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21 Sep

From his farm in northwestern Wisconsin, Andy Bensend watched as first one jury, then another and another, delivered staggering multimillion-dollar verdicts to people who argued that their use of a weedkiller sold at nearly every hardware and home-improvement store had caused their cancer.

Mr. Bensend has been using that product, Roundup, on his 5,000 acres for 40 years, but he said that those blockbuster awards would not alter his farm practices one whit. Neither would the 20,000 lawsuits still pending.

“Roundup is still a fabulous tool,” said Mr. Bensend, who grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa. He relies on Roundup’s key ingredient — glyphosate — to easily kill weeds, helping increase his yields and reduce his costs.

The phenomenally fast adoption of such a transformative technology, though, unsettled the public and spurred fears about the safety of the food supply. Glyphosate was drawn into the bitter public debate over genetically engineered crops.

The international cancer agency’s report immediately turned into a rallying point for critics, and provided ammunition to mount legal challenges to Roundup’s safety. In succeeding years, several countries, localities and school districts banned or restricted its use. Some retail outlets, including Costco, stopped selling it. Just this month, Germany, Bayer’s base, announced it would ban glyphosate by the end of 2023.

Monsanto and other agrochemical companies denounced the agency’s 2015 findings as incomplete and one-sided and lashed out at critics.

Bayer continues to maintain that decades of scientific studies have repeatedly shown glyphosate to be safe. Regulators around the world, in Canada, Australia, the European Union and the United States, have for the most part agreed.

As recently as August, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a ruling that it would not approve any product labels that said glyphosate caused cancer, stating it was a “false claim.”

In the court cases over Roundup, though, plaintiffs’ lawyers used evidence of Monsanto’s attempts over the years to influence regulators, shape scientific research and discredit critics to undermine governmental pronouncements.

Documents released as a result of the litigation, for example, included a confidential report from a consulting firm that Monsanto hired in 2018, which assured company executives that a White House adviser had said, “We have Monsanto’s back on pesticides regulation.”

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21 Sep

For the fall, the Giorgio Armani Matte Nature Collection added 10 shades of to the Lip Maestro range, though one has been sold out so I’ve only been able to review nine of the new shades–but all of those reviews are up for your reading pleasure now, so this is your roundup of those shades ranked from best to “worst.”

I’m a long-time fan of the Lip Maestro formula–honestly, feel it’s a bit underrated, but given the price point of a single shade, I’m also not surprised it isn’t more popular!–because it’s an incredibly velvety, smooth liquid lipstick that goes on beautifully, is flattering on my lips, and has excellent wear (six to eight hours) that is comfortable and hydrating.  I always get excited to see new shades added to a range I enjoy because that’s usually a sign it’s not in discontinuation danger!

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Cedar (206)
Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

PPermanent. $38.00/0.22 oz.

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Giorgio Armani Cedar (206) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a rich, deep copper with warm, balanced red and orange undertones and a cream finish. …

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Giorgio Armani Cedar (206) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a rich, deep copper with warm, balanced red and orange undertones and a cream finish. …

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Acajou (207)
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Giorgio Armani

PPermanent. $38.00/0.22 oz.

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Giorgio Armani Acajou (207) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a deep, reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish with the finest…

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Giorgio Armani Acajou (207) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a deep, reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish with the finest…

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Sandstone (102)
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Giorgio Armani

PPermanent. $38.00/0.22 oz.

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Giorgio Armani Sandstone (102) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with moderate, warm undertones and a lightly…

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Giorgio Armani Sandstone (102) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with moderate, warm undertones and a lightly…

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Rose Sand (523)
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Giorgio Armani Rose Sand (523) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink-coral with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It…

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Giorgio Armani Rose Sand (523) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark pink-coral with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It…

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Rose Nomad (524)
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Giorgio Armani

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Giorgio Armani Rose Nomad (524) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark plum with moderate, warm undertones and a cream…

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Giorgio Armani Rose Nomad (524) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark plum with moderate, warm undertones and a cream…

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Desert (522)
Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

PPermanent. $38.00/0.22 oz.

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Giorgio Armani Desert (522) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a muted, rosy brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had rich…

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Giorgio Armani Desert (522) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a muted, rosy brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had rich…

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Rose Clay (525)
Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

PPermanent. $38.00/0.22 oz.

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Giorgio Armani Rose Clay (525) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark, plummy-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream…

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Giorgio Armani Rose Clay (525) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark, plummy-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream…

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Granite (101)
Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

PPermanent. $38.00/0.22 oz.

