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The MCD elections will take place on December 4 and the counting will take place on December 7. (Representational)

New Delhi:

Congress today pledged to provide RO water purifiers to the poor if they were elected to office in municipal elections here as it launched its ‘Saaf Paani Wali Dilli, Sheila Dikshit Wali Dilli’ campaign for the elections .

Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections will be held on December 4 and votes will be counted on December 7.

Launching the campaign, Delhi Congress Speaker Anil Chaudhary said that the MCD party’s election campaign will focus on issues that affect people and that only Congress will provide solutions to the “crisis situation of the water” in the nation’s capital.

Attacking the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), he alleged that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had deceived Delhi’s poor by promising 20 kiloliters of free water. The water people are getting is undrinkable, Chaudhary said.

“Our slogan for the MCD election will be ‘Gandhe Pani Ka Hal, RO Jal’ to make Delhi ‘Beemari Mukt’ (disease free) as clean water is the right of everyone,” he said.

Earlier, Congress launched a campaign called “House Tax-Pichhla Maaf, Agla Half,” in which it pledged to remove fees from private residential properties and cut the current property tax by 50%. PTI ABU ANB ANB

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Industrial Crane Market Size, Share, Comprehensive Analysis, Growth Opportunities and Forecast by 2028 https://wrwa.net/industrial-crane-market-size-share-comprehensive-analysis-growth-opportunities-and-forecast-by-2028/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 14:38:29 +0000 https://wrwa.net/industrial-crane-market-size-share-comprehensive-analysis-growth-opportunities-and-forecast-by-2028/

According to our latest market research on “Industrial Cranes Market Forecast to 2028 – Impact of COVID-19 and Global Analysis by Type (Single Girder Cranes, Double Girder Cranes, Gantry Cranes, Jib Cranes, Shipyard Cranes, Others) » ; Hoist arrangement (top type, hanging type); Mobility (Mobile Cranes, Fixed Cranes, Others); End user (waste management industries, ports and marine terminals, railways, manufacturing, construction and infrastructure industries, others) and geography”

An industrial crane is developed to transport heavy materials from one place to another. It includes wire ropes, chains, pulleys and a lifting cable. It is widely used in industries such as metal production, railways, construction, petrochemicals and mining. Rise in manufacturing and other associated industries is expected to propel the demand for industrial cranes over the forecast period. Booming construction industry and rapid urbanization are factors expected to boost the global industrial crane market.

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Early rubbish collection in Brisbane sparks petition but ultimately shot down by council https://wrwa.net/early-rubbish-collection-in-brisbane-sparks-petition-but-ultimately-shot-down-by-council/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 02:36:12 +0000 https://wrwa.net/early-rubbish-collection-in-brisbane-sparks-petition-but-ultimately-shot-down-by-council/

Brisbane City Council has rejected a petition calling on it to ensure refuse collection trucks do not start their morning runs before 5.30am in the suburbs.

Twenty people signed a petition to the town hall asking that it “make SUEZ Waste Management responsible for collecting garbage before 5:30 am”.

The petitioners said the noise from lorries and the glare from the headlights of the council’s waste collection service disrupted ‘community amenities’ and meant some residents were missing out on service because their bins weren’t at the curb soon enough. curb.

The BCC website says garbage collection takes place weekdays between 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., but the petition argued that early collections “are affecting the quality of life in our suburbs.”

The council said that although its waste and resource recovery services arm has received “a number of requests for later waste collection times due to concerns about residents waking up early in the morning “, waste collection was an essential service and there were no “legislated hours for garbage”. trucks were required to operate inside”.

“In past cases of complaints of early collection before 5:30 a.m., full council investigations found that SUEZ trucks consistently had dashcam recordings of bin collections from 5:30 a.m. onwards,” a spokesperson for the council said. advice.

The council says that since this is an essential service, there is no legally prescribed period for garbage trucks.(ABC News: James Maasdorp)

BCC said residents are encouraged to take their bins out for collection the day before scheduled services to avoid missed collections “if operational needs change the schedule of services on collection day.”

