Flora http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26793/all en Canada put 'wrong' maple leaf on new C$20 bill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/canada-put-wrong-maple-leaf-new-c20-bill-expert The untrained eye might not at first spot the difference between the maple leaf on the new $20, $50 and $100 bills and the North American sugar maple. But it is clear to Sean Blaney, a botanist who tracks plants for the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre in New Brunswick, and who brought it first to the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/canada-put-wrong-maple-leaf-new-c20-bill-expert" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Flora Flora of the United States National symbols of Canada Social Issues Canada Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:15:00 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736366 at http://www.globalpost.com Ancient farmers in present-day Utah may have sweetened lives with chocolate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/ancient-farmers-present-day-utah-may-have-sweetened-lives-choco <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Eric M. Johnson</p> <p>Jan 25 (Reuters) - Ancient corn farmers living in pit houses among arid canyons of what is now Utah may have sweetened their lives with a chocolate derivative imported from the tropics of Central America, recent archeological findings suggest.</p> <p>An archeologist and team of chemists analyzing the remains of an eighth century village near present-day Moab found theobromine and caffeine, compounds found in a cacao tree native to Central America and from which chocolate is derived.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/ancient-farmers-present-day-utah-may-have-sweetened-lives-choco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chocolate Flora Food and drink Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 23:15:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739696 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippine farmers hope for coconut craze windfall http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/philippine-farmers-hope-coconut-craze-windfall <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Struggling Philippine farmer Liezl Balmaceda has never heard of Madonna, but the US pop star's endorsement of coconut water may help change her life for the better.</p> <p>After centuries of replenishing Filipinos, the mineral-rich liquid has become a must-have health drink thanks to aggressive marketing by a beverage industry looking to offset soda sales that have lost their fizz.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/philippine-farmers-hope-coconut-craze-windfall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Coconuts Flora Food and drink Human Interest AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 03:46:16 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748434 at http://www.globalpost.com PCA official says coconut coir useful in landslide prevention http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130405/pca-official-says-coconut-coir-useful-landslide-prevention <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Regional Manager Jose Cruz said that he is now coordinating with the departments of trade and industry (DTI) and of public works and highways (DPWH) so that the coconut coir being produced by farmers here in Western Visayas could be used as nets to prevent landslides in the mountainous parts of the region.</p><P>Cruz said that Western Visayas being the number six in the country in terms of coconut production has a large potential to supply coconut coir that could be used as nets on sloppy areas where the DPWH has road projects.</p><P>He welcomed the annou</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130405/pca-official-says-coconut-coir-useful-landslide-prevention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Botany Coconuts Flora Jose Cruz Technology Asianet Fri, 05 Apr 2013 20:30:59 +0000 Asianet 5802930 at http://www.globalpost.com DAR farmers receive grant from DOLE http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130405/dar-farmers-receive-grant-dole <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Agrarian reform beneficiaries belonging to the Barangay Liptong Small Coconut Farmers’ Association (Bliscofa) recently received a decorticating machine worth P760,000 from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).</p><P>With its farming assistance program, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) proposed to DOLE this processing machine for mass production of virgin coconut oil (VCO) that the farmers’ organization can venture into.</p><P>“Aside from its health benefits, the market for VCO is huge and is yet to be exploited.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130405/dar-farmers-receive-grant-dole" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Botany Coconuts Dole Flora Asianet Fri, 05 Apr 2013 20:31:13 +0000 Asianet 5802933 at http://www.globalpost.com DENR to reforest Corregidor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/denr-reforest-corregidor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Some 200 hectares of land on the historic Corregidor island will be planted with trees endemic to the area to boost its biological diversity and promote the tourist spot as a bird-watching sanctuary, officials said.</p><P>Manuel Escasura, acting regional technical director for ecosystems research and development service of the Department of Environment and Resources’ office in Region IV-A, said a mix of forest tree species and fruit-bearing trees would be used to reforest the island and make it more attractive to birds.</p><P>“We will plant fruit-bearing trees which will serve as food for </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/denr-reforest-corregidor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biogeography Flora Malvales Technology Asianet Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:34:38 +0000 Asianet 5810910 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Jane Doe' actress appeals IMDb verdict http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130508/jane-doe-actress-appeals-imdb-verdict <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Tim Kenneally</p> <p>LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Huong "Junie" Hoang, the actress who sued IMDb for revealing her real age on her IMDb Pro profile, isn't taking no for an answer.</p> <p>Hoang, who lost her case against IMDb in April after a jury ruled in the online movie database's favor, has filed a notice of appeal in the case. Hoang is filing with the Ninth Circuit court of appeals.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130508/jane-doe-actress-appeals-imdb-verdict" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amazon.com Asia Flora Huong "Junie" Hoang Thomson Reuters Wed, 08 May 2013 21:16:47 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5833770 at http://www.globalpost.com Human coconut peeler in Panama claims he is Guinness-worthy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130513/human-coconut-peeler-panama-claims-he-guinness-worthy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>With jaws of steel that have earned him the nickname "Coconut Peeler," Andres Gardin, at the tender age of 64, is hell-bent on gnawing his way into the Guinness Book of World Records.