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Giorgio Armani Granite (101) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a deep, muted peach with warmer undertones and a a glossy, cream finish. It had…

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Giorgio Armani Granite (101) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a deep, muted peach with warmer undertones and a a glossy, cream finish. It had…

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Sand (100)
Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

PPermanent. $38.00/0.22 oz.

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Giorgio Armani Sand (100) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark peach with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. The…

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Giorgio Armani Sand (100) Lip Maestro ($38.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark peach with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. The…

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21 Sep

“He was a great kid, loving. I can’t really put it to words but he was the best,” said Jack Hilken, Hunter’s best friend and participant of Skate for 8.

The event is about getting kids on the ice for a fun friendly game of hockey that honors the love Hunter had for the sport.

The no-check hockey games started with squirt and peewee. Then it changed to a girls game. After, they had bantams and junior gold play, and ended with the Duluth Fire Department playing the Duluth Warriors.

The event is focused on raising awareness on mental health and suicide prevention.

“With society and school and pressures today, it’s a very important big issue that we need to tackle,” said Fronden.

“This helps the cause. You can have some fun and get ready for hockey season,” said Hilken.

Donations and funds from the event are going to Sources of Strength, a peer-to-peer support group that started in the Duluth school district this at Duluth East and Denfeld.

“The main goal is to eventually create peer leaders in a sense that can create a bridge between student and faculty and resources that can help if you’re struggling,” said Shanze Hayee, a spokesperson for Strength for Sources.

Peers are trained on techniques they can use to help those struggling with mental health.

“You connect people with resources of strength in their lives to help create a better environment in terms of mental health,” said Hayee.

“Being touched by suicide personally myself and all of the parents, I don’t want to see it happen to anybody else,” said Fronden.

Several booths at the event provided information on local mental health resources.

Hockey pucks, shirts, and bracelets with the number 8, hunter’s favorite number, were sold at the event.

The Fronden family hopes to make this effort grow every year, knowing they’re making a difference in the community and honoring hunter’s memory.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever really know how many people we’ve touched because a lot of people don’t want to talk about this, but by us doing this we are raising awareness in showing that there is support for everybody here,” said Fronden.

A dinner and raffle for the Skate for 8 event is taking place at Clyde Iron Works from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

To learn more about Skate for 8, click here.

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21 Sep

Is CBD the new hotness in cocktails? For Daddy Burt Hemp Co., oil extracts aren’t just for dropping under the tongue. They can be used as cocktail ingredients too.

But first, who’s Daddy Burt? Per the company:

Daddy Burt Hemp Co. is the rekindling of a family hemp farming legacy, dating back to the early 1800s. The interesting company name comes from our founder’s great-grandfather, Joe “Daddy Burt” Burton, a leading hemp farmer in Kentucky during the 1930s and 1940s. Today, we continue the Daddy Burt legacy by producing the world’s best CBD products, made with our industry-leading Plant-To-Product Quality System. We’ve got high-quality, 3rd party tested, and good tasting products.

The company sent us two of its hemp extract oils, both 30ml vials with 750mg of CBD oil included. (That’s 30 servings at 25mg of CBD each.)

We tried them both solo and in cocktails. (Both seem to offer the standard anti-anxiety and pain relief benefits of CBD no matter how they are consumed.) Thoughts follow.

Daddy Burt Hemp Co. CBD Natural Flavor – This oil has an extremely mild flavor, with just a hint of mint on a very neutral base. No terpene notes at all. As expected, it is quite oily in texture, with the silkiness of vegetable oil. In cocktails, the impact is minimal, aside from the introduction of quite a bit of oiliness to the experience, with globs of oil lingering in the glass. Shake hard, you guys. A-

Daddy Burt Hemp Co. CBD Peppermint Flavor – This one’s quite easygoing in mintiness, just a lightly cooling sensation that washes over the mouth with a gentle peppermint flavor. On its own, the addition of mint makes the experience a bit more pleasant, leaving the mouth refreshed and ready to go. The flavor is light, but the finish is persistent. In cocktails, naturally you’ll need to account for the mint element — which can be substantial — alongside the oil slick effect. With whiskey, I really liked how this brought out a mint chocolate note in the glass. Big fan. A

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21 Sep




By Mathew Lyons

Published:  20 September, 2019

Climate change has transformed wine production globally, according to the latest edition of the World Atlas of Wine.

The most immediate impact is on the wine harvest, which is now on average up to four weeks earlier than it was 20 or 30 years ago in both the northern and southern hemisphere.

The Bordeaux harvest now often starts in August, whereas it traditionally began in late September or early October. At Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône, the harvest has been brought forward by a month since the 1940s.

