Harvest is a time of plenty, when the season’s hard work is rewarded by bounty. Many of the rhythms of our lives are shaped by the gathering of crops, even if most of us now live in cities. Worldwide, festivals and rituals mark the passage from growing season to harvest, with indigenous and popular practices making fall in the Northern Hemisphere a festive time. This year sees a reduced harvest in much of the world as extreme weather decimated many regions. Half of the United States is in prolonged drought, as well as much of Europe. In India, the monsoon is 20 percent off the annual average. Food prices are expected to rise by 2013 as demand taxes supplies, and later the price rises will transfer to the meat industry as costs of feed for livestock are passed on. Gathered here are images of farms industrial and traditional, crops critical and obscure, and harvest festivals among drought and bounty.

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Wildfire near Peachland, B.C., forces 1,500 to evacuate

One millimetre of rain and calmer winds overnight brought a small amount of relief to fire crews and about 1,500 residents who were quickly evacuated from their homes Sunday in the face of a raging wildfire in Peachland, B.C.

Fire crews worked frantically overnight to contain the flames and helicopters were in the air early Monday dumping water on hot spots, said fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek.

Google Glass makes its debut on Diane von Furstenberg runway

Glasses that double as smartphones? Sounds cool if you’re a tech geek but are they chic? Google seems to think so, which may be why it debuted the futuristic devices on the runways of New York Fashion Week.

Though Google Glass won’t be available until 2014, the company is already putting on the push for the upcoming devices.

It announced in April that the devices would be worn like glasses but would be able to take pictures and record video and sound. Users would also be able to check calendars, get weather updates and see messages from friends.

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La Tomatina 2012

La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Bunol, located inland from the Mediterranean Sea, that brings together thousands of people for one big tomato fight – purely for fun! It is held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Bunol. One theory – the most popular of many theories – about the origins of the “fight” dates back to 1945, when (during a parade) young men staged a brawl in the town’s main square, the Plaza del Pueblo. There was a vegetable stand nearby, so they picked up tomatoes and used them as weapons. The police had to intervene to break up the fight and forced those responsible to pay the damages incurred.

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World Longest Traffic Jam

The China National Highway 110 traffic jam was a recurring massive traffic jam that began to form on August 14, 2010, mostly on China National Highway 110 (G110) and Beijing–Tibet expressway (G6), in Beijing, Hebei and Inner Mongolia. The traffic jam slowed down thousands of vehicles for more than 100 