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You are not permitted to download, save or email this image. Visit image gallery to purchase the image. Plastic sticks from cotton swabs are one of the most common items found on many countries’ beaches. Italy has become the first country to ban them. Photo: Justin Hofman As Plastic Free July rolls around again a new book details why the issue is so urgent, writes Ruth Blunt.  What started off with just 40 people in Perth in 2011, has grown into a massive worldwide movement, with more than 2million people choosing to refuse single-use plastics for the month of July. It has never been easier to ditch single-use plastics as more and more options are available to us here in Otago. There are bulk-bins stores where you can take your own containers, cafes promoting the use of reusable cups and some great events happening all over the region through the month to help people go waste-free. It has also never been so important to rethink our shopping habits and aim to bring less of those unnecessary plastics into our homes as our oceans suffocate under the weight of our waste. Political scientist Michiel Roscam Abbing outlines the scope of the plastic problem and more in his new boo...

Pat Robertson’s Operation Blessing was one of the first groups to receive taxpayer funds from the

Pat Robertson’s Operation Blessing was one of the first groups to receive taxpayer funds from the President’s Faith-based Initiative for “relief work” on the Gulf coast. At the Central Baptist Church in Marshall, Texas, where I was baptized in the faith, we believed in a free church in a free state. I still do. My spiritual forbears did not take kindly to living under theocrats who embraced religious liberty for themselves but denied it to others. “Forced worship stinks in God’s nostrils,” thundered the dissenter Roger Williams as he was banished from Massachusetts for denying Puritan authority over his conscience. Baptists there were a “pitiful negligible minority” but they were agitators for freedom and therefore denounced as “incendiaries of the commonwealth” for holding to their belief in that great democracy of faith-the priesthood of all believers. Such revolutionary ideas made the new nation with its Constitution and Bill of Rights “a haven for the cause of conscience.” No longer would “the loathsome combination of church and state”-as Thomas Jefferson described it-be the settled order. The First Amendment neither inculcates religion nor inoculates again...

Crain Chicago’s Fast 50, the area’s fastest-growing companies CRAINS-CHICAGO-horizontal-red-wht CRAINS-CHICAGO-horizontal-red-wht

Which companies are growing fastest in the Chicago area? Here are 50 on a roll: In our annual feature, which we’ve published since 2007, we identify the companies whose revenues are rapidly outgunning the rest. We start by profiling the top 10 firms to get an idea of what it took to make them grow; the other 40 are presented in list form. This list was produced with accounting firm Plante Moran. Click here to see how it was made. To apply to be on the 2020 list, click here. What it does: Online marketplace for music gear | 2018 revenue: $36.1 million | 5-year growth: 29,510.9% | Employees: 164 local, 180 total | Profitable: No | Location: Lakeview Entrepreneurs find inspiration in “pain points”—irritations with things the way they are, that could be better. David Kalt, who had been drawn to rock as a teenager, continually was irritated buying and selling musical gear on eBay and Craigslist. “The process, discovery and educational experience was limited,” he says. Buyers paid full price while sellers had to accept steep discounts. That frustration led Kalt to launch Reverb, a specialized site geared to musicians and collectors with detailed product descrip...

Uplifting the poor Indian farmer: A #MeToo for farmers’ redressal as well

MeToo—a manifestation of women power—originated in the wake of sexual harassment of women especially in the film industry and at workplaces, but here I do not intend to deal with any such concern. I have just thought of borrowing this phrase and use it for political parties—pan-India or regional—who are now vying with each other to woo the poor farmer by announcing direct cash transfers or some sort of a minimum income guarantee scheme. This new kind of ‘MeToo’ movement has emerged during last year or so, with an eye on winning the elections, both at the central and state levels. Before cash transfer schemes, loan waivers was the weapon used by political parties. These loan waivers were never fully implemented due to lack of resources, non-availability of correct information about poor farmers, inefficient implementation machinery at ground and at the state-level, and the absence of political will after the elections were over. Now we see a MeToo movement of cash transfers by political parties. There are five states in this group (Telangana, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Sikkim). The ruling BJP-led NDA-2 at the Centre had launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yo...

