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Waterford deaths and funerals (April 3) - Waterford LiveWednesday, April 03, 2019
Lying in repose at Aidan Walsh & Sons Funeral Home Cappoquin on Tuesday evening from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, followed by funeral prayers. Funeral Mass on Wednesday morning at 11.00am in the Church of Assumption Aglish, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Josephine O'Dwyer (née Hale), Scartana, Cahir, Tipperary / Lismore, Waterford Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 11.00am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, please, donations in lieu, if desired, to Friends of St. Theresa's Hospital, Clogheen. Davy O'Brien, Upper Queen Street, Portlaw, Waterford Removal on Wednesday morning, April 3 at 10.15am to St. Patrick's Church, Portlaw for Requiem Mass on arrival at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. House private on Wednesday morning please. Thomas (Tom) Egan, late of Waterford Crystal and Seaview Park, Killea Road, Dunmore East, Waterford Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 12 noon in Killea Church followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. Liam Dalton, Manusflynn, Belclare, Tuam, Galway / Villierstown, Waterford Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Wednesday, 3rd April. Funeral afterwards to Kilcoona Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Galway... https://www.waterfordlive.ie/news/deaths/373609/waterford-deaths-and-funerals-april-3.html
Whittlesey: President Reagan's Rose, Our National Floral Emblem: A Casualty of Bad Trade Deals Now Challenged by ... - Breitbart NewsWednesday, July 05, 2017
Andean Trade Preference Act of 1991, backfired big-time. Government experts projected rosy benefits that in practice turned out to be nonexistent, with tragic human consequences.The tenets and assumptions of globalist trade policy orthodoxy that underlie this woeful tale have only recently, almost 30 years later, been made the subject of direct and forceful challenge—by, of all people, billionaire-turned-populist Donald Trump. From the outset of his campaign, “The Donald” began a fresh and very public assessment of U.S. trade policies–an analysis based on whether policies had hurt or benefited American workers. Decades’-long sacred cows of an elitist trade policy establishment have come under his skeptical scrutiny. I submit, Mr. President: trade policies affecting the cut-flower industry are a case in point.The tale does not end in 1991. Worse: ATPA was succeeded by other faulty trade deals, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), signed by Bill Clinton in 1994, which promoted the idea of a free-trade zone in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Again, technocrats weighed in: economic costs would be negligible and benefits enormous. Their Report, prepared in January 1993, for the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, concluded in its Executive Summary: “the preponderance of evidence indicates an almost indiscernible effect on U.S. wage rates for both low-skilled and high-skilled workers.”NAFTA in practice led to the loss of whole, previously viable, U.S. industries and more than 700,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs, according to AFL-CIO estimates. As with cut-flowers, trade under NAFTA often turned out to be a one-way street, as we opened up our economy to predation. As for ATPA, it gave way to the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA), another alphabet-soup trade arrangement, in 2003, signed by Bush ‘43. That hasn’t worked out as promised, either.Today, with the Trump administration examining a plethora of bad trade policies under both Democratic and Republican administrations since President Reagan left office, perhaps there could be some relief in sight for Americans. Experience since the 1990s with the cut-flower industry certainly should teach us one hard lesson: in future tally up the full costs—human as well as economic—with a jaundiced eye, especially toward untested predictions, before committing to new trade deals that could damage U.S. industries and cost American jobs.Maybe, then, there will come a day not too distant–if President Trump can deliver on his trade promises–when President Reagan’s declaration in 1986 about the glorious rose as central in American national life can be given renewed meaning.Ambassador Faith Whittlesey, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland (twice) and member of the White House senior staff during the Reagan administration, was the recipient of the International Friend of the Rose Award in 2010 and the naming of a new Tea Rose ‘Faith Whittlesey’ in 2006 from the American Rose Society, among other honors. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/26/whittlesey-president-reagans-rose-our-national-floral-emblem-a-casualty-of-bad-trade-deals-now-challenged-by-president-trump/
This is how an American florist and a Georgetown graduate wound up fighting ISIS in Syria - Tampabay.comTuesday, April 04, 2017
Raqqa. "They've betrayed the Kurds before, and I wouldn't be surprised if they do it again," he said. "They're occupiers and imperialists."Other aspects of their experience jolted the assumptions they had come with. They were perturbed by the relish with which the YPG greeted the U.S. presidential election of Donald Trump, who is being hailed within the secularist group as an enemy of Muslims. Chapman is an observant Jew, and one of his hopes was to find a way to bridge the gulf between Muslims and Jews by demonstrating his solidarity with Islam. Instead, he found himself fighting alongside people who denounced Muslims."There's a lot about it that's not utopia," he said. "It's disappointing when people say things like 'All Muslims must leave.'"After their spell on the front lines together, he and Belden parted ways. Chapman joined a medical unit, which he said he found more rewarding than fighting. Belden teamed up with a different militia, called the United Freedom Forces, or BOG, founded by Marxist Leninist Kurds from Turkey. With them, he said, he found some of the socialist kinship he had been seeking, as well as more action on the battlefield.They have now reunited for the journey home. Chapman, who has learned to speak Kurdish, hopes to work with Kurdish organizations in the United States. Belden wants to marry his girlfriend and return to Syria with her — to join a Marxist-Leninist political organization, not to fight.He also has another wish — to halt production of the planned movie, which is based on an article in Rolling Stone called "The Anarchists vs. the Islamic State." The proposal for a film to be directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Gyllenhaal as Belden was recently announced by the Hollywood Reporter. Belden, who says he is not an anarchist, was as surprised as all of his friends when he found out about it."I've got to stop this movie. It'll probably be exploitative and orientalist. It will taint everything I do," he said in a message as he prepared to leave Syria this week. "I'm a communist. I don't want fame."... http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/war/this-is-how-an-american-florist-and-a-georgetown-graduate-wound-up/2318685