A secondary effect of climate change is the spread of wine making into latitudes where it was formerly impractical. The book highlights the beneficial impact this has had on wine production in England, Germany and Canada, in particular, and notes the establishment of commercial wine industries in Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.

Wine production methods have also been forced to adapt. Vines in established vineyards are being planted both at higher elevations and in wind-exposed areas to slow the ripening process. Likewise, many winemakers now need to protect their crops from over-exposure to the sun, whereas traditionally, they would have been attempting to give their vines as much sunshine as possible.

Plantings of grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon are increasingly being replaced with hardier varieties that are better adapted to high temperatures.

Other new features of the book include a focus on emerging wine regions such as the Lebanon, Israel, Uruguay and Brazil.

The eighth edition of The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson is published by Mitchell Beazley on 3 October.





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21 Sep

We all want to know how to make our lipstick last longer, so here’s a brain drain of what I’ve found works best for getting longer wear out of your lipsticks (and glosses, to some extent) without always having to opt for a matte, liquid lipstick.  The key to making your lipstick last the longest it can is to apply to a great canvas–that means hydrated, smoother lips that color will adhere better to–and to apply in thin layers and build up.

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Step 1: Prep Your Lips

To make your lipstick last longer, a lot of it is in the prep and then the rest is in the type of lip color you’re using. Something like a tinted lip balm is not going to match the longevity of a bulletproof liquid lipstick.  For longer-wearing lipstick, it’s worth taking the extra time in the beginning to set up the color for success when you need reliable, long-wear.  For day-to-day, you may find every step unnecessary, and the prep may be unruly if you’re starting with a bold, matte red lipstick but totally necessary for a satiny, light beige lipstick.

Apply some lip balm as early as possible!  We want to reap some of the benefits of that immediate lay down of a lip balm, so I like to apply lip balm when I start my makeup (or with my morning skincare routine), and then wipe it off on the back of my hand or a tissue prior to actually working with lip primers, lip liners, and lip color.

Lip primers vs. lip liners!  They can be used interchangeably to some degree, but lip primers are often more smoothing, colorless, and work more to improve color adhesion and ease of application by actually improving the canvas (your lips!) that you’re applying to.

Lip liner, which is a classic product type, can be used to add definition to the shape of your lips while preventing your favorite lipstick from feathering or bleeding outside your lip line, and can also be used to fill-in to alter your natural lip color or give a base for your lipstick to adhere to.  When lip liner is used all-over, it gives your lipstick more texture to adhere to, and it adds more product that has to be worn away before it needs to be applied.  Using a lip liner is typically comfortable enough to wear all day and gives longer results than a lipstick alone.

PRO TIP! If you have dry lips, you may find you have to experiment with the types of lip liners that work for you as some can be quite stiff–almost sharp–a less forgiving of flakes and dryness.  If you need something smoother, creamier, you’ll want to look for a more silicone-heavy formula. Check out our readers’ recommendations for hydrating lipstick formulas here.

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Step 2: Choose Your Formula Carefully

Depending on your tolerance for less-hydrating to somewhat-drying lip products, there are some formulas that are just better-wearing than others.  The more matte a lip color is naturally, the better adhesion and longer wear it is on average.  The flip side is that creamier, more emollient lip products tend to wear away faster (but are often more comfortable and forgiving of lip texture).

It’s often a delicate balancing act of how much hydration and long-term comfort we’re willing to give up for a budge-proof lip color.  If you need stellar wear for upwards of eight hours, I highly recommend opting for a satin, semi-matte, or matte finish.  If you can tolerate ultra-matte, liquid lipsticks (see readers most recommended formulas here) that dry down (they begin liquid and then set in place) are some of the longest wearing lipsticks on the market, but they are often drying to non-drying.

If you have naturally dry lips, I would recommend going through the prep and application steps for getting the best and longest wear out of a formula that does offer more comfort, though. Matte, liquid lipsticks can often accentuate dryness or separate along lip lines, and I know that if my lips are drier, my lip lines are more noticeable to begin with.

Step 3: Apply Your Lipstick in Layers

The simple method is to apply using a lip brush initially, which allows you to get a thin, even layer of product all over the lips, and then to add a second layer by applying directly from the tube.  If you’re working with a creamier formula, I’d recommend picking one over the other or blotting gently before applying the second layer.

Alternatively, you can dust translucent powder on top of your lipstick, which can mattify the finish to some degree, but it helps to lock in the color.  To bring back the finish, apply a second layer with a lip brush or directly from the tube (depending on your needs and the formula you’re using), which will amp up the color a bit and the initial layer ends working as a base.

