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  • Uh-Oh, Experts Warn of Looming Bacon Shortage

    10/13/2019 5:37:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 93 replies
    Southern Living via Yahoo ^ | 10/11/19 | Meghan Overdeep
    Bad news bacon lovers. Virginia-based Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s biggest pork producer, is warning that an outbreak of African swine fever wiping out hog farms in China could result in a stateside shortage of pig belly and even ham next year. Though the crisis hasn’t impacted the U.S. market yet, that that could change as China is forced to increase imports to satisfy demand in 2020, Bloomberg reports. The Chinese “are insatiable in their appetite for pork,” Arnold Silver, director of raw materials procurement at Smithfield, said at the Urner Barry Global Protein Summit in Chicago earlier this week....
  • Desperate to fill teacher shortages, US schools are hiring teachers from overseas

    10/07/2019 9:28:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/06/2019 | by Holly Yan, Tiara Chiaramonte and Anne Lagamayo
    When Joevie Alvarado became a teacher, she never expected to teach American students 7,600 miles away. But a dire shortage of US teachers means some schools are taking drastic measures -- like hiring teachers from half a world away. "For the first year, it's a little bit of a struggle because I'm the kind of person who misses family that easily," said Alvarado, who taught for a decade in the Philippines before moving to Arizona. But "in terms of pay, let's just say my previous pay was multiplied by eight or 10 when I got here," she said. "So having...
  • America facing shortage of ‘economically attractive’ unmarried men, study says

    09/12/2019 8:18:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 139 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/12/2019 | Leonardo Blair
    America is facing a significant shortage of highly educated “economically attractive” unmarried men who earn at least $53,000 and have a college degree. And the situation could result in unmarried women remaining unmarried or marrying less well-suited partners, a study says.That’s the conclusion reached by researchers Daniel T. Lichter of Cornell University, Joseph P. Price of Brigham Young University, and Jeffrey M. Swigert of Southern Utah University in their study, Mismatches in the Marriage Market, published this month in the Journal of Family and Marriage.The results of the study were based on comparisons between real data on unmarried men and...
  • Illegal Immigrants Are Contributing To Public Housing Shortage

    05/22/2019 11:35:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/22/2019 | Betsy McCaughey
    Housing shortages are plunging New York City and Los Angeles into crisis. Affordable rents are scarce. Families are doubling up. Shelters are jam-packed. And over 100,000 people are sleeping sprawled on the streets of these two cities. The waitlist for public housing is over four years long in LA and staggering 10 years in New York. These lists would be even longer if public officials hadn't closed them to any new applicants. Nationwide, an estimated 32,000 public households are being taken up by illegal immigrants. It's a powerful reason why the Trump administration is giving illegals 18 months to get...
  • Study Finds 23 Million Females are Missing Due to Sex-Selective Abortion

    05/02/2019 11:10:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Center for Family and Human Rights ^ | May 2, 2019 | Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
    NEW YORK, May 3 (C-Fam) Sex-selective abortion has caused the premature death of over 23 million females, according to the first-ever systematic global study of sex ratio imbalance. Demographers have noted the phenomenon of skewed sex ratios for decades. Millions of females are missing because of sex-selective abortion. This has led to increased trafficking in children and women. It has also led to increased rates of suicide, depression, and substance abuse among unmarried men. But the global scale of the phenomenon and how many girls exactly have been aborted has relied on uncertain estimates. Now, for the first time, demographers...
  • A court reporter shortage: Critical field faces lack of new recruits

    12/14/2018 9:24:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Dispatch ^ | 12/14/2018 | Slim Smith
    Melissa Grimes works on a stenographer machine at Lowndes County Courthouse on Thursday. She has worked as court reporter for 16 years. Mississippi is working to combat a critical shortage of court reporters entering the field with more awareness and recruiting programs. Photo by: Deanna Robinson/Dispatch Staff  Slim SmithDecember 1, 2018 10:04:48 PM   In college athletics, the biggest factor in success is recruiting.   But attracting talented people is not confined to the world of college sports, and when it comes to the field of court reporting, the inability to recruit people to the profession is reaching a near crisis...
  • America's Massive Truck Driver Shortage May Triple by 2026: Experts

