Follow the Sweet Scents to the Santa Maria Valley’s 30th Annual Strawberry Festival

The 30th Annual Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival kicks of the valley’s strawberry season on April 28-30, 2017 at the Santa Maria Fairpark.

RENO, NEVADA, UNITED STATES, March 30, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — (Santa Maria, Calif.) – The 30th Annual Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival kicks of the valley’s strawberry season on April 28-30, 2017 at the Santa Maria Fairpark. The festival supports local agriculture and encourages the healthy indulgence of strawberries, all in a fun-filled, three-day weekend community event.

The festival will showcase local talent, and offer a wide variety of activities. With paid admission, visitors will enjoy a multitude of free attractions ranging from cooking demonstrations to educational and wildlife exhibits to strawberry tasting and dessert eating contests.

The Strawberry Festival also features pony rides, a traditional carnival, including a kiddie area, commercial displays and a free petting zoo.

Be awed by local farmers and growers who will offer farm fresh, sweet and beautiful berries displayed for sale. Visitors will see some of the many variations of the strawberry, as well as other traditional fun carnival foods, all in a wholesome and entertaining venue.

There will be a Strawberry Art Contest open to children in grades 1 – 8 attending school in Northern Santa Barbara County All entries must be submitted to the Santa Maria Fairpark at 937 S. Thornburg St., Santa Maria, Calif., 93458 no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15th. Entries will be judged on the following three criteria: Originality, artistic composition and relevant content.

Festival gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. The carnival may stay open until midnight. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for youth 6-11 years old, $7 for seniors 62 years old and above, and children under 5 years old are free. Carnival unlimited daily ride wristbands are $30 each.

In addition, theme days are as follows:

SENIOR DAY – Friday, April 28
• Seniors 62+ receive free admission
• Carnival Wristbands – Buy One, Get One Free before 3:00 p.m.

KID'S DAY – Saturday, April 29
• Kids 6 -11 years old receive $1 admission, all day
• Kids 5 yrs. old and younger receive free admission, all day (everyday)

FIESTA DAY – Sunday, April 30
• Special concert event held in the Minetti Arena (separately ticketed event)
• Hispanic themed entertainment throughout grounds

For more information on the Strawberry Festival, visit santamariafairpark.com.

The Santa Maria Valley enjoys a year-round berry growing season and a cool, coastal climate. The Santa Maria Valley happens to be home to some of the ripest, juiciest, largest strawberries in the country. Strawberry fields are replanted annually, producing higher quality fruit with larger yields year after delicious year.

With more than 10 strawberry varieties grown in the valley, Santa Maria Valley strawberries are distributed worldwide allowing taste buds from all over the globe a bite of homegrown goodness. For locals and visitors to the valley alike, the best places to find Santa Maria-grown strawberries are right here in the beautiful Valley, at roadside stops, at the Strawberry Festival or at weekly Farmers Markets.

The Santa Maria Valley is also an ideal homebase for Central California Coast visitors. Tour the welcoming vineyards and swirl your glass ‘til you spill. Indulge in the 150-year old Santa Maria-style barbecue tradition that is the area’s best hidden gem. Watch the sunset over the dunes, and let your hair fly around in the ocean breeze. The Travel Channel recently named the Santa Maria Valley The New Top 10 Cities for Wine Snobs.’

About Santa Maria Valley:
Whether it is the perfect pairing with a renowned Pinot Noir, a bite of tasty simplicity with Santa Maria-style barbecue or gazing at the natural wonders of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge, get together in Santa Maria Valley. You and your loved ones will discover the culture, tradition and authenticity of the Central California coast, with enough left in your pocket to do it all again tomorrow. For details on Santa Maria Valley lodging, wine tasting, travel deals, attractions, upcoming events and e-newsletter alerts, visit santamariavalley.com or call (800) 331-3779.

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Groasis helps ending hunger in cooperation with United Nations


The Growboxx® plant cocoon - an intelligent bucket made from paper pulp to plant trees in combination with shrubs, vegetables or wildflowers in a sustainable and water saving way

The Growboxx® plant cocoon – an intelligent bucket made from paper pulp to plant trees in combination with shrubs, vegetables or wildflowers in a sustainable and water saving way

Groasis’ low-cost, scalable solution invited to attend the United Nations World Food Programme Innovation Boot Camp to help ending world hunger by 2030

Drought and poverty are friends”

— Celine van Haaften

STEENBERGEN, NOORD-BRABANT, THE NETHERLANDS, March 29, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Together with Singularity University, the World Food Programme (WFP) recently called for ideas to provide sustainable access to local and nutritious food in emergencies. Groasis responded, as we believe that the Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology, an exponential low-cost technology, can help provide food, income, and local employment to hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people. We are honoured to announce that from a very competitive field with lots of promising ideas and startups, Groasis has been selected to attend the World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator Bootcamp.

Every year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is helping thousands, or even millions, of families caught in the grip of conflict or disaster. They provide basic food supplies or cash. But no one organization can do it all or ensure that no one gets left behind. People need to be able to support themselves, sustainably. And to stop people in emergency situations from going hungry, WPF is looking for bold new thinking.

At Groasis we focus on Renewing Soil, Restoring Land, and Reshaping the World and we fully share WFP's vision of at eliminating world hunger by 2030. Groasis’ clever Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology allows people living in the most difficult conditions to produce nutritious food. Our low-cost, scalable solution can restore livelihoods and dignity in the midst of despair and enable severely marginalized people to support their household food and nutrition needs in a sustainable manner – thus lowering their dependence on aid.

It’s Time for Groasis: Renewing Soil, Restoring Land, Reshaping the World

The Groasis Growboxx® represents a paradigm shift in the approach to the hitherto intractable problem of degraded land. As such it opens up new angles of attack in the fight against some of the word’s other most pressing challenges, such as hunger, poverty, unemployment, sanitation, migration, climate change, and bio-diversity. Groasis features as one of the sustainable business opportunities chosen by the UN Global Compact for inclusion in its 2017 Global Opportunity Report for the disruptive solution the Growboxx® offers to global soil depletion. Groasis can renew the soil on, and restore the life to, this degraded land, reshaping the world in the process. Groasis means regeneration — for good.

The Groasis Growboxx® enables the planting of productive trees (such as mangos) in combination with near term cash crops (such as vegetables), offering a viable business model and sustainable way of life for 500mn small-scale farmers and one naturally suited to micro-credit financing models.