“To minimize congestion and maintain a consistent day of service for household catchments, early departure times are required before roads become busy,” a council spokesperson said.

Majority satisfied with the service

When ABC Brisbane asked residents what they thought of the petition, an overwhelming majority sided with the council, saying bins could be taken out the night before and early collection cuts congestion.

Dave Dawson said, “The logistics of getting them to do all the streets every week, in a limited time, would be a nightmare. Take out your trash the night before.”

But Belinda Spina said if residents weren’t allowed to make excessive noise before 7 a.m., “why would garbage trucks be any different?”

“They walk around our streets doing awful racketeering,” she said.

“Especially on double ferry days! I would suggest 6:30 am as the earliest time they should hit the road.”

Glen Fernandes agreed that 5:30 a.m. was “too early to wake everyone up”.

“For some that’s not a problem, but others might prefer such activities after 6 a.m.,” he said.

Pennsylvania American Water reminds you to ‘fear the fog’ this holiday season https://wrwa.net/pennsylvania-american-water-reminds-you-to-fear-the-fog-this-holiday-season/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 13:46:19 +0000 https://wrwa.net/pennsylvania-american-water-reminds-you-to-fear-the-fog-this-holiday-season/

PITTSBURGH – It’s the season of hearty parties, that’s why Pennsylvania US Water reminds customers that proper disposal of FOGs (fats, oils and greases) is a recipe for avoiding costly back-ups in the home and its waste water systems.

“We ask customers not to make the mistake of pouring fats, oils and grease down the kitchen drain after meals are cooked,” said Jim RunzerVice President of Operations for Pennsylvania US Water. “Taking simple steps to prevent FOG backups can prevent costly backups in the home, our wastewater systems, and the adverse effects on our watersheds from overflows.

Traditional holiday staples like turkey, gravy, and all the trimmings contain fats, oils, and grease that, if poured down the drain, can stick inside the pipes, causing clogs that cause sewer overflows and backups.

Aside from delicious meals, the grease buildup from these delicacies can restrict the flow of sewage or, even worse, block homeowner or utility sewer lines. Neither dishwashing detergents nor garbage disposals can properly break down these materials, which build up over time – act now, so your garlands don’t tangle!

Protect your pipes and catchments by following these simple tips to avoid FOG overflows:

Never pour grease down sinks, toilets or sewers.

Allow grease to cool and use a rubber scraper to remove grease, oil and grease from cookware, plates, utensils and cooking surfaces. Then place the grease in an airtight container and dispose of it in the trash.

Install baskets/strainers in the sink drain to catch food scraps and empty them into the trash.

Remember that garbage disposals do not prevent grease from going down the drain.

Also, detergents that claim to dissolve grease can carry it down the line and cause problems in other parts of the waste water system.

Finally, flushing wipes (even those labeled flushable or biodegradable) and paper towels in the toilet can wreak havoc on waste water systems. Wipes and paper towels must be thrown in the trash!

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Board of Education rejects emergency timeline for school accountability reform in Virginia https://wrwa.net/board-of-education-rejects-emergency-timeline-for-school-accountability-reform-in-virginia/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 01:37:46 +0000 https://wrwa.net/board-of-education-rejects-emergency-timeline-for-school-accountability-reform-in-virginia/

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s push to change the way academic performance is measured in Virginia was met with skepticism at a recent Board of Education meeting. Several members expressed concerns about accelerating the timeline of a plan that still lacks details.

Last month, Youngkin announced seven steps to address what he called “catastrophic” test scores, including overhauling the state’s school accreditation and accountability system. He accused former board members of lowering accreditation standards.

“So far they’ve become essentially meaningless,” Youngkin said. at a press conference on October 24. “When you lower expectations, when you tell people things that aren’t true, when you expect less of our children than they are capable of, you get worse results.”

In an interview last month, State Superintendent Jillian Balow said the board of education would take urgent action.

“We’re going to speed up the fast lane,” Balow said. “It must be done immediately.”

But the Youngkin administration hit a snag last week when it asked the council to seek emergency powers that would trigger an accelerated reform process.

