Don’t mention the w-word

first_imgMixed messages for the grim North from the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung. A travel piece on the east coast of England from the Wash upwards is juxtaposed against a special feature on “catastrophe tourism” — holidaying in war-torn regions. Perhaps cycling in Bosnia (not available online) or trekking through Afghanistan are as unbearable as the beaches of Skegness.Better news though is the glowing report the region gets. After making jibes at the “out of order” signs on loos, the petrol stations perennially “out of service” and the caravans clogging up the A4, the writer depicts the North as some sort of tourist’s paradise, a rural idyll:Along this dual carriageway [the A4] … you enjoy an endless line of wooden-fenced fields that mark out the the scenery from Hertfordshire to Cambridgeshire, the names of unheard-of places hidden behind oak trees, intruding rugby posts and road signs. Letchworth, Biggleswade, Sandy, Godmanchester, Ramsey: life here is provincial from here all the way to Newcastle.Then comes a bizarre claim thatScarborough isn’t as posh now as it used to be,as though it was once a competitor with Miami and Dubai. And apparentlyfurther north, small, introspective villages nestle like jewels against the sea: Sandsend, Kettleness, Runswick, Staithes.The Middlesbrough and Sunderland region gets the treatment it deserves (“beauty takes a copious break”), but the picture is overwhelmingly positive. Britain’s expensive and nothing works but it’s still quite quaint, the author concludes.But the glaring omission from the piece is the one factor that would prevent anyone from choosing to spend their holiday in the north of England: the weather. Brits often don’t realise quite how pro-English the Germans have been throughout history (Goethe and Schiller were both raving Anglophiles), and the Germans have always found pathetic England a bit sweet: I once read an article in the same paper by a German who’d lived in south-west London reminiscing about the quaint chaos of Kingston Hospital and the NHS. Maybe the writer’s another closet Anglophile.I apologise for catching the writer out and mentioning the w-word. As Basil Fawlty once said, I think I got away with it.Cherwell 24 is not responsible for the content of external linkslast_img read more

Cotton Markets.

first_imgAround the world, the demand for cotton shirts and britches has never been better. The U.S. industry that turns cotton into products like these, however, is in major economic trouble. And their stress means U.S. growers are having to depend more than ever on foreign buyers.This trend, if it doesn’t change, will create more volatility in the already unpredictable prices growers get, said Don Shurley, a University of Georgia Extension Service economist.”If (U.S. growers) are going to keep growing and producing cotton at the levels we are now, we’ll have to export it,” Shurley said.Bumper CropThis year, U.S. growers expect to produce about 20 million bales, 17 percent more than last year. (A bale is 480 pounds of cotton lint.) Georgia growers expect to grow 2.2 million bales, making 2001 one of the best production years on record.Due to competition from foreign companies and a strong U.S. dollar, the textile industry in this country has decreased cotton purchases since 1997 by 3 million bales, about 30 percent.”Again, unless growers cut back production, they’ll have to make up those 3 million bales in exports,” Shurley said.Big ExportsThis year, it just so happens, the United States is on a record pace to export almost 10 million bales of cotton, 3 million more than last year.The last time the nation came close to exporting this much cotton was in 1994. This was because poor production in other countries left the United States the only country with cotton to sell, Shurley said.That’s not the case anymore.U.S. growers are selling overseas not because they’re the only ones with cotton. They export because that’s the only way to get rid of their cotton. This puts them at the mercy of world prices and competition.Prices LowCurrently, growers can get about 32 cents per pound for cotton. This is well below the about 65-70 cents it costs to grow it. Prices ranged from 60 cents to 80 cents over the past few years and haven’t been this low in decades.”The point is: unless there is some sort of supply shock, world prices will not get higher,” Shurley said.”The economic environment is hostile,” said Roy Bowen, president of the Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association.Textile WoesBowen told growers at the 2001 Georgia Cotton Production Workshop in Tifton, Ga., that in the past few years, 75 U.S. textile factories have shut down, including two in Georgia. And the current economic crisis has further weakened the industry.Since Sept. 11, 12,000 U.S. textile workers have lost their jobs, including 7,200 in Georgia. About 15 percent of textile workers lost their jobs in 2001.Help could be on the way. The farm bill being debated in Washington has some provisions to address the problems of the textile industry, strengthen U.S. cotton exports and improve the income safety net for farmers, Shurley said.last_img read more