The Groasis Growboxx® can help provide food, income, and local employment to hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people. Using the Growboxx® to plant productive trees and vegetables can result in 5-10 tonnes of produce per hectare, yielding food and income, creating work locally (one job per hectare), and preserving 90% more water than irrigation for human use (e.g. drinking, cooking, and sanitation), in the process reducing urban-migration pressures.

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Global Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market Research Report 2017 Analysis and Forecast to 2020

Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Marke

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PUNE, INDIA, March 28, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market:

Executive Summary

Introduction
Data centers have shown tremendous growth in the past few years. Growing digital content, expanding IOT market, and increase in the number of internet users around the world have led to the deployment of a very high number of data centers. It has been expected that the market of data centers will grow at CAGR of more than 28% after the year 2012.

This also indicates that if the demand for data centers increases, the power consumption to run the data centers will also grow exponentially. A recent study shows that in the United States, data centers consumed about seventy billion KW of energy, which is equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by about 6.4 million average American homes. Data centers power consumption in the United States accounts for 2% of the total energy. As these centers need a continuous flow of energy to run on, they also need to be cooled, which requires the deployment of a lot of equipment to maintain low ambient temperature of the data centers.

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Key Players
The Key Players in Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market are 3M Co. (U.S.), Fujitsu Ltd. (Japan), Iceotope Research and Development Limited (U.K.), CoolIT Systems, Inc. (Canada), LiquidCool Solutions, Inc. (U.S.), Allied Control (BitFury Group) (Hong Kong), Asetek (Denmark), Midas Green Technologies, LLC (U.S.), Ebullient, Inc. (U.S.), Green Revolution Cooling (U.S.) and Rittal GmbH and Co. Kg. (U.S.).

Global Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market – Trends & Forecast, 2016-2020
• To provide detailed analysis of the market structure along with forecast for the next 5 years for the various segments and sub-segments of the global Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling market development and demand market
• Upcoming technologies, high growth geographies and countries were identified
• Regional and country specific demand and forecast for Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling were studied

Target Audience
• System integrators
• OEMs
• Cloud Service Providers
• Technology consultants
• Enterprise service management vendors
• Consulting firms

Key Findings
• The Global Data Center Cooling Market has been valued at US $5.39 billion in the year 2015 and is expected to reach at USD US $10.10 billion by the end of forecast period with 13.36% of compound annual growth rate
• Global Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market has been valued at US $109.51 million in the year 2015
• Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling is expected to grow at US $959.62 million by the end of forecast period with 54.36% of CAGR
• In the global market, Americas are leading with market size of US $51.13 million in the year 2015 which is expected to grow at US $494.86 with CAGR of 57.45%
• Europe and Middle East & Africa stands as second biggest market where the countries such as Germany, France, Italy, and U.K. among other are leading

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Regional and Country Analysis of Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling Market

Data center liquid immersion cooling market has been segmented on the basis of regions, as Americas, Europe-Middle East-Africa (MEA), and Asia Pacific. The data center liquid immersion cooling market in Americas had been valued at USD 51.13 million in the year 2015, which is expected to be at USD 494.86 million by the end of forecast period with 57.45% of CAGR. North America is the fastest growing market within the Americas region. Europe stands as the second biggest market accounting for more than of 30% of the total market share.

The reports also covers country level analysis:
• North America
o US
o Canada
• EMEA
o France
o Germany
o United Kingdom
o Rest of EMEA
• Asia – Pacific
o China
o India
o Japan
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia-Pacific

Table of Contents

TABLE 1 DATA CENTER TIER STANDARDS 18
TABLE 2 DATA CENTER POWER DENSITY 2016-2020 (KW PER CABINET) 19
TABLE 3 PUE & DCIE 22
TABLE 4 DATA CENTER POWER DENSITY BY CABINETS 23
TABLE 5 MARKET FACTOR ANALYSIS 25
TABLE 6 GLOBAL DATA CENTER LIQUID IMMERSION COOLING MARKET BY REGION (USD MILLION) 26
TABLE 7 AMERICAS DATA CENTER LIQUID IMMERSION COOLING MARKET (USD MILLION) 27
TABLE 8 EMEA DATA CENTER LIQUID IMMERSION COOKING MARKET (USD MILLION) 29
TABLE 9 APAC DATA CENTER LIQUID IMMERSION COOKING MARKET (USD MILLION) 30

FIGURE 1 RESEARCH PROCESS 12
FIGURE 2 MARKET DATA COLLECTION, ANALYSIS & FORECAST 13
FIGURE 3 MARKET CRACKDOWN & DATA TRIANGULATION 14
FIGURE 4 DATA CENTER COOLING COMPONENTS 17
FIGURE 5 DATA CENTER COOLING MARKET SHARE % (2015) 20
FIGURE 6 DATA CENTER COOLING MARKET SHARE % (2020) 21
FIGURE 7 DATA CENTER POWER USAGE (%) 21
FIGURE 8 GLOBAL DATA CENTER LIQUID IMMERSION COOLING MARKET (USD MILLION) 23
FIGURE 9 PORTERS FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS 24
FIGURE 10 GLOBAL DATA CENTER LIQUID IMMERSION COOLING MARKET BY REGION (USD MILLION) 27
FIGURE 11 AMERICAS DATA CENTER LIQUID IMMERSION COOLING MARKET 28
FIGURE 12 EMEA DATA CENTER LIQUID IMMERSION COOKING MARKET 29
FIGURE 13 APAC DATA CENTER LIQUID IMMERSION COOKING MARKET (USD MILLION) 31
FIGURE 14 MARKET DRIVERS 32
FIGURE 15 MARKET CHALLENGES 36
FIGURE 16 IMPACT OF DRIVERS AND CHALLENGES 37
FIGURE 17 MARKET TRENDS 39

…CONTINUED

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North America Instant Noodles Market is expected to reach at 5,369 million, at a CAGR of 0.6% by 2016 to 2022

The North American market for instant noodles stood at 5,230 million servings in 2015, and is expected to reach at 5,369 million servings by 2022

North American market for instant noodles stood at 5,230 million servings in 2015”

— Market Research Future

PUNE, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA, March 27, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Market Highlights:
The North American market for instant noodles stood at 5,230 million servings in 2015, and is expected to reach at 5,369 million servings by 2022 at a CAGR of 0.6% from 2016-2022.

The major factors responsible for the growth of market are; increase in the demand for convenience food, increase in the working class population North America Instant Noodles Market lesser time for cooking and increase in the sedentary population.