“So the rules can be implemented sooner while still going through all the public scrutiny and the whole process that regular rulemaking goes through,” Balow said. “We would like to have it in place in schools next fall and the only way to achieve that is with emergency rules.”

The council ordered Balow to bring back more detailed proposed regulations and, at least for now, denied his request for emergency authority. Daniel Gecker, chairman of the board, said the matter could be revisited once they have more information.

Dr Alan Seibert, a Youngkin appointed to the board, said: “It gives me heartburn because anything worth doing is worth doing well and doing something. like that quickly is a tough proposition.”

Delegate Rodney Willett (D-Henrico) said an expedited rulemaking process would limit meaningful public input.

“It is very important to have the participation of people who know the school systems well, education experts and others. Why you would exclude that contribution is beyond me,” Willett said.

Youngkin’s administration wants to create separate accreditation processes, which would focus on school compliance and accountability, which would measure school performance based on student outcomes.

Balow said the goal is to create a more transparent accountability system that paints a clearer picture of struggling schools. She said this will allow parents to better assess the school’s effectiveness and take action.

For the 2022-2023 school year, 89% of Virginia schools achieved full accreditation, a three-point drop from pre-pandemic performance. In a statement in September, Youngkin said the ratings call into question the effectiveness of current accreditation standards, given the significant declines in student achievement that have occurred during this time.

“We have an educational emergency on our hands right now. With our NAEP scores, we’ve had the biggest drop in fourth-grade reading in the country since 2017 and 2019. In math, we have the biggest drops in fourth-grade math from 2017 to today,” Balow said. to the board of directors.

In a presentation to the board last Wednesday, All4Ed director of policy development Anne Hyslop said Virginia’s current system “does a poor job of differentiating schools” from other states.

But Anne Holton, a board member reappointed by former governor Ralph Northam, said it was still unclear exactly what the Youngkin administration wanted to change, what alternative approach it would take and how resources would be aligned to support struggling schools.

“I have no idea what this transparent accountability system is that you want to get into, and until I understand this better, I don’t know how to move forward on any of this,” Holton said.

Seibert also pushed back against the idea that the current system is not transparent.

“It’s transparent. It’s just complex and it’s intentionally complex because … we wanted to honor the complexity of the profession,” Seibert said.

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) has raised concerns about the potential adoption of a system that uses AF letter grades to rate schools. He said that approach has been rejected by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in the past. It’s one of many models that are being explored, according to Balow.

“There is no rush in our accreditation system,” Surovell said. “Giving schools a bunch of grades and making some schools radioactive won’t do anything to solve the problem… All it will do is make people run away from schools.

New desalination plant indicates Morocco’s response to drought https://wrwa.net/new-desalination-plant-indicates-moroccos-response-to-drought/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:23:00 +0000 https://wrwa.net/new-desalination-plant-indicates-moroccos-response-to-drought/

RABAT, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Residents of Agadir see their new desalination plant as a model for easing Morocco’s years-long drought that has parched cities and impoverished farmers, but plans to expand of the program could depend on efforts to supply it with renewable energy. .

Successive dry winters have emptied the reservoirs that supply homes and irrigate Morocco’s key agricultural sector, reducing harvests, threatening a migration from the countryside and causing severe restrictions on water use in cities.

Although smaller desalination plants have already been operating for years in Morocco, the one that started operating in Agadir this summer is by far the largest in the country and the first to cope with reduced rainfall.

“In short, without desalination, Agadir would not have been able to find enough water to drink and we would have had longer, worse supply cuts,” said Rachid Boukhenfer, a local official.

This first assessment of the plant’s efficiency comes as the government plans 12 more desalination plants, as part of a planned investment in water projects of $12 billion in 2020-2027.

The new plants, which will add to the nine smaller ones already in operation, are expected to open by 2035, ONEE said in an email.

Morocco now depends on surface and groundwater for nearly all of its freshwater consumption, primarily using a network of 149 large dams.

Five consecutive years of drought have depleted many of these reservoirs and Agriculture Minister Mohammed Sadiki told parliament last week that most of the water would be diverted from irrigation to supply water drinkable.

