In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, August 31, 2018

first_imgConservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update Article published by John Cannon There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments. Tropical forestsThe “natural enemies” hypothesis, which argues that tropical forest biodiversity results from intense competition, isn’t the only factor (UPI).The effects of the Mayans’ use of forests in Central America centuries ago still linger today (Smithsonian Magazine).The chief minister of the Malaysian state of Sabah orders increased protection for Bornean elephants (The Sun Daily, Reuters).Managers in India use drones to move an elephant herd back into the forest and away from potential conflict with people (The Hindu).Anti-poaching forces have been deployed in areas with illegal logging in Thailand (Bangkok Post).A scientist explains how indigenous forestry techniques can be leveraged to rescue degraded forests (Yale Environment 360).A failed dam in Myanmar leaves 63,000 people homeless (Reuters).More tree species in forests could mean a higher capacity to absorb carbon (Carbon Brief).As urban areas explode in Central Africa, the incidence of disease outbreaks is rising as well (NIH/EurekAlert).A U.S. environmental group is no longer welcome in Russia (U.S. News & World Report).Hybrid pythons, the product of two Asian species, could be super predators when they invade wildlife-rich areas in Florida (The Guardian).Honeybees are helping in the fight against deforestation on the island of Zanzibar (Wired).Other newsFishers double their efforts in the lead-up to the designation of a marine protected area, study finds (The Atlantic).New research warns of the drastic potential impacts of climate change (The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic).The U.S. EPA’s plan to bring back coal could lead to an additional 1,400 deaths a year from poor air quality, scientists say (The New York Times).With warmer temperatures, crop-eating insect pests will become more active (The Guardian, BBC News, The New York Times).A judge has stopped plans for the first grizzly bear hunt in the Yellowstone ecosystem in four decades (Reuters).Logging may slow wildfires in some instances, but are the problems it causes for biodiversity worth it? (Pacific Standard).Plastic particles carry invasive species into new territory (National Geographic News).Dogs are helping authorities catch ivory traffickers in Kenya (BBC News).Researchers find a new species of high-altitude tarantula (National Geographic).Recent research links a drop-off in the ability to think with pollution in China (The New York Times).Officials express their concern that drones are interfering with breeding birds and mammals (BBC News).An underwater drone could protect the Great Barrier Reef from invasive (and coral-destroying) crown-of-thorns starfish (The Guardian).Banner image of a Bornean elephant by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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We can do it all here – farmer Dhaniram Ramchand

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratOne of the best feelings of accomplishment is being able to provide for yourself and the people in your care, and one of the best ways to do that is by being able to feed them. Food is the foundation of all things good.Around food is where we have had many memories and to put it quite frankly, everybody remembers the good plate of food that they have had.Farmer Dhaniram RamchandIn today’s world, where we all live in the fast lane, choosing the right food for yourself and your family is quite a task since we are sacrificing quality over quantity. We have foods that quite contribute to the deterioration of our health but what we also have is the power to change that.Agriculture is the foundation of all sectors since many others are dependent, in some form, on agriculture. Whether it is the service industry or manufacturing sector, we all rely on the farmers.Throughout the world, farming is considered as one of the less glamorous jobs since it involves getting down and dirty all of the time. But farming is a science that very few have mastered and it is also one of the most fulfilling professions.Shade house cultivationFor the past 15 years, Dhaniram Ramchand has been living the dream since he has been able to boast about playing a part in what many of us eat. Though relatively still young, the 41-year-old has been surrounded by vast landmass and farms his entire life.Growing up on the West Bank of the Berbice River in the farming community of Bath Settlement meant that he was exposed to farming and techniques of the trade from a young age. He developed a knack for it but his approach was more than the traditional one.The community is the major producer of eschalot and celery in Guyana and while he initially went that route, Dhaniram knew that he needed to do more. And more he did.Quality tomatoes“I was working as an Extension Agent with NAREI (National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute) and I used to work and you always hear about the (bell) peppers coming into the country and the importation bill so high. So I decided to produce the peppers in an effort to help cut the importation bill because to import the peppers is a lot of money and it also means that the peppers are expensive. So I started up the peppers and it worked well as has been doing well since it hit the market. We can actually produce the same peppers we import into this country because we have the land and we have the freshwater and now all we need is the will to do that,” he said.Dhaniram began producing high-quality bell peppers just over five years ago and has been one of the major suppliers of the product to a number of supermarkets throughout the country. Prior to that, along with the celery and eschalot, he also farmed tomatoes.“I did not have much challenges when I decided to start growing the peppers because the market was there and they welcomed it. I took it upon myself to take up the challenge to show that we can bring down the import bill. We are now working on broccoli, cauliflower and purple cabbage to bring down that bill.Healthy lettuceWe can do it all here. That (the bell peppers) really put me in the high volume crop because we import that. We did some trials (on broccoli, cauliflower and purple cabbage) with NAREI and it was successful so Guyana has the potential in terms of growing those commodities because we have the land, we have the freshwater here and we can actually grow those high volume crops here and it will ease our importation,” Dhaniram noted.He is also expanding his business. Dhaniram not only farms but under his Green To Life brand, he distributes his produce and also supplies farmers with seedlings and pesticides. He also takes the time to impart his knowledge to other farmers since he believes that the more farmers, the better because food is something everyone needs.“As any other, business farming is a business and I think farming has great potential and agriculture contributes a significant portion of the GDP in our country. So I think farming got great potential and with oil, we should increase our production because we will have more people coming in. We need to up the scale because there will be more market for farmers once they produce quality stuff.Ramchand’s signature bell peppers“I am working towards producing more organic products so my peppers are now growing organic because visitors going more towards that and it brings a better price. I am producing under shade houses and greenhouses in an effort to cope with climate change because we know climate change is a threat to food production not only in Guyana but also the world.”last_img read more

