Sameer Africa Limited ( 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgSameer Africa Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Sameer Africa Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sameer Africa Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sameer Africa Limited (  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileSameer Africa Limited manufactures and imports tyres and automotive products and sells them through distribution outlets in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Products in its range sold under the Yana brand name include passenger textile and steel-belted radials, light truck radial and bias and tyres for trucks, buses, agricultural, industrial and off-road vehicles. Sameer Africa also produce a range of tube and tubeless tyres as well as flaps which are sold under the Bridgestone brand. It services the retail sector, large fleets and government sectors through wholly-owned and branded tyre centres found in the major towns and cities of Kenya. Sameer Africa has interests in property investment and manages a property letting agency. Formerly known as Firestone East Africa (1969), the company changed its name to Sameer Africa Limited in 2005. Sameer Africa Limited is a subsidiary of Sameer Investments Limited. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Sameer Africa Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Willdale Limited ( HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgWilldale Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Willdale Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Willdale Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Willdale Limited (  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileWilldale Limited manufactures and markets a range of clay brick products for the Zimbabwe building and construction sector. Its clay brick range includes face brick, semi-face brick, common brick and paving bricks for walkways, patios, swimming pool surrounds and garden landscaping. The bricks are either manufactured with a rustic, smooth or brushed finish. Willdale Limited has a range which includes economy plaster, special ground solutions and decorative building products which include window sills, faggots and klompies. The company was listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in 2003 after a demerger from Mashonaland Holdings Limited and is the only brick company listed on the ZSE. Willdale Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