Rainfall is often the most important factor in determining Moroccan economic growth rates and this year the grain harvest was two-thirds lower than in 2021 and milk production down 30%.

“I’m not even sure if I’ll sow wheat this year because the rains were so late,” said Zakaria Khatabi, a farmer in Zhiliga, north of Rabat.


Some of the worst effects of Morocco’s drought have been felt in Agadir, an Atlantic coast city of one million people, several hours’ drive south of Casablanca.

In recent years, municipal authorities have had to cut the supply of drinking water to homes at night to get through the summer, as well as divert water from reservoirs intended for crop irrigation.

The dams that feed Agadir are almost dry and the city has had to rely on the 275,000 cubic meters of water supplied per day by the new desalination plant.

“I had to fill jerrycans with water to use at night and it was even difficult to find any,” said Ahmed Said, a resident of Agadir. “Thank God the water is available now,” he said.

The plant not only provides drinking water but will also be used to irrigate certain agricultural lands.

Abdeljalil Drif, of the United Farmers Association of the Souss region near Agadir, said farms in the Chtouka region that will be irrigated by the new desalination plant had dug deeper and deeper wells as aquifers are drying up.

“We hope the area irrigated by this plant will be expanded as the dams are empty after years of drought,” he said.


The 12 new desalination plants already planned or underway are expected to reduce dependence on surface and groundwater from 97% to 80% by 2035 with a daily output of 1.3 million cubic meters, ONEE said.

The biggest – to supply Morocco’s largest city, Casablanca – is expected to start construction next year and enter service in 2026.

However, Morocco relies for most of its electricity production on imported fossil fuels, whose skyrocketing costs have aggravated the trade deficit.

Energy accounts for 45% of the total cost of desalination, said ONEE director Abderrahim El Hafidi.

Morocco wants to increase the share of renewable energies in its total electricity production to 52% by 2030, against 20% currently, in order to reduce dependence on imports and reduce electricity costs.

All new desalination plants, including Agadir, were to be powered by renewable energy. However, the Agadir plant has so far been supplied directly by the national grid.

A source close to the project said the government is considering a tender for a renewable energy plant to power the Agadir desalination plant to reduce the cost of water.

Reporting by Ahmed Eljechtimi, editing by Angus McDowall and Bernadette Baum

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Discrimination against children impacts their education, health and access to government resources – UNICEF https://wrwa.net/discrimination-against-children-impacts-their-education-health-and-access-to-government-resources-unicef/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 13:59:33 +0000 https://wrwa.net/discrimination-against-children-impacts-their-education-health-and-access-to-government-resources-unicef/

New York/Lagos – November 18, 2022 – According to a new UNICEF report released ahead of Universal Children’s Day, discrimination against children based on ethnicity, language and religion is rampant in countries around the world.

Denied rights: the impact of discrimination on children shows how racism and discrimination impact education, health, access to birth registration and a fair and just justice system, and highlights widespread disparities between minority and ethnic groups .

“Systemic racism and discrimination expose children to lifelong deprivation and exclusion,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell. “It hurts us all. Protecting the rights of every child, whoever they are, wherever they come from, is the surest way to build a more peaceful, prosperous and just world for all.

Among the new findings, the report shows that children from marginalized ethnic, linguistic and religious groups in an analysis of 22 countries lag far behind their peers in reading skills. On average, students aged 7 to 14 in the most advantaged group are more than twice as likely to have basic reading skills as those in the least advantaged group.

Nigeria has 18.3 million out-of-school children and a large number of children attending school but lacking a solid education that can translate into good prospects for the future. As this crisis affects children across the country, girls, children with disabilities, children from the poorest households, street children and children affected by displacement or emergencies are more affected.

Discrimination and exclusion aggravate intergenerational deprivation and poverty and result in poorer health, nutrition and learning outcomes for children, higher likelihood of incarceration, higher pregnancy rates among adolescent girls and lower rates of employment and earnings in adulthood.