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Ronaldo steps up training ahead of City return

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has missed the last three games for his club due to a thigh injury but the Portuguese forward is expected to return against Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finalMADRID, May 2 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s chances of facing Manchester City in the second leg of Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final on Wednesday were boosted as the Portuguese took a full part in training on Monday.Ronaldo has missed Real’s last three games due to a thigh injury, but is expected to return against City with the tie finely balanced at 0-0. French striker Karim Benzema also stepped up his recovery from a hamstring strain picked up in the first leg in the hope of being fit to face the English side.“Ronaldo and (Alvaro) Arbeloa completed the session with the group while Benzema was out running alone on the pitch,” Madrid said in a statement on Monday.Ronaldo has been in blistering form in the Champions League this season, scoring 16 goals in 10 appearances, including a hat-trick in the second leg of their quarter-final with Wolfsburg to overcome a 2-0 first-leg deficit.However, he expects another tight match against City if Madrid are to make it to their 14th European Cup final.“If Manchester City have made it to the semi-finals, it’s because they’re an excellent team,” Ronaldo told Madrid’s website.“Knocking out PSG is not an easy task, but they managed to do it. They are a team with very few weaknesses.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Weiss fired by SuperSonics

first_img Dent beat Yuri Schukin 6-2, 6-0 to even the round-robin match at 1-1 after 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova gave Russia a 1-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Raymond. Raymond and Dent had little trouble in the mixed doubles at the indoor Burswood Dome, beating the Russian pair 6-4, 6-1. The Americans are 2-0 in the tournament and a victory Thursday over Sweden would clinch a place in Friday’s final. ARENA FOOTBALL: The Avengers opened training camp Tuesday at West L.A. College with the most wide-open competition at quarterback since Ed Hodgkiss became coach of the Arena Football League team in 2002. Hodgkiss said Brian Mann, a member of the Avengers since 2003, is ahead in the three-way competition, which includes Ryan Van Dyke, the third-stringer last season, and rookie Sonny Cumbie, the NCAA Division I-A passing yardage leader in 2004 while playing for Texas Tech. John Kaleo, the starter last season, signed as a free agent with the Columbus Destroyers during the offseason. Hodgkiss plans to select a starter shortly after a Jan. 16 scrimmage against the Colorado Crush. BOXING: Former boxing champion Thomas Hearns has been accused of striking his son during an argument at Hearns’ home in Southfield, Mich., and faces misdemeanor assault and battery charges. SOCCER: Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall pulled out of the U.S. national team’s training camp, which begins today in Carson, with an injury. A team spokesman said Marshall, from Riverside, had tendinitis in his left knee. English powers Arsenal and second-place Manchester United played to a 0-0 tie, a result that left defending champion Chelsea lead at 13 points in the Premier League. David Beckham‘s second-half goal lifted Real Madrid to a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the fifth round in Spain’s Copa del Rey. Barcelona also won, beating host Zamora 3-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Memphis Grizzlies point guard Damon Stoudamire had surgery on his right knee and will miss the rest of the season. Stoudamire ruptured his right patellar tendon on a drive to the basket in the Grizzlies’ 93-90 victory at Portland on Dec. 30. HORSE RACING: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Stevie Wonderboy is set to open his 3-year-old campaign in the San Rafael Stakes on Jan. 14, the colt’s first step on the road to the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Doug O’Neill said plans call for a Wednesday workout for his colt, and if all goes well, it’s on to the mile San Rafael at Santa Anita. The colt, named for singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, became the early favorite for the May 6 Derby with his win in the Juvenile at Belmont Park. TENNIS: Taylor Dent won his singles match and combined with Lisa Raymond in the clinching mixed doubles to give the United States a 2-1 victory over Russia in the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. Seattle has not been above .500 this season after winning 52 games last season while capturing the Northwest Division. The Sonics are four games below .500 for the first time since finishing the 2004 season 37-45. The Clippers waived guard Howard Eisley, who averaged 0.7 points and 8.6 minutes in 13 games. center_img Bob Weisss fired as coach of the Seattle SuperSonics on Tuesday, with his team struggling at 13-17 after having won the Northwest Division in the Western Conference last year. Weiss, in his first year coaching the Sonics, was replaced by assistant Bob Hill, the team said. Seattle opened a five-game road trip with a 115-96 loss to Indiana on Monday and plays in Chicago tonight. last_img read more