The sale of instant noodles is not growing exponentially, as consumers are being aware of healthy lifestyle, the chemical used in preserving dried noodles. There is increased risk for metabolic syndrome because of high sodium, unhealthy saturated fat and high glycemic index scale. Although, food technicians have started to production of fortified instant noodle with enhanced nutritive values, and also reducing sodium content by 15%. Among the various instant noodles segments, fortified noodles will gain more demand in the coming years in North America.

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Report Analysis:
North American Instant noodles market statistical report published by Market Research future contains a brief overview of North American Instant noodles market size by type, and country. The market has been segmented on the basis of type as Italian, Chinese and Ramen. Based on country, the market is segmented under U.S., Canada and Mexico. The report analysis the North American Instant noodles market and presents efficient data of production for 2011 to 2016, along with forecast till 2022.

The report provides a market overview on North American Instant noodles and its supply and demand concentration. Additionally, the report provides the market size projections for the coming years.

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Research Methodology: Initially, secondary data analysis is done using data sources from internal published reports and internal existing primary records. The secondary data obtained was later validated by primary research with discussions with KOLs (Key Opinion Leaders) in the instant noodles market. The overall primary and secondary data was triangulated to reach the final findings.

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WorldWater & Solar Technologies, Inc. Commemorates World Water Day with Solution for Global Water Crisis

Mobile MaxClear

WorldWater announces new solar product – Mobile MaxClear

Mobile MaxPure

WorldWater’s Mobile MaxPure can purify 30,000 gal/day of water from anywhere, with 100% solar power

WorldWater CEO Quentin Kelly at Princeton headquarters

WorldWater CEO Quentin Kelly speaks on World Water Day at Princeton headquarters

Princeton, NJ solar technology company answers the UN call for universal access to clean water, announces launch of new solar product, the Mobile MaxClear(TM).

We are headed for a real crisis…millions of people are without clean water and will be migrating into cities that are already overcrowded and under-supplied. We can help keep people where they are.”

— WorldWater CEO Quentin Kelly

PRINCETON, NJ, UNITED STATES, March 24, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — On March 22nd, the day that the United Nations designated as World Water Day, a small company in Princeton, NJ provides a solution for a big problem: giving poor people around the globe access to clean water for drinking, hygiene and farming. At their Princeton headquarters, WorldWater & Solar Technologies, Inc. celebrated the 24th annual World Water Day by introducing their newest solar-powered unit, the Mobile MaxClear(TM) that converts water from anywhere into clean, purified drinking water.

Invited guests braved the 34 degree weather and 20 mph winds outside the WorldWater headquarters where three of their solar-powered water purification units were on display. CEO and Chairman, Quentin Kelly, was the first of three speakers for the event and gave a brief history about the company. Kelly also outlined how the world is “heading for a real crisis” with mass migration pending to already overcrowded cities due to scarce clean water sources in various parts of the world. With their patented solar-powered water purification units, Kelly said, “we can keep people where they are.”

Following Kelly was Assemblyman and former Rahway Mayor James Kennedy who described the company’s role in providing much-needed drinking water to thousands of Haitians after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Former Djibouti Ambassador Lange Schermerhorn, who is a strong proponent of solar power, gave brief remarks on WorldWater’s lifesaving products used in Africa.

WorldWater VP and chief engineer, Michael Ingles, provided a brief overview and live demonstration of the new Mobile MaxClear(TM) as well as the larger Mobile MaxPure® and the suitcase-sized SHEPS(TM) (solar-hybrid expeditionary power & purification system). The units each cost from $12,000 to $120,000, and pump from 10,000 to 30,000 gallons of purified water per day. Each unit is solar-powered, stand-alone, portable and quiet (no generator). The systems can purify water from any source, including salt and brackish water.

Units have already been deployed by government officials, the US military, and private organizations in over 20 countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Sudan and the Philippines.

Fox News World recently reported that “on World Water Day, March 22, the U.N. will ask governments to spend the money necessary” to give all poor people access to uncontaminated water and working toilets in or near their homes by 2030. The article stated that according to the World Bank, “it could cost about $114 billion a year to reach the 2030 goal.” Ingles pointed out that the Mobile MaxPure delivers 30,000 gallons of clean water per day, which costs less than $.01 per gallon. To deliver the same amount of water via a 747 aircraft fully loaded with bottled water costs more than $1 per gallon.

More about WorldWater & Solar Technologies, Inc.
Since 1984, WorldWater has provided viable solutions for water crises globally, including patented solar-powered systems that can provide solar electric power as well as pump hundreds of thousands of gallons per day from lakes, rivers and deep wells for irrigation and municipal water supply; and standalone, portable water filtration technologies that convert up to 30,000 gallons of polluted water into clean water per day for drinking, cooking and hygiene.

About World Water Day
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22nd as World Water Day. Coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners, World Water Day provides a way for organizations worldwide to raise awareness of the global water crisis. Bringing clean drinking water to poor communities and helping the poorest communities develop proper hygiene and sanitation practices are among the issues involved. The U.N. is asking governments to allocate money necessary to give universal access to uncontaminated water and working toilets in or near all homes by 2030. For more information on World Water Day, go to worldwaterday.org.

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Apple Cider Vinegar 2017 Global Market Expected to Grow at CAGR Of 10.24% and Forecast To 2021

Wiseguyreports.Com Publish New Market Research Report On-“Apple Cider Vinegar 2017 Global Market Expected to Grow at CAGR Of 10.24% and Forecast To 2021”.

PUNE, INDIA, March 21, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ —

Apple Cider Vinegar Market 2017

The analysts forecast the global apple cider vinegar market to grow at a CAGR of 10.24% during the period 2016-2020.

About Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is used in a wide assortment of food dishes including salads and dips. It is even sprinkled on popcorn owing to its taste. Apple cider vinegar adds a subtle fruity flavor when used for cooking. The unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a popular variety of apple cider vinegar, which retains the "Mother" of the vinegar, a naturally-occurring compound formed during its fermentation.

Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global apple cider vinegar market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of sold in the key geographical regions, which are segmented as follows:
• Asia-Pacific (APAC)
• Europe
• North America
• Rest of the world (ROW)

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The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
• APAC
• North America
• Europe
• ROW

The report, Global Apple Cider Vinegar Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key vendors
• Bragg Live Foods
• Dynamic Health
• Fleischmann's Vinegar
• Vitacost

Other prominent vendors
• Acetificio Mengazzoli
• Eden Foods
• Foshan Haitian Flavoring and Food Company
• Galletti
• Kraft Heinz Company
• Mizkan
• Ponti
• Reinhart Foods
• Castelo Alimentos

Market driver
• Health benefits associated with the consumption of apple cider vinegar
• For a full, detailed list, view our report

Market challenge
• Side effects associated with apple cider vinegar
• For a full, detailed list, view our report

Market trend
• Rising demand for apple cider vinegar-based dietary supplements
• For a full, detailed list, view our report

Key questions answered in this report
• What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
• What are the key market trends?
• What is driving this market?
• What are the challenges to market growth?
• Who are the key vendors in this market space?
• What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
• What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary
• Highlights
• Factors impacting consumers' decisions for purchasing apple cider vinegar products
• Regional product lifecycle for global apple cider vinegar market
• Marketing mix for global apple cider vinegar industry

PART 02: Scope of the report
• Market overview

PART 03: Market research methodology
• Research methodology
• Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction
• Key market highlights

PART 05: Demographic and economic profile: World
• Key demographic and economic indicators

PART 06: Market landscape
• Market overview
• Global health and wellness food market
• Global apple cider vinegar market
• Five forces analysis

PART 07: Geographical segmentation
• Global apple cider vinegar market by geography
• Apple cider vinegar market in APAC
• Apple cider vinegar market in North America
• Apple cider vinegar market in Europe
• Apple cider vinegar market in ROW

PART 08: Market segmentation by distribution channel
• Global apple cider vinegar market by distribution channel

PART 09: Key leading countries
• US
• China
• Japan
• Canada

PART 10: Market drivers
• Health benefits associated with the consumption of apple cider vinegar
• Growing utilization of apple cider vinegar for household purposes
• Rise in product line extensions with apple cider vinegar as functional ingredient

PART 11: Impact of drivers

PART 12: Market challenges
• Side effects associated with apple cider vinegar
• Risk of contamination with arsenic
• Fluctuations in availability of apples as raw materials to manufacture apple cider vinegar

PART 13: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 14: Market trends
• Rising demand for apple cider vinegar-based nutritional supplements
• Growing consumer interest in using apple cider vinegar to boost pets’ health
• Cross-merchandising
..…..Continued

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COLUMBUS, GEORGIA REALTORS® ‘THE McLAIN & BATSON TEAM’ EARN THEIR MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL (MRP) CERTIFICATIONS

If I were in the Military, I would want to work with an MRP because they went the extra mile to show that they care and that they are knowledgeable about VA loans and all aspects of Military life.”

— Gail McLain

COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, USA, March 20, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Bob and Gail McLain along with their granddaughter Morgan Batson, of CENTURY 21 Premier Real Estate in Columbus, Georgia, are Certified Military Relocation Professionals (MRP’s).

Bob says, “My Dad was in the Army Air Force (AAF) and worked in Aviation as a Radio Communications Technician.”

Gail says, “My Dad was in the Army so I understand the situations that they are put in. Women who stay home while their husbands are deployed go through a tremendous amount of stress, worrying about the safety of their spouse overseas while handling all the responsibilities at home and raising the children – my heart just goes out to them. I care about them deeply because they sacrifice so much for our country.”

Morgan reveals, “The Military are such a wonderful group of people who are so loyal to one another, which is why it is very important to give them excellent service. It’s imperative to understand their language, their needs and their circumstances because they deserve the utmost respect for protecting our country and fighting for our freedoms. I never take what they do for granted and I am truly honored to be able to assist them in any way that I can.”

After high school, Bob worked in the textile mill as the Weaving Mechanical Supervisor while attending Southern University College. He later worked for Kimberly Clark Corporation before becoming a tire builder for Michelin Tire Company. It was during this time that Bob decided to get his Real Estate license & begin his current career.

Bob is a Certified New Home Specialist; Certified Marketing Specialist; USAA Certified; Multi-Million Dollar Club; Lifetime member of the Columbus Board of Realtors Circle of Excellence; Phenix City Board of Realtors Circle of Merit; a facilitator of Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University, proud owner of German Shepherd dogs and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Ellerslie, Georgia.

In the 1980’s Gail became a licensed Realtor and like many other homemakers, she thought it would be a ‘cool’ part-time job. “It didn’t quite work out that way!” She says, “I loved working in real estate but with teenage children still at home, I soon realized that it was too much of a sacrifice of family time.” Therefore, Gail decided to attend Columbus State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. She worked in banking for 15 years before retiring in 2011. “To be a great Realtor, you must be full-time and very committed, so many years after my children were grown, I retired from Wells Fargo and became a full-time Real Estate agent working with my husband, Bob.”

Gail is currently a member of the Columbus Board of Realtors, the Phenix City Board of Realtors, the Georgia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. A member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Gail facilitates Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University classes, loves her German Shepherd dogs, cats, chickens, cooking, sewing, gardening and volunteers at Sound Choices Pregnancy Center.

Morgan graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. She says, “I really wanted to be a Physician’s Assistant because I always wanted to help people. Then, my grandparents came to me and said ‘We really need your help… why don’t you come join our team?’ I had no idea of what I was getting into, but I was excited and I loved it! I got my Real Estate license in two months and I am so very blessed to have my grandparents in my life. They are extremely supportive of me and encourage me in everything that I do.”

Morgan is a member of the Columbus Board of Realtors Circle of Excellence, the Phenix City Board of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. She was awarded the Rookie of the Year for 2016 by the Columbus Board of Realtors. An avid fitness expert, she teaches BUTI yoga and loves her daily workouts. Morgan is a member of the Junior League of Columbus and enjoys playing on a kickball team with her high school sweetheart & boyfriend of 10 years.

Bob says, “I am so proud of Morgan and I’m so grateful to have her with us, and Gail is my best friend… she keeps me on the straight and narrow. We value the Christian principles and we treat our clients the way Jesus would treat anyone.”

Gail says, “I couldn’t be more excited to have Morgan on our team, and I love the fact that Bob is such a good Christian. He’s got a beautiful heart and soul. We give credit to God for our success. It is a blessing from God and we acknowledge that. All of our clients were sent to us by God and we are here to serve them.”

Bob likes working with buyers and meeting new people. He enjoys showing them houses and guiding them through the homebuying process while Gail loves helping the sellers and giving them good home staging & financial advice. It’s a match made in heaven!

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Global Food Smokers Market Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends And Forecast To 2022

Wiseguyreports.Com Added New Market Research Report On -“Global Food Smokers Market 2017 Manufacturers Analysis, Opportunities And Growth Forecast To 2022”.

