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Freddy Bernal Rosales, Venezuela’s minister for urban agriculture, one 10 Venezuelans blacklisted for corruption, undermining state vote

Minister of Urban Agriculture, appointed on June 7, 2017, by Nicolás Maduro, replacing Erika Farías.

By Kirk Semple
New York Times
Nov. 9, 2017

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CARACAS, Venezuela — The Trump administration on Thursday imposed sanctions against 10 more Venezuelan officials, including members of the country’s election commission and several government ministers, accusing them of undermining democracy through their use of corruption and censorship in support of President Nicolás Maduro’s tightening grip on power.

“As the Venezuelan government continues to disregard the will of its people, our message remains clear: the United States will not stand aside while the Maduro regime continues to destroy democratic order and prosperity in Venezuela,” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement.

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Singapore: First-timer’s gardening attempt pays off in a big way

Mr Ivan Loh, 71, with his 25kg winter melon, which won him the Heaviest Winter Melon prize and $500 at the Community Garden Edibles Competition. St Photo: Ng Sor Luan.

There were 10 categories: the longest brinjal, lady’s finger, long bean, bitter gourd and chilli, and the heaviest papaya, pumpkin, winter melon, sweet melon and tomato.

By Raffaella Nathan Charles
Straits Times
Nov 4, 2017

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Mr Loh, a retired sailor who lives in a flat in Bukit Batok, decided to give gardening a try at his friend’s backyard in Choa Chu Kang earlier this year. The secret to his success was a combination of good fertilisers, he revealed. “I am happy and proud, but it was very unexpected,” he said of his win.

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Chicago: Neighbors shout, criticize children during Park Ridge community garden debate

Supporters and opponents of a proposed community garden at North Park in Park Ridge.

“The children who are commenting up here are not paying our taxes and are not paying our water bills,” Lind said.

By Jennifer Johnson
Chicago Tribune
Nov 3, 2017

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Wolf said the proposed garden will measure approximately 8,000 square feet. Inside a 5-acre (217,800-square-foot) park, Wolf said the garden is “a small percentage of the park.”

But some neighbors disagreed, shouting “No it’s not,” in response.

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