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Bettman impressed with L.A.

first_img Now, with the Kings seemingly in good position for a playoff spot, that course of action seems to be paying off, as the Kings were able to add key players and still fit well under the league’s new salary cap. “They are the poster child for everything that you could do right in anticipation of this new system,” Bettman said. “They structured themselves to be ready for the change and they’ve operated themselves in a first-class manner under it.” The Kings have picked up a big fan this season: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. In an interview this week, Bettman had high praise for the way the Kings conducted business before last season’s lockout. In anticipation of a new economic system, the Kings maintained a mid-level payroll and mostly avoided expensive, long-term contracts, a strategy that didn’t sit well with some fans. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Bettman also lauded the Kings’ broadcasting innovations. At a time when the NHL is trying desperately to attract television viewers, the Kings this season have increased the amount of access allowed to broadcast media, including, at times, in-game interviews with players and coaches. “They are among the most media-savvy of any club in the league,” Bettman said. “Earlier in the season, I’m watching a Kings game and I see an interview of a player on the bench in the middle of the game. I almost lunged out of my seat and screamed. They are doing all the right things. “They’re connecting beautifully with their fans. That is a spectacularly run team, from top to bottom.” Historic defeat: An Associated Press story said the Kings’ 10-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday was the franchise’s worst margin of defeat since a 9-0 loss to Montreal to open the 1975-76 season opener. The Kings actually lost 9-0 to Hartford on Nov. 27, 1985. It was the first time the Kings had allowed double-digit goals since an 11-4 loss to Calgary on Oct. 17, 1988, and just the 14th time in franchise history that the Kings have allowed 10 or more goals. For some perspective, Saturday’s game was regular-season game No. 2,979 in Kings history. center_img Roster moves: The Kings on Sunday sent forward Matt Ryan and goaltender Adam Hauser to Manchester of the American Hockey League. As expected, goaltender Jason LaBarbera will rejoin the team after a condition assignment in Manchester. LaBarbera made his third and final appearance for Manchester on Sunday and stopped 27 of 30 shots in a 4-3 Manchester victory. In two previous games, LaBarbera went 0-1-1 and stopped 71 of 78 shots. Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 rich.hammond@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Wildfire threatens state power lines

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid, has contingency plans to reroute electricity around the transmission lines if one or more fail or have to be shut down because of the fire, said Jim Detmers, the system’s vice president for operations. In Southern California, meanwhile, cooler weather brought wildfires to a standstill. “Things are calming down quite a bit,” said Maeton Freel of the U.S. Forest Service. SACRAMENTO – Firefighters raced to beat high winds predicted for today that could drive a wildfire near the Oregon border into the major transmission lines that carry power between California and the Pacific Northwest. The fire, around 70 miles northwest of Redding in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, is burning between three transmission lines located about 1 miles apart. The fire is paralleling the lines, which together carry about 4,200 megawatts of Bonneville Power Administration electricity to California. Firefighters working through the night Thursday took advantage of cool temperatures and calm winds to contain half the fire burning in the remote area, officials said Friday. The fire was a quarter-mile from the nearest power line, but firefighters feared winds predicted to gust to 30 mph beginning today could drive the fire out of control. last_img read more

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West Ham’s Valentine’s Day video is the most embarrassing thing ever

first_img1 Watch West Ham’s Valentine’s Day video below… Valentine’s Day is one of the worst days of the year.It’s a day of incredibly tacky gifts, incredibly tacky cards… and in West Ham’s case – incredibly tacky videos.The Premier League club posted a video on their Twitter account showing some of their players saying the cheesiest chat-up lines they know.It is well worth a watch, and you can check it out below…center_img Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re not sure these work, but in case you were feeling brave we’ve got you covered… 😅 pic.twitter.com/xIATGWFdRC— #ImForever (@WestHamUtd) February 14, 2018last_img