</p> <p>Sure, lots of gents his age might be thinking about retirement or whiling away time at the bar.</p> <p>But when you have a set of vice-like teeth, you have a duty, don't you?</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130513/human-coconut-peeler-panama-claims-he-guinness-worthy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Andres Gardin Biota Botany Flora Human Interest Technology AFP Tue, 14 May 2013 02:30:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5837259 at http://www.globalpost.com Agency says 1,200 Canadians bought berry mix linked to hepatitis outbreak http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130611/agency-says-1200-canadians-bought-berry-mix-linked-hepatitis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OTTAWA - The Public Health Agency of Canada says about 1,200 Canadians bought a blend of frozen berries linked to a hepatitis A outbreak in the United States.</p> <p>It says the consumers, most of whom live in British Columbia and Alberta, bought the product from U.S. Costco stores in West Coast states.</p> <p>The product, Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berry and pomegranate mix, was not sold in Canada. Its Orgeon producer has recalled the mix, also sold under the name Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130611/agency-says-1200-canadians-bought-berry-mix-linked-hepatitis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Botany Flora The Canadian Press Tue, 11 Jun 2013 06:33:11 +0000 The Canadian Press 5854942 at http://www.globalpost.com Top Mexican chef closes restaurant to begin new project http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130618/top-mexican-chef-closes-restaurant-begin-new-project <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mexico City, Jun 18 (EFE).- Mexican chef Patricia Quintana will close her restaurant Izote to begin a new project, a personalized banquet service business.</p> <p>"A goodbye is a see-you-later and ... the moment has come to close Izote, which flourished like the flower of the yucca palm," said Quintana in a farewell letter.</p> <p>The chef is saying goodbye after 13 years heading the restaurant, located on the exclusive Masaryk Ave. in the Mexican capital.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130618/top-mexican-chef-closes-restaurant-begin-new-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Flora Flora of Belize Yucca guatemalensis Agencia EFE Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:00:21 +0000 Agencia EFE 5860471 at http://www.globalpost.com In response to hepatitis A outbreak, FDA to detain import of Turkish firm's pomegranate seeds http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130629/response-hepatitis-outbreak-fda-detain-import-turkish-firms- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration says it will detain shipments of pomegranate seeds from a Turkish company when offered for import because of a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses linked to a frozen-food blend containing pomegranate seed mix.</p> <p>The FDA says the action follows an investigation by its officials and those with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local health authorities.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130629/response-hepatitis-outbreak-fda-detain-import-turkish-firms-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Botany Flora The Canadian Press Sun, 30 Jun 2013 02:31:15 +0000 The Canadian Press 5871432 at http://www.globalpost.com NYPA activates power reduction program in New York due to heat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130708/nypa-activates-power-reduction-program-new-york-due-heat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Reuters) - The state-owned New York Power Authority (NYPA) on Monday activated its program to reduce electricity use in New York City for the first time this summer as consumers crank up their air conditioners to escape the hot, humid weather.</p> <p>NYPA said it may also activate the so-called peak reduction program on Tuesday. The power company said it can activate the program for up to 15 days between June 1 and September 1.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130708/nypa-activates-power-reduction-program-new-york-due-heat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biota Botany Business Flora Thomson Reuters Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:02:15 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5878639 at http://www.globalpost.com 400-year-old Hong Kong tree to be chopped down http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130823/400-year-old-hong-kong-tree-be-chopped-down <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 400-year-old banyan tree in Hong Kong will be cut down, authorities said Friday, after being hit by a fungal disease brought on when a park development starved its roots of oxygen and nutrients.</p> <p>Nestled in the heart of the city in Kowloon Park, the tree, Hong Kong's oldest Chinese banyan, has been infected with the deadly brown root rot disease that authorities fear could spread to others nearby.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130823/400-year-old-hong-kong-tree-be-chopped-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Botany Flora Politics Technology AFP Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:50:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5915999 at http://www.globalpost.com Move over, Haas: USDA clears way for Hawaii to ship avocados to 32 mainland US states http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130911/move-over-haas-usda-clears-way-hawaii-ship-avocados-32-mainl <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>HONOLULU, Hawaii - Guacamole connoisseurs around the U.S. will soon have a new domestic avocado to try — not from California or Florida, but Hawaii.</p> <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture is changing its rules for Hawaii growers to allow them to ship Sharwil avocados to 32 mainland U.S. states and the District of Columbia between November and March.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130911/move-over-haas-usda-clears-way-hawaii-ship-avocados-32-mainl" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Flora Hawaii Hawaiian cuisine Persea Technology The Canadian Press Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:20:21 +0000 The Canadian Press 5931481 at http://www.globalpost.com Coconut farmers face ruin after Philippine typhoon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131121/coconut-farmers-face-ruin-after-philippine-typhoon <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The super typhoon that slammed through the central Philippines laid waste to a vast region of coconut farmland, eradicating in one fell swoop the livelihoods of tens of thousands of smallholders.</p> <p>"It's all gone," Glen Mendoza said, gesturing towards the collection of snapped and toppled trees that used to be the small but reliable grove that fed and supported his family.</p> <p>"My daughter might have to stop going to college," he said. "These coconut trees are our only hope and now they're gone."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131121/coconut-farmers-face-ruin-after-philippine-typhoon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biota Botany Flora AFP Thu, 21 Nov 2013 07:08:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5995523 at http://www.globalpost.com