PUNE, INDIA, March 20, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Global Food Smokers Market

A smoker is an apparatus for cooking at low temperatures in a controlled, smoky environment for the smoking of food. A smoker is a piece of cooking equipment for making barbecue.

Scope of the Report:
This report focuses on the Food Smokers in Global Market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

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Market Segment by Manufacturers, this report covers
Masterbuilt
Char-Broil
Southern Pride
Weber
Cookshack Inc.
Alto-Shaam
Bradley Smoker
Camp Chef
Old Smokey
Landmann
Smoke Hollow

Market Segment by Regions, regional analysis covers
North America (USA, Canada and Mexico)
Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy)
Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia)
South America (Brazil, Argentina, Columbia etc.)
Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa)

Market Segment by Type, covers
Electric Smoker
Charcoal Smoker
Gas-fueled Smoker
Others

Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into
Family Used
Commercial Used

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Table of Contents -Major Key Points

1 Market Overview
1.1 Food Smokers Introduction
1.2 Market Analysis by Type
1.2.1 Electric Smoker
1.2.2 Charcoal Smoker
1.2.3 Gas-fueled Smoker
1.2.4 Others
1.3 Market Analysis by Applications
1.3.1 Family Used
1.3.2 Commercial Used
1.4 Market Analysis by Regions
1.4.1 North America (USA, Canada and Mexico)
1.4.1.1 USA Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.1.2 Canada Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.1.3 Mexico Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.2 Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy)
1.4.2.1 Germany Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.2.2 France Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.2.3 UK Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.2.4 Russia Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.2.5 Italy Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.3 Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia)
1.4.3.1 China Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.3.2 Japan Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.3.3 Korea Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.3.4 India Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.3.5 Southeast Asia Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.4 South America, Middle East and Africa
1.4.4.1 Brazil Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.4.2 Egypt Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.4.3 Saudi Arabia Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.4.4 South Africa Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.4.4.5 Nigeria Market States and Outlook (2012-2022)
1.5 Market Dynamics
1.5.1 Market Opportunities
1.5.2 Market Risk
1.5.3 Market Driving Force

2 Manufacturers Profiles
2.1 Masterbuilt
2.1.1 Business Overview
2.1.2 Food Smokers Type and Applications
2.1.2.1 Type 1
2.1.2.2 Type 2
2.1.3 Masterbuilt Food Smokers Sales, Price, Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share (2016-2017)
2.2 Char-Broil
2.2.1 Business Overview
2.2.2 Food Smokers Type and Applications
2.2.2.1 Type 1
2.2.2.2 Type 2
2.2.3 Char-Broil Food Smokers Sales, Price, Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share (2016-2017)
2.3 Southern Pride
2.3.1 Business Overview
2.3.2 Food Smokers Type and Applications
2.3.2.1 Type 1
2.3.2.2 Type 2
2.3.3 Southern Pride Food Smokers Sales, Price, Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share (2016-2017)
2.4 Weber
2.4.1 Business Overview
2.4.2 Food Smokers Type and Applications
2.4.2.1 Type 1
2.4.2.2 Type 2
2.4.3 Weber Food Smokers Sales, Price, Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share (2016-2017)
2.5 Cookshack Inc.
2.5.1 Business Overview
2.5.2 Food Smokers Type and Applications
2.5.2.1 Type 1
2.5.2.2 Type 2
2.5.3 Cookshack Inc. Food Smokers Sales, Price, Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share (2016-2017)

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BlueStar Unveils New Products & Chef Inspired Kitchen Suites at Architectural Digest Design Show

BlueStar Chef-Inspired Home Kitchen Suite

Bespoke Color Collections Celebrate Regional American Colors & Cuisine

BLANDON, PA, USA, March 17, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — BlueStar®, manufacturer of high-performance appliances for the home – and a trailblazer in color innovation – is unveiling a full commercial-style kitchen suite, including premium, built-in refrigeration, a brand new induction cooktop and new double electric wall oven, at the Architectural Digest Design Show, March 16-19, in New York City (Booth 287).

The BlueStar® exhibit includes innovative vignettes that showcase the company's leadership in color and design through customized collections that celebrate the diverse tastes of America. The multicolored design journey, "The United States of Color," explores the local colors, textures and tastes that make this country unique, from Hollywood Regency to the tropical, vibrant verve of the Southeast to the prairies of the Midwest.

Launching at the show is the new BlueStar® 36" Induction Cooktop, featuring advanced induction cooking technology with maximum power and precision for restaurant-quality results at home. It features the same professional performance that is the hallmark of the BlueStar® brand. The new induction cooktop offers the most powerful single burner in the industry, thanks to the exclusive Power Boost feature: a 5,500 Watts burner can bring one gallon of water in a large pot to a rolling boil in only three and half minutes.

The Smart Power Management automatically calculates and disperses the maximum amount of power across the number of burners in use. The home chef also has the ability to kick start the cooking process on all cooking zones, boosting the power immediately for no-wait cooking. Robust safety features include a "knob lock" and pan detection technology so the unit will not start unless a pan is on a burner. The seamless two burner bridging technology is perfect for grilling or searing with the duel zone plancha/grill.

The simple, yet stunning design offers unmatched customization in the category, with the opportunity to personalize the cooktop with colored knob and trim options.

"Our new cooktop is the closest you can get to a professional experience in induction cooking," says BlueStar® President Eliza Sheffield. "We are well-known for true high-performance, customizable cooking equipment, so the evolution to top-tier BlueStar® induction was a natural one." The induction cooktop joins the BlueStar® lineup of professional-style gas models that deliver restaurant quality results at home.

BlueStar® also will premiere its double Electric Wall Oven, featuring an integrated, temperature controlled bake stone, 12+ Cooking Modes, a powerful 2,500 watt bake element and an intense 5,000 watt broiler. Available in 750 colors and finishes including customizable knobs, its sleek design offers an intuitive, easy-to-use controller.

On display will be the awarding-winning BlueStar® 36-inch Built-In Refrigerator. A stunning new French door model will be previewed at the show. Featuring commercial-style design and performance, the new Refrigeration line offers advanced food preservation capabilities, unique features for the discerning home chef and unmatched customization options.

The entire BlueStar® line offers unsurpassed performance and virtually unlimited options for personalization, including 750 colors and trims as well as customizable cooking surfaces, swing and French oven doors, and restaurant-inspired accessories such as salamander broilers and French Tops. Cutting-edge color collections, including the new Matte collection and 'Greenery', the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, will be on full display. Exclusive color collections also include the popular Precious Metals featuring copper, enchanted silver and other metallics; the award-winning Textures collection and the gem-inspired Jewel Tones.

