After earthquakes, rural Mexicans struggle to afford food

The two massive earthquakes that devastated Mexico in September left thousands of people homeless and drove up food costs in many of the affected areas. Even before the disaster, many Mexicans were already struggling with rising food and fuel costs. The Mexican peso hit an all-time low this year, in part because of trade threats from President Donald Trump. And now the earthquakes have made it even harder for low-income Mexicans to make ends meet. In the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, by early October federal disaster relief has started…

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300 school children in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli fall ill after inhaling toxic gas

A representational image. Nearly 300 students were taken ill in Shamli after inhaling toxic gas emitted by a sugar mill near their school . Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint Lucknow: Around 300 students were taken ill on Tuesday after inhaling toxic gas emitted by a sugar mill near their school in Shamli district, the police said. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a probe into the matter by Commissioner Saharanpur. The students of a private school in Shamli started complaining of stomach ache, nausea and burning sensation in their eyes after…

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Grilled Cheese Cooked On Shutters? After Irma, Floridians Got Creative With Food

The power outages that followed hurricanes Harvey and Irma are unfortunately a common reality with powerful storms, just as is the fact that the affected people need to eat. Hurricane diets can consist of a lot of processed, prepackaged food, but with a bit of imagination or preparation, hot meals are possible. After Hurricane Irma hit Florida, Tara Gatscher and her family returned to their house in Tampa Bay to find that while the house didn’t have any terrible damage, they didn’t have power. During their hurricane preparations they had…

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Haryana bans nitrogen-laced drinks and food after Delhi man’s hole in stomach

The Haryana food and drugs administration department on Thursday banned the use of nitrogen in food and drinks across the state. The ban comes almost a month after news of a 30-year-old Delhi man gulping down a drink topped with liquid nitrogen and ending with a gaping hole in his stomach came to the fore. A government statement issued from Chandigarh on Friday stated that keeping in view the interest of the health of people in the state, the Haryana government has prohibited the flushing or mixing of liquid nitrogen with any…

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Newegg is offering a four-port USB hub for free today (after rebate)

Periodically Newegg decides to heavily discount its Rosewill cables and connectors. Right now, the retailer has a sale on its in-house products that’ll beat even a $0.99 HDMI cable on eBay: Everything’s free. Kind of. These products are free after rebate, so you still have to pay up front. (And depending on where you live, you’ll also have to pay sales tax, which won’t get reimbursed.) After the rebate, you’ll get a gift card worth the value of the purchase. Of all the products available today, I’m most interested in…

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BirkenShock! After 242 Years, Birkenstock Premieres at Paris Fashion Week

  1/6 Photo: Courtesy of Birkenstock The German health shoe brand Birkenstock is a bit like kale. It’s neither glamorous, nor exotic–no asparagus, no quinoa–yet it makes people feel good, almost virtuous. Because they know it is good for them. Last night in Paris this unbelievably venerable German footwear brand (it was founded in 1774) did something rather unexpected: It held what must have been a hugely expensive showcase and party in the temporary showspace of the Tuileries Gardens. There was a purpose built pavilion, all pine walkways and soothing…

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Two bodies recovered after search for speedboat

Image captionIt is thought the men were driving a speedboat from Port Logan in Dumfries and Galloway The bodies of two men have been found following a rescue operation launched off the Dumfries and Galloway coast. The bodies, recovered from the Irish Sea, have yet to be formally identified, but are believed to be those of two men – aged 35 and 46 – who went missing on Saturday. They had been driving a speedboat from Port Logan, possibly to Stranraer. Police Scotland said officers were trying to determine the…

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Trump fires Sally Yates after acting US attorney general contradicted travel ban

Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general after she told justice department lawyers not to defend his executive order banning entry for people from seven Muslim-majority countries. The White House said on Monday that Sally Yates had “betrayed” the department by refusing to enforce a legal order that was “designed to protect the citizens of the United States”. Trump drafted in Dana Boente, US attorney for the eastern district of Virginia, to replace Yates as acting attorney general. The president’s official appointee, anti-immigration hardliner Senator Jeff Sessions, is…

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Food sector faces ‘terrifying’ tariffs after hard Brexit

Scotland’s food sector has called the prospect of a hard Brexit “terrifying” and has urged the UK government not to walk away from EU negotiations table without a trade deal. Scottish exports of red meat worth hundreds of millions of pounds could be “close to wiped out” unless new trading terms are in place on the day the UK leaves the EU, industry leaders warned, along with the prospect of beef and lamb prices plummeting. Theresa May last week confirmed that the UK would abandon membership of the EU single…

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Pound has best day’s gain since 2008 after Brexit speech

The pound saw its best day’s gain in more than eight years against the dollar on Tuesday, helped by rising inflation and the Prime Minister Theresa May’s major speech on Brexit. Official figures showed inflation rose to 1.6%, a level that may usher in higher interest rates. That boosted sterling and Mrs May’s speech spurred on that rally. Its best move was against the dollar, against which it closed in London trade up almost 3% at $1.2392. Dealers said that rise, which was the best for the pound since October…

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