For more in-depth tips on how to apply lipstick, read this guide!

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21 Sep

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska health department has begun accepting bids for parcels of land up for auction in its annual land sale.

The Juneau Empire reported Friday that the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is expected to continue the sealed-bid sale until Nov. 12 before opening bids Nov. 14.

Mental Health Trust officials say all plots of land ranging from $12,400 to $112,000 would be sold to the highest bidder.

Officials say proceeds would go to Trust programs that serve state residents with a variety of mental health issues.

Officials say parcels are to be accepted as is and where is with no guarantees to its suitability for any intended use.

Parcels are located throughout southeast Alaska near Juneau where some remote regions lack access to water or constructed roads.


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21 Sep

The Welgevallen/Vinpro Vineyard Project will see 4.92 ha new vines planted in August 2020, replacing all current vines except for a commercial block that is currently in use. Six distinct experimental vineyards will be established to demonstrate specific aspects to the students and researchers at the University’s Department of Viticulture and Oenology. These include winemaking, trellis systems, pruning, new cultivars, clones and rootstocks, an irrigation block and a table grape trellis programme.

 

The SU’s Faculty of AgriSciences funds the project and has appointed Vinpro to drive it over the next three years as part of its Gen-Z Vineyard Project which aims to facilitate skills transfer through practical demonstrations and vineyard trails.

 

“By partnering with Vinpro on the Welgevallen renewal project we’ve managed to close to the gap between the academia and the private sector, while creating a platform for innovation and creative learning,” said Prof Danie Brink, dean of the Faculty of AgriSciences.

 

“It is a privilege for us as an industry to help put together a world-class site that will take tertiary education and training in viticulture and oenology to the next level. We also look forward to the synergies that will flow from this partnership into other areas for collaboration,” said Vinpro MD Rico Basson.

 

Dr Benoit Divol, head of the SU’s Department of Viticulture and Oenology says the re-establishment of the Welgevallen vineyards coincides well with a new, more forward-thinking curriculum which integrates theory with practice. “The students will definitely benefit from practical exposure to the variety of cultivars and techniques showcased in these new vineyards,” he said.

 

To project leader Francois Viljoen it’s important that winemakers, viticulturists and other industry role-players support their alma mater by sharing their knowledge, practical learnings and networks with the next generation. “We would like to invite any input suppliers or other industry role-players to collaborate with us on the project in terms of their expertise, products or services,” he said.

 

Suppliers who have come on board thus far include Bosman Adama, Fleury, Hexberg, Vititec and Voor Groenberg Nurseries.

 

For more information on the project, contact Emma Carkeek on tel 021 276 0429 or email emma@vinpro.co.za.

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21 Sep

Bettendorf, Iowa (KWQC) – About 1,000 people registered and participated in the 16th annual national mental health awareness walk on Saturday despite the rain at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Bettendorf.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has “NAMI Walks” events all across the country to raise funds and awareness to help combat the stigma around mental health.

“We are working on this event for months and months prior so this event goes on rain or shine,” said Laurie Edge, Great Mississippi Valley NAMI instructor. “Even though we had the rain coming down, we still had about 1,000 people come and walk and participate.”

In the Quad Cities, NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley puts on the event and has raised about $100,000 so far.

“The funds that we receive from the walk are used to provide education and support services for the community,” said Edge. “All of our services that we provide are free to those who receive it.”

Other places from the Quad Cities came to show their support.

“We wanted to form a team and show how much NAMI means to us,” said Genesis Social Worker Bekka Jacobs. “We refer to them all them time and they refer to us. It’s a great resource in the community so we wanted to come out and show our support today.”

Edge said it is important for family and friends to take part in awareness events like this.

“Unfortunately those who live with a mental illness many times live in fear and shame of the stigma. So it’s the family members who many times become the voice,” said Edge.

“This is a brain disorder — nothing more. The people who live with a mental illness many times don’t recognize it and they can’t control it. It’s not a pull yourself up by the bootstraps kind of mental illness. It’s far from that.”

Jacobs came to the event to show support for those battling mental illness in her life.

“I’ve had personal mental illness struggles with people in my life as well as professional life. I’ve always been really involved with this field even if I wasn’t working in it. It’s really important to me and I’m proud to be here today,” Jacobs said.

Great Mississippi Valley NAMI said it hopes to reach its goal of raising $120,000 over the next month.


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21 Sep

“Rip asked me a question which at first I thought rather odd. ‘What is the worst-case scenario for you in combat?’ he asked. Rather than speculate, I figured I would simply recount the worst situation I had personally faced in combat.”

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