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“At first it was an interview, and now it’s just friends talking,” Quinn said. “We view that as a friendship. We constantly refer to the people that we’ve met now as our friends, because it’s an ongoing relationship,” Roberts said. “We see them, we serve food to them, some of them we see them they […]

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“At first it was an interview, and now it’s just friends talking,” Quinn said.

“We view that as a friendship. We constantly refer to the people that we’ve met now as our friends, because it’s an ongoing relationship,” Roberts said. “We see them, we serve food to them, some of them we see them they were on the streets and now they’re housed.”

The goal of the project is to help destigmatize and reframe the understanding of homelessness, Quinn explained.

“They’re some of the kindest people, and they never had a chance to share their story in a light that was not, ‘Oh they’re sleeping outside, look at the park let’s go take pictures of this is what homelessness looks like,’” Quinn said.

“And it’s not,” she said. “It’s so stigmatized and I guess my efforts are mostly to destigmatize homelessness and try to make it something where it’s a community coming together to help its community members, not just a problem they see in the park.”

There’s often not an accurate perception of homelessness in the community, Quinn said, from the amount of people who truly experience housing insecurities to an ignorance of the different types of homelessness people can experience — which can often be barriers to finding an equitable solution.



University of Wisconsin-La Crosse education major Gracie Quinn shows an example of her pencil drawings that accompany her People Seeing People blog that shares the stories of people experiencing homelessness in La Crosse.




The duo knows this project might not directly lead to tangible change, but they instead hope it can lead to abstract change, such as adopting person-first language when discussing these issues — choosing to say a person who is experiencing homelessness rather than a homeless person — which puts the emphasis on the people, not the issue.

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Rare case of Denmark variant identified in North Carolina

Here you can find up-to-the-minute information on the coronavirus in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina and the surrounding region. © WBAL vaccine Click the video player above for the latest information from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Sign up for our Newsletters Live Updates: © Provided by WXII 12 Greensboro-Winston-Salem There are 4,674 new cases, […]

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12:45 p.m. Monday: As COVID-19 deaths in North Carolina near 10,000, new cases and the number of those in hospitals across the state continue to decline.



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9 a.m. Monday: Thomasville Community Schools reopened to students Monday morning for alternating A/B groups.

Group A will attend classes Mondays and Thursdays. Group B will learn in-person Tuesday and Thursdays.

Fridays will be remote learning for all students.

12:45 p.m. Sunday: North Carolina reported 57 deaths and the lowest percent positive rate, 7.4%, that has been seen in more than a month Sunday.

3:10 p.m. Saturday: There’s a misconception when it comes to suicide that the winter months foster higher numbers of people in crisis. Charlotte-native and suicide prevention instructor Fonda Bryant argues that it’s an everyday health crisis.



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“Mental health isn’t one size fits all,” Bryant said. “People think it’s just on an individual, case-by-case basis. But people are dying every day. It’s a huge problem.”

Bryant had just started teaching QPR Suicide Prevention Training courses (QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer), with only a couple of in-person lessons under her belt, when the pandemic forced everyone to go virtual. She quickly transitioned to running training classes online and realized the internet gave her the opportunity to reach more people.

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12 p.m. Saturday: NCDHHS added new demographic data for coronavirus vaccinations per county on the vaccination page of its dashboard.

Data is now available for the first dose as well as the first and second dose of the vaccine for race, ethnicity, gender and age group. This data does not include information administered through the federal long-term care facilities program.

“North Carolina continues to lead the country on data transparency with a focus on race and ethnicity data,” said NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen. “More importantly, we use this critical data to drive our vaccine operations work to ensure equity across our state.”

North Carolina was one of the first states to release statewide race and ethnicity data for the vaccines.

11:30 a.m. Saturday: A coronavirus test facility identified a rare case of a Denmark “cluster five” variant in North Carolina Saturday.

Scientists are still determining more about this variation. “Preliminary findings suggested that there was a lower capability of antibodies to neutralize the Cluster 5 strain, which requires further investigation,” according to the World Health Organization.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the B.1.1.7 variant, also known as the U.K. variant, is the most widespread variant with 611 known cases in the country as of Feb. 4. MAKO Medical identified five total cases in North Carolina.

The CDC does not have the Denmark variant on its variant tracking chart at this time.

