Coffee company FFI is launching Fair Ground, a range of specially- selected coffees available in two varieties – Fairtrade gold roast & ground coffee, and Fairtrade espresso coffee beans.The launch comes after the success of its Fair Instant range, which has seen over £170,000 raised over the past 18 months for Save the Children.Gold roast is suitable for use in fresh-brew machines, while the espresso beans can be used in any bean to-cup and espresso machines.The Fair Ground products are available in 500g food service packs, and with every pack sold, 25p goes towards Save the Children.”I am really excited about the launch of the Fair Ground brand, as it has real appeal for restaurants, coffee shops and caterers alike,” said Austin Sugarman, sales and marketing director.
Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS Kenaf fibers have been used for years to make paper products and some fabrics. Now a Georgia business wants to use it to make a building material. Perfect IngredientKenaf, he says, is the perfect ingredient for such a product.Rutherford was a guest speaker at the first Symposium on Value-Added Agriculture Dec. 13-14 in Tifton, Ga. He said kenaf, flax and cotton stalks all work well in his product.Kenaf stalks produce two types of fiber: an outer, woody, bast fiber and an inner core fiber.”We need the core fiber to make our product,” Rutherford said. “Kenaf has been researched in Georgia for many years. Farmers know how to grow it. But they don’t have a solid marketing program for selling it.”Up to 11,000 Acres NeededRutherford expects his plant to need 7,500 to 11,000 acres of kenaf within the next two years.”Our Montezuma plant sits on the edge of where kenaf has been grown in Georgia,” he said.Rutherford said farmers could sell kenaf directly to him or establish a cooperative, turn the stalks into a flour and sell the flour to him.”Harvesting it is the tricky part,” he said. “A sugarcane harvester works best. Another good thing about kenaf is you can grow it, store it for several months and then use it.”Not Totally NewKenaf isn’t totally new for Georgia farmers. Four years ago they grew it in Sumter County for use in a new cat litter product and for the paper industry, said David Kissel, a crop scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He has worked with kenaf for the past eight years.”The expenses and difficulties that come with a new product were too great, and the cat litter product failed,” Kissel said. “It was a pilot project. And the costs were greater than anticipated on the processing end.”Since the end of that project, no commercial acreage of kenaf has been planted, he said.Biggest ProblemThe biggest problem in growing kenaf is fighting root-knot nematodes. But UGA research has shown that farmers can grow it successfully in soils with high clay content that are free of root-knot nematodes.Kissel doesn’t think harvesting with sugar-cane equipment is the best route for Georgia farmers.”That’s the Texas technology,” he said, “and it would be expensive here because we don’t have that equipment. And it’s expensive equipment. That’s an issue that needs to be addressed. There are other ways to harvest the crop.”UGA has used cotton equipment to harvest kenaf on research plots. “We have all that equipment here in Georgia,” he said. “And dairies have forage choppers, which could also be used.”Still OptimisticHaving worked on the crop for so long, Kissel is still optimistic that it has a place in Georgia fields.”Certainly I’m pleased to hear about this new market,” he said, “because it adds value for Georgia crops. I haven’t given up on it. We’re not talking about a lot of acres in connection with this building materials project, but there’s potential there. And it can lead to other opportunities for the crop.”Kissel says automobile manufacturers are beginning to use the kenaf bast fiber as a replacement for glass fiber in some products.”Glass doesn’t degrade, and kenaf does,” he said. “Automobile companies are interested in using it to manufacture headliners and door panels. And they’re not just using kenaf. They’re using flax and hemp, too.” Georgia farmers may soon grow a new crop to supply the building materials market.Kenaf, a plant related to cotton and okra, is usually grown either as a forage crop for animals or for its fiber. But a middle Georgia businessman wants farmers to grow it for use in building materials.”We’re extruders. We make building materials from wood fibers and plastics,” said Ron Rutherford, president of Integrated Composite Technologies in Montezuma, Ga. “I need cellulose to make a building material that termites won’t eat and that won’t absorb water.”
