Giants’ window to trade Madison Bumgarner opens for the first time today

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner has worn the San Francisco Giants uniform for the last 10 seasons, but his days of donning the orange and black could soon be coming to an end.Fewer than 24 hours after Bumgarner, 29, dominated the best team in the National League, the Giants’ window to trade one of their franchise pillars is open for the first time.The Giants are out of contention, the summer trade market is beginning to take shape and with pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel signing …last_img

Talkin’ cheese for dairy month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Celebrate dairy month and let’s talk cheese. Our family loves cheese and with our roots deep in the Ohio dairy business, I wouldn’t expect otherwise. According to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, 11.1 billion pounds of cheese were produced in the United States in 2013. Cheddar held the top spot, with Mozzarella, American, Other Italian and Cream Cheese rounding out the other top five cheese varieties produced. Shocker — Wisconsin is the No. 1 producer of cheese. Ohio is the top state in Swiss cheese production.From 2007 to 2013, the licensed cheese plants in Ohio nearly doubled going from 21 to 41, with 22 of those being artisan cheese makers. Artisan cheese makers are able to use their creativity for different, great tasting varieties that excite all the foodies and eateries in the current “eat local” movement.Also interesting is the fact that as the consumption of milk is going down, cheese consumption is rising. In 2007, the average American ate 33.5 pounds of cheese, about 2/3 pound per week. That’s a lot of cheese! The Detwilers, probably make up for those of you below that average. My cheese purchasing has slowed down greatly as the kids have left the nest but cheese continues to be a must have in our fridge. Our kids’ love affair with cheese has continued even as they have moved across the country. They have repeatedly requested the Pine River cheese spread that the Ohio Guernsey Breeders Association distributes at Christmas. Last month, we went to visit our son Luke at this naval base in Florida. His only request was that we: “Fill up the back of the CRV with cheese” and bring it down. To answer your question, we did not fill up the back with cheese but we did take him six pounds of his beloved American and super hot pepper cheese. As much as we love cheese, most cheese is high in fat. Here are a few ways to cut the fat and calories of cheese.Use the real cheese! Fat-free is not a great choice. It won’t melt well and I won’t tell you what Paul says it tastes like. Real cheese melts and tastes better.Use half the amount of the regular cheese, but remember that it will reduce the protein, fat, calories and calcium for the recipe. Some cheese like Parmesan doesn’t have a low fat version so using less works.Use a reduced fat variety that still tastes good and melts well. The calcium and protein should stay around the same but the fat and calories should go down. Look for low fat cheeses with less than six grams of fat per ounce.Choose high flavor cheese. If choosing reduced fat choose sharp or extra sharp to enhance the flavor. If using high flavor cheese like Parmesan/Romano, smoked cheese, blue gorgonzola or pungent cheeses that don’t have a low fat alternative just use less.Stay away from blankets of cheese! Try using around 1.5 cups of shredded cheese to top a casserole.Choose a healthy lower fat partner to go with your cheese. Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans that are low fat and filled with fiber. Apples, Pears and even strawberries go great with cheese. Cheddar-Ale Soup Health.com 1 tablespoon olive oil1/2 yellow onion, diced1 garlic clove, minced1 cup diced carrot2 celery stalks, diced1/3 cup all-purpose flour2 cups low-sodium chicken broth2 cups 1% milk12 ounces pale ale (like Bass)8 ounces 50% reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese, shreddedToasted whole-wheat breadGarnish: additional shredded 50% reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium-high. Add 1/2 yellow onion, diced, and 1 minced garlic clove; sauté 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; add 1 cup diced carrots and 2 celery stalks, diced. Sauté 5–7 minutes or until soft. Sprinkle in 1/3 cup all-purpose flour; stir. Add 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth; stir. Add 2 cups 1% milk and 12 ounces pale ale (like Bass). Cook 5–7 minutes or until foam disappears and soup thickens. Stir in 8 ounces 50% reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded. Simmer 15–20 minutes; serve with toasted whole-wheat bread and a garnish of Cheddar. Nutritional per serving: 277 calories, 9g fat, 24mg cholesterol, 19g protein, 26g carbGrilled Ham, Muenster, and Spinach Sandwiches cookinglight.com 8 (3/4-ounce) slices crusty Chicago-style Italian bread (about 1/2 inch thick), toasted8 ounces thinly sliced lower-sodium deli ham (such as Boar’s Head)4 (1-ounce) slices reduced-sodium Muenster cheese (such as Alpine Lace)2 cups fresh baby spinach1/4 cup mild chowchow (such as Braswell’s)Cooking sprayLayer each of 4 bread slices with 2 ounces ham, 1 slice Muenster cheese, 1/2 cup baby spinach, 1 tablespoon chowchow, and 1 bread slice. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat sandwiches with cooking spray; add to pan. Cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned and cheese melts. Cut sandwiches in half, if desired. Serve immediately. Makes 4 sandwiches. Nutritional per serving; 315 calories; 11g fat; 20.8g protein; 32.4g carb; 1.7g fiber Bisquick Heart Smart Cheese-Garlic Biscuits bettycrocker.com 1 cup Bisquick Heart Smart mix1/3 cup fat-free (skim) milk¼ cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (1 oz.)¼-1/3 teaspoon garlic powderButter-flavor cooking spray, if desired Heat oven to 450°F. In small bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk, cheese and garlic powder to make a soft dough. Drop dough by 5 spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.Bake about 8 minutes or until golden brown. Spray warm biscuits with cooking spray before removing from cookie sheet. Serve warm. Makes 5 servings Nutrition per biscuit: 100 calories; 2g fat; 17g carb; 4g protein; 1 starch exchange. Basil and Tomato-Feta Bruschetta Athenos.com 16 oz. French bread baguette, cut into 36 slices1-2 Tbsp. oil, divided7 plum tomatoes, chopped (about 2-1/2 cups)1 pkg. (4 oz.) Traditional Crumbled reduced fat Feta Cheese½ cup finely chopped red onions2 Tbsp. chopped basil1 Tbsp. chopped black olives¼ tsp. pepper Heat Broiler. Broil bread slices 2 to 3 min. on each side or until lightly toasted on both sides. Brush evenly with 1 Tbsp. oil.Combine remaining ingredients with 1 tsp remaining oil. Spoon onto toast slices just before serving. Makes 36 servingslast_img read more

