DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to grant some foreigners citizenship to this oil-rich nation home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It’s part of efforts to stimulate its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The UAE previously gave citizenship to Palestinians and others who helped form the country’s government after its formation in 1971. Others have received it over time as well. Saturday’s announcement by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, said the offer could apply to artists, authors, doctors, engineers and scientists, as well as their families.
Their total value is hard to pin down, but peanuts clearly aren’t “just peanuts” in Georgia. One University of Georgia economist figures peanuts add $1.1 billion to the economy in direct income, related jobs and other jobs, services and economic activity. What will happen to those dollars if federal peanut programs dry up? “There are all kinds of debate about where (peanut) prices could go if the programs are discontinued,” said Don Shurley, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “With the fluctuation of peanut prices, we’re sure we’ll see a lot of effect on the economy,” Shurley said. “But until it happens, no one can predict the dollar effect on the state.” In 1997, peanuts were the second-largest cash crop on Georgia farms, totaling $361 million in farmer income. Only cotton provided more economic punch to the state. Shurley said scrapping the peanut program would almost certainly lower peanut prices to farmers. Some peanut production, he said, could leave the state. “Assuming the quota system and price supports disappeared, crop prices could drop about 20 percent,” he said. “That could reduce farm income from peanuts by $60 million and have a $180 million effect on the economy.” Farm land values and local tax bases would be hard-hit, too, he said. The quota system, he explained, is tied to the farm where the peanuts are grown. “Loss of the quota allotment could mean a $400 million decline in land values,” he said. But with recent consumption increases, the situation looks a bit brighter for Georgia farmers. U.S. consumption increased in 1996 for the first time in five years. Americans ate 7.5 percent more peanut butter, Shurley said. Peanut butter accounts for about half of all peanut use. That’s especially good news for Georgia farmers. Their crop is more than 95 percent Runner varieties – the kinds that make the best peanut butter. Farmers are looking for another 3 percent increase in their quota for the 1998 growing season, Shurley said. The quota rose by 3 percent last year, too. “Each 1 percent increase in quota and consumption raises farm income in Georgia by $3 million and has a $9 million economic impact on the state,” Shurley said. Georgia farmers grow about 41 percent of all U.S. quota peanuts. The available U.S. quota this year totals 1.17 million tons. The state’s farmers expect to grow 479,700 tons of those peanuts.
Stuff co.nz 15 September 2017Family First Comment: “If our fight against suicide is to be effective we simply must be able to explain why some physical suffering justifies death while the mental torture that is severe depression, or bipolar, or schizophrenia, does not. Don’t all involve horrendous, prolonged mental or physical pain? Don’t all involve loss of dignity at certain points? Don’t all involve loss of quality of life? Don’t all involve a shortened life expectancy?When compassion means allowing some to choose death to relieve suffering, how can it also mean convincing others to live through it?If we cannot answer these questions, then surely, we have to face the fact that what we are fighting with one hand, we are feeding with the other.”OPINION: One week out from a general election, our politicians just can’t seem to stay away from life and death issues.Last week, it was abortion. This week, National MP Simon O’Connor got himself into hot water over the issue of euthanasia. He criticised the Labour leader for supporting both a zero suicide rate and euthanasia laws.His boss, Bill English, texted him to tell him he was wrong to link the two, which makes you wonder whether English actually read the report on euthanasia that O’Connor, along with politicians of other stripes, produced recently.On page 43 the report deals explicitly with the arguments differentiating suicide from euthanasia. The section points out that one of the world’s most important health organisations recognises that it is actually very difficult to do so.“The World Health Organization acknowledges significant definitional difficulties in its most recent publication on the issue”, we read. “In its 2014 report, ‘Preventing Suicide: A global imperative’, it defines suicide as the act of deliberately killing oneself.”That definition describes precisely what New Zealand euthanasia laws will aid people to do.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/96866345/narelle-henson-complex-matters-of-life-and-death
African stars were in fine goal scoring form for their clubs in the various competition played on Tuesday.In England, Nigeria striker Peter Odemwingie scored his first goal for Cardiff in their Capital One Cup clash against West Ham United on Tuesday.Odemwingie, who made his debut coming off the bench in the 1-0 loss to Tottenham at the weekend, was at his first start for Cardiff and levelled the score in the 75th minute.Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Touré also netted for the third game in a row in all competitions in a 5-0 win over Championship side Wigan Athletic.The 30-year-old scored from a free-kick, like he did against Newcastle and Hull City.GERMANYBorussia Dortmund needed extra time to grind out a 2-0 win at second-division 1860 Munich in the second round of the German Cup . Dortmund made the breakthrough in the 105th minute with a penalty from substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Marco Reus was fouled by 1860 midfielder Dominik Stahl, who was sent off, and the Gabon international sent goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly the wrong way.SPAINSenegalese forward Papa Babacar Diawara scored his first league goal of the season to give Levante the lead in their 1-1 draw against Real Valladolid.It was his first goal in competitive games since 28 November, 2012, when he found the back of the net with Sevilla against Espanyol in a Copa del Rey tie.He last scored in the Spanish top-flight on May 5, 2012. FRANCEIvory Coast winger Salomon Kalou put Lille ahead after 13 minutes against Evian Thonon Gaillard in a French Ligue 1 encounter.Thanks to the 3-0 win, LOSC move to 3rd place, one point less than Marseille who beat Saint-Etienne 2-1. Algeria left back Fouazi Ghoulam converted a penalty for the visitors.It was a great day for African players in Ligue 2.Guinea striker Mohamed Yattara scored a hat-trick for Angers before his former club Troyes completed an unbelievable comeback to a finalscore of 3-3. Senegalese left back Ousmane Cissokho netted for the second game in a row for Nimes but it was a consolation goal in a 2-1 loss to Niort.Metz won their derby against Nancy 3-0 thanks to French youth international of Ivorian descentYeni N’gabakoto, talented Guinean attacking midfielder Bouna Sarr and former Ghana U-20 striker Kwame Nsor.Senegalese midfielder Cheikh Ndoye scored his fourth goal of the season for Créteil but his compatriot Zakaria Diallo and Ivorian striker Koro Koné sealed a 3-1 win for Dijon.Benin full back Emmanuel Imorou scored a late equalizer for Clermont and Cameroonian striker Christian Bekamenga netted his 4th of the season for Laval who claimed the second win of the campaign.