News Portal Qalipu First Nation band council voting open online and by phone

Band members can now vote until 8 p.m. NT on Friday
CBC News · Posted: Oct 18, 2021 7:00 PM NT | Last Updated: October 19
Qalipu band manager Keith Goulding says online and phone voting was planned long before the COVID-19 pandemic, and made for a smooth election so far. (Colleen Connors/CBC)

The voting is now open in the Qalipu First Nation band council election, but band members won’t be heading to polling stations to cast their ballots.

Keith Goulding, band manager for the Newfoundland Mi’kmaw band, says members voted to move to phone and online voting as part of a referendum during the council election in 2018 — well before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were doing it more so that we could find a better way of reaching members that are living off island or are living in communities that are much more isolated from the rest of the main communities,” he said.

“We didn’t get great voter turnout — 25 per cent I think was the best voter turnout we had in our last election — so we were trying to find a way of increasing voter turnout, increasing member access to the vote.”

Having a plan to move away from in-person voting already in place, Goulding said, made things easy during the pandemic.

He said the band is working with a voting company called Intelivote, which allows an extended voting window that’s open 24 hours a day until polls close at 8 p.m. NT on Friday.

The system is the same one already in use by the provincial Liberal party and some unions in the province, according to Goulding.

“[A] hundred thousand voters in Newfoundland and Labrador have already used this system, so it’s not as foreign a concept as I even thought it was when we started going down this road,” he said.
Candidates for Chief of the Qalipu First Nation have signs up all over Corner Brook, Stephenville and other west coast and central communities. (Colleen Connors/CBC )

The 20,765 Qalipu members who are eligible to vote will receive a letter or email with a PIN and voting instructions, Goulding said.

Once a member has received their PIN, they can either vote online or by calling a toll-free number and have their say for band chief, vice-chief and ward councillor.

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Goulding said the voting system provides more flexibility, as well as support from Intelivote to provide assistance or reissue a PIN, if necessary.

And with results tabulated electronically and no need to count ballots by hand, he said, the band should have the election results within about 30 minutes of the polls closing.
Referendum on extending terms

In addition to voting for council members, the election also includes a referendum question about extending the term of office for the band council from three years to four.

Goulding said a four-year term is more in line with the band’s strategic planning and aligns term lengths with other levels of government.

“With a band the size and the scope of this one, for a council to go through the nuances of what they have to do in a yearly cycle, it takes them the full year, they have to experience the year, so you really lose the first year to just a learning curve,” he said.

“This would actually give you another year, a year and a bit of time for council to actually make sure their vision comes to fruition.”

And while people may joke that they’re tired of elections after already voting federally, provincially and municipally this year, Goulding said casting a vote for band council is an important process that happens on fixed dates.

“As a tribal citizen of Qalipu First Nation, we don’t just have a right to vote, I think we have a responsibility to vote. I take that responsibility very seriously,” he said.

“As I often say to people, ‘Hey, we decided to have ours first, the provincial and federal government decided to jump our coattails.’ They thought it was a good time to have one so they decided to do theirs as well.”

News Portal COVID-19 in Indigenous communities: What you need to know

1,662 active cases in First Nations as of Oct. 18
CBC News · Posted: Oct 20, 2021 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: October 20
Isabella Lorenti, 17, seated, and her sister Julia Lorenti, 13, wait for their first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic for Indigenous people in Toronto in May. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

New cases of COVID-19 are continuing on an upward trend in many First Nations communities across the country, according to the latest data from Indigenous Services Canada.

There were 1,662 active cases of COVID-19 in First Nations as of Oct. 18, with the majority of new cases reported in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

The federal department said the current rate of reported active cases of COVID-19 on reserve is 417.5 per 100,000 or 4.2 times the respective rate in the general Canadian population.

There have been 44,818 cases in First Nations communities since the pandemic began. Within the last week, hospitalizations increased to 2,039 from 1,988 and 13 First Nations people living on-reserve died from COVID-19, bringing the total deaths to 457.

There have been 41,537 recovered cases.

Total cases in First Nations communities per region reported as of Oct. 18:

British Columbia: 4,963
Alberta: 12,897
Saskatchewan: 12,494
Manitoba: 10,011
Ontario: 3,357
Quebec: 1,014
Atlantic: 82

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As of Oct. 12, a total of 795,121 vaccine doses have been administered to individuals aged 12 years and older in 687 First Nations and Inuit communities. Of that number, 352,434 were second doses.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

New or worsening cough.
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Temperature equal to or over 38 C.
Feeling feverish.
Fatigue or weakness.
Muscle or body aches.
New loss of smell or taste.
Abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting.
Feeling very unwell.