Visit Haywood County

first_imgThere is nothing fresher than springtime in the North Carolina Smokies. As the mountains awake from their winter slumber and eagerly welcome the first blossoms of spring color, you will find the ideal seasonal getaway in the picturesque towns of Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Canton, Clyde, and Lake Junalaska. Fondly referred to as “the other color season”, the area comes alive with the early blossoms of spring like daffodils, dogwoods and cherry blossoms. Warmer days and mild evenings offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy a plethora of outdoor adventure and unique local hotspots amidst the scenic backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains.  Whether you’re looking for that special “off the beaten path” hiking excursion or an epicurean adventure, the North Carolina Smokies are serving up the freshest springtime experiences around.HikingHaywood County is home to rich agricultural offerings, with over 700 farms encompassing more than 56,000 acres – from sprawling picturesque farms to family-owned and operated homesteads. With that comes endless agritourism opportunities spread across Haywood County’s five towns and rural communities. To experience Haywood County’s unique agripreneurial offerings, grab a copy of Buy Haywood’s “Find Your Adventure!” Agritourism Guide.  Haywood County offers year-round opportunities to explore the many agritourism adventures available in our area, like historic Farmer & Tailgate Markets, award winning “Farm to Table” restaurants, specialty retail Shops, heritage festivals, U-Pick farms, and more!AgritourismCome celebrate it in Waynesville visiting the town’s FOUR craft microbreweries: BearWaters Brewing Company, Boojum Brewing, Frog Level Brewing, and Tipping Point Brewery.  All located within a short radius of each other, you can conveniently enjoy their one-of-a-kind brews while experiencing the charm and beauty of downtown Waynesville.  Each brewery will celebrate North Carolina Beer Month in their own special way so make time to visit each one.  There are also a number of other establishments boasting the area’s local brews, like Mad Anthony Wayne’s Bottle Shop, Sunburst Market, The Classic Wine Seller, and The Strand at 38 Main, just to name a few.  Cheers!BeerWith several trails offering easy year round access, Haywood County is a basecamp for fantastic spring hiking.  Purchase Knob, located in northwestern Haywood County along the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offers butterfly and wildflower abundance, native wildlife, historical significance, and amazing panoramas. The Sam’s Summit Loop Trail, located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway on Hwy 215 is another hiking gem with year round access. This trail weaves you through several ecological systems and boasts incredible sights of the Shining Rock Wilderness Area. Both of these trails have been spotlighted by certified Blue Ridge Naturalist, Ken Czarnomski. His passion for hiking, mapping, and drawing brought to life a unique hand illustrated guides for both Purchase Knob and Sam’s Summit. The free guides are available exclusively in Haywood County through the Haywood TDA. There are a number of other great hiking areas to explore from Cataloochee Valley and the Blue Ridge Parkway to a scenic stroll through the majestic gardens of Lake Junaluska. For more suggestions, visit www.visitncsmokies.com. last_img read more

Confiscated siomai from Rizal negative for ASF but…

first_imgILOILO City – Laboratory examinationof pork siomais from Rizal province confiscated here recently showed these didnot have the African swine fever (ASF) virus. To regulate the transport of meat, theDepartment of Agriculture and Bureau of Animal Industry set requirements thatmust be met via Administrative Order (AO) No. 4. These are the following: The Regional Agri-Fishery Councilrecently recommended to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)in Western Visayas to press local government units into passing ordinancestemporarily banning “the crossing of live pigs among provinces and cities inRegion 6 while there is a threat of ASF.” Eleven packs of pork siomai fromAntipolo City in ASF-hit Rizal province were confiscated at the Iloilo TerminalMarket, popularly known as “Super” on Oct. 30, by personnel of the citygovernment’s Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO).  Four packs of these were analysed at the Foodand Drug Administration laboratory. AO No. 4 also bans meat and itsbyproducts from countries with ASF (Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine,Luxembourg, Belgium, Bulgaria, Moldova, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao PeoplesDemocratic Republic, South Korea, and China)./PN “This is a good news,” he said. ASF causes high fever, loss ofappetite, hemorrhages, and death among domestic and wild pigs. It does not posea health risk to humans but is devastating to hogs. * livestock and poultry transport /carrier certificate Treñas last month issued an executiveorder banning all meat and meat products from areas hit by ASF. * certificate of vehicle registration The negative test result, however,should not mean Ilonggos could now let their guard down, said Fortaleza. * disinfection clearance * farm registration The examination was conducted inManila and the results were released by the Department of Agriculture (DA)Region 6 on Nov. 11, said Dr. Tomas Forteza, chief of the City VeterinaryOffice. A type of Chinese dumpling, thefilling of siomai is often ground pork, beef, shrimp, among others, combinedwith extenders like garlic, green peas, carrots and the like which is thenwrapped in wonton wrappers.  It iscommonly steamed, with a popular variant being fried resulting in a crispexterior. But still, the city mayor emphasizedthat the city should not be complacent. * veterinary health certificate (VHC)and veterinary shipping permit * livestock handler’s permit “The more we should be vigilant inguarding our ports of entry. Just this morning in Negros local authoritiesconfiscated 150 kilos of meat and meat products from ASF-hit areas,” saidForteza. “In Spain, it took them 10 years toeradicate the problem so kinahanglan gidkita magsige bantay. We protect our swine industry,” said Treñas. Mayor Jerry Treñas welcomed the siomailaboratory test result.last_img read more