Celebrating the American Palette
As a brand with a proud heritage of U.S. manufacturing since 1880, the BlueStar® exhibit will celebrate the Colors & Cuisines of the American Landscape – "The United States of Color". Designed by Kim Lewis, best known as the Lead Designer behind ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and founder of Kim Lewis Designs in Austin, TX, the booth takes visitors on a virtual design journey across the U.S.

Each vignette is immersed in the colors of a specific locale, reflected in the wallpapers, accessories, textiles and appliances. The kitchen suites bring together color, customization and performance to create highly detailed, bespoke spaces. The tropical colors of the Southeast inspired the BlueStar® shiny, French-door range in 'Greenery'. The tones of trending Hollywood Regency are captured in a BlueStar® blue range and black hood with accenting brass trim that adds movie star glam. The East coast kitchen is dressed in black & white to create a noir cook space; a petit 24-inch range in stainless with complementary yellow hood are perfect for city living. The open skies of the Northwest are brought to earth in a cobalt blue BlueStar® range with antique copper trim; and the prairies of the Midwest are defined by simple, matte black tones in line with today's popular neutral shades.

At this year's show, Lewis will announce the winner of the second annual BlueStar® Kitchen Design Contest. BlueStar® also will host culinary demos in its booth daily, including an opening day culinary celebration featuring TV Personality & San Francisco Chef Ryan Scott. Other featured celebrity chefs include Aliyyah Baylor of MakeMy Cake in Harlem and International farm-to-table Chef Paul Marshall.

BlueStar® cooking and refrigeration products are designed for discerning home chefs who demand restaurant-quality results in their own kitchens. In business since 1880, the Pennsylvania-based manufacturer specializes in handcrafted gas ranges, cooktops, electric and gas wall ovens and complementary kitchen ventilation hoods and premium refrigeration. The company’s spectrum of highly innovative appliances stays true to an authentic restaurant kitchen experience at home. BlueStar's unique performance features include an open gas burner system that produces up to 25,000 BTUs of cooking power, precise 130 degree simmer burners, and oversized convection ovens with professional-grade infrared broilers. Available in over 750+ colors and finishes, and with almost infinite configuration possibilities, BlueStar® offers unmatched options for customization. For more information, visit www.bluestarcooking.com.

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TGTE's Response to Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera's Address to UN Human Rights Council

"Sri Lanka's Nation Building has failed due to rigid Sinhala Ethnocratic nature of the Sri Lankan State"

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, March 16, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ —

Office of the Prime Minister
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam [TGTE]
March 2017

SALIENT POINTS:

1. Opposition to the participation of foreign judges not political but racial.
2. Neither international nor domestic remedy available for the aggrieved parties by Sri Lanka’s accession to the Convention on enforced disappearance.
3. PTA targets Tamils and created de-facto partition of Sri Lanka.
4. Demonization of Peaceful Advocacy As An Act Of Terrorism.
5. Plain clothes Security Personnel carrying pistols – Second phase of military governance.
6. Admonition by UN Official.
7. Constitutional mirage.
8. Winning election on a pledge of power sharing between Sinhalese and Tamils has now resulted in power sharing among Sinhala elite.
9. Sinhala militarization of Tamil land.
10. Disregard to recommendations by Government-appointed Consultation Task Force.
11. Rape Camps.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

The TGTE’s response to the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister’s address to the 34th Session of the HRC states that the reason for the failure of the nation building acknowledged by the Foreign Minister was the rigid ethnocratic nature of the Sri Lanka state. The Response cites the failure of previous accords between the Tamils and successive Sri Lankan Governments and the opposition to or non-implementation of various commissions to inhibit impunity of the Sri Lankan armed forces as examples of this truism.

The Response also gives the full picture of the matters referred to by the Foreign Minister as “achievements”. With respect to OMP – lack of consultation of the victims, rejection by the GOSL of the demands of the survivors for international involvement and the failure to make OMP operational are pointed out. Regarding the GOSL accession to the International convention on Enforced Disappearance, the absence of domestic legislation to give effect to the Convention and the non-declaration under Article 31 of the Convention that allows the aggrieved party to seek international remedy have been pointed out. While pointing out enforced disappearance as a continuing crime, the issuance of the certificate of “absence” for missing persons is shown as a ploy to bury the issue.

The Response notes the Sri Lankan Government's demonization of peaceful advocacy as an act of "terrorism". It contends that such listing was a violation of freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and the Eelam Tamils’ right to self-determination. The Response points out the observation by the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues that the almost entirely Singhalese Sri Lankan army and its disproportionally heavy presence in the Northern province amounted to it being seen as an occupying force. The Response while pointing out the recent replacement of new military personal carrying AK47 by security personal in plain clothes carrying pistols contends that this was the second phase of military governance in Tamil areas. It also points out that the military presence constitutes not only a threat to Tamils’ physical security but also inhibits international creativity and economic activity in the community.

The Response points out that the Constitutional Reform process was a mirage in the way that it failed to recognize Tamils as a distinct nation or the NorthEast as Tamil inhabited areas, a historical and political reality recognized by the 1987 Indo-Sri Lankan Accord. The proposed Constitutional drafts are in effect a retreat and not progress. The Response also noted Sri Lanka’s failure to implement the recommendations proposed by WGEID, CAT and CEDAW and pointed CERD’s observation that the strength of anti- Tamil racism made these abuses possible. Finally, the Response showed how the Minister remained completely silent on matters such as the existence of “rape camps” brought out by the International Truth and Justice Project. Such camps maintained by the security forces of a country today would become a rare and documented case since the Japanese Imperial Army held such camps during the Second World War.

The Response concludes as demonstrated above, due to the rigid ethnocratic nature of the state, the Government of Sri Lanka will neither mete out transitional justice to the Tamil victims nor will it engage in the path of reconciliation under which both people can live in freedom, dignity and security in the island of Sri Lanka. The TGTE’s view that a two-year extension or even a twenty-year extension would not lead to any progress or change in Sri Lanka if the Human Rights Council decided to simply roll over the existing Resolution 30/1 passed in 2015. The emptiness of the rhetoric in Foreign Minister Samaraweera’s address to the UN Human Rights Council was no more than a reflection of the pervasive ethnocracy and the interests of the State he represents.