Why test weights were down in 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the 2017 corn harvest wrapped up, DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Kyle Poling was hearing about how much better corn yields were than expected this year. He was also hearing about test weights that weren’t as impressive. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, he tells the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins why test weights came in lower this year.last_img

Preview of Geocaching.com May 4th Website Release

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Caption Contest 33 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeMay 4, 2012In “Community””Hammy” a Groundspeak Hamster Finds a New HomeJune 22, 2011In “Community”Earn New Souvenirs — Celebrate 15 Years of GeocachingMarch 23, 2015In “Community” Get ready for a new look and experience on Geocaching.com beginning May 4th. Geocaching.com will go offline for four to six hours on the 4th beginning approximately 9am PDT (GMT -7). Lackeys will be upgrading the database server to improve site performance. We will also be releasing the latest website update, which includes a sleek new design and interface for the homepage. Watch this screencast for a sneak peak of what to expect! Closed captioning on the screencast is available in both English and German.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Personalization Remains An Open Problem

first_imgI want to start today’s recap with a prayer for Steve Jobs. I just wrote a post on my blog saying, Apple Doesn’t Need Steve Jobs; Tech Industry Does. It sums up my sadness at the thought of our industry not having the privilege of Steve’s thought process. I have, most certainly, drawn tremendous inspiration from him as a thinker and a visionary. I am sure most entrepreneurs have.With this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable, we have moved from the DimDim web conferencing platform to the ViVu video conferencing platform. DimDim, as you know, was recently acquired by Salesforce.com.Better Personal AdvertisingFirst up today was Michael Greenberg presenting Better Personal Advertising. Mike wants to manage online identity on behalf of consumers so that they can maintain multiple identities for different types of sites, say photo, career, etc. and present themselves better in those different contexts.Mike’s customer acquisition strategy is weak at this point, and he also has a rather broad strategy in approaching this market. While I do believe there is an interesting opportunity in identity management, I am going to need to work much more closely with Mike to extract the nuggets out of his idea, and give shape to a viable go to market strategy.Remote StylistThen Kelly Fallis pitched Remote Stylist, a personalized interior decoration advice service coupled with e-commerce in the domain of furniture and furnishings. Kelly’s business has already done about $150,000 in revenue in 2010, which tells me that she has successfully validated at least some of her assumptions. Kelly has a lot of gaps in her customer acquisition strategy, as well as positioning, and she is seeing customers from commercial and residential clients. All this is too broad, and needs tightening up on multiple dimensions.I like the business idea a lot, and in 1M/1M, we know a lot about building Web 3.0 and e-commerce businesses, so I would love to work with Kelly to help her figure out the various nuances of building a successful e-commerce business, especially one that differentiates on personalization. I have repeatedly said that personalization is an open opportunity in Web businesses, and needs to be tapped this decade. For Kelly, a good starting point would be the 1M/1M Curriculum, where we can offer her a lot more on the subject.BizzGenieNext Sajeeva Bora with tekMunk Software Solutions discussed BizzGenie, a business software concept to help retailers manage the decision-making between “shop floors and top floors.” Sajeeva and his cofounders have good domain knowledge of the retail business, but have not yet done sufficient validation of the idea. He is looking for money and naturally, getting rejected by investors for lack of validation. As I have said before, this is not the right stage to look for money. There’s more work to be done to prepare for a funding round.Food Is Our Medicine VisionNwenna Kai then presented Food