The youth agency market (YOMA), a digital platform, galvanizes children and young people around the world, including the marginalized, to build and transform their lives by actively engaging them in innovation challenges, social impact tasks and learning opportunities. ‘learning.

As COVID-19 has revealed deep injustices and discrimination across the world, and the impacts of climate change and conflict continue to reveal inequalities in many countries, the report highlights how discrimination and exclusion have long persisted for millions of children from ethnic and minority groups and children living with disabilities, including access to immunizations, water and sanitation services and a fair justice system.

“On Universal Children’s Day and every day, every child has the right to be included, to be protected and to have an equal opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Russell. “We all have the power to fight discrimination against children – in our countries, our communities, our schools, our homes and our hearts. We must use this power.

PM Modi in Arunachal today to inaugurate the first greenfield airport, hydroelectric power station https://wrwa.net/pm-modi-in-arunachal-today-to-inaugurate-the-first-greenfield-airport-hydroelectric-power-station/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 05:15:00 +0000 https://wrwa.net/pm-modi-in-arunachal-today-to-inaugurate-the-first-greenfield-airport-hydroelectric-power-station/

Prime Minister Modi inaugurated Arunachal Pradesh’s first airport, Donyi Polo Airport, at Hollongi of Itanagar on Saturday (November 19th).

A view of Arunachal Pradesh’s first airport, Donyi Polo Airport.

By India Today Web Desk: PM Modi inaugurated Arunachal Pradesh’s first airport, Donyi Polo Airport, at Hollongi of Itanagar and a 600MW hydroelectric power station at Kameng in West Kameng district on Saturday (November 19) in a major boost for connectivity and tourism.

The foundation stone of the airport was laid by Prime Minister Modi in February 2019. State Governor Brig (Ret’d) Dr. BD Mishra said the airport will provide easy travel facilities for investors and medical emergencies, in addition to facilitating students studying in other states and travelers.

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Named after ‘Donyi Polo’, the deity worshiped by indigenous communities in the state, the airport will fulfill an important aspiration of the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Upper Assam. It will be the third operational airport in Arunachal Pradesh, bringing the total number of airports in the North East region to 16. From 1947 to 2014, only nine airports were built in the Northeast. Within eight years, the Modi government has built seven airports in the North East.


Donyi Polo Airport was developed by the Airports Authority of India at an estimated cost of Rs 645 crore. It will have eight check-in counters and will be able to accommodate 200 passengers at peak times, officials said.

Spread over an area of ​​4,100 m², Donyi Polo Airport will be equipped with all modern facilities for passengers. It will have a 2,300-meter-long runway suitable for landing and taking off Boeing 747s, officials said.


A greenfield airport is an aeronautical facility with the characteristics of a greenfield project. The designation reflects certain environmental qualities (use of pristine or previously undeveloped land, for example) and commissioning, planning and construction processes that are typically carried out from scratch. While a green field in nature is defined as a large expanse of natural land (meadow, grassland, grassland), here a green field indicates that a project has no constraints imposed by previous work or existing infrastructure . (A brownfield site, on the other hand, remodels or improves existing facilities.)


IndiGo Airlines will begin commercial flights from the airport from November 28.

Flights from Hollongi, which is about 15 km from Itanagar, to Mumbai and Kolkata will operate daily except Wednesday. A weekly flight service linking Hollongi with Kolkata on Wednesdays will start on December 3, IndiGo’s chief strategy and revenue officer, Sanjay Kumar, said recently.

This is in line with the carrier’s vision to improve connectivity in the North East and the flights are designed to cater to business and leisure travelers who are constantly looking for new affordable flight options to access destinations. known for their tourist attractions, he said.

Apart from IndiGo, Akasha and Flybig airlines have also expressed interest in starting flight services from Donyi Polo airport, AAI chief executive Dilip Kumar Sajnani said.

READ ALSO | Modi in Imphal, says PM has done nothing for northeast

Flybig and Indigo have contacted the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and expressed interest in starting flight services. The AAI hopes to get them on board to start operations, he said recently.