St. Pat's parades off to an early start - WWL First NewsTuesday, March 14, 2017
Burke. "So, we pushed it up a half-an-hour.""We'll start our Mass off at 11:30. Then the parade will start around 12:30, instead of the usual time of 1 o'clock."That Mass takes place at St. Mary's Assumption Church.The parade also has a new starting point. "We have a new route this year," says Burke. "Last year we started at Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas. This year we're going to start on Jefferson Avenue and Tchoupitoulas, the same route most of the parades Uptown use during Mardi Gras."The parade's unofficial theme is "Be Irish and have a good time." Some 1,200 gentlemen in tuxedos will distribute flowers and Irish kisses to the ladies in the crowd.Burke says the throws will remain traditional: cabbage, carrots and potatoes. "You can catch everything for a good Irish stew at the parade. You can catch everything but the corned beef," he says. "We don't throw the corned beef."The same holds true Sunday in Jefferson Parish at the Metairie Road St. Patrick's Parade, only on a somewhat larger scale."We have approximately 42 floats, 48 trucks, 13 marching units and a number of special entertainment units. It's 110 units, completely," says parade president and captain, Donald Bock.That parade rolls from Rummel High School at noon, down Severn to Metairie Road, and on to the parish line.Bock says they plan to roll, rain or shine."We won't cancel it," he says. "The Parish could, or the Sheriff's Office. But we won't cancel it. We've never been canceled at all. Never, in the 47 years."This year's theme is "Everyday is Irish."... http://www.wwl.com/St-Pat-s-parades-off-to-an-early-start/23036764
Famed Mexican Artisan Says It With Flowers In His Dia de Los Muertos Holiday Facades - Mexico StarTuesday, November 01, 2016
Rock Creek crushing/grinding/gravity/leach processing facilities (secured by the Company through an option to purchase agreement) as well as the assumptions and flowsheet design of the 2016 Amended PEA. The work is being carried out at McClelland Laboratories in Reno Nevada, under the supervision of independent engineers Moose Mountain Technical Services. Tracey Meintjes, P.Eng. of MMTS, a qualified person under the meaning of NI 43-101 reviewed the technical information in this news release. The Ixtaca deposit gold and silver mineralisation occurs as electrum (a gold/silver alloy) and gold and silver bearing sulphides in epithermal veins and veinlets cutting carbonate (limestone and shale) and volcanic rocks. There is negligible disseminated mineralisation in the carbonate rocks which host the majority of the gold and silver vein mineralisation, the remainder of which occurs in the overlying altered volcanic ash units. Gold and silver mineralogy vary little within domains and grade varies according to the density of veining. The detailed mineralogy and geologic observations carried out before metallurgical test work indicated the opportunity to pre-concentrate electrum and precious metal bearing sulphides to create a gold silver concentrate. The three prior rounds of metallurgical test work, and the work reported today, confirm a likely flow sheet of gravity and flotation to produce a concentrate for subsequent leaching to create a gold-silver doré.About the Ixtaca Deposit PFS ProgramThe Company has selected independent engineers Moose Mountain Technical Services ("MMTS") and Knight Piesold Ltd. ("KP") to prepare a PFS study. Development related activities are currently underway, including advanced engineering and environmental baseline studies to meet the requirements of a PFS and the submittal of an environmental permit application and risk assessment to the Mexican regulatory agency responsible for mine permitting.To date Almaden has completed or initiated the following studies:• Hydrological studies including the drilling of water test wells and installation of hydrologic equipment for baseline monitoring of existing subsurface water flow and quality on the project site (installation complete, monitoring ongoing);• Baseline surface water quality and flow measurements (monitoring ongoing);• Water management studies (ongoing);• Geochemical characterization of rock materials (complete);• Condemnation drilling of areas where mine infrastructure is planned (complete);• Geotechnical drilling to confirm foundation, footing and subsurface material quality (complete);• Geomechanical drilling to confirm rock strength, hardness and pit slope parameters (complete);• Terrain and seismic hazards assessment (Ongoing);• PFS level metallurgical test work (ongoing);• Flora and fauna studies (complete);• Installation of a weather station (complete).The Company currently expects the above studies to be largely complete in 2016 allowing a PFS for the Ixtaca project to be completed early in 2017. The PFS will use the Rock Creek processing facilities as a base case and will assess the opportunity for a larger mine plan at a higher throughput.MMTS is an association of Geologists, Engineers and Technicians providing experienced knowledge in Geology, Mine Engineering, and Metallurgical Services and Support to the mining industry for over 15 years. Through their network of associates they provide an integrated team of experts and QP's. Services range from early grassroots exploration and dev... http://www.mexicostar.com/index.php/sid/249034307
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html
Contrasting Soupman (SOUPQ) & FTD Companies (NASDAQ:FTD) - Fairfield CurrentTuesday, January 08, 2019
The company was formerly known as UNOL Intermediate, Inc. FTD Companies, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.About SoupmanSoupman, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells soups in the United States. It markets and sells its products to grocery chains, school systems, and franchisees under The Original Soupman brand name. The company also franchises Original Soupman restaurants and mobile unit; and other high-traffic locations, such as casinos, airports, theme parks, and other tourist locations. It has 9 franchise locations, including co-branded locations. The company was formerly known as Passport Arts, Inc. and changed its name to Soupman, Inc. in January 2011. Soupman, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is based in Staten Island, N... https://www.fairfieldcurrent.com/news/2019/01/03/comparing-soupman-soupq-ftd-companies-ftd.html