Is Our Medicine Vision, an online training concept through which she wants to teach community leaders how to create healthier living concepts like organic gardens, etc. in urban areas. Nwenna has surveyed about 200 readers of her blog, and they have told her that they would be willing to pay $400 to $800 for such courses.Nwenna came to the roundtable with the question: What now? Where do I begin? Well, that’s a rather large question to answer in five minutes, but she obviously needs to start validating her business within that group of 200 users who have said they’re willing to pay for her offering.UdemyUp last was Gagan Biyani pitching Udemy, an online marketplace for educators and experts to teach various topics. Gagan has about 150 completed courses on the site so far, and about 10 of those are monetizing. He has run some experiments within the entrepreneurship training vertical, and has seen success when he has brought on known thought leaders. However, he faces the problem that the top tier thought leaders are unwilling to set up shop on his site. They have their own programs under their own brands.Interestingly, Nwenna, who pitched right before Gagan, would be very interested in setting up shop on Udemy, and teaching her concepts and bringing her audience onto Udemy. We did this spot validation at the roundtable, and I believe, Gagan got a customer. However, I’d like to see a more focused, vertical specific go-to-market strategy in Udemy. At some level, Gagan’s focus on entrepreneurship courses doesn’t really align with Nwenna’s target audience.I have thought a lot about how to make an entrepreneurship education and eco-system scalable and accessible to a vastly larger number of people. The answer to that question, I believe, is the 1M/1M Premium Lounge. In fact, at a time when we’re facing severe youth unemployment in America and Europe, and the emerging markets are just starting to build their entrepreneurship eco-systems, we really need to think deeply on how more and more young people can be efficiently, rapidly and cost-effectively be trained in entrepreneurship.You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M), an educational and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. She is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant who writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Photo by Bessarro Tags:#start#StartUp 101 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts sramana mitracenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Total Force Fitness and Cooperative Extension: Nutritional Fitness

first_imgIn today’s Friday Field Notes, we will continue to explore how cooperative extension can support Total Force Fitness (TFF) by examining the resources for nutritional fitness available through cooperative extension.What is Nutritional Fitness?Nutritional fitness involves the development and maintenance of a high quality, nutritional diet. Eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, healthy fats, and whole grains supports service members’ and their families’ physical and psychological health.Maintaining a healthy diet and ensuring their children receive adequate nutrition is a concern for most parents. For children with food sensitivities, like many children with autism and related diseases, parents may find it more difficult to ensure their children are getting quality nutrition.Join the Family Development and Early Intervention team for the Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition and Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism webinar this Wednesday, June 12 from 11am to 12:30pm EDT. This webinar will address the common concerns regarding eating and nutrition for children with autism and related diseases and provide strategies for ensuring children with autism and related diseases are receiving adequate nutrition.Cooperative Extension and Nutritional FitnessIn addition to the strategies provided in this webinar, cooperative extension provides a variety of resources for families to help them develop and maintain a healthy diet. Many cooperative extension programs even provide recipes for inexpensive, family friendly, nutritious meals!To find resources near you and the families you work with, click on your state below or contact your local cooperative extension office.AlabamaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyominglast_img read more