The Kameng hydropower project was developed at a cost of over Rs 8,450 crore in an area stretching over 80 km in West Kameng district. It is expected to make Arunachal Pradesh an energy surplus and benefit the national grid in terms of stability and integration.

It will make a major contribution to realizing the country’s commitment to adopting green energy, the officials said.


The northeastern part of India is connected to the rest of the country by a narrow corridor commonly known as the Chicken Neck. Arunachal is even far to the northeast with the mighty Brahmaputra acting as a great divide. Arunachal is the largest state in northeast India, stretching from Bhutan on its western border to Myanmar in the east. It shares a sensitive northern border with the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. After partition, the natural lines of movement were severed and the northeast region became landlocked. There were decades of political struggle, armed conflict and insurgency in this region after independence. Successive governments have attempted to bring political stability to the region by signing pacts with insurgent groups or involving their leaders in the electoral process.

A flight from New Delhi to Itanagar would not only mean a reduction in travel time but an acceleration of growth with the opening of new economic avenues. An airport in Itanagar is not just infrastructure but a commitment to national and emotional integration. It will be a flight of aspirations that will bring the country closer every time a plane flies.

Clarifruit raises $12 million to reduce $900 billion in annual waste in the fruit and vegetable industries https://wrwa.net/clarifruit-raises-12-million-to-reduce-900-billion-in-annual-waste-in-the-fruit-and-vegetable-industries/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 18:24:45 +0000 https://wrwa.net/clarifruit-raises-12-million-to-reduce-900-billion-in-annual-waste-in-the-fruit-and-vegetable-industries/

Software company Clarifruit, which offers an automated quality control software platform for the fruit and vegetable supply chain, has completed an approximately $12 million Series A funding round led by Champel Capital and Firstime ventures.

Other participants in the round include Kubota, a global supplier of agricultural machinery and technology, and venture capital fund NevaTeam Partners. Private investors also participated in the seed round.

With the conclusion of the current funding round, Clarifruit has raised over $15 million, in addition to the $2.5 million grant received under the European Horizon 2020 program, to support startups developing breakthrough technology that has the potential to make a social or environmental impact.

Clarifruit, which was founded in 2018 by current COO Avi Schwartzer and CEO Elad Mardix, was created with a mission to reduce waste in the fresh produce supply chain by $2 trillion to ensure a supply sufficient food for future generations. The company’s solution addresses a major quality control and decision-making challenge: the lack of standardized and objective quality control processes to assess the quality of fruits and vegetables. These problems cause 45% of the industry’s agricultural production to be wasted, which amounts to approximately $900 billion in losses every year.

Clarifruit’s AI-powered quality control platform consists of two elements. The first is a mobile application installed on any smartphone that allows quality inspectors to conduct automatic quality control processes in minutes. The second is a cloud-based monitoring system that allows operations managers to design and manage a monitoring process specific to their business and visualize the results, based on the requirements of different potential customers, and actionable insights. real time.

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Clarifruit’s automated QC platform, leveraging proprietary computer vision technology and big data and analytics capabilities, enables retailers, wholesalers, marketing companies and growers around the world to make business decisions based on data to reduce waste and maximize profitability.

Clarifruit customers include dozens of the world’s leading retailers, including Dole, Mucci Farms, Zespri, SanLucar and Pink Lady. In recent months, Clarifruit has started working with some of the world’s largest food retail chains.

Schwartzer, who led the first software QA automation product at HP, has a family background in agriculture that led him to the idea of ​​combining his QA expertise in the world of software with the world of agriculture.

“Since we launched our product 20 months ago, we have been able to make a significant impact and bring dozens of top global players into our circle of customers who are now using Clarifruit’s advanced technology to automate their quality control. and provide real-time information to reduce waste and maximize revenue opportunities,” says Mardix. “The market potential is nearly endless as everyone in the industry, from the largest global retail chains to farmers, are currently using manual, outdated quality control methods with limited data to base their decision-making on. We plan to build a company that will become a global leader and revolutionize the way the industry makes decisions. This will significantly improve the productivity of the supply chain and the profitability of all players, while contributing to a lower price of fruits and vegetables around the world.