    08/06/2018 1:56:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 142 replies
    The Street ^ | 08/06/2018 | Anders Keitz
    Wanted: truck drivers. Amid an otherwise strong corporate earnings environment, cost inflation within the trucking and freight industry is becoming a real concern for many companies. "It's a real bear," Tyson Foods (TSN - Get Report) CEO Tom Hayes told TheStreet about the inflationary pressures of the shortage. Approximately 60,000 drivers are needed to meet robust demand for trucking services, and that may be a conservative estimate. The shortage could be upwards of 100,000 or more, Seaport Global Securities LLC analyst Kevin Sterling told TheStreet. The driver shortage stems from several factors, according to Sky Harbor's Director of Research Michael...
  • Why You Won’t Find Ice Cream On Flights From London This Week

    07/02/2018 11:21:04 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 41 replies
    Europe is the midst of a severe CO2 (carbon dioxide) shortage. One result is a shortage of dry ice, which impacts an airlines’ ability to offer ice cream onboard. Now, airlines like United have been forced to suspend ice cream sundae service on flights out of London. Without getting too technical or boring you to death, most CO2 used for food-processing is created in ammonia plants in Europe. These plants are predominantly in the United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands and France. The biggest use for CO2 is in fertilizers, with demand peaking during the cooler months. Consequently, many plants shut...
  • Gaza's only power plant shut down over fuel shortage

    02/15/2018 9:44:46 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/2/18
    The sole electricity plant in the Gaza Strip stopped working Thursday because of a lack of fuel, officials said, as concerns grew over worsening humanitarian conditions in the Hamas-controlled area. The closure of the plant, which normally provides around a fifth of Gaza's electricity, will exacerbate an already critical power shortage. Gaza's two million residents receive only around four hours of mains electricity a day, a situation for which they blame Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Hamas leaders enjoy electricity 24 hours a day. However, they refuse to invest international aid monies in infrastructure for Gaza's residents, preferring instead to...
  • Cape Town cuts water usage limit by nearly half as 'Day Zero' looms

    02/01/2018 6:53:13 AM PST · by libstripper · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. 1, 2018 | Lauren Said-Moorhouse & G. Mezzofiore
    (CNN)Cape Town -- a city once at the forefront of Africa's green movement -- implemented new emergency water restrictions Thursday as the sprawling metropolis prepares for the day its taps run dry. (Emphasis added.) Residents are now being asked to curb the amount of municipal water they use each day to just 50 liters (a little over 13 gallons). Only a month ago, level six restrictions had placed residents on a daily allowance of 87 liters (about 23 gallons), illustrating the severity of the looming crisis. Officials estimate that if water levels continue to fall as expected, South Africa's second...
  • U.S. housing starts unexpectedly slump in May

    06/16/2017 6:40:26 AM PDT · by repentant_pundit · 16 replies
    Investing.com ^ | June 15, 2017 | Investing.com
    Investing.com – The number of housing starts and building permits issued in the U.S. unexpectedly tumbled in May, dampening optimism over the health of the U.S. housing sector, official data showed Friday. In a report, the U.S. Commerce Department said that housing starts decreased by 5.5% from the month before to hit a seasonally adjusted 1.092 million units last month from April’s total of 1.156 million units, a downward revision from the initial 1.172 million. Analysts had expected May’s reading to rise 4.1% from the prior month’s initial reading to 1.215 million. Meanwhile, the number of building permits issued declined...
  • Claim: Mass Migration Will Not Help Solve Skilled Worker Shortage

    03/26/2017 5:42:59 AM PDT · by davikkm · 31 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    Head of the Federal Agency for Labor, Frank-Jürgen Weise has said that new migrants and asylum seekers have little chance of filling Germany’s skilled worker problem because very few of them meet the needed qualifications. Frank-Jürgen Weise has had a long career in the German government and is now retiring at the age of 65. Mr Weise, who also briefly managed the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) admits that despite the unemployment rate being lower than when he first took office as head of the Labour agency, migrants will not be able to meet the increasing demand for...
  • Homeland Security Rationing Ammo to Agents in the Field