Global Sodium Sulfide Market Analysis of Growth Opportunities

The report gives the research-based overview of on Global Sodium Sulfide Market 2019 size, forecast and industry status, competition landscape and growth opportunity. This research report categorizes the global Sodium Sulfide market by region,  companies, type, and end-use industry. It also highlights the major challenges and current growth strategies adopted by the leading companies that are a part of the dynamic competitive spectrum of this business sphere. Data collected cover various business trends and demands linked with industrial goods and services. In addition, it also highlights the dominating Key players in the market joined with their market share. Global Sodium Sulfide Market 2019 report to boot options an outline of Compound Annual rate (CAGR) in command of worth for the actual quantity for Sodium Sulfide market which will assist the user to conclude the choice supported a front chart. The Sodium Sulfide Market report to boot contains in-detail information of the key players beside vendors and suppliers. The report to boot focuses on the geographical distribution of the Sodium Sulfide market over the globe with the analysis done by our qualified researchers. Reques...

Choosing between the Best coffee mug! What are the coffee mug Reviews 2019 ?

When it comes to selecting between the best coffee mug brands, things can be confusing. The top brands and its reputation does make an impact on the choices you have on offer. Cheaply-priced faucets are just that – cheap. coffee mug and fittings are more like investments, and you wouldn’t want to spend huge in repairs and replacement, which is why selecting a known and reliable brand is important. You will be also surprised to know that the bigger brands actually spend considerable money in research and creating designs. No matter whether you are creating a traditional or want to go for one of the contemporary , you will find products to suit your budget and needs. These brands often have great warranty on their products, so think of this like an investment, at least for the next Two to Three years. Over the years, these top brands have added more choices to each range and collection, and with new products, better technology, finishes and makes, people have more choices. In fact, most of these so-called ‘cheaper’ brands rely on the coffee mug brands for ideas. Here is a list of all kinds of best coffee mug with various features at different price points to make up the best sele...

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When it comes to selecting between the best what are the hair clippers brands, things can be confusing. The top brands and its reputation does make an impact on the choices you have on offer. Cheaply-priced faucets are just that – cheap. what are the hair clippers and fittings are more like investments, and you wouldn’t want to spend huge in repairs and replacement, which is why selecting a known and reliable brand is important. You will be also surprised to know that the bigger brands actually spend considerable money in research and creating designs. No matter whether you are creating a traditional or want to go for one of the contemporary , you will find products to suit your budget and needs. These brands often have great warranty on their products, so think of this like an investment, at least for the next Two to Three years. Over the years, these top brands have added more choices to each range and collection, and with new products, better technology, finishes and makes, people have more choices. In fact, most of these so-called ‘cheaper’ brands rely on the what are the hair clippers brands for ideas. Here is a list of all kinds of best what are the hair clippers with vari...

Conover bags 2nd Keysor Memorial victory, Kenny Wallace takes Mod feature, Hicks trucks to victory

No. 7 Jordan Conover picked up his 2nd Keysor Memorial win in Bud Thunderstock action, with NASCAR legend Kenny Wallace making the trek from St. Louis Missouri to bag the Northwest Physical Therapy UMP Modified feature win. Kicking off the nights action were the Budweiser Thunderstocks in an 18-lap A Main honoring the memory of 1990 Limaland Stock Car Track Champion Bobby Keysor and his father Bill who raced in fuve different decades at Limaland from the 1950s to the 1990s. No 82 Chris Douglas and No. 463 Daniel Sanchez would lead the field to green with Forest Ohio’s Jordan Conover getting a great start from 3rd to battle with Douglas for the lead. Conover would grab the point by the end of lap one and lead wire to wire with cautions on lap 2 and 11 the only things able to slow him down. Sanchez would power to 2nd on lap 12 and try to close on Conover, with no luck. No. J1 Jeff Matheny would charge to 3rd on lap 16, with Douglas finishing 4th and No. 00 of UNOH Racer Brandon Pralley completing the top 5. Next up were the 4 Cylinder Tough Trucks in their 15 lap feature. No 17H Kelcey Helmig, and No 20K Matt Twining led the field to the green flag, but No. 71 Chris Hicks got a tr...