The Blackmagic URSA vs. RED Scarlet

first_imgCan the Blackmagic URSA stand toe to toe with the RED Scarlet?First, before we get started, I need to make it clear that I am a REDUser. I’m currently using the RED Scarlet on my latest documentary and I’m slated to use it again this coming summer for my next doc. I’m a RED fan, but how does the Scarlet stack up to the new kid in town, the Blackmagic URSA?As a documentary filmmaker that is moving more and more toward narrative work I have been looking to replace my Canon for some time now. So, looking at production cameras to add to my arsenal within my price range I have researched the Canon C300, Sony FS700, Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, Blackmagic URSA and the RED Scarlet. It was the last two that really caught my attention.At first I didn’t think there would really be any discussion between the URSA and the RED Scarlet. I thought the RED would easily run away with my money….but then I started looking at results. The one thing I kept hearing from fellow filmmakers was that the Blackmagic URSA and Production Camera 4K boasted better sharpness and dynamic range than the Scarlet. After hearing this I had to really start looking into this.How do the Blackmagic sensor and RED sensor compare?Faymus Media has an interesting video that compares the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K with the RED Scarlet. I know this isn’t the URSA vs. the Scarlet, but in a way it is, as the Production Camera and the URSA use the exact same sensor. Now the comparison video is a bit on the long side, but its intriguing for those interested in the tech details.Now as I said the URSA has the same exact sensor as the Production Camera, but what is incredibly interesting about the URSA is that you can swap that sensor out. So essentially when Blackmagic decides to craft a new sensor that captures 6K or 8K at even higher frame rates all you need to do is remove the old sensor and replace it with the new sensor. That is pretty amazing.Director and Cinematographer Frank Glencairn has a really nice comparison between the Blackmagic Production Camera and the RED Scarlet. Again I keep using the BMPC because those comparisons exist and the URSA uses the same exact sensor.Here Frank compares the BMPC and the Scarlet using a 18mm lens:And here Frank compares the BMPC and the Scarlet using a 50mm lens:So what does all of this mean?The image quality is very close, with the RED seems to have a little better saturation and overall color balance, but the Blackmagic does seem to have better sharpness. So, to me the core image capturing isn’t the biggest difference, but rather how that image is captured. Those biggest differences come in the form of weight, sensor output, ISO, bit-rate and media storage.The URSA weighs in at just over 16lbs while the Scarlet is just over 10lbs for a basic configuration. The sensor output on the Scarlet is a full 4K at 4096, while the URSA is UHD at 3840. ISO is also slightly different as the URSA is 400 ISO and the Scarlet is 800 ISO. Bit rate is another significant difference as the URSA is a 12bit RAW and the Scarlet is 16bit RAW.[Blackmagic URSA image from Engadget]Finally biggest drawback for me personally was in regards to the URSA media storage. The Scarlet uses the RED Mag which has sizes from 48 to 512GB, while the URSA uses a CFast card setup that at one point I know were selling for $1200 a card. Then I was told by some camera ops that the URSA will record 10GB per minute compared to what I record now on the Scarlet which is right around 6GB per minute.But, as I said above that was an issue although I’m not so sure it is anymore. In my research I came across this article from Business Wire about the advancements that SanDisk is making with its CFast 2.0 cards. I was fairly impressed that the ARRI Alexa can use the CFast 2.0 cards via an adaptor. And with CFast 2.0 card prices becoming more manageable, and actually comparative to the REDMag, it’s not as big of an issue as it was.So, URSA or Scarlet?In my personal opinion, and it is just that, for the money I would purchase the RED Scarlet. But don’t discount the Blackmagic URSA or Production Camera. They are both really impressive, and if you are an independent filmmaker or documentary filmmaker and you live within a tight budget I would tell you to take a serious look at either one. In the end we are artists and storytellers, so the focus should be on how to use the tools available to create a solid story.Do you favor one camera over the other, or other pros and cons that we did not go over? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Group blocks motorists who refuse MMIW flyer at OntarioManitoba border

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of Aboriginal people were blocking motorists along the Trans-Canada Highway at the Manitoba/Ontario border any time someone refused informational flyers on missing and murdered Indigenous women Friday.Some people sat in their cars and refused to take the flyers, which sometimes led to shouting matches.Dennis Ward/APTN PhotoWhen a flyer was refused the group sometimes blocked both lanes.Dennis Ward/APTN PhotoThe group vowed to remain at the border until they handed out at least 1,181 flyers – the number of Indigenous women missing or murdered between 1980 and 2012 according to an RCMP report last year.The RCMP updated its report Friday and the rally was meant to coincide with its release.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.last_img

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport updated with mild hybrid powertrain more incar