If you think you might have COVID-19, please consult your local health department to book an appointment at a screening clinic.

News Portal Emotional Sask. chief medical health officer pleads with public amid dire new COVID-19 modelling

The number of Saskatchewan residents infected with COVID-19 and placed under intensive care could more than double by the new year if no additional public health measures are brought in and if people don’t change their behaviours in the next few weeks, says the province’s chief medical health officer.

Dr. Saqib Shahab broke down Wednesday during a COVID-19 media teleconference when discussing new modelling, which suggests a potential spike in COVID-19 ICU hospitalizations that would begin in early December and reach its peak in the new year.

As of Wednesday, there were 82 COVID-19 patients in Saskatchewan’s ICUs, plus another 35 people without COVID-19, causing health workers in overburdened hospitals to send six ICU patients to Ontario.

The modelling — released by the government shortly before the news conference — suggests that even if booster shots are made available to more people, if current behaviour persists, the number of Saskatchewan COVID-19 patients in ICUs could reach well over 200 by Jan. 1.
(Saskatchewan government)

Other modelling scenarios suggested that, if people reduce their contacts and measures such as private and public gathering limits are reintroduced, the number of COVID-19 ICU hospitalizations could be slowed or even go down from its current, unsustainable level. Saskatchewan normally has 79 available ICU beds in total.

“What we do individually in terms of getting vaccinated, staying home if you’re sick, being very careful around our gatherings, following all the protocols including mask use, can change the trajectory,” Shahab said. “Our individual and collective behaviour is a key component that is, to some extent, impacted by government orders.”

“But we’ve always worked hard and we’ve pulled together and it’s been a divisive time many times,” he continued, his voice breaking. “In the past, there’s [been a] mention that: ‘Dr. Shahab just pleads to the public and he doesn’t direct an order,’ but I have no shame in pleading to the public.

“We’ve gone so far. We just have to pull along for the next few weeks or months.”

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Asked if he was OK by a reporter, Shahab paused at length and said: “All the evidence is out there. It is very distressing to see unvaccinated, young, healthy people ending up in ICU and dying. I’m watching this from a distance, but the pressure this puts.… We talk about doctor burnout. To see young lives lost to a vaccine preventable disease — how can we accept this?”

Another slide presented by Shahab showed how the majority of infected Saskatchewan people showing up in hospitals are unvaccinated.
(Saskatchewan government)

“We need to be cautious until the ICU numbers come way down,” Shahab said, cautioning in particular against large Halloween parties next weekend.

“Lots of people mixing unvaccinated, vaccinated would be a recipe for future challenges.”.

If the province’s case numbers and hospitalizations come down, he said “then we can cautiously hope for a better holiday season.”
Shahab still silent on recommendations to government

Shahab has been asked lately to clarify what specific public health recommendations he has made to the Saskatchewan government during the fourth wave. As an employee of the Ministry of Health, Shahab cannot unilaterally impose public health orders, but he can make recommendations for the government’s consideration.

While the government has adopted some measures cautioned by health-care workers, including a renewed mandatory masking order and a proof-of-vaccination policy for some workers and people wanting to enter some non-essential businesses, other suggested measures, including gathering limits, have not been launched.

On Wednesday, before he broke down, Shahab was asked if he had recommended gathering limits prior to Thanksgiving to the Saskatchewan government. He again declined to answer specifically.

“From my side, all options are presented to government and it is up to government to accept options that they think are appropriate for that point in time. But again, my preference is that we be proactive rather than reactive,” Shahab said.

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When pressed further, he said it was up to the government’s cabinet members to disclose details of his recommendations.

“This is the same in every province,” he said.

News Portal Russia hits new record for daily COVID-19 deaths – 973

Russia hit another record of daily coronavirus deaths on Tuesday as the country struggled with a rapid surge of infections and lagging vaccination rates. Authorities however have been adamant there will be no new national lockdown.