Clarifruit currently employs 25 people worldwide. Following the current funding round, Clarifruit plans to significantly expand its sales business globally with local offices in North America, Latin America and Europe and to hire a significant number of R&D employees to develop its market-leading AI offerings.

“The emerging climate crisis has increased the demand for solutions to conserve food and resources and ensure global food security,” says Jonathan Benartzi, Partner, Firstime Ventures. “Clarfruit has developed a technological solution that significantly and directly reduces production waste and indirectly enables better use of water, soil and fertilizer resources for the benefit of all parties. The wonderful team at Clarifruit has succeeded in creating a simple and economical solution, which embodies sustainable and environmental values ​​in an exceptional way. We are happy and proud to partner with Clarifruit.

“We are proud to sponsor the excellent team at Clarifruit, a company that delivers an exceptional technology solution for an industry with annual revenue of over two trillion dollars,” said Amir Weitmann, Managing Partner at Champel. Capital. “This is an industry that, due to manual quality control processes, suffers from unacceptable levels of depreciation in the world we live in. It is no coincidence that the company has achieved significant milestones at a stage this early, and we’re excited about what the future has in store. As an impact fund, we view the ability to dramatically reduce waste as a worthy cause with significant environmental impact.”


Prince William Sound salmon hatchery operator agrees to pay $1 million for environmental violations https://wrwa.net/prince-william-sound-salmon-hatchery-operator-agrees-to-pay-1-million-for-environmental-violations/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 18:23:06 +0000 https://wrwa.net/prince-william-sound-salmon-hatchery-operator-agrees-to-pay-1-million-for-environmental-violations/

The Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation operates five salmon hatcheries in the area. Cannery Creek Hatchery, among others, has been identified as violating federal environmental laws.

A Prince William Sound salmon hatchery operator has agreed to pay a $1 million fine for hazardous waste violations.

Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp. pleaded guilty to illegally burning fuel and waste at its hatcheries, which resulted in the serious injury of a worker.

Alaska has 25 private, non-profit salmon hatcheries in the state, most of which are in Southeast Alaska. Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp. operates five in remote locations, three of which are state-owned. Hatcheries collect salmon eggs from native DNA lines, fertilize and incubate them indoors, rear them outdoors in pens until they are large enough to be released into nearby watercourse.

What led the US government to charge the regional hatchery operator and the $1 million fine were years of illegal disposal of hazardous waste.

The 18-page plea agreement filed Nov. 9 focuses primarily on the Cannery Creek Hatchery located in remote Unakwik Inlet, about 40 miles east of Whittier.

The Cannery Creek Hatchery has repeatedly violated federal environmental laws for nearly a decade, according to the plea agreement.

In 2013, there was a 400-gallon diesel spill, which led to the state suing the company and some hatchery employees. This resulted in a $55,000 fine from state environmental controllers. The operator also had to hire a consulting firm, Nortech Environmental Engineering & Industrial Hygiene Consultants, to create an environmental compliance plan for its five hatcheries. The consultancy noted that the Cannery Creek Hatchery lacked a formal waste management plan, stored new and used petroleum products in various locations without proper containment, and burned solid waste in an open pit.

Five years later, in 2018, one of the hatchery workers was seriously injured while tending to a burning drum containing remnants of jet fuel. He was evacuated for treatment.

Later, when the Federal Environmental Protection Agency investigated the site, the agency found that the hatchery was still burning fuel barrels.

Other hatcheries were mentioned in the plea agreement, which states, “The disposal of drums containing waste oil has been a long-standing issue at PWSAC hatcheries.

The Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp. eventually hired a contractor to remove “several tons” of hazardous waste from its hatcheries, according to the plea agreement.

In addition to the $1 million fine, the company has agreed to five years of probation during which it will follow an environmental compliance plan.

Jeffrey Robinson, an attorney who represents the hatcheries, said he could not comment on the case until it was completed.

A spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office said sentencing was expected in about three months, but declined to comment further.

The salmon produced in the hatcheries in Prince William Sound represents about 45% of the value of the harvest in the region, or about $50 million annually.

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