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World Food Program chief warns of vulnerable supply chains

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The head of the World Food Program says that the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need to strengthen vulnerable supply chains to impoverished nations struggling to feed their populations. David Beasley, executive director of the United Nations’ Nobel Peace Prize-winning food program, warned Wednesday that the pandemic put further stress on supply chains getting food to the hungry. He has told a World Economic Forum panel discussion that “We’ve got to continue to work the system, we’ve got to make certain that we are … less vulnerable to COVID type impacts.” Beasley stressed that the food supply system is “not broken” but that 10% of the global population is in extreme poverty and needs to be reached by suppliers.last_img read more

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Judge Milton honored for his work with children

first_img Judge Milton honored for his work with children Associate EditorWhen a lawyer or judge does something special for children, Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead likes to send a thank-you note.And so it was, when long-time juvenile judge, the now retired W.A. “Bill” Milton of Grand Island, received the R. David Thomas Child Advocate of the Year Award.“Hopefully, by your example, other leaders and communities throughout Florida will recognize the importance of caring for all of our children,” Justice Anstead wrote to Judge Milton.“Surely, if there is a silver bullet for our social ills, it rests in the care of our children.”Caring for children comes naturally to Judge Milton, the father of three daughters and grandfather of four, the past president of the Florida Council of Juvenile Court Judges, the founder and charter member of the Lake County Boys Ranch and the Leesburg Boys Club, now the Boys and Girls Club.Judge Milton began his two dozen years on the bench in 1961, when he became county and juvenile judge of Lake County and ended up handling 8,633 children’s cases.As longtime friend Bill Mills said: “He was a progressive and innovative judge. He was unlike any other in Florida. Things that are being adopted today are the same things he was doing in the 1960s.”Besides handling a heavy caseload as a juvenile division judge, Milton also supervised the operation of the Juvenile Detention Center for Lake County. He helped turn it from a bare-bones operation into an innovative program that was only one of two centers in Florida that had a teacher assigned by the school board so that detained children could continue their schooling.Of 17 juvenile centers in the state in the mid ’60s, Lake County was one of only two counties that had a contractual working relationship with the school board to define truancy and develop written guidelines for detaining and helping turn around chronically truant children.Judge Milton also saw to it that a full-time mental health professional was assigned to the juvenile court staff. And he also instituted the first defensive driving school for juvenile offenders in Lake County.“During my years on the bench, I learned early on that the only chance we had to reduce our crime rate was to practice early intervention with ‘at risk’ children,” Judge Milton said. “I also believed that the only way our courts could be effective was to recruit the good people of the community as volunteers. Lake County was recognized many times for its volunteer programs for youth during my years on the bench.”As a 42-year member and past president of the Kiwanis Club, Judge Milton volunteered his time to the World’s Greatest Baby Shower, Clothes for School Kids, Backpacks for School Kids, and Books for Children.The Children’s Home Society of Florida not only nominated Judge Milton for the award created by Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s, but a second honor by the Lake County Citizen’s Commission for Children.When Judge Milton sums up his many years working to help children, he said: “I felt it was the most important work that a judge could be involved in.”That attitude is what prompted Chief Justice Anstead to express in his letter: “Thank you for caring for our children.” December 15, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Judge Milton honored for his work with childrenlast_img read more

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Arsenal and Tottenham fans hit out over lack of transfer window signings

first_imgFans from Arsenal and Tottenham have expressed their frustration at the north London rivals’ lack of activity during the summer transfer window. Press Association “Arsenal are in a very strong financial position and it is of course disappointing that the transfer window has closed with just the signing of Petr Cech,” it statement read. “Arsenal have built a strong squad and just one or two more good additions would have strengthened the chances of winning a first title in 11 years. “No one wants Arsenal to buy players just for the sake of it, but we do want to see the money being invested to make the club stronger.” The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust is angry that Spurs missed out on West Brom striker Saido Berahino despite repeated bids, leaving the club with Harry Kane as their only available forward. “We think a credible explanation from the board to address the genuine concerns of supporters, many of whom have backed the current board consistently, is now required,” it said in a statement. “We welcome the good signings that have been made, but are concerned at the gaps that still exist and the pressure this places on the manager and the team.” center_img Arsenal’s solitary signing has been goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea for £10million, making them the only club from a major European league not to recruit an outfield player this summer. The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust believes the club has missed a good opportunity to strengthen their challenge for the Barclays Premier League title. last_img read more