The government coronavirus task force reported 973 coronavirus deaths, the highest daily toll since the start of the pandemic in early 2020. Russia has repeatedly hit record daily death tolls this month, and daily infections also have been hovering near all-time highs with 28,190 new cases reported Tuesday.
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Despite the rapidly mounting toll, the Kremlin has ruled out a nationwide lockdown, delegating the power to make decisions on toughening coronavirus restrictions to regional authorities.

The soaring infections have raised the pressure on Russia’s healthcare system with hospitals filling up quickly. Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said 11 percent of Russia’s 235,000 hospitalised COVID-19 patients were in serious or critical condition.
A medical worker helps a patient suspected of having coronavirus at a hospital in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, on Tuesday [Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP]

Overall, Russia’s coronavirus task force has registered more than 7.8 million confirmed cases and 218,345 deaths – the highest death toll in Europe.

Yet the state statistics agency Rosstat, which also counts deaths where the virus was not considered the main cause, has reported a much higher total – about 418,000 deaths of people with COVID-19.

If that higher number is used, Russia would be the fourth hardest-hit nation in the world during the pandemic, after the United States, Brazil and India. Even the lower mortality figure only shifts Russia down to fifth place after Mexico.
‘Explain all the advantages’

The Russian government has blamed the sharp rise in infections and deaths that began last month on a slow vaccination rate. Only 47.8 million Russians, or almost 33 percent of its nearly 146 million people, have received at least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine, and 42.4 million, about 29 percent, were fully vaccinated, the government said Friday.

Speaking at a meeting with newly-elected Russian lawmakers, Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasised on Tuesday the importance of broad vaccination and urged lawmakers to help encourage the population to get the shots.

“We must patiently and persistently work with people and explain all the advantages of prophylactics against that dangerous disease,” Putin said, noting that the population must be persuaded to get the shots without resorting to administrative pressure.

Some Russian regions have restricted attendance at large public events and limited access to theatres, restaurants, and other places to people who have been vaccinated, recently recovered from COVID-19, or tested negative in the previous 72 hours.

But life remains largely normal in Moscow, St Petersburg, and many other Russian cities, with businesses operating as usual and mask mandates loosely enforced. In Moscow, the authorities expanded free coronavirus tests in shopping malls, hoping it would help stem its spread.
Nasal spray vaccine

According to state documents published on Tuesday, Russia will test a nasal spray form of its Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 among adult volunteers.

Russia was quick to develop and launch its Sputnik vaccine when the coronavirus pandemic struck last year.

The nasal spray is to be applied in two doses in a clinic in St Petersburg, according to the document published on the state register of medicines, which did not provide the planned timing of the clinical tests.

Russian authorities said in June a nasal spray vaccine suitable for children aged 8-12 had been tested and the plan was to launch the new product in September.

News Portal With Mounties due for a pay bump, cash-strapped municipalities seek reprieve from Ottawa

Mounties are due to receive a chunk of retroactive pay after negotiating their first-ever collective agreement. Some municipalities say the looming salary bump will stress their finances — and they want Ottawa to step up.

This summer, the federal government and the union representing RCMP members ratified an agreement to deliver a sizeable pay increase to nearly 20,000 members.

Constables — who account for more than half of all RCMP officers — will see their maximum salary jump from $86,110 as of April 2016 to $106,576 next year.

The deal also lays out retroactive pay increases going back to 2017. The RCMP last updated its wage scale in 2016.

According to the agreement, the rates of pay will change within 90 days of Aug. 6, when the collective agreement was signed. It’s then up to the RCMP to make its “best effort” to implement the retroactive payable amounts within 270 days of signing.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) says communities that pay the RCMP for policing services are growing alarmed over the agreement’s cost.

“It’s widespread coast to coast to coast and our municipalities are actually very concerned, very, very concerned,” said FCM president Joanne Vanderheyden, also the mayor of the municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc in Ontario.

“This issue is absolutely urgent given the potential impacts on municipal finances.”

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The RCMP is a federal agency but it provides policing services, under contract, to eight provinces, all three territories, about 150 municipalities and more than 600 Indigenous communities.

The cost of the RCMP’s services — including salaries and equipment — is split between the federal government and other levels of government. How much a municipality is on the hook for depends on its size.
The rates of pay for an RCMP constable, according to the collective agreement signed in August. (Treasury Board Secretariat )

Municipalities with populations of less than 15,000 pay 70 per cent of the costs, while the federal government pays 30 per cent. Municipalities with more than 15,000 residents pay 90 per cent.