3D Printing Concrete House / Professor XU Weiguo‘s team from t…

first_imgPhotographs:  Yipeng LiuArchitect In Charge:Weiguo XuDesign Team:Weiguo Xu, Yuan Gao, Chenwei Sun, Zhi Wang, Yuting He, Xiayu Zhao, Dong Han, Zhiling Zhang, Fang CuiCity:WuxiCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Completion, perspective from the South. Image © XWG Archi Studio at Tsinghua UniversityRecommended ProductsWoodEGGERWood-based materials in EGGER HeadquartersMembranesEffisusGutter Repair – AllTiteGutterWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. A team from the Tsinghua University School of Architecture led by professor Xu Weiguo has independently researched and developed a “Mobile Platform of Robotic 3D Printing in Concrete” and a “Rapid Construction System for Concrete Houses”. Recently, the two technological achievements have been successfully applied in the actual printing/construction of a model house for low-income housing in Africa, resulting in a genuine 3D printed concrete building being completed at the Experimental Base of Wuxi Research Institute of Applied Technologies Tsinghua University.Save this picture!Photo after hoisting of the roofs. Image © XWG Archi Studio at Tsinghua UniversitySave this picture!axonometricSave this picture!View from top. Image © XWG Archi Studio at Tsinghua UniversityThe “Rapid Construction System for Concrete Houses” is designed specifically for low-income families in Africa. With an area of 40㎡, the house contains a porch, a guest dining room, bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom, etc., meeting the living demand of up to 4 individuals. The porch, kitchen, and bathroom are arranged on one side of the house, forming a rectangular unit; the guest dining room and bedrooms are arranged on the other, with a light partition wall or storage furniture in the middle separating the two parts. The layout of the house is flexible so that it can adapt to actual living requirements. The roof consists of two-barrel arches, among which one is larger than the other, covering respectively the above-mentioned spaces while creating a spacious and comfortable indoor environment underneath. A Floor-to-ceiling window is installed on both the south and the north side of the house while a skylight is used in the kitchen roof, providing ample lighting for the indoor space. The exterior walls adopted the traditional local woven texture as decoration, which was printed altogether with the wall structure by the robotic 3-D printing equipment. The thermal insulation material is poured into the gap within the wall, forming an integrative exterior wall system with decoration, structure, and insulation all in one. The building comes with a simple and modern architectural image while responding to the local cultural traditions.Save this picture!Printing the walls outdoor. Image © XWG Archi Studio at Tsinghua UniversitySave this picture!Printing at night. Image © XWG Archi Studio at Tsinghua UniversityThe “Mobile Platform of Robotic 3-D Printing in Concrete” contains a mobile robotic arm with a 3-D printing device, a rail with a mobile lift platform, and a dragging-suspending platform, etc. In the 3-D printing device, the robotic arm and the printing front-end are installed and designed to be movable on the lift platform. The printing material, the appending machine, the stirring and pumping all-in-one machine, and the control equipment, on the other hand, are installed on the dragging-suspending platform. In order to print/construct a whole house, the printing platform requires only two persons pushing buttons on the mobile platform. While substantially integrating and simplifying the technique of 3-D printing in concrete, it reduces the human input in the printing/construction process to a minimum. This printing platform enables direct, on-site printing of all bases, walls, and roofs, resulting in rapid construction at a low cost.Save this picture!Entrance of the house. Image © XWG Archi Studio at Tsinghua UniversityCurrently, the team led by professor Xu Weiguo has moved on to Wujiazhuang Village in Xiahuayuan District, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province. There they are conducting a 3-D printing/construction experiment for dwellings in rural China, specifically on the actual printing of the Juanzi House in the village. The Juanzi House is a five-bay farmhouse in which three are relatively larger than the other two. The three larger ones are to function as living room and bedrooms with barrel arches as their roof. The two smaller ones are to serve as kitchen and bathroom with a flattop. 3 sets of mobile platforms are being used in the printing of the farmhouse, which is located right in the middle of the 3 larger bays. The base, walls, and roof of the house are being printed on-site simultaneously. Currently, it is still under construction.Save this picture!Interior of the kitchen. Image © Yipeng LiuSave this picture!Interior of the living room. Image © Yipeng LiuPoverty Alleviation and rural reconstruction are important tasks for our current social development. However, most of our current rural reconstruction merely achieved improvements in the public environment, such as road construction and repair, laying of municipal pipelines, facade redecoration of residential houses, and so on. The fact of the matter is, living spaces and indoor living conditions of these rural houses remain without any substantial transformation. The “Mobile Platform of Robotic 3-D Printing in Concrete” and the “Rapid Construction System for Concrete Houses” on the other hand, can rebuild rural houses one-by-one in an organic renewal fashion, therefore significantly contribute to the rural housing construction.Save this picture!Printing the arch component. Image © XWG Archi Studio at Tsinghua UniversityProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Hill House / Maden GROUPSelected ProjectsWhite Cave Gallery / 123 architectsSelected Projects Share 2020 Houses CopyAbout this officeProfessor XU Weiguo’s TeamOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWuxiChinaPublished on March 20, 2021Cite: “3D Printing Concrete House / Professor XU Weiguo‘s team from the Tsinghua University School of Architecture” 20 Mar 2021. ArchDaily. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  40 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!Completion, perspective from the Southeast. Image © XWG Archi Studio at Tsinghua University+ 18Curated by 韩双羽 – HAN Shuangyu Share Projects “COPY” Year:  3D Printing Concrete House / Professor XU Weiguo‘s team from the Tsinghua University School of Architecture CopyHouses•Wuxi, China China ArchDaily Architects: Professor XU Weiguo’s Team Area Area of this architecture project 3D Printing Concrete House / Professor XU Weiguo‘s team from the Tsinghua University School of ArchitectureSave this projectSave3D Printing Concrete House / Professor XU Weiguo‘s team from the Tsinghua University School of Architecturelast_img read more

