each year a day is set aside to encourage prevention, detection, and treatment of the illness. That day is Tuesday Feb. 4.World Cancer Day was established in 2008 with the primary goal of reducing the illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.Locally, many residents demonstrate a commitment to the ongoing battle, by participating in and/or sponsoring in Relay For Life.As people from around the globe observe World Cancer Day, the Relay For Life is looking for local businesses to join the cause.Many options for corporate sponsorship area available, including forming a team at one or more local events; providing in-kind donations of goods; purchasing event sponsor signs for track display; encouraging employees to volunteer at events; and collecting donations at places of business.“One in every 100 Americans participates in this fundraising event that has become a global phenomenon,” stated Jeni Schnebelt, Event Chair. “Everything we do at Relay For Life contributes to reducing cancer mortality and incidences, whether it’s raising dollars that support free patient programs and services, research or volunteering to commit to advocacy and education efforts- we’re all a part of the fight and we the community’s help.”In Ripley County and more than 5,200 other communities around the globe, Relay For Life unities people to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer and remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. Relay For Life, the world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, continues to grow as tens of thousands of people will participate in events across Indiana.Relay events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at a high school athletic track, park or gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the night, to signify that cancer never sleeps. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during Relay. Relay For Life brings together families, friends, businesses, hospitals, schools, and faith-based groups- people from all walks of life- all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and fighting back.If you or your company would like to help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of saving lives, call Jeni Schebelt at 812-571-0297 or email: ripleycorfl@gmail.comRelay For Life of Ripley County is set for June 21 and June 22 at Batesville High School.last_img read more

Aruna can’t afford to miss Tokyo 2020 — ATTF

first_imgRelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL The continental table tennis ruling body, African Table Tennis Federation, has insisted that Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri is Tokyo bound based on his world rating. Reacting to speculations over the possibility eventual qualification of Africa’s highest ranked player for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the ATTF President, Khaled El-Salhy, said: “For sure the participation of Aruna Quadri in the Olympic Games is very important to ATTF as the top African ranked player and his expected super performance in such special event as he did in the last edition in Rio 2016. “Normally he should have qualified in the African Qualification Tournament, unfortunately he could not continue due to his sudden injury during the 3rd stage of group matches. “Now the situation is that we have fulfilled two qualification stages (Team Qualification and Continental Qualification), then ATTF should work hard together with NTTF for the coming stages of qualification.” According to ATTF chief, the first qualification for Quadri is to attend the final World Singles Qualifying Tournament, which will be held in Qatar from May 28 to 31, with eight top players expected to qualify from the tournament. However, he said the last option, which the Nigerian had met, is through the June 2020 ITTF World Ranking, with top 13 players in the world expected to get their qualification through their world rating. For the Olympic Games, El-Salhy said 86 men and 86 women are expected to compete at Tokyo 2020, with each country having two players each in men and women events. For now, Olajide Omotayo remains the only Nigerian that has qualified as Nigeria still has one more slot to be part of the tournament. “I completely believe that a top player like Aruna Quadri has a very big chance to join the African qualifiers through one of the remaining two stages of qualification due to his ranking and super performance whenever he recovers from his injury soon,” the ATTF boss said. “I have to admit that Aruna Quadri is a special top player in Africa and with his current ITTF ranking making him among the top 20 while his performance has shown worldwide in all previous World, Olympic, Continental and sanctioned events during the recent years. I think he cannot afford to miss the Olympic Games this year,” El-Salhy said.Tags: aruna quadriATTFKhaled El-SalhyTokyo 2020last_img read more

Uncertainty over Cattermole future

first_img Poyet revealed the Black Cats have received a second, improved bid for the midfielder, who has been linked with Stoke for several days. However, he insisted the offer had not been accepted by 3pm and that the former Middlesbrough and Wigan man’s departure on the eve of the Tyne-Wear derby was by no means a foregone conclusion. Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has confirmed Lee Cattermole could yet leave the club ahead of Friday night’s transfer deadline. Press Associationcenter_img Poyet said: “We cannot confirm anything because nothing is finalised, but talks are still ongoing. “It’s a very, very difficult situation for me as a manager.” last_img read more