Whole Foods announced last Thursday that they have now committed $25 million in funding to their Local Producer Loan Program (LPLP). Since 2007, they have provided 184 loans to 155 companies. Funds are targeted to help local growers, producers and food artisans. Company welcomes new loan applications.
Dr. Richard J. Roberts, Nobel Prize in Medicine 1993: pharmaceutical companies are interested in research that doesn’t cure but only make you experience an improvement that disappears when you stop taking the drug because drug companies often are not as interested in healing you as in getting money.
Wind turbines met 21.1% of electricity demand on the Spanish peninsular, narrowly beating the region's fleet of nuclear reactors, which provided 21% of power. Power output from combined cycle gas plants fell 34.2% year-on-year, coal-fired plants saw generation fall 27.3%, and nuclear power output fell 8.3%.
A Democratic push to extend unemployment benefits that expired moved forward in the Senate. Republicans in opposition, contend issuing emergency unemployment checks discourage job seekers. Urge Congress to focus on Republican job-creation ideas, like expanded oil drilling.
US has issued a rare order to a Turkish company to stop Boeing airplane engine export to neighboring Iran, saying the export would violate US sanctions on Tehran. US ban, has for years prevented the sales of passenger aircraft and repair parts to Iranian airlines.
On December 13, six residents of the 147-unit Astor House building on Chicago’s far north side were evicted from their apartments. The evictions were carried out in freezing temperatures, three days prior to the start of Cook County’s holiday moratorium on evictions lasting until January 2nd.
A church which is in need of repair has used a law which dates back to the era of Henry VIII in an attempt to force villagers to foot the bill. St Peter’s church sparked anger when it sent notices to residents informing them they may be required to pay for the 14th century building to be fixed.
Iraq has received 13 Mil Mi-28NE helicopters under a $4.2 billion defense contract with Russia. The helicopters, dubbed “Night Hunter” for their night operation capabilities, were delivered to Umm Qasr Port on Sunday. Iraqi army received 15 similar aircraft last year, plan to use in the fight against militants.
In Sweetwater, Florida, cars were being towed by the thousands. So many, in fact, that a car was towed in about 37% of all arrests. To add to that ridiculousness, the company that did the towing was partly owned by the city's mayor.
Workers taken two executives hostage at Goodyear tyre factory in Amiens, subject of row between French minister, American CEO last year. Union representatives to keep the men captive until they have better terms for the 1,173 workers who face unemployment with the proposed closure of the site.
United Arab Emirates not to buy BAE 60 Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters worth £6 billion. UAE would now turn to French Rafale fighter planes made by Dassault Aviation to replace its ageing French-made Mirage aircraft. BAE Systems is still negotiating to supply 72 Eurofighter jets to Saudi Arabia.
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev in the first opposition rally of 2014. The demonstrators gathered in Kiev’s Independence Square on Sunday to continue opposing the government’s rejection of an association agreement with the European Union (EU).
Value of Turkey’s national currency, lira, has fallen to a new low against the US dollar amid an ongoing corruption scandal which has plagued the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The lira plunged to 2.1947 per dollar on Monday, after dropping to 2.18 on Thursday and 2.17 on Friday.
Thousands of African migrants in Israel have marched to the embassies of the United States and a number of European countries on the second day of their mass strike. The protesters marched in Tel Aviv in Monday to demand asylum and work rights from Israeli authorities.
A United Arab Emirates (UAE) deal to purchase two intelligence satellites from France worth US $930 million in jeopardy after discovery of “security compromising components. US-supplied components provide a back door to highly secure data transmitted to ground station.
Obamacare bailout provision: Section 1341, “reinsurance” fund collected from insurers and self-insuring employers at $63 a head. This yields $20 billion over three years to cover losses. Section 1342, “risk corridor” provision that mandates taxpayer payout covering up to 80 percent of insurance-company losses.
The US Defense Department has waived laws that ban Chinese-made components on US weapons, including on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets. Chief US arms buyer Frank Kendall allowed two F-35 suppliers to use Chinese magnets for new warplane's radar system, landing gears other hardware,
The long lines stretching around Colorado marijuana shops have apparently not gone unnoticed by investors, with the price of shares for cannabis-related companies skyrocketing since the drug became legal throughout the state on January 1.
As TEPCO began preparations for the cleaning of the drainage system with tons of leaked radioactive water at the Fukushima power plant,a former employee reveals the reason for so many leaks was cost cutting measures such as using duct tape.