The Richard Lugar Agriculture Legacy

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News The Richard Lugar Agriculture Legacy The Richard Lugar Agriculture Legacy By Gary Truitt – Apr 28, 2019 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Six term, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar who died on Sunday at the age of 87 is remembered by most for his accomplishments in foreign policy. Yet, his visionary leadership in agriculture is just as notable. He almost single handedly created and got Congressional approval for the Conservation Reserve Program, used his position as Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee to write and pass several market-oriented Farm Bills, and was a strong support in Congress for ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Standard.Purdue President Mitch Daniels, who worked with Lugar for 14 years, released a statement praising Lugar. “Words are hard to come by right now,” Daniels said. “Dick Lugar was not just the finest public servant I will ever know, he was the finest person. He embodied all we can hope for in our leaders: brilliance of mind, purity of motive, stainless in character, tireless in the pursuit of duty. Incomparably knowledgeable about the world, he was first and always a patriot, utterly dedicated to the security and wellbeing of his fellow Americans.”Indiana Senator Todd Young said in a statement showcasing Lugar’s ability to achieve bipartisan consensus on in Washington, “Always staying true to his temperament, he was a quiet, dignified statesman. He thought before he spoke. He emphasized substance over personality. In short, he set the bar for public leaders — and for leaders more generally. I’m not sure we will ever see another Richard Lugar.” Randy Kron, Indiana Farm Bureau president said, “Senator Lugar’s intelligence and knowledge of the most important issues that impacted our nation, along with his thoughtfulness and diplomatic approach, came through in everything he did. His love for his family farm and understanding of agriculture issues made him a true friend and advocate for Hoosier farmers.”Despite his presence on the international stage, Lugar was never afraid to talk about agriculture and felt as at home with farmers as he did with Presidents and Dictators. Lugar operated a tree farm in SW Marion County and would discuss forestry with as much passion and knowledge as he discussed nuclear disarmament. A strong believer in trade, in recent years he had become critical of the current ag trade policy of the Trump administration. After leaving Washington, he founded the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at IUPUI which fosters research into a wide variety of alternative energy sources.Many of today’s top ag leaders can trace their beginnings to their association with Lugar. “His political power influenced those around him, including myself,” said Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “I first was inspired to enter politics in 1982, when I worked for him on his campaign trail. I know countless individuals who are in the leadership positions they are today, because of Senator Lugar.” Former Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock and Chuck Conner, head of the National Council of Farmer Co-ops both trace their careers to the influence of Lugar.Lugar was also a great friend to the ag media. A regular visitor to the State Fair, farms, and farm meetings, he would also make time for interviews with the agricultural media even when the international press was hounding him for an interview. “It was 6am on a bitterly cold morning at a gas station in Boone County that had just started selling ethanol fuel. There was Senator Lugar on hand to talk renewable fuels,” said Hoosier Ag Today founder Gary Truitt. “You could always count on getting a good story when you talked to the Senator.” Previous articleHemp Bill Clears Indiana General AssemblyNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for April 29, 2019 Gary Truitt SHARE SHARElast_img read more

Imprisoned cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui

first_img Follow the news on Tunisia Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa to go further News November 11, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Zouhair Yahyaoui, the detained founder of the web site TUNeZINE, who has been imprisoned since 4 June, will be 35 on 8 December. He was sentenced to two years in prison for daring to criticise President Ben Ali. All those wishing to support this cyber-dissident on his birthday should send the Tunisian justice minister a letter to ask for his release. News News December 4, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Imprisoned cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui center_img Zouhair Yahyaoui, the detained founder of the web site TUNeZINE, who has been tortured and imprisoned since 4 June, will be 35 on 8 December. He was sentenced to two years in prison for daring to criticise President Ben Ali. All those wishing to support this cyber-dissident on his birthday should send the Tunisian justice minister ([email protected]) the following letter requesting his release: 1) To download the picture:- “right-click” (Windows) or “Ctrl + click” (Macintosh) on the picture to call up the context menu “Download image to disk” and select a location to store the picture (on your desktop, for example).2) To send the e-mail message with the picture:- copy the following e-mail address (if your e-mail client is configured appropriately, just clicking on the address should open a new message window with the right address already in the To: field), open your e-mail client (Outlook, Entourage, Eudora…), paste the address into the To: field, and then attach the image you have just downloaded. This can me done in several ways, depending on your system. But the principle is the same: insertion of a file attachment.Background:The Tunis appeal court sentenced Yahyaoui on 10 July to one year in prison for “spreading false news with the intent of inducing belief in an attack on a person or property” and one year in prison for “theft and fraudulent use of means of communications.”He had been arrested in an Internet café on 4 June by plain-clothes police, who took him to his home and searched his room, taking his computer equipment. During interrogation, he underwent three sessions of “suspension,” a form of torture in which the victim is suspended by the arms with his feet barely touching the ground. In one of these sessions, Yahyaoui revealed the password to his web site, which enabled the authorities to block it. TUNeZINE today cannot be accessed in Tunisia.Yahyaoui is being held in Borj el Amri prison, 30 kms from Tunis. There he is suffering from kidney problems and scabies. He receives no mail. His family visits him once a week.As a writer, Yahyaoui used the pseudonym “Ettounsi,” which means Tunisian in Arabic. He created the TUNeZINE web site in July 2001 to distribute opposition documents online and thereby provide information about the fight for democracy and freedoms in Tunisia. He was one of the first to distribute a letter to the president by Judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui criticising the judicial system. Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder December 26, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Organisation November 12, 2019 Find out more News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Chinese Movie Star Owner of $1.2 Million Pasadena House Says He Will Divorce, Announcement Garners 5 Billion Views