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Riot Games to consolidate competitions into singular Latin American league

first_imgRiot Games has announced its plan to consolidate its two current Latin American League of Legends competitions into a singular league – the name of which is yet to be announced.Eight teams will face off in this new league starting in 2019, playing in Santiago de Chile, Riot Games believes the location contains means that are “essential for the future of the scene”. Riot Games originally made a decision in 2016 to segment Latin America into North and South to increase “the relevance, audience and internal of each of the leagues.” As the announcement admits, it didn’t quite work out as expected.As it stands, Riot Games currently operates both the America South Cup (also known as Copa Latinoamérica Sur or CLS) and the Latin America North League (also known as Liga Latinoamérica Norte or LLN). Each league sees eight teams in contention to win, though when the leagues are brought together, there will only be room for eight teams. Riot Games are expected to reveal how these teams will be decided upon in the upcoming days – alongside the competition format and key dates for the league.The announcement explains the decision: “Latin America has a diverse and extremely rich culture, but we believe that esports fans share many similarities across the continent. The way in which an Argentine player passionately enjoys a final is not different from the excitement of a Mexican fan to see his favourite team devote champion, and that is reflected in each and every one of the countries that make up the region. Today we believe that dividing efforts, resources and fans into two scenes that share so much is not the best way.”Esports Insider says: Bringing the competitions together with the best teams from both North and South Latin America regions sounds ideal for providing the most competitive experience. Riot Games tried doing it another way and realised it perhaps wasn’t the best way, so we’re looking forward to seeing what they pull out of the bag for this unnamed league.last_img read more

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WCup brings no lasting cheer for Russian beer

first_img0Shares0000For many football fans, no game is complete without a beer © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – Football fans from around the world are flocking to Russia’s bars, beer gardens and craft beer pubs to quench their thirst as the World Cup heats up.But the surge in sales will not have a lasting impact on Russia’s beer industry, where consumption has been losing fizz for years — ever since it lost its classification as a soft drink. Russia ranks 14th in terms of annual alcohol consumption per capita, according to the World Health Organization.But with spirits — chiefly vodka — traditionally playing a stronger role in social life, Russia ranks far lower at 32nd in terms of beer consumption, according to a 2016 survey by Japanese beermaker Kirin.Part of the reason why Russians are drinking less beer now than they were in the early 2000s is because of moves to restrict sales and advertising.Higher taxes on beer and declining consumer spending power have also contributed to the decline.The real turning point came in 2011, when beer was classified as an alcoholic drink rather than as a soft drink.Since then, nighttime sales have been banned, as have sales at street kiosks and in particularly large volumes.– ‘Compromise’ needed –Since 2013, with a major economic crisis in full swing, the market has contracted more than 24 percent and is set to lose another 11 percent by 2023, according to an estimate by Euromonitor.“Between 2007 and 2017, tax on beer grew almost tenfold,” said Pavel Yerankevich, senior development director at Baltika, Russia’s number one beer brand, which now belongs to Denmark’s Carlsberg group.Football fans in Russia are giving a boost to the local beer market © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOV“All that together with the unfavourable macroeconomic situation has of course influenced the state of the market,” he added.Yerankevich thinks Russia risks going too far with measures designed to prevent alcohol abuse, even as he acknowledges the problem is widespread and needs to be tackled.“We need to find a compromise: on the one hand to put into action the government’s reasonable goals of lowering alcohol abuse and reducing the sales share of strong spirits, but on the other hand, not to put up artificial obstacles to business development,” he said.The World Cup may be a “driver of growth” in beer sales, he said.“But in this case, the increased demand will only affect this period without changing the overall annual trend,” he added.Yury Antonov, who heads the Ochakovo beer factory in a Moscow suburb, says sales to bars and consumers have risen ahead of the World Cup but he is downbeat about the longer term.“We don’t think that the market will stabilise any time soon. We think that the market will continue falling,” he said.– Anyone for a craft beer? –All-American lager Budweiser, as the official sponsor of the World Cup, may be the only beer likely to see a strong benefit.Budweiser, made by Belgium-based AB Inbev, is the only beer allowed in stadiums and fan zones.Alcoholic beverage sales are banned in a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) radius around the stadiums.The Budweiser brand has ensured its logo is highly visible at numerous spin-off events as well.A spokesperson for Budweiser said it does not disclose specific sales figures, but described the World Cup as a “great opportunity” for the brand.Some other beermakers are also performing better than usual, including alcohol-free brands.In 2017, alcohol-free beer sales saw “solid growth” thanks to “aggressive marketing” by major brands, Euromonitor said in a report.Big brands like to focus on advertising their alcohol-free beer partly because it dodges tough restrictions.However there is a genuine “rising consumer interest and demand” as Russians become more health-conscious, the market research provider said.A surge in beer sales is unlikely to live out the World Cup © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVThe other type of beer to buck the trend is craft beer, with specialised bars and shops popping up all over Russia’s larger cities.For the moment, craft beer is being produced only by small and medium-sized breweries.But Euromonitor analysts expect that “larger brewers will also increasingly focus on craft beer so as to help offset losses in the lager category.”Artyom Zimakov, who owns Beermood, a craft beer bar in central Moscow, said he is delighted to see his bar packed every day so far in the World Cup.The market for his type of product is “very dynamic and it’s growing,” he said.“It’s going to grow fast.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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