Smith carries on despite elbow surgery

first_imgFor college athletes, conventional wisdom says when it comes to deciding whether to head to the professional ranks or stay in school, injured players should choose the latter. There’s too much at risk and too much to lose by turning pro. Or so the thinking goes.Perseverance · Pitcher Chad Smith struggled as a sophomore but turned his play around while pitching in the Alaska Summer League and as a reliever for USC last season. After undergoing Tommy John surgery, Smith was drafted by the MLB’s Detroit Tigers. – Summer Trojan file photo USC junior closer Chad Smith is facing that dilemma.The 6-foot-3 Los Angeles native, who injured his right elbow during a mid-April home series against Oregon, underwent Tommy John surgery May 20 at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Anaheim, Calif.Because of the serious nature of the procedure, in which a ligament in the elbow is typically replaced with a tendon from the knee, and the lengthy rehab process, Smith would be sidelined for the entire 2011 college season, provided he returns to USC.“It would be a great honor, just to be a captain my senior year and really finish what I started,” Smith said. “But with me being out all of next season, it’s now a different situation.”In a surprising turn of events, the hard-throwing right-hander was recently selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 17th round of this month’s MLB draft — 527th overall.Smith had anticipated his draft stock to plummet in the aftermath of the injury, considering the extent of the rehab process.“I talked to a lot of teams and knew I would get drafted,” Smith said. “But for them to pick me up in the 17th round was really a lot higher than I expected.”If Smith chooses to remain at USC, he will be on track to graduate in spring 2012, fulfilling a promise he made to his parents in high school, but he would be forced to watch every game from the dugout.Signing, as a result, which must be done before the MLB Aug. 15 deadline, remains a particularly intriguing option. Smith could finish summer school before leaving for the Tigers’ spring training facility in Lakewood, Fla., for a rehab session until fall classes begin. This would leave him just a couple courses shy of graduation.After the semester, Smith would be able to continue recuperating in Lakewood before playing Class-A short season in Connecticut, which begins in June.Despite some of the advantages of going pro, Smith remains mum on his future.“I’m really just going to wait and see how it goes and see what they want to offer,” Smith said. “I’ve still got some good options.”Before the injury, Smith’s future looked like it was falling into place.Smith, who throws a fastball and a hard slider as his out pitch, finally found a role he was comfortable in this season, thriving in the closer role after originally coming to USC as a starting pitcher under then-coach Chad Kreuter.In 2009, Smith posted a pedestrian 3.40 ERA in four starts, before regressing as a sophomore in 2010, finishing with a 4.47 ERA through six starts.“I would throw a great four innings, and then I couldn’t get out of the fifth inning,” he said, recalling some of his past struggles. “And that happened to me quite a few times. I couldn’t keep that focus.”Playing for the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Summer League in summer 2010, Smith came out of the bullpen for the first time and watched things turn around, finishing with a 0.46 ERA and three saves in 14 appearances.“I really liked coming into a game, throwing strikes and just getting outs,” said Smith, who expects to be a reliever in the Tigers’ system should he sign. “There’s nothing better than closing a game out.”His performance last season indicated as much for the junior, when he held opposing batters to a .216 average while sporting a 2.66 ERA and four saves — until the injury.“From a selfish perspective, we knew it’d be tough to move on considering we were losing one of our better arms,” said senior starter Andrew Triggs. “But also as a friend, it was real tough to see him go down like that.”Smith, who still hopes to play professionally at some point, admits the injury has changed his outlook moving forward.“I had never been hurt before,” Smith said. “I was always thinking baseball would be there, baseball would be there, but once it’s taken away, you have surgery, you undergo rehab, you realize how great you really had it.”last_img read more