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Business News Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Make a comment Community Newscenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Chinese action movie and TV star Wang Baoqiang, who owns a $1.2 million house in East Pasadena, is seeking to divorce his actress wife Ma Rong over an alleged extramarital affair with his agent.The 32-year-old star who’s known to fans as Baobao wrote a post on Weibo last week announcing that he was divorcing his wife and firing his agent, Song Zhe, after discovering an alleged sexual relationship between the two.Wang’s message instantly went viral. According to Sina Weibo, posts with the hashtag #WangBaoQiangDivorce have been viewed over five billion times, about four times the number of China’s population.In a later post, Ma said Wang had abandoned their family, and threatened to sue him for defamation; she filed a case against Wang on August 16The couple’s house is reportedly located in the 1500 block of Riviera Drive in Hastings Ranch. Online real estate sites report the value of the home, which sits on 0.33 acres of land, as $1.22 million.Wang is described as a versatile actor also known for an “earnest” image. Wang’s roles have spanned art house favorites like Berlin Silver Bear winner “Blind Shaft” and Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin.” His directorial debut, action comedy “Buddies in India,” is set for release in China in December.Wang filed for divorce in Beijing court on Monday, reportedly seeking custody of the couple’s children and division of their assets.On Tuesday, Ma responded by suing Wang for defamation of character and demanding that he delete the original Weibo post and formally apologize. She also fired back at Wang on WeChat, saying that he had abandoned his family.The two were married in 2009 and have a young son and daughter. Wang asked that the public respect the privacy of their family as they proceed with the legal process.Following Wang’s public statement, his now former agent, made an apology on Weibo, says a report on the New Straits Times. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. People Chinese Movie Star Owner of $1.2 Million Pasadena House Says He Will Divorce, Announcement Garners 5 Billion Views From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, August 22, 2016 | 4:46 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

The Socioeconomic Impact of Postforeclosure Sales

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Investment, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save The Socioeconomic Impact of Postforeclosure Sales Many foreclosures during the recession occurred in minority or disadvantaged neighborhoods, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JSHS) notes, but in a paper recently published in City and Community, Jackelyn Hwang, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford, takes a closer look at how foreclosure purchases shift at the neighborhood level, with a focus on Boston.In her study, titled “Racialized Recovery: Postforeclosure Pathways in Boston Neighborhoods,” Hwang found that many differences are tied to management practices. Hwang found that corporations were more likely to purchase foreclosed properties in predominantly black neighborhoods. Meanwhile, owner‐occupants were more likely to purchase foreclosures in hard‐hit mixed‐ethnoracial neighborhoods with substantial shares of non‐Hispanic/Latinx whites.Foreclosures in Boston are heavily concentrated in black neighborhoods, and as JSHS notes, over 80% of Boston’s foreclosures occured in just five of the city’s 15 planning districts, which make up just 30% of Boston’s housing units.“Compared to the city as a whole, the high-foreclosure block groups were, on average, home to about half as many whites and twice as many blacks,” said David Luberoff is Deputy Director of the JSHS. “However, high-foreclosure block groups were not the city’s most disadvantaged areas, which have large numbers of publicly subsidized housing units that are not likely to be subject to foreclosure.”According to Hwang, corporations were more likely to resell previously foreclosed properties to other investors and have reported maintenance issues against them. With this in mind, Hwang’s study alleges that “predominantly black neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosures in Boston were left further behind in the recovery from the housing crisis compared to other hard‐hit neighborhoods.”Stabilization, Hwang notes, would “require resources and incentives for both owner‐occupants and investors—both small and large—to maintain their properties and for investors to fill properties with long‐term renters.”Hwang’s complete study can be found here. Boston Foreclosure Investment Postforeclosure 2020-01-20 Seth Welborn Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. January 20, 2020 2,606 Views About Author: Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Socioeconomic Impact of Postforeclosure Sales Tagged with: Boston Foreclosure Investment Postforeclosurecenter_img Previous: Laudan Closing Property Preservation Business, Shifting Focus to Inspections Next: Keeping Afloat in Financial Services Law The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

98 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in ROI with no new deaths