The draft proposal of the new Forest Act is the culmination of many years of cynical attitude of all previous authorities towards citizens and their common goods, the Green Action points out in their statement, adding that it is devastating that we have to repeat aloud: FORESTS ARE NOT GOLF COURSES!Zelene akcija is a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit and voluntary association of citizens for environmental protection, and we are transmitting their entire statement on the new Forest Act in its entirety:Today is the last day of the public consultation on the said draft, which declares special purpose forests and forests in which the construction of golf courses, camps and other sports and recreational facilities is allowed. The fact that the construction of a golf course – an indoor sport for a select elite most often accompanied by extensive apartmentisation – is allowed on common goods such as forests is scandalous in itself. Instead of banning such practices, and keeping forests for everyone to use, this draft further facilitates the construction of golf courses in forests, and such forests are extinguished by special-purpose forests. Traditionally, special-purpose forests are exclusively forests that need additional protection due to their exceptional value, or forests for which a special management regime has been established in the public interest, for example for the purpose of scientific research or defense.For years, with each new amendment to the Act, we have been convinced that such concessions are necessary and acceptable because they will be exceptional. The result of such a disastrous policy is the increasing degradation of forests and the attempt to present such insane proposals as in the public interest.It should be reminded that the Amendments to the Law in 2006 enabled the transfer of ownership rights from the state to local self-government units (cities and municipalities), which opened the possibility of further privatization and devastation of forests by building on forest land.Amendments to the Act in 2008 focused on the possibility for the state to provide forests and / or forest land to cities and municipalities for the construction of entrepreneurial zones and only on the basis of an urban development plan, without any defined legal criteria for conducting this procedure.Amendments to the 2014 Act, which also provided for the designation of forest golf courses as special purpose forests, were strongly condemned by the profession and citizens. In just a few days, 4100 citizens sent a letter to members of parliament calling for the protection of forests from further devastation and golf apartmentization.There have been a lot of concessions when it comes to our forests. We want a meaningful policy of forest resources management and we strongly oppose the surrender of forests to the needs of various speculators and the so-called Developer. Golf courses in forests should be banned because FORESTS ARE NOT GOLF COURSES!Attachment: DRAFT PROPOSAL FOREST LAW
RelatedPosts Lagos Police boss preaches against domestic violence at CP’s daughter’s wedding Ogudu cell not suitable for detainees — Lagos CP Lagos CP inspects venue for CBT for new recruits No fewer than 384 athletes from the Lagos State Police Command have departed the state for the 12th Biennial Police Games holding from February 29 to March 7, 2020 in Awka, Anambra State. DSP Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Wednesday. He noted that the athletes would feature in 31 games, adding that they were adequately prepared to retain their position as defending champions. “Our athletes have been preparing and we are ready to retain our title as the defending champions of the 2018 Enugu Police Games,” Elkana said. NAN reports that over 5,000 police officers are expected to take part in the games. Chioma Ajunwa, a police officer, in 1996 emerged the first Nigerian Olympic Gold medallist. The late Sunday Bada, a policeman, also won a Silver medal, later upgraded to Gold at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 because the original winners of the 4 x 4 race tested positive to a banned substance. Esene Ikpoto, who represented Nigeria at different prestigious competitions, including the Olympic Games held in Christchurch, New Zealand, is also a police officer.Tags: Bala ElkanaChioma AjunwaEsena IkpotoLagos State Police CommandSunday Bada
When Wilshere eventually returns to first-team action, he could have well missed around 1,000 days of football in total. Wenger, though, rejected suggestions that should be an on-going concern. “When you are injured and you come back, you always go through a vulnerable period, where you need to strengthen your body again, to gain competition,” he said. “I think he is young enough to get over that and I hope his body will stabilise, I am confident he will and that he can make a career his talent deserves.” Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, who himself spent a large part of last season out injured, believes the players must do their part to help Wilshere through. “He has an enormous talent and support from every department of the club, and from the players because we feel sorry for him, and because we know we cannot waste his talent because he has an amazing career ahead of him,” the Spaniard said. “We are responsible for putting that into his head every day and do not allow him to fall down because at some stage that is the danger, that he does not believe in himself or his body and he needs to trust himself.” Arsenal travelled to Zagreb without midfielder Aaron Ramsey and full-back Hector Bellerin, who are rested. Centre-back Per Mertesacker, who was involved in a minor road traffic accident earlier this week, also stayed in London to continue his recovery from a virus. Dinamo have now not lost in a formidable run of some 41 matches, and l ast season they became the first team to go unbeaten through a Prva Liga campaign. However, the Croatians have never previously qualified for the knock-out stages, and have endured a 15-game winless run in the competition proper. Wenger said: “Croatian football produces always top level technical quality, that is their strength. “We have to focus on our own performance and to beat them have to play at our best and without speculating on any weak link in a team that has not lost a game for 11 months.” Arsenal defeated Stoke 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to continue their Premier League recovery. After returning from Croatia, next up is a trip to Chelsea, whose manager Jose Mourinho is under some pressure following a poor domestic start. Wenger said: “I believe that is part of our job and I would not say much more than that. “What is important is we focus on our game. You are quickly out in the Champions League if you do not start well. “We know we have a vital game and it is important we focus on that.” Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere can put his latest injury setback behind him to play a major part this season after it was confirmed the England midfielder needed surgery to fix a hairline fracture in his left leg. Wenger, who is already without forward Danny Welbeck until at least Christmas following knee surgery, moved to allay fears over Wilshere’s long-term recovery prospects. Speaking in Croatia ahead of the Champions League Group F opener against Dinamo Zagreb, the Arsenal boss said: “Like every player, he wants to play football and he is disappointed, but he has shown in the past he can deal with that. I think he was determined to do it quickly and come back as quickly as possible. “We are still at the start of the season. We are now mid-September, so after three months – mid-December – he can be back. There is still a long way to play after. ” This kind of injury is not a kind of injury which can damage your career. It is just a bone that did not heal well. “They need to put a little clip in. That is nothing major, not a career-threatening injury.” Wenger continued: ” I am not a specialist. I think this was just an accident which was not linked with his ankles. It just a bone injury.” Wenger had initially indicated Wilshere would be out for a matter of weeks, and had been pencilled in for a comeback following the international break. He said: “I am not a bone specialist, so I would not like to give too many details. I have been explained the situation, but I leave that to the medical people. There is nothing malicious in there, just a part of his bone that has not healed.” Wilshere, 23, has battled through a string of fitness issues which have halted his progress in recent campaigns. Following further medical examinations on the injury suffered in pre-season, the decision has now been taken that an operation is needed to properly correct the problem which will see a small plate inserted into the bone, and a rehabilitation time of around three months.