Vanderheyden said that while negotiations on the collective agreement were happening behind closed doors, municipalities were advised by the federal government to set money aside to cover the anticipated pay hike.

“Well, the percentage was way too low,” she said, adding the retroactive pay also came as a surprise to most mayors.

“We are absolutely not against collective bargaining. That’s not it. It’s when you’re not at the table and the direct impact comes to you.”
Ottawa is asked to swallow retroactive costs

The FCM has written a letter to the federal government asking it to absorb all retroactive costs associated with the collective agreement.

Without federal help, Vanderheyden said, “municipalities will be forced to make incredibly difficult decisions because they’re either going have to make cuts to their essential services or pass it along to the property tax, local residents. Because they can’t go into arrears, they can’t go to deficits.”
RCMP officers guard a property northeast of Airdrie, Alta., Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Peter Brown, mayor of Airdrie in Alberta, said that while he firmly supports paying RCMP officers more, he was surprised by the final price tag. He said his city, just north of Calgary, has budgeted and held money back over the past few years but still has only about half of what it needs to cover the added policing costs.

“The message from me is, recognize that we’ve all been hit. We’re all suffering,” he said, referring to the pandemic.

Brown said the collective agreement’s impact on Airdrie’s budget is “probably in a $3.5 million to $4 million range. That’s the equivalent [of] a five per cent tax increase.”

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Malcolm Brodie, mayor of Richmond, B.C., said his municipality estimates the retroactive pay lump sum will cost it something between $9 million and $11 million, plus the annual pay increase itself.

“What that means for us is to cover that the amount going forward on our budget, that’s about a one-time 2.5 to 3.5 per cent tax increase,” he said.

“We certainly have stayed with the RCMP for a good reason. We think that they’ve done a good job for our community. Having said that, you know, it’s getting a whole lot more expensive.”

A spokesperson for the federal Department of Public Safety said the department has kept in touch with regions with RCMP contracts on a regular basis since 2018.

“Contracting jurisdictions were aware that the salary of RCMP officers had been frozen since 2016 and that the collective bargaining process began in 2020. With the new collective agreement for RCMP regular members and reservists, salaries are in line with other police services across Canada,” said Tim Warmington.

News Portal Countries must cut fossil fuel plans by more than half to reach global climate targets: UN report

A pumpjack draws oil from the ground surrounded by a canola field near Cremona, Alta., on July 12, 2021. A new UN report shows countries are still planning to extract double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 ‘than what would be consistent with’ the 2015 Paris climate accord’s goal of keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5 C. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

The world needs to cut by more than half its production of coal, oil and gas in the coming decade to maintain a chance of keeping global warming from reaching dangerous levels, according to a UN-backed study released Wednesday.

The report published by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) found that while governments have made ambitious pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions, they are still planning to extract double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 “than what would be consistent with” the 2015 Paris climate accord’s goal of keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5 C (2.7 F).
A figure from the new report highlights the gap between planned production of fossil fuels and the declines in production required to keep warming below 1.5 C or 2 C, the targets in the Paris Agreement. (UNEP)

Even the less-ambitious goal of capping global warming at 2 C (3.6 F) by the end of the century compared to pre-industrial times would be overshot, it said.

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Climate experts say the world must stop adding to the total amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere by 2050, and that can only be done by drastically reducing the burning of fossil fuels as soon as possible, among other measures.
The report shows planned changes in production of coal, oil and gas for 15 major producer countries between 2019 and 2030. (UNEP)

The report, which was released days before a UN climate summit begins Oct. 31 in Glasgow, found most major oil and gas producers — and even some major coal producers — are planning on increasing production until 2030 or even beyond.

It also concluded that the group of 20 major industrialized and emerging economies have invested more into new fossil fuel projects than into clean energy since the start of 2020.

The disparity between climate goals and fossil fuel extraction plans — termed the “production gap” — will widen until at least 2040, the report found.

This would require increasingly steep and extreme measures to meet the Paris emissions goal, UNEP said.

“There is still time to limit long-term warming to 1.5 C, but this window of opportunity is rapidly closing,” said the agency’s executive director, Inger Andersen, noting that governments should commit to closing the gap at the Glasgow climate summit.

The report, which had more than 40 researchers contributing, examines 15 major fossil fuel-producing countries.

For the United States, they found that government projections show oil and gas production increasing to 17 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively, by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. Much of that would be exported, meaning the emissions from burning those fossil fuels would not show up in the U.S. inventory although they would add to the global total.

U.S. coal production is projected to decline by 30 per cent over the coming decade compared to 2019.

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Costa Rica’s environment and energy minister said the report shows the need to stop extracting fossil fuels to meet the Paris goals.

“We must cut with both hands of the scissors, addressing demand and supply of fossil fuels simultaneously,” Andrea Meza said.

Costa Rica and Denmark are planning to launch a new group at the Glasgow summit, the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, to promote that effort.

News Portal Items linked to boyfriend of Gabby Petito found in state park

The North Port Police Department along with other surrounding law enforcement agencies search in late September in the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve for Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest after Gabby Petito went missing. Authorities have recently found some items belonging to Laundrie in the area. (Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

Items believed to belong to Brian Laundrie were found Wednesday in a Florida wilderness park as the search continued for clues in the slaying of Gabby Petito, an attorney for his family said.

Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, took part in the search Wednesday with the FBI and police from North Port, Fla., more than a month after Laundrie was reported missing.

“After a brief search off a trail that Brian frequented some articles belonging to Brian were found,” attorney Steven Bertolino said in a text to The Associated Press. “As of now law enforcement is conducting a more thorough investigation of that area.”

No other details were immediately available. The Sarasota County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed they had been summoned to the reserve but would not comment further.
Enormous public interest

Laundrie, 23, is a person of interest in the killing of Petito, who was reported missing Sept. 11 by her parents while the couple was on a cross-country trip out West.

The case generated enormous public interest but also raised uncomfortable questions over the unequal attention given to the hundreds of cases of Native American and other minority women missing or murdered across the United States. Petito is white.

Online frenzy around Gabby Petito driven by social media influence, ethnicity, gender, experts say

Gabby Petito was strangled to death weeks before her body was found, coroner says

Petito’s body was found Sept. 19 on the edge of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, which the couple had visited. The coroner there concluded she died of strangulation and her body had been where it was found for three or four weeks.

The couple was stopped Aug. 12 by police in Moab, Utah, after they had a physical altercation, but no charges were filed.
Numerous law enforcement vehicles

Laundrie returned home alone Sept. 1 in the Ford van the couple took on their trip. He was reported missing after telling his parents on Sept. 14 that he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve, a vast nature preserve in Sarasota County that has for weeks been a key area in the search.

The activity Wednesday was focused on the nearby Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, where television news reports showed numerous law enforcement vehicles arriving and a tent set up inside the woods. The location is where a Ford Mustang that Laundrie drove to the wilderness was found.
Search teams fan out at Carlton Reserve park on Sept. 22. (North Port Police Department via AP)

Laundrie is charged in a federal Wyoming indictment with unauthorized use of a debit card, which would allow authorities to arrest him if he is found alive.

It alleges Laundrie used a Capital One Bank card and someone’s personal identification number to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges worth more than $1,000. It does not say to whom the card belonged or what type of charges were made.

Portable Toilet Rental Market Increasing Prevalence of Cancer is a Major Factor for Market Growth

Report Ocean publishes a new report on the global Portable Toilet Rental Market. The global Portable Toilet Rental Market calculation is based on a combination of information from first-hand sources, qualitative and quantitative assessments from industry analysts, input from experts and participants across the value chain.

The global Portable Toilet Rental Market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% during the forecast period from 2021-2027.

Rising awareness regarding sanitation is fueling the demand for portable toilets around the world. Growing need for sanitary products at events such as weddings and receptions, construction sites, sports events, and many others, government initiatives to eliminate open defecation and new product launches are injecting growth in the market.

For instance, in August 2019, the government of India announced that on October 2, 2019, urban India will be declared Open Defecation Free, exactly after 5 years of the beginning of the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Furthermore, integration of technology and expansion of distribution centers by market players are expected to fuel demand for portable toilet rental in the coming years. Such as, In March 2019, Satellite Industries opened a new PolyPortables Distribution Center in Oregon, United States.

The company planned to expand its Portland, Oregon Regional Service Center with 30,000 sq. ft. of inside storage and 45,000 sq. ft of outside storage. However, a lack of awareness for portable toilet rentals in developing economies may hinder growth in the near future.

The report includes an in-depth analysis of macroeconomic indicators, market trends, and governing factors, as well as market attractiveness by segment. A qualitative impact map of different market factors appears in the report. A study of the impact of COVID-19 (Corona Virus) on the product industry chain is analyzed based on upstream and downstream markets, on various regions and countries, and the future development of the industry is forecast.

Report on the Global Portable Toilet Rental Market aim to enable readers to understand the market and competitive landscape in a way that supports better decision-making. This report includes an overview of participants’ financial results, including revenue results, sales volume, gross margin, capital investment, and the global Portable Toilet Rental Market growth rate.

The researchers collect market demand and size information and validate it with market experts. This study also explores the geographical distribution of the Portable Toilet Rental Market. The market studies provide information about the industry to top manufacturers, distributors, traders, and dealers. It will offer an overview of the product, the market, the market driving force, the risk & opportunities, and the research findings.

Impact Analysis of COVID-19

• The report examines in detail the impact of Covid-19 on the Portable Toilet Rental Market

• The Covid-19 outbreak has caused thousands of illnesses worldwide, and the World Health Organization has declared it a global health emergency. Coronavirus disease, which already affects these groups, will have an impact on Portable Toilet Rental Market segments.

• The economic damage is already evident and represents the world’s worst economic shock in decades as the health and human toll rise.

• Several undesirable outcomes can occur in chaotic situations, including restaurant closing, flight canceling, travel restrictions in place, indoor event venues losing permits, customer confidence eroding, stock markets fluctuating, and citizens becoming anxious.

The study covers the fundamental aspects of the Global Portable Toilet Rental Market, including its future prospects and competitive landscape, in great detail. A Porter’s Five Forces analysis of the Portable Toilet Rental Market provides insights into the factors influencing its growth. Accordingly, this market study breaks down the Portable Toilet Rental Market into segments, regions, and players to present a clear picture of the current market environment. Research also covers macroeconomics and microeconomics. In the report, several graphs, charts, and tables appear effectively.

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The Portable Toilet Rental Market study gives a comprehensive look at country-level segments classified as potentially high-growth areas, countries with the highest market share, and countries with the most potential growth. The Portable Toilet Rental Market study includes regional break-ups like North America (USA, Canada), South America, Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, Korea), Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy), Other countries.

News Portal Bulgaria Agriculture Market, Bulgaria Agriculture Industry, Bulgaria Agriculture Livestock Market,

Agriculture sector plays a crucial role in the Bulgarian economy. Agriculture includes hunting, forestry, and fishing, as well as cultivation of crops and livestock production. The agriculture sector has the potential to be a vital source of foreign exchange earnings and can also produce huge amount of quality food for domestic population. Most significant advantage of this sector is the presence of well-established food research & development institutions.

Bulgaria enjoys tremendous natural conditions to develop the agriculture & forestry sector. The availability of agricultural land, favorable climate for crop production and long traditions have resulted in well-developed plant growing as well as animal breeding. Other advantages include low labor costs and high-schools & colleges offering training in the modern farming & animal breeding. The main crops produced in the country include tobacco, pepper, grapes, wheat, tomatoes, maize, beans, sunflower, peaches, potato, apricots, melons, apples, and nuts. There are traditions in the pig, sheep, and cattle breeding, bee-keeping and poultry farming. Traditionally, country holds leading position in exports of grapes, tomatoes, apricots, oriental tobacco, and other agricultural products to European markets.

According to study, “Bulgaria Agriculture Market Trends, Statistics, Growth, and Forecasts” key players of Bulgaria agriculture market are implementing various policies to make the Bulgaria well placed to improve efficiency & competitiveness of its agro-food sector. Bulgaria agriculture provides very strong conditions for investment, in the vegetable-growing (greenhouses) and meat industries that heavily depend on capital. Internal conditions are low costs to production factors and favorably attributed to the resource availability; while reliable local & external market demand should undertaking further stability, policy consistency as well as support for different initiatives.