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Twitter Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleNews, Sport, Nuacht, and Obituaries on Friday September 4thNext articlePubs could be allowed reopen by middle of this month News Highland By News Highland – September 4, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th 98 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in ROI with no new deaths Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Facebook Homepage BannerNews There have been 98 new cases of Covid 19 reported in the republic this evening, with no new deaths.None of today’s new cases are in Donegal.The total number of reported cases is now 29,303, with 1,777 Covid related deaths. Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThere have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.There has been a total of 1,777 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight Thursday 3 September, the HPSC has been notified of 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 29,303* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today;48 are men / 50 are women66% are under 45 years of age42% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case 9 cases have been identified as community transmission 24 in Dublin, 13 in Kildare, 8 in Kerry, 6 in Kildare, 6 in Kilkenny, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Louth, 5 in Tipperary and the remaining 30 cases are in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Galway, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Waterford and Wexford.The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “As we head into another weekend, keep physical distance top of mind at all times. Have no more than 6 visitors to your home and keep 2m between you. Open windows and keep rooms well ventilated if possible.“It’s important that we all keep our number of social contacts low while we focus on keeping our schools safe, continuing to resume healthcare services and ultimately protecting the most vulnerable from COVID-19.”*Validation of data at the HPSC resulted in the denotification of one case. The figure of 29,303 reflects this. Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Inside the battle to save the most endangered river in the country

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — When you are in the Snake River, you can be in two states — Idaho and Oregon — at once. You can find yourself in magical places that are sacred to the Nez Perce Tribe, surrounded by ancient petroglyphs. In some areas, the water plunges so deep beneath the canyon rim that it outdoes the Grand Canyon by nearly 2,000 feet.To say it simply, it’s majestic. And like many rivers in the United States, it’s in peril.The Snake River is the most endangered river in the United States in 2021, according to American Rivers, which has put out a list every year for 36 years.At the center of the issue is salmon, which “have never been closer to extinction than they are today,” said Amy Souers Kober, vice president for communications at conservation group American Rivers.Many see it as a crisis, and one that can be solved — but while salmon are at the heart of the problem, it goes even deeper than that.The salmonIn the 1880s, it was estimated that between 25,000 and 35,000 sockeye would make the 900-mile journey up the river and back to Idaho to spawn each year.In 1992, a single, solitary sockeye was able to make the trip, according to National Geographic. He was known as Lonesome Larry.The salmon population has since rebounded, but not to levels anywhere near what the Snake River previously saw.“I’m raising children in this region. And I would like more than anything for my children to see these fish returned in solid numbers,” Mark Deming, a local Idaho fisherman and director of marketing at Northwest River Supplies, said. “When people don’t come to fish, then the cash registers aren’t ringing, and that’s had a pretty big economic impact.”Fishing generates more than $5 billion annually in the Pacific Northwest, supporting more than 36,000 jobs, according to American Rivers.Salmon are vital to both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and essential to the livelihood of more than 130 other forms of wildlife, according to biologists.They are also a crucial part of the Nez Perce culture. The Nez Perce story states that the salmon gave of himself so that the Nimiipuu could thrive. In return, they would protect the land. The tribe, which has inhabited the area for centuries, is said to have saved explorers Lewis and Clark from freezing and starving to death.“Salmon is more than a resource to us … [it] signifies our creation, our life and our continued life on this land,” Nakia Williamson, director of the Nez Perce Tribe culture resources program, said.The tribe has had to resort to using hatcheries and transplanting salmon to keep the population growing.Salmon have been dying at a rapid rate over the last 10 years. If that continues, nearly 80% of salmon populations could come mostly from hatcheries by 2025, “and some even before that,” said Jay Hesse, the Nez Perce Tribe department of fisheries resource management research division director.The damsThe Nez Perce Tribe says the four dams located on the lower part of the Snake River are impeding the salmon’s migration route.“What these dams do is make it more difficult for fish to reach their spawning grounds,” Deming said. “So when you’re thinking about climate change, you have to think about getting these fish up to high elevation, cold, clear mountain streams where they can spawn.”In years past, wildlife officials have created “fish passages” at the lower four dams, and conservation groups say that is helping. Still, salmon continue dying on that journey, and few survive getting through the dams to the ocean in the first place.“A trip that took approximately two days before the dams were constructed now takes 10 to 30 days, during which 50% of the juvenile spring/summer chinook and 45% of the juvenile steelhead typically die,” Hesse said.Climate change is making this all the more urgent. The river and the pools behind the Lower Snake dams are heating up, creating lethal conditions for salmon. Removing those dams would “create the refuge that salmon need in a warming world,” Kober said.As things are now, the dams are vital to the region. They provide enough power to keep the lights on in 800,000 homes in an efficient — and what some say is an environmentally friendly — way.That calm, glassy water also makes it easy and cost effective to ship goods. The Snake River winds through 5 million acres of farmland in Southeast Washington alone, and 10% of the entire country’s wheat crop is sent on a barge down the Snake River.“We are feeding the world … are you going to put human lives over fish?” asked Tom Kammerzell, a fifth generation farmer who lives in Whitman County, the largest wheat producing county in the United States. “It’s not an either or, there’s a way of doing it together and having both, but you have to look at all of the pieces.”Kammerzell estimates he would lose all his profits if the dams were breached and he was forced to ship by rail or truck, which he argues is not just more costly but could be worse for the climate as well.Todd Myers, who sits on the board of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council, said removing the dams would be “foolish and costly,” adding that the fall chinook salmon runs on the Snake River are actually nearing recovery in Washington, and the steelhead are recovering as well. He notes that the spring chinook are in crisis, but so are many other salmon runs across the Pacific Northwest.“I think it’s ironic to single out the Snake, it’s one of very few places where (the salmon) are doing well,” Myers said.He didn’t disagree that help is needed, but he emphasized that help is needed everywhere and removing the dams would contribute to an already problematic energy shortfall.“Destroying the dams would be like removing every wind turbine and solar panel in Washington state,” he argued. “Destroying that much CO2-free electricity and increasing the possibility of Texas-style blackouts is an enormous risk.”A proposed solutionCurrently, Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson wants to have $33.5 billion from President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan earmarked to save the Snake River. His plan includes removing the earthen part of the dams to clear the waterways, replacing the energy produced at the dams and upgrading transportation and irrigation services the dams provide, hoping to make the communities the river serves, like the farmers, whole until they can supplement shipping methods.“By creating this fund up front, the Northwest delegation, governors, tribes and stakeholders could then write legislation over the next year that will end the lawsuits, solve very difficult and complex issues and bring certainty and security for now and future generations,” Simpson told ABC News.But that kind of additional spending in one place is viewed as “irresponsible” by many, including Myers.“Washington state [already] spends about $100 million annually on salmon recovery,” he said. “The federal government provides about $40 million a year on top of that.”Myers added that a vast majority of the salmon declines are in the “marine environment.” Warmer ocean waters have salmon struggling across the region, a much larger problem that needs to be addressed.Salmon have been in the world’s waters for an estimated four to six million years. To see the numbers diminish and possibly disappear because of human intervention is something people on both sides of this issue agree must be addressed. But the argument over exactly how and exactly how quickly remains.“Through science, technology and experience, we should be able to correct those things to help them, and so we’re here to speak for them,” Shannon Wheeler, chairman of the Nez Perce Tribe, said. “If the salmon are gone, that’s the way we go, too.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

