January 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders to create centre of operations for Haitian journalists Another journalist murdered in Haiti News News It is impossible to locate survivors, organise relief and distribute aid without reliable news and information being relayed by functioning news media. The major relief operation being mounted by the international community in Haiti requires a similar effort on the part of the international media, which have a vital role to play.But the Haitian press has been devastated by the earthquake.Reporters Without Borders therefore intends to set up a centre of operations for Haitian journalists in Port-au-Prince in order to enable them to cover the situation and thereby assist the process of providing assistance to the population.Due to be operational by the start of next week, the centre will be equipped with laptops, mobile phones and generators provided by the leading Canadian media group Quebecor, Reporters Without Borders’ partner in this initiative.The president of the Canadian section of Reporters Without Borders, François Bugingo, will travel tomorrow to Port-au-Prince to evaluate short- and long-term needs. The Canadian embassy in Haiti has offered to house the emergency centre within its compound.The creation of this centre of operations will be followed by reconstruction assistance – again in partnership with Quebecor – for Haiti’s media, which are virtually all currently unable to function. This will be one of the targets of the donations raised by the appeal already issued by Reporters Without Borders.The press freedom organisation hopes to get news media in countries that are providing significant amounts of aid to Haiti, such as Canada, Brazil, the United States and France, to become financial and logistic sponsors of Haitian media that need rebuilding. News HaïtiAmericas October 11, 2019 Find out more to go further Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice News Organisation June 11, 2019 Find out more Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti Follow the news on Haïti Receive email alerts November 14, 2019 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information HaïtiAmericas
Boyhan said the onion variety known in the United States asVidalia actually originated in the Mediterranean.”But Georgia is the perfect place to grow it,” hesaid. “It needs lots of water, and we sit on top of the Floridanaquifer. It needs mild winters, and we have them. It needs sandysoils with low sulfur content. And south Georgia’s sandy soilsare perfect.”Boyhan said growers actually have to add sulfur to the soilwhen growing Vidalias.Drought Affects Vidalias’ TasteAs with all Georgia crops, Vidalias have been affected by thestate’s drought conditions.”The amount of water they get determines the onion’s hotnessand pungency,” he said. “Last year, they were warmerfor this reason. When we get a lot of rainfall, they are muchmilder.”Although Texas and other states can grow sweet onions, Boyhansaid Georgia growers aren’t concerned over the competition.”Texas onions come in before Vidalias,” said Boyhan.”They are usually petering out when Vidalias hit the marketin April.”Unlike the days when Vidalias were the only sweet onions onthe market, today there is much more competition.”They used to be a specialty product, but now you canget sweet onions year-round,” Boyhan said. “In additionto Texas, we now get sweet onions from South America.”But Georgia growers still hold the rights to the name Vidalia.”If the bag says Vidalia on it, they have to have beengrown in Georgia,” Boyhan said. “Just ask Del Monte.Some of their Peruvian onions were mistakenly labeled Vidalia,and they had to pay a stiff fine.” Texas growers may be able to produce sweet onions, but theynever produce Vidalias.”In order to be called a true Vidalia onion, it has tohave been grown in southeast Georgia,” said George Boyhan,an Extension Service horticulturist with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Twenty Georgia CountiesThe rights to growing Vidalia onions belong to 20 Georgia counties.”Actually, 14 whole counties and parts of others are designatedas the Vidalia onion growing region,” Boyhan said. “Toombsand Tattnall counties are the heart of Vidalia onion country.”
Norway has officially opened the Aasta Hansteen offshore gas field, developed via the world’s largest and the country’s first spar platform.The Aasta Hansteen platform in the Norwegian Sea. (Photo: Roar Lindefjeld and Bo B. Randulff / Equinor)The Aasta Hansteen field, named after a Norwegian painter, writer, and early feminist, sits in the northern sector of the Norwegian Sea, 120 kilometers northwest of Norne and around 300 kilometers off the Nordland county coast.The Aasta Hansteen platform is Norway’s first spar platform in production. Spar is a cylindrical, partially submerged offshore drilling and production platform that is particularly well adapted to deepwater. Water depth at the Aasta Hansteen area is 1270 meters.The cylindrical substructure is floating 160 meters below the surface and is anchored with fiber rope and chain fastened to anchors on the seabed in the Norwegian Sea.From the opening of Aasta Hansteen in Sandnessjøen, with mayor Bård Anders Langø in Alstahaug municipality. State Secretary Rikard Gaarder Knutsen on the left. Photo: OEDCommenting at the official opening ceremony, State Secretary Rikard Gaarder Knutsen said: “I am happy to participate in the opening of the [Aasta] Hansteen field! The field is, like the women’s campaigner and painter Aasta Hansteen, a real pioneer. This is the first time we have been expanding into such deep water in Norway, it is the first Spar platform on the Norwegian shelf and it is the world’s largest of its kind.”The gas from Aasta Hansteen is transported by the Polarled pipeline to the Nyhamna terminal in Møre og Romsdal county.The ceremony on Wednesday, held in Sandnessjøen, marks the formal opening of the field, however, the Aasta Hansteen gas field first started producing back in December 2018. The production was shut at one point in April due to a gas leak. While it remains unclear when the gas production was restarted exactly, some reports suggest the resumption date was April 17.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.