By Mujib Mashal The New York Times Kai Schultz Tues., May 7, 2019 WERAPITIYA, SRI LANKA—Tucked away behind a ridge, surrounded by lush mountains where 45 bird species chirp, is a luxury resort that sells peace of mind for about $900 a night. The resort, Santani, opened in 2017 here in Sri Lanka, and quickly received a series of accolades for hotels and spas. Rooms spread across 50 acres were booked continuously, often by celebrities and business tycoons. The influx of jobs and cash transformed the nearby village. The owner purchased 70 additional acres and made plans for an expansion. But those plans are now on hold and cancellations are piling up — at Santani and across Sri Lanka. Last month, bombings on Easter Sunday at churches and at hotels popular with foreign tourists left more than 250 people dead. Britain, India, the United States and several other countries warned their citizens to stay away, citing the possibility of further attacks. The … [Read more...] about How bombings in Sri Lanka devastated a growing tourism industry
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By Kim Severson The New York Times Tues., April 30, 2019 The effect may not yet be obvious in grocery stores and greenmarkets, but behind the organic apples and bags of rice and cans of cherry pie filling are hundreds of thousands of farmers, plant breeders and others in agriculture who are scrambling to keep up with climate change. Drop a pin anywhere on a map of the United States and you’ll find disruption in the fields. Warmer temperatures are extending growing seasons in some areas and sending a host of new pests into others. Some fields are parched with drought, others so flooded that they swallow tractors. Decades-long patterns of frost, heat and rain — never entirely predictable but once reliable enough — have broken down. In regions where the term climate change still meets with skepticism, some simply call the weather extreme or erratic. But most agree that something unusual is happening. “Farming is no different than gambling,” … [Read more...] about From apples to popcorn, climate change is altering the foods America grows
By Jacqueline Thorpe Bloomberg Tues., April 30, 2019 Ontario could allow several hundred cannabis stores to open but is being stymied by the federal government’s “bungling” of supply, according to the provincial finance minister. More than six months after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government legalized recreational pot in Canada, supply still “doesn’t line up,” Finance Minister Victor Fedeli said. That’s why Ontario has set a limit of 25 bricks and mortar stores, and outlets across the country are struggling to fill their shelves, he said. “It’s all dependent on the federal government unleashing supply,” Fedeli said in an interview Tuesday at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York. “Health Canada appears to be the area that is ill-prepared to license the producers.” Suppliers require Health Canada licenses to cultivate and process cannabis. There were more than 400 license … [Read more...] about Federal clumsiness with pot supply is stifling Ontario shops, finance minister says
By Audra D. S. Burch The New York Times Tues., April 30, 2019 ATLANTA—On the fifth floor of the Atlanta Police Department headquarters, more than a dozen investigative files of dead children are neatly spread across three tables. A handwritten list, scribbled in red ink, provides the names of some of the children who were killed. The years of each killing — 1979, 1980 and 1981 — are taped on three walls, along with grainy photos of the children, almost all of them smiling. Old homicide logs are stacked on another table. Inside the pages, among the details is the story of the Atlanta child killings, one of the most vexing cases in the city’s history. Forty years ago, Atlanta was terrorized by a serial killer who snatched and killed two dozen children, aged 7 to 17. They vanished with spine-chilling regularity, only to have their bodies discovered weeks or months later. In rivers. Under a bridge. Behind dumpsters. The menacing drumbeat of child … [Read more...] about Who killed Atlanta’s children?
By Alex Ballingall Ottawa Bureau Mon., April 29, 2019 OTTAWA—The NDP is demanding the federal government cancel its $12-million award to help the Loblaw grocery empire upgrade its fridges, as the leftist party attempts to paint the Trudeau Liberals as a band of corporate sellouts. The call was included in the NDP’s opposition motion in the House of Commons Monday, which posits that “corporate executives and their lobbyists” have too much influence with the Liberals in power. The motion accuses the Trudeau government of “encouraging attempts” to undermine the rule of law on behalf of Montreal-based engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, failing to close tax loopholes, and continuing to provide billions of dollars in subsidies to oil and gas companies. NDP MP Daniel Blaikie said Canadians are “rightly angry” about the alleged sway of big business over Liberal decisions, which he called “the elephant in Ottawa.” … [Read more...] about The NDP says Ottawa needs to cancel its $12-million award to retrofit Loblaw fridges