    03/13/2017 1:53:31 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 36 replies
    WND ^ | March 12 2017 | STEVE PEACOCK
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it possesses a “limited amount” of 9mm bullets for agents in the field as well as for training purposes, and it is rationing its ammunition based on internal requests until it can award a new contract. [ ] The apparent role poor planning, or another agenda, played in the issue came to light when ICE said it would have run out of 9mm ammo by June 2017 in the absence of a modified contract with its supplier, Vista Outdoor Inc. So, the agency last month approved a $363,307 ceiling increase to contract No. HSCEMS-11-D-00002....
  • Alabama pipeline leak: What we know so far about the spill, gas shortages and more

    09/18/2016 5:43:49 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 55 replies
    AL.com ^ | 9-18-2016 | Dennis Pillion
    On the morning of Sept. 9, an inspector with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission was performing a routine monthly check of an old coal mine in Shelby County when he noticed "a strong odor of gasoline" as well as a sheen on the surface of one of the retention ponds. The gasoline he was smelling came from Colonial Pipeline's Line 1, an underground pipeline three feet in diameter that normally pushes 1.3 million barrels of gasoline per day from refineries in Houston to distribution centers across the Southeast and along the eastern seaboard. That 36-inch line, built in 1963, has...
  • Alabama, Tennessee, & Georgia Declare States Of Emergency As Gas Shortages Loom - Leak

    09/17/2016 4:17:14 PM PDT · by blam · 64 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden September 17, 2016 As Native Americans protesters face arrest in North Dakota for blocking the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, TheAntiMedia's Carey Wedler reports a gasoline pipeline spill is currently unfolding in the South. The leak has prompted Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to declare states of emergency. The Colonial Pipeline, which runs from Houston to New York, began leaking on September 9, spilling 250,000 gallons of gasoline, or 6,000 barrels. The pipeline was built in 1962, and the current leak in Helena, Alabama, is the largest one Colonial...
  • Production of Coke halted in Venezuela for lack of sugar

    05/23/2016 3:32:18 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies
    May 23 (Reuters) - The Venezuelan bottler of Coca-Cola has halted production of sugar-sweetened beverage due to a lack of sugar, a Coca-Cola Co spokeswoman said on Monday. Venezuela is in the midst of a deep recession, and spontaneous demonstrations and looting have become more common amid worsening food shortages, frequent power cuts and the world's highest inflation.
  • Venezuela Runs Out of Beer

    05/01/2016 6:12:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Reason ^ | 04/30/2016 | Ed Krayewski|
    Venezuela's largest privately-owned beer company has stopped producing beer after running out of malted barley (or, more specifically, running out of foreign currency with which to buy malted barley). The company, Empresas Polar, stopped production yesterday—it warned last week that it would run out of malted barley by then. Polar is putting "your drunk uncle's favorite political forecast to the test," Francisco Toro of the Caracas Chronicles wrote. "You know the one I'm talking about, right? That one uncle of yours who gets drunk at every family gathering and starts to rant about how the only way we're going to...
  • America’s million-doctor shortage is right around the corner

    The doctor is disappearing in America. And by most projections, it’s only going to get worse — the U.S. could lose as many as 1 million doctors by 2025, according to a Association of American Medical Colleges report. Primary-care physicians will account for as much as one-third of that shortage, meaning the doctor you likely interact with most often is also becoming much more difficult to see.
  • America’s million-doctor shortage is right around the corner

    04/02/2016 6:36:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Apr 1, 2016 | Emma Court
    Primary-care shortage is growing especially acute in rural areas and in parts of some cities. The doctor is disappearing in America. And by most projections, it’s only going to get worse — the U.S. could lose as many as 1 million doctors by 2025, according to a Association of American Medical Colleges report. Primary-care physicians will account for as much as one-third of that shortage, meaning the doctor you likely interact with most often is also becoming much more difficult to see. Tasked with checkups and referring more complicated health problems to specialists, these doctors have the most consistent contact...
  • Fight for Food in Venezuela - Food Shortage in Venezuela [five minute video at a supermarket]

    09/29/2015 11:40:54 PM PDT · by grundle · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 31, 2014
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd9fcPeE3RU