Designed in cooperation with German scooter maker Micro, the flagship BMW E-Scooter is powered by a

Designed in cooperation with German scooter maker Micro, the flagship BMW E-Scooter is powered by a tiny 150-watt electric motor and feature a lithium-ion battery pack. It is priced at $890. BMW claims that the E-Scooter has a cruising range of 7.5 miles and a top speed of 12mph, and has a charge time of just two hours. The other models in the range are the City Scooter, which uses manpower to run and is priced at around $224, while there’s also a three-wheeled version designed for children aged between 3 and 12 called Kids Scooter, which is priced at $134. 500w Electric Bicycle All of the three BMW E-Scooters will be available for purchase at selected BMW dealers in Europe from September 2019. BMW was founded in Germany in 1916 and has grown to become one of the most prestigious car brands in the world. The company celebrated its 100-year anniversary three years ago. View the latest and most innovative superyacht toys on the market and find out what you should have on board… Kactus Sport, Carbon Fiber, Bike Guide Wheel System, Quick Release – Kactus,https://www.kactussport.com/

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If you are looking for a list of the best kids teepee then your search ends here. We have worked out intensively and made a list of top kids teepee which you can buy from Amazon. This list is based on various kinds of surveys, research and analyzing 1000s of reviews online. We suggest you check out below the list of kids teepee before buying anything randomly. We have given a descriptive review of each kids teepee below. Buying some random & cheap kids teepee can be harmful. Our 1st best kids tee pees recommendation is today’s Best Option selection, also it has given to a lovely all-natural canvas tent from Little Dove. Fantastic for those in your own life who want to play with and research and who want to have their own separate space. It’s created from 100 percent all natural, nontoxic and unpainted cotton canvas and greatly built to withstand the rigors of daily use. With a neutral layout, it is going to blend in effortlessly with any décor or surroundings building a welcome addition to a bedroom, playroom, nursery or even your primary lounge. Supplying unlimited hours of pleasure and active entertainment for your kids, it may be used both internally and externally so is ...

IPG Photonics Co. (IPGP) Receives Average Rating of “Hold” from Brokerages

IPG Photonics Co. (NASDAQ:IPGP) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the seventeen analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price objective among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $185.75. A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded IPG Photonics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, May 3rd. BidaskClub cut IPG Photonics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 14th. Cascend Securities reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $200.00 target price (up previously from $180.00) on shares of IPG Photonics in a report on Wednesday, May 1st. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $146.00 target price on IPG Photonics and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, February 14th. Finally, Northcoast Research cut IPG Photonics from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 13th. NASDAQ IPGP traded up $0.52 during trading on ...

Berks food safety inspections, April 15-30: More than 50 ants observed in a kitchen

Other problems noted included soda fountain nozzles that had a heavy mold/residue build up and a school kitchen that has insufficient hot water to clean the area. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture keeps records of food safety inspections at restaurants and food vendors. Berks County is divided into three jurisdictions: Reading, Muhlenberg Township and the rest of the county. The results will be posted every other week. If a food provider is labeled “out of compliance,” that means it has one or more violations that require a return visit by an inspector. The establishment is given time to fix the problem and remains open for business. Below are the results of inspections conducted between April 15 and April 30, 2019, and include the inspector’s comments on violations. Fleetwood Area School District High School, 801 N. Richmond St., Fleetwood , April 29, no violations. Gourmand LLC, 706 Brownsville Road, Sinking Spring , April 29, one violation. Food Facility Person in Charge not able to produce records showing that raw or partially cooked ready to eat fish has been frozen by the facility or approved supplier as required, before use or sale. Little Caes...

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