first_img reading • 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport updated with mild hybrid powertrain, more in-car tech 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it More about 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport AWD 4dr SE Preview • 2018 Range Rover Velar: Effortless SUV elegance on- and off-road Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Land Rover Apple SUVs Tags See All Post a commentcenter_img 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substance Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors More From Roadshow Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Disco never died, it just hid out until Land Rover sought to bring it, and the Disco Sport, back to life. Now, a couple of years later, the latter is staring down some quality upgrades for the 2020 model year.Land Rover on Tuesday unveiled the 2020 Discovery Sport. On the spectrum of refreshes, this one is right about in the middle, making some slight visual changes while also updating the more important underlying bits. Two new powertrains have been introduced: One is a 246-horsepower I4 from the modular Ingenium engine family, while the other one slaps a 48-volt mild hybrid system into the equation, boosting its output to 286 horsepower.That new mild hybrid system comes alongside a new underlying platform. Now riding on Land Rover’s Premium Transverse Architecture platform, not only does it allow the Discovery Sport to pick up this kind of electrification, it makes the body some 13 percent stiffer. It’s also quieter, thanks to some improved sound deadening measures.As for style, it’s a little different, but not too much. The front and rear bumpers are new, and to my eyes, a little sportier-lookin’ than before. The grille is different, but I didn’t notice that until I read it in the press release. There are also some new LED lights to further differentiate the refreshed Disco Sport from its forebear.Enlarge ImageIt might take a keen eye to find the differences, but on the whole, they make for a more premium-looking SUV. Land Rover Inside, the center console has been redesigned, eschewing the rotary dial in favor of the sticklike gear lever seen on other Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. This rejiggering also makes enough space for wireless device charging, a first for the Disco Sport. Six USB ports are scattered throughout, as well. A new rearview mirror can display what the rearview camera sees, while additional cameras beneath the front end allow off-roaders to see “through” the hood on the infotainment display.The interior is further gussied up with more premium materials, including a new optional non-leather seat material made from recycled polyester microfiber. You can even spec massaging seats, if you feel like really going for broke. Behind the first row, there are new cup holders and redesigned storage spaces, in addition to extra seat configurability, bringing the total number of available seat configurations to 24.On the infotainment front, the Discovery Sport now rocks Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro system, with its 10-inch touchscreen replacing the outgoing setup. It’s not Touch Pro Duo, though — the climate controls aren’t relegated to their own screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, as is a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot. Safety systems are available, but not standard, and they include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist.The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport hits dealerships in the summer, and pricing will be announced closer to the car’s on-sale date.Originally posted May 21.Update, June 10: Reduced mild hybrid output by 10 horsepower due to an error in Land Rover’s press release. Share your voice 0 Land Rover •last_img read more

Haiti PM resigns after deadly unrest

first_imgDemonstrators march along a street during a protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 14 July 2018. Photo: ReutersEmbattled Haiti prime minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned on Saturday following deadly violence and looting sparked by a now-abandoned plan to raise fuel prices.”I submitted my resignation to the president of the republic,” who has “accepted my resignation,” Lafontant said in the lower house of Haiti’s legislature.Lafontant had faced a potential vote of no confidence had he not resigned — something he had previously insisted he would not do.Last week, the government in the impoverished Caribbean country announced plans for major fuel price hikes — 38 per cent for gasoline, 47 per cent for diesel and 51 per cent for kerosene.The announcement sparked mass protests, with streets in the capital Port-au-Prince and other cities blocked with barricades of debris and burning tires.Dozens of shops were looted and burned and cars were set ablaze. At least four people were killed. The government quickly did an about-face and called off the planned price increases.Lafontant, a physician who had little political experience before taking office in February 2017, had faced widespread criticism even before the spasm of violence.Several hundred protesters marched on Saturday in Port-au-Prince demanding the departure not just of Lafontant, but also of president Jovenel Moise.”It’s not just a question of changing the prime minister, because day by day, the people are still suffering from more misery, unemployment, insecurity, hunger,” said Fleurette Pierre, one of the demonstrators.Haiti is desperately poor: around 60 per cent of its people live on less than two dollars a day, and they are extremely sensitive to even minor increases in prices of just about anything.In February, Haiti signed an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, the Washington-based global crisis lender, in which the country committed to carrying out economic and structural reforms to promote growth.- ‘More gradual approach’ -One of those conditions was the elimination of petroleum product subsidies, prompting the doomed price hike proposal.The accord also called on the government to keep inflation under 10 per cent.Since 2015, inflation has been running at 13 to 14 per cent annually. The budget blueprint submitted to the legislature in late June still foresaw a rate of 13.6 per cent.On Thursday, the IMF suggested “a more gradual approach” to ending fuel subsidies, paired with “compensatory and mitigating measures to protect the most vulnerable people.””We will continue to support Haiti… as they develop a revised reform strategy,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said, noting that ending subsidies would free up funds for other programmes such as education.Crafting a revised strategy — and divvying up Haiti’s meagre budget resources — will be a delicate task.The decision to scrap the price hikes means the government will have to find another way to come up with the $300 million the move would have generated.It is not an insignificant amount — the total is more than 11 per cent of the 2018-2019 budget presented to parliament in June for debate.Now, Moise’s government has to find a way to appease all sides — angry and impatient consumers, politicians with varying interests and IMF economists.Haiti’s deep levels of inequality are often cited by protesters who want both Lafontant and Moise out of office.More than 200 years after gaining independence from France, Haiti is still ranked by the World Bank as having one of earth’s most unjust societies.last_img read more