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Price creeps

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleSo don’t be shocked if this deal eventually cracks the half-billion-dollar mark. Given the way the cost has soared so far, it’s all but inevitable. And that’s a lot of money to spend on a new headquarters for a Police Department that can’t even hire enough new cops to fill it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAST time we complained about price creep in Los Angeles city officials’ plan to build a new police center was just two months ago. Then, officials said the project would cost $340 million, and maybe even go as high as $383 million. That was a big jump from the budgeted $200 million – to say nothing of the original $150 million price tag. But now the price has gone up yet again. The City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee’s latest estimate is $396 million. And officials warn it could go as high as $420 million. The price will probably go even higher than that because the city is hiring contractor Tutor-Saliba – infamous for cost overruns on L.A. public projects, such as the Van Nuys FlyAway – to do the work. last_img read more

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It takes work to be healthier

first_imgWhen railroad company Union Pacific Corp. opened a new headquarters in Omaha two years ago, it ordered its cafeteria operator to hire a full-time dietitian for the site and cut the fat and calories on every item by 10 percent. The company runs a “Know Your Numbers” program that drills into employees’ heads figures such as the 30 minutes of exercise they should be getting a day and the 3,500 calories in a pound. “The biggest thing the guys come back and say they learned the most about is portion size,” said Marcy Zauha, the company’s director of health and safety. “They didn’t understand how much they were eating.” Besides cost cutting, another factor behind the programs is the amount of time employees spend at work. If workers don’t have access to fruits and vegetables on the job, they will need to consume between one and two servings every waking hour after work to meet the goal of eating five to nine servings a day, according to the California Department of Human Services. To reach the recommended 10,000 steps a day, sedentary workers would have to spend most of their evenings in motion, the department said. Even a little daily exercise can boost health, said Dr. Antronette (Toni) Yancey, associate professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. Yancey collaborated with the Ministry of Health in Mexico, where everyone gathers at 11 each morning for 10 minutes of exercise to music. The result, after a year, was an average 0.45 of a pound weight loss – an improvement from the one pound a year, on average, people gain as they age. “Especially as it relates to physical activity, people have demonstrated that they’re not going to make a lot of changes on their own,” Yancey said. “If we’re going to make a big dent – lower health care costs, improve productivity and morale – you have to make it easier to do than not do.” Yancey and others say work gyms are used primarily by people who would exercise anyway. For everyone else, a little manipulation goes a long way. Her suggestions include incorporating exercise breaks into the workday, restricting parking close to the building, limiting elevator access to people with disabilities, widening and brightening stairwells and hosting walking meetings. (People seldom refer to the notes they take during seated meetings, she says.) Price manipulation worked for senior business analyst Kathy Blaszczyk at The Hartford, who started buying a flank steak salad with grilled corn when the price dropped from $6 to $4.70. “I love it, but I never used to get it,” she said. “I have in my head a $5 threshold.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Insurance company The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. is among those using price manipulation in its cafeteria to encourage employees to eat right. It’s increasing the prices on fatty foods and using the extra money to fund a subsidy for healthy sandwiches, cut fruit and salads. Such “Twinkie taxes” are now in place at 7 percent to 10 percent of corporate cafeterias run by food-service company Sodexho, up from almost none three years ago, according to the company. Mounting health care costs are driving the changes. Employee-assistance company ComPsych Corp. runs what it calls “train-wreck exercises,” in which companies compute how long they can absorb health care cost increases before they become unprofitable. The first client that did the exercise realized it only had 18 months. Health insurance premiums for 2006 rose 7.7 percent – twice the rate of inflation. While some companies are responding to higher health care costs by cutting employees’ coverage and shifting more costs to the employees, others are doing everything they can to persuade employees to adopt healthier habits in the hopes they will avoid diseases caused or complicated by eating poorly and being overweight or inactive. After L.L. Bean increased the price for burgers and lowered the price for salads in its cafeteria, fruit and salad bar purchases doubled while French fry and burger sales fell by half. NEW YORK – Many companies are starting to sound like moms: They’re pushing employees to eat their vegetables and go outside and play. And they’re not being gentle about it. Outdoor-clothing company L.L. Bean, Inc. shuts down its manufacturing line three times a day for mandatory five-minute stretches, designed to prevent the most common injuries the workers suffer. “It’s a safety measure, just as we would ask someone to wear safety glasses if there’s a danger of hurting their eyes,” said Susan Tufts, the company’s employee-wellness program manager. At retailer Replacements Ltd., 250 employees take part in a walking program organized by the company nurse. T-shirt manufacturer American Apparel has 80 loaner bikes, locks and helmets for employees and hosted an employee screening of “Fast Food Nation,” a film in which the villain is the meat industry. last_img read more

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