International news: US staff plagued by ear, nose and throat problems

first_img Previous Article Next Article International news: US staff plagued by ear, nose and throat problemsOn 3 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today The most common medical complaints among US staff are ear, nose and throat ailments. A study found that 15 per cent of US employees sought medical treatment for such problems. The research, carried out by the Institute for Health Productivity Management, found the most costly condition is gastrointestinal disorders. Institute chief executive officer Sean Sullivan told the US-based HR News Online, “Our mission is to make health a part of HR management. Employee health is part of an employer’s human capital.”Mild-mannered managers shown to get results The days of the bullying office manager may be numbered in Germany. Researchers studied the behaviour of 800 business and industrial managers. Petra Bles and Hugo Kehr, of the Institute for Economic Psychology at the University of Munich, found those with a good natured management style were more likely to get results than their more abrasive and confrontational colleagues. Bles and Kehr concluded, “In just three months it was proved that executives who lead democratically clearly succeeded better.”Germany leads the way in e-commerce leagueGermany has 56 out of the top 150 Internet companies in Europe’s e-commerce league. Britain previously had the highest number of firms in the league, although it now has 35. Meanwhile, a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers suggests there has been an improvement in the “burn rate” – the length of time a company can operate without needing further investment – for European dotcoms. It says the rate has lengthened from 13 to 20 months since last December.Loyalty to employers ranks low among US staff Less than a third of US staff regard themselves as loyal to their employers compared with 71 per cent in Columbia, a global study has found. The research, conducted by Walker Information Global Network and US-based Hudson Institute, found only 32 per cent of US staff agreed they are “truly loyal” to their employers. US staff ranked seventh in terms of loyalty to their organisation, with Columbia ranking first. Singapore ranked last (9 per cent). Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more