SRI LANKA'S NATION-BUILDING HAS FAILED DUE TO THE REGID SINHALA ETHNOCRATIC NATURE OF THE SRI LANKAN STATE:

The acknowledgement by the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr Mangala Samaraweera, in his address to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council that Sri Lanka has failed in its 69 year-old experiment in nation-building acquires immense significance. Yet, the dismal failure of the Foreign Minister to even hazard a guess as to the root causes of that failure is even more significant. The fundamental reason for why nation-building failed in Sri Lanka from the time of independence in 1948 is the rigid Sinhala ethnocratic nature of the Sri Lankan State. Sinhalese make up 74.9% of the population and they believe that they are the ‘chosen people’ to control society and the State in the island for the benefit of their people without the need to share power with other nations and minorities.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues stated in her January 2017 Report:

"The sense that minorities are generally excluded from most areas of decision making and power structures was pervasive. Among the many challenges and issues raised, one underlying root cause of all grievances was the inadequate levels of minority participation and representation in major institutions and decision making bodies and the resultant frustration with systemic social and political marginalization. The dominance of the Sinhalese and Sinhala as the de facto sole language in these bodies were cited as a major hindrance to minority participation"

Due to their inability to realize the benefits of a plural society, successive governments have failed to abide by their own commitments to build a more just, democratic and inclusive Sri Lanka in which Tamils and Muslims had equal rights as the Sinhalese. “Long term political settlements” through quasi power-sharing agreements such as the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam Pact, and Dudley Senanayake-Chelvanayakam Pact did not materialize due to strong opposition from the Sinhala constituency which in turn has been the dominant hegemonic feature of the Sinhala ethnocratic state of Sri Lanka. Notably, the 13thAmendment of 1987 to allow for power sharing within a unitary constitutional structure was not implemented due to the opposition from the Sinhala population. Recommendations of various commissions of inquiry including the 1977 Sansoni Commission, the 1991 Inquiry into the Attack on Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), the 1991 Kokkaddicholai Commission of Inquiry, the 1991-1993 Presidential Commission, the 1994 Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances, the 1998 All Island Disappearance Commission, the Presidential Truth Commission on Ethnic Violence, the 1981-1984 Bindunuwewa Commission, and the 2006 International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) did not lead to any remedial actions due to the fierce opposition from the Sinhala constituency. It has resulted in the failure to develop a judicial system trusted by victims in Sri Lanka.

Even today, the Sri Lankan Government has failed the international community and the Tamils over the last 18 months through its failure to implement the UNHRC Resolution 30/1, in which it made a series of commitments to the Tamils as well as to the international community. The salient feature of the transitional justice mechanism proposed by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) through Resolution 30/1– the one which allowed the victims to repose trust in a process based in the ethnically biased Sri Lankan judicial system – is the “participation of Commonwealth and foreign judges”. However, the Sri Lankan President and the Prime Minister have repeatedly said that there will not be any foreign judges involved in the legal processes to come. They cite various reasons ranging from protecting the “honor of the nation”, safeguarding “war heroes”,” political opposition”, etc. It should be noted that not a single Tamil leader, a Tamil political party, a Tamil Civil Society Organization or the victims has voiced opposition to the inclusion of foreign judges. The provision is only opposed by the Sinhala constituency. Thus, there is no “political opposition” for the inclusion of foreign judges, but only ethnically oriented opposition- a feature of the rigid ethnocratic Sri Lankan State.

ABSENCE OF REAL REMEDY ON 'SUCCESSES' – OMP:

Even the matters listed as “achievements” by the Foreign Minister in his address to the UNHRC are at best only half fulfilled or not exactly at all as they seemed. The establishment of the Office of Missing Person (OMP) should be viewed in the context of the comments by the country’s Prime Minister, Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe in 2015 that ‘most of the disappeared are dead’, and again in 2016 that most of the disappeared have ‘gone abroad’. The question arises, therefore, what purpose is served by the establishment of the OMP? It should be noted that the legislation to set up the OMP was made without consulting the victims adequately. What is more, despite early demands by survivors for a robust involvement of international experts in the OMP, the Sri Lankan Government only agreed to have technical support in the legislation it originally passed in August. Then, recently, the Prime Minister initiated amendments to prevent OMP members having the discretion to ask for even foreign technical support. These shortcomings, and the failure to make the OMP operational, have survivors of war and their supporters agitating in the towns of Vavuniya and Kilinochchi right now. Meanwhile, families of the disappeared in the town of Batticaloa who tried to use the newly promulgated Right to Information Act say that they found government officials unresponsive.

NEITHER DOMESTIC NOR INTERNATIONAL REMEDY AVAILABLE FOR VICTIMS UNDER THE CONVENTION ON ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE:

With respect to the legislation to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance, the Honorable Minister has acknowledged that domestic legislation has not been enacted to give effect to the Convention. It should be taken into account that Sri Lanka has not made the declaration under Article 31 of the Convention which allows an aggrieved party to bring individual complaints directly to the Committee on Enforced Disappearances. Thus, as it stands today, the accession to the Convention on Enforced Disappearance is meaningless as far as the victims are concerned.

PROPOSED COUNTERTERRORISM LEGISLATION MORE DRACONIAN THAN THE PTA:

The TGTE in its material submitted the HRC in 2015 entitled “Escalation of Persecution on Account of Tamil Ethnicity” noted that, while the PTA on its face value appeared neutral, it in effect targeted the Tamils. The High Commissioner for Human Rights in his advance copy of the Report on Sri Lanka released last week has corroborated the above. In his Report the Commissioner noted that “The Prevention of Terrorism Act had been notoriously used during the conflict to suppress dissent and target minority groups”. The PTA, since its enactment on October 31st, 1979, has imposed a form of martial law in the Tamil areas. The PTA in effect created a de facto partition of the Island of Sri Lanka into Tamil areas and Sinhala areas.
The Special Rapporteur on minority issues in her report stated:

"While the government has committed to repeal of the Act, it appears that the latest draft of the new antiterrorism legislation that would replace the Act falls significantly short of international standards, raising new concerns among the Tamil community that they will continue to be arbitrarily targeted by whatever new security framework comes into force."

With respect to the proposed Counterterrorism Act, as attorney Ms. Subajini Kisho Anton, a civil society leader from Sri Lanka, has observed to the media in Geneva, the proposed Act contains more draconian provisions than the existing Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

"CERTIFICATE OF ABSENCE" COVER UP OF DISAPPEARANCE:

The Foreign Minister applauded the issuance of certificates of absence. However, survivors have repeatedly asserted that they are neither interested in death certificates nor certificates of absence even as a temporary measure, because they believe it is an act to pull the wool over their eyes. They insist that the Government tells them the whereabouts of their loved ones who have disappeared.