Poll from The Washington Post, 42% of Democrats are against Obamacare. Elections in 2014 Democrats are running-not walking-away from Obamacare. Little known passage in the bill shows how you could get slapped with a $2,000 fine for not having health insurance - even if you do actually have it.
Disney’s theme parks can now give waterproof rubber wristbands embedded with computer chips in lieu of paper tickets. Act as a park entry ticket, a FastPass, a hotel room key and a credit card, can track guests movements.
Scientists in China have successfully bred glow-in-the-dark pigs using jellyfish DNA. Researchers at the South China Agricultural University announced last month that they had successfully engineered 10 piglets that glowed green under a black light. Could help create more cost-effective medicines, therapies.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says Iraq’s Kurdistan has started flowing crude oil to neighboring Turkey, despite Baghdad’s criticism of such energy exports. Crude from Iraq’s Kurdistan is now being pumped via a new pipeline to Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Ceyhan at 300,000 barrels per day.
At least three people have been killed in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, after security forces opened fire on garment workers rallying for higher wages. After firing warning shots in the air, police began firing at the protesters who hurled rocks, bottles and petrol bombs outside a factory in the city.
California doubled its rooftop solar installations last year from 1,000 megawatts (MW) to 2,000 MW. , it took California over 30 years to build the first 1,000 MW of rooftop solar. As record numbers of homes and businesses go solar, utility companies growing uneasy about the threat it poses to their business.
Colorado marijuana dispensaries raked in $1 million on the first day of legalization. Marijuana was on sale at 24 stores, most located in Denver. Marijuana is legal with a doctor's note in 18 states.
the state's healthcare exchange touted as a model for Obamacare, But after signing up only 44 people throughout the month of November - at a cost of $300 million if that is "success," then maybe Oregonians don't want to know what failure looks like (or costs).
Stores across Colorado selling joints, buds other pot-infused products to customers from across United States. Turning point in drug war. State regulations insist every marijuana plant must be tracked from seed to sale, 400,000 of 2m tags sent in the post did not reach all stores in time. allowed to sell regardless.
A banker wanted by the FBI for a $21 million fraud case was arrested Tuesday in Georgia after being stopped for a minor traffic violation. The man disappeared a year and a half ago after penning a note announcing his planned suicide. Was stopped for a tinted window violation,
"Sixty to seventy percent of the foods in US supermarkets. "Patents on seed are illegitimate because putting a toxic gene into a plant cell is not "creating" or "inventing" a plant. These are seeds of deception — the deception that Monsanto is the creator of seeds and life, strategy to strangle the food supply.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, asked Republican Lieutenant Gov. Mark Darr, to resign over campaign finance impropriety after an Arkansas ethics commission ruled that Darr had broken 11 campaign finance laws since 2010.
For the first time, the two-year budget for 2014/2015 prohibits the city-state of Berlin from taking on new loans. The state government has €63 billion of debt. Each year, Berlin transfers around €2 billion to the banks for interest payments.
French President Hollande’s plan to introduce a 75 percent tax on companies that pay out salaries of more than one million euros (US$1.38 million) has been approved. It follows a court ruling stating that an individual can't be taxed over 66 percent.
If a proposed ballot measure succeeds, California may become the third state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. By the state’s estimate, legalization would save the state hundreds of millions of dollars each year and generate about the same amount in new tax revenue.
Recommending Americans prepare a “bug-out bag” that includes food, gun, ammo. many fear end-of-the-world scenario. He doesn’t agree with that outcome, but does with much of what has people worried.
Japan's seafood industry says it's blighted by contaminated catches - nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster polluted surrounding land and waterways. They can't convince customers their fish is safe.
Britain Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne: announced another £3 billion of public spending cuts, state pension age will increase to 68, 69 and 70. Poor, sick and unemployed pay for the greed and recklessness of wealthy elites."
His personal information is not in particular government data bases. So healthcare.gov could not actually verify his identity. How he can be president without verifying his data.
Food companies who use genetically modified (GMO) ingredients want permission from government to stamp their products with the word “natural.” Grocery Manufacturers Association asked Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve plan, any food containing GMO could be sold as “natural.”
Denis MacShane, former Labour Member of British Parliamentsentenced to six months of imprisonment for fraudulently claiming parliamentary expenses amounting to £12,900. Ordered to pay £1,500 costs. Only a fifth of the British public trust MPs to "tell the truth."
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