The Bulgaria Agriculture Market is driven by traditions in agriculture, followed by low operational costs, widely available workforce availability, increase in output of domestic products resulting from rising foreign direct investment (FDI) in the agricultural sector, growth in wine production and good transportation infrastructure. Imported wines have a steady presence in the Bulgarian market owing to a robust & mature distribution system, improving end-user income, active promotions, and augmented tourism. The imported wines compete well against the local wine products.  However, future challenges to the Bulgarian agriculture are related to achieve a sustainable & vibrant development of the food chain, mainly in the terms of increasing the value added. It can be attained by focusing on fruit & vegetables and livestock. Value chain is characterized by shortage of locally produced primary raw materials for the meat & dairy processing chains or canning industry; weaknesses are noted in inadequate production efficiency owing to high fixed costs & underuse of technological capacity. Moreover, creation of total production chains by a combination of selected companies in the clusters covering primary sector, processing, sales & distribution is a key opportunity for market.

Bulgarian agriculture is one of the most recent investment sectors in the Bulgaria. It is projected that Bulgaria Agriculture market will be reached at rapid pace caused by growth in good irrigation infrastructure during the forecast period


News Portal Exceptional Key Indicator Analysis

Vienna | Reutlingen, October 23rd, 2013 – At the start of 2012, the experienced mechanical engineering company Manz began a comprehensive SRM project with their solution partners POOL4TOOL in order to improve the performance of their global purchasing organization. The focal point of this project was the implementation of a complex key indicator system. Recurring processes in tactical purchasing were also re-engineered and the Manz Group’s heterogeneous system landscape was integrated and refined. The Austrian Association for Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BMÖ) recognized the successful project with an award at the “Austrian Purchasing Forum 2013”.

The analysis of indicators is a core responsibility of strategic purchasing. In order to recognize risks and potentials presented by suppliers as early as possible, a company must have a uniform database and the appropriate evaluation tools. Heterogeneous system landscapes, for example, when compiling data from different departments and locations, present a challenge to informative reporting about the purchasing department. Early in 2012, Manz began working with the solution provider, POOL4TOOL, to address these challenges within their own company. “Manz was seeking a platform that would include everything that a purchaser needs on a daily basis. We were able to offer them support by providing a main information and data hub,” explains Thomas Dieringer, CEO of POOL4TOOL.

The high-tech mechanical engineering company developed a complex indicator system that is now available for analysis via POOL4TOOL. Manz also worked with their solution partners to re-engineer their recurring purchasing processes in tactical purchasing and to integrate the Manz Group’s heterogeneous system landscape. The company was able to save more than 30 % on processing costs simply by automating the ordering process. The completely automated RFQ process is now conducted using POOL4TOOL and can be fully integrated with ERP. The process is fully transparent, well-structured and replicable for all participants. RFQ’s that include multiple countries and that require data exchanges are now possible via the web-based portal. By implementing a uniform supplier registration and qualification process, Manz was able to quickly compile a supplier database in Asia, where the company is also represented and where they procure local products. All purchasing managers worldwide can access the system, which makes internal business much easier. Manz chose POOL4TOOL because of the holistic purchasing solution they are able to provide, and because of the company’s ability to address, implement and improve simple operative issues, as well as more complex strategic ones.

This successful project won recognition at the “Austrian Purchasing Forum 2013.” The Austrian Association for Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BMÖ) honored Manz and POOL4TOOL in the Purchasing category. The celebratory presentation of the award took place in the House of Industry in Vienna. Heinz Pechek, the Chairman of the BMÖ, Dr. Johann Günther, a professor at the Jianghan University in China, and Dr. Christian Haring, the Director of Supply Chain Management at AVL List, all made laudatory remarks about the project. Leif Schmidt, the Purchasing Manager at Manz, and Andreas Marek, the Senior Account Manager at POOL4TOOL jointly accepted the award.

About POOL4TOOL: POOL4TOOL is a cloud-based supply chain and procurement solution suite for connecting business partners across the value chain. With POOL4TOOL, companies can implement a single, natively integrated suite to support multiple internal processes and communicate with suppliers. The portfolio includes software solutions for over 40 processes, including supplier relationship management, sourcing, supply base management, supply chain management, eCollaboration, quality control, and product costing (PLC). With more than 10 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, POOL4TOOL’s solutions are tailored to support manufacturing procurement processes and requirements, e.g. sourcing of direct material, BOM, drawings, should cost model, and VMI functionality. Beside the headquarters in Vienna (Austria), the POOL4TOOL incorporation runs subsidiaries in Munich and Stuttgart (Germany), Paris (France), Detroit (USA), and Singapore. The company serves more than 200 international clients, i.e. Alcan, Behr, Carl Zeiss, Dürr, Kärcher, Miele, Modine, ThyssenKrupp, and Trumpf.