Under basic rules of international criminal law, enforced disappearances are an ongoing international crime unless and until the whereabouts of the individual subject to enforced disappearance has been accounted. The crime against humanity of the Sri Lankan state, enforced disappearance of Tamils, continues as of today.

THE DEMONIZATION OF PEACEFUL ADVOCACY AS AN ACT OF TERRORISM:

The Foreign Minister also said that the list of designated persons under Regulation 4 (7) was amended. However, the Minister failed to state that the rationale for designating persons under Regulation by the previous regime as well as by the present regime was their supposed claim for an independent state. The peaceful claim for an independent state is premised on freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the legal right of self- determination of the Eelam Tamil people. Exploiting legal process to designate individuals and entities calling for an independent state through non-violent means is an abuse of the legal process and an act of ideocracy.

ADMONITION BY UN OFFICIALS:

The Foreign Minister noted the visit of the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, in 2016 and Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Aita Izsak-Ndiaye, at the invitation of the government. While the above is commendable, it would be beneficial in reality had the GOSL taken to heart the recommendations made by the above visitors. The Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues observed the following, among others: “with the army’s ethnic make-up being almost entirely Sinhalese and its disproportionally heavy presence in the Northern Province, the military is seen as an occupying force’. The new Sri Lankan regime has removed some checkpoints at certain places. However, these checkpoints were merely taken out of Tamil land and rather put instead into existing army camps. It is similar to a turtle hiding in its shell. Some of the military personnel carrying AK47s are now being replaced by security personnel in plain clothes carrying pistols. This is the second phase of a Military Governance, and it is a very dangerous one. The military presence constitutes not only a threat to Tamils’ physical security but also inhibits intellectual creativity and economic activity in the Tamil community.

CONSTITUTIONAL MIRAGE:

The Honorable Foreign Minister Mr Samaraweera talked about the completion of reports by the six Sub-Committees on Constitutional Reform. The Sub Committee’s Report on relation between center-periphery, which is the heart of any reconciliation effort, did not recognize the Tamils as a distinct nation or the NorthEast as historically Tamil-inhabited areas, a historical and political reality recognized by the 1987 Indo-Sri Lankan Accord. Thus, the proposed constitutional drafts are in effect a retreat and not progress forward. The new regime came into power with the support of the Tamils promising them power sharing. However, what we witness today is not power sharing among the Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims, but power sharing among the Sinhala elite, President Maithripala Sirisena (SLFP), Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe (UNP), and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

SINHALA MILITARIZATION OF TAMIL LAND:

Honorable Mangala Samaraweera stated that 5,515.98 acres of state land and 2,090.03 acres of private land were released in 2016 and a further 1,383.51 acres of state land and 30.54 acres of private land were released in January 2017. According to the well detailed study conducted by the British Tamils Forum, as of April 2016, the Sri Lankan Military was occupying more than 96% of the land belonging to the Tamil people with a staggering 67,427 acres being occupied. The Government of Sri Lanka remains the belligerent occupant of Tamil owned land under and subject to the international laws of war.

DISREGARD OF THE RECOMENDATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL TASK FORCE:

The Honorable Foreign Minister noted that over 7,000 written submissions were received by the Consultation Task Force (CTF) on Reconciliation Mechanisms. However, he failed to mention that – as the CTF and Special Rapporteurs observed – due to ongoing human rights violation in the Northern and Eastern parts of the country, including abductions, intimidations and harassment by Security Forces, consultations in the Northern Tamil area recorded the lowest number of submissions to the CTF. The Foreign Minister speaks about the success of the public consultations on transitional justice. However, there have been public expressions of misgivings coming from civil society – including members of the CTF – on the coldness with which the Sri Lankan Government received its report and recommendations. Not only did the President and PM not attend the handing over ceremony, the Minister of Justice dismissed the report as one produced by NGOs. The Foreign Minister also failed to mention that the CTF recommended a hybrid court and international participation in the Office of the Special Council of Investigation and Prosecution. The Honorable Minister failed to mention the comment made by the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Chairperson of the Office National Unity and Reconciliation, that if a new constitution was promulgated, there would be no need for any accountability mechanisms.

FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT RECOMENDATIONS OF UN COMMITTEES:

The Foreign Minister said that Sri Lankan periodic reports were considered by various committees. However, he failed to mention the withering criticisms against the prevalence of torture and discrimination against women and a lack of a path forward for accountability for disappearances, especially in the post-war NorthEast, by WGEID, CAT and CEDAW. CERD noted the strength of anti-Tamil racism which makes these abuses possible. The Foreign Minister promised progress on the recommendations of all those treaty bodies, but no actions to report on those recommendations.

RAPE CAMPS:

The Foreign Minister remained completely silent about the “Rape Camps” mentioned by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP). According to the ITJP, 48 of the victims had been detained under the Government of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and 7 of them under the new Government of President Maithripala Sirisena. This then becomes one of the rare documented cases of “ Rape Camps” maintained by Security Forces of a country since the Japanese Imperial Army held Korean and Chinese women as “comfort women” during the Second World War. The existence of Rape Camps also raises the question as to whether individuals who are on the list of disappeared are being detained in the said Camps. Earlier, it was rumored that surrendered LTTE female cadres were being used to do cooking and other chores by the Sinhala Army, along with other duties.

Tamils have a 5,000 years old culture and traditions and women have a distinct and important place within this culture. Targeting women in Sri Lanka is similar to the forced abortion of Muslim women by Serbs in the not so distant past with the aim of destroying the identity and integrity of their nation. Under International Criminal Law these rape camps constitute crimes against humanity that verge upon genocide against Tamil women.

CONCLUSION:

As demonstrated above, due to the rigid ethnocratic nature of the state, the Government of Sri Lanka will neither mete out transitional justice to the Tamil victims nor will it engage in the path of reconciliation under which both people can live in freedom, dignity and security in the island of Sri Lanka. It is our considered view that a two-year extension or even a twenty-year extension would not lead to any progress or change in Sri Lanka if the Human Rights Council decided to simply roll over the existing Resolution 30/1 passed in 2015. To us, the emptiness of the rhetoric in Foreign Minister Samaraweera’s address to the UN Human Rights Council was no more than a reflection of the pervasive ethnocracy and the interests of the State he represents.

Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran
Prime Minister
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)

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Source: EIN Presswire