“As we continue our sequencing of indicated samples, we have found a continued rise in variant occurrences,” said Steve Hoover, vice president of laboratory operations at MAKO Medical. “Over the past week, indicated samples are now returning positive variant cases at a fifty-percent rate, up from a twenty-five percent rate last week. The information we are collecting is shared directly with state health officials to assist in understanding the presence of the variants in communities across the country.”

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How a four-ingredient recipe went from Finnish blog post to viral sensation on TikTok and beyond

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Have you heard of pancake cereal? Greek yoghurt bagels? Vodka pasta sauce?

If the answer is no, it’s probably because you’re not on TikTok.

The recipes for all of these have recently gone viral on the video sharing platform, drumming up millions of millennial views and lining millions of millennial stomachs, but gathering little traction elsewhere.

This baked feta pasta dish has had two viral lives.

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This baked feta pasta dish has had two viral lives.

But the latest viral TikTok recipe is different. After amassing tens of millions of views on TikTok, it’s expanded its fan base to Gen X-ers and beyond; a search on that most boomer of social media platforms, Facebook, yields dozens of hits.

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So what is this recipe so delicious it’s bringing generations together?

Why, it’s a baked feta pasta. You might even have heard of it.

The origins of this simple recipe – it requires just four ingredients, one of which is dry pasta – appear to lie with a post from Finnish blogger Jenni Hayrinen, who posted the recipe for a dish called “uunifetapasta” just over two years ago.

Pancake cereal is huge on TikTok but little-known elsewhere.

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Pancake cereal is huge on TikTok but little-known elsewhere.

According to Hayrinen, sales for feta cheese shot up by 300 per cent in Finland after she posted the recipe. The blog post, she said in September last year, had over 2.7 million views.

“Finland has 5.5 million inhabitants, to put things in perspective,” she added.

Hayrinen posted the recipe in Finnish, which limited her reach somewhat, but she credits its global spread to American food influencer MacKenzie Smith (grilledcheesesocial on Instagram and Tik Tok), who was alerted to uunifetapasta by a friend who was dating a Finnish chef.

How popular is it online?

On January 29, Smith shared the recipe on TikTok, where it was quickly picked up by other influential accounts like feelgoodfoodie, who shared it with her 900,000 followers on January 31.

Her video has been viewed 7.8 million times, and all up, posts tagged #bakedfetapasta have been played more than 48 million times on TikTok.

While those numbers might sound avocado-smashingly high to the non-TikTokkers among us, they’re actually only medium beans for viral recipes; #pancakecereal has well over a billion views.

Why is it so popular?

What’s interesting about baked feta pasta is that it’s made the leap from TikTok’s largely millennial user base all the way to Facebook’s decidedly older one.

There’s a section of the social media venn diagram that uses both Facebook and TikTok, and it’s populated with those who don’t find the idea of a pancake cereal appetising (that recipe appears to be entirely absent from Facebook, despite its TikTok domination) but who love anything that involves an abundance of cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.

Thanks to them, baked feta pasta has been picked up in the last week or so by Facebook pages like Cookist Wow, with over 19 million followers, and has found a second viral life on a second platform.

But what is it?

Like any virus, the dish has mutated as it’s spread and there are low-carb, vegan, keto, and gluten-free versions out there, but in essence little of this Finnish recipe has been lost in translation: You throw a couple of punnets of cherry tomatoes into a dish along with a couple of whole cloves of garlic and a block of feta. Drizzle the whole thing with olive oil, and bake it for half an hour or so, until the feta is brown and the tomatoes have burst. Then squeeze your garlic out of its skin, add some fresh basil and toss the whole thing with cooked pasta. Voila.

Of course, we all know that as soon as the oldies like something it immediately stops being cool, so #bakedfetapasta might be coming to the end of its run.

But look out for it on your Nana’s dinner table.

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Can Biden Save Canada-U.S. Agri-Food Trade

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Although international trade has long been affected by domestic politics, former U.S. president Donald Trump dramatically increased trade irritants between the United States and Canada. This was especially challenging in the agricultural sector where political interference in international trade is more prevalent than in the non-agricultural sector.

In our recent article in the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, we analyzed how Trump’s presidency affected agri-food trade between the two countries and how the situation might change under President Joe Biden.

We argue that Trump’s negative rhetoric and actions heightened trade uncertainty and undermined global trading rules, which tends to disrupt international trade. This was a major challenge for a small open economy like Canada that depends largely on the American market. In particular, the politically sensitive nature of the agri-food sector makes agricultural trade highly dependent on diplomatic ties between countries.

Canada more reliant on the U.S.

Canada’s relationship with the U.S. is important for the agri-food sector in both countries, but it’s somewhat one-sided in terms of Canadian reliance on the American market.

Canada is the top destination for American agricultural exports, accounting for 15 per cent of the country’s total agricultural exports in 2019. Conversely, the U.S. is the foremost buyer of Canadian agri-food products, accounting for 58 per cent of total Canadian agri-food exports. This isn’t surprising due to the countries’ close proximity and similar consumer tastes and values.

But the Canada-U.S. political relationship became hostile during the Trump presidency due to the former president’s erratic foreign policy decisions, tariff wars and his verbal attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The tense political relationship created an environment of uncertainty, adversely affecting the bilateral trading relationship.

Major trade disputes between the two countries at both the World Trade Organization (WTO) and within the former North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have largely involved the agricultural sector. WTO trade disputes over softwood lumber, hard wheat and durum and the compulsory country-of-origin labelling requirements, for example, were all within the agricultural sector.

The long-standing softwood lumber dispute predates Trump, but was escalated during his presidency and could not be sorted out under NAFTA and WTO dispute settlement mechanisms. It was resolved only through political negotiations when both parties signed a memorandum of understanding.

Canada diversifying?

The graph below shows that although bilateral agri-food exports from Canada to the U.S. increased marginally from 2015 and 2019, Canadian agri-food imports from the U.S. remained flat.

Agri-food imports and exports. Author provided

The increasing number of agri-food imports to Canada from nations other than the U.S., and the flat-lining of imports from south of the border, shows the Canadian economy may be diversifying away from the U.S. and not relying solely on Americans to be the main suppliers of its food basket.

Continuing trade uncertainty with the U.S. could push Canada to pursue its market diversification agenda more aggressively. Canada has shown serious signs of market diversification through its membership in two major free-trade agreements — the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union and the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) with Pacific Rim countries.

 

Biden’s presidency

In his inaugural speech, Biden promised to immediately work to repair and renew relationships with U.S. allies and return America to a leadership role in the world. His first call to a foreign leader was made to Trudeau, and he assured the prime minister that “Buy American” policies weren’t aimed at Canada.

Biden is facing significant domestic political challenges, and it’s too soon to know how he’ll deal with trade irritants and address the harm done by the Trump administration. But it’s clear he’s intent on returning to multilateralism.

The American dissatisfaction with the World Trade Organization (WTO) predates Trump and runs deep in the U.S. Barack Obama’s administration also blocked appointments to the appellate body based on this dissatisfaction. However, Biden has been clear about supporting a strong multilateral trading system and isn’t expected to be obstructionist like the Trump administration, but instead will likely work with allies to address concerns with the WTO.

When it comes to trade deals, Biden has acknowledged the importance of deals like the CPTPP that Trump pulled out of on his third day in office. But he’s also promised to protect American workers.

Protectionist forces

Protectionist forces will continue to disrupt trade between the two countries, but we can expect a closer and more constructive relationship under Biden. Trade disputes won’t disappear, but the approach to them will change, and improved U.S.-Canada diplomatic relations will have a positive impact on Canada’s agri-food sector.

Canada’s prime minister and Biden are much closer in terms of ideology, policy objectives and leadership style than Trump and Trudeau were, and they share views on eliminating trade barriers instead of imposing them.

The past four years of trade tensions between the U.S. and Canada were largely politically motivated, especially Trump’s imposition of steel and aluminium tariffs in the name of national security, which Canada responded to by imposing retaliatory tariffs on a number of agri-food products from the United States.

Such unilateral decisions will probably be minimal under Biden. Bilateral trade flows between both countries are unlikely to be affected by the types of erratic trade actions favoured by Trump.

Closer political ties between the Biden administration and the Canadian prime minister means a more constructive and co-operative approach to solving challenges between the two countries in the agri-food sector. Trade disputes will undoubtedly continue, but diplomatic efforts will work to resolve these disputes. This is a positive development for the Canadian agri-food industry.

The Conversation

Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor, Assistant Professor, Agri-Food Trade and Policy, University of Guelph and Eugene Beaulieu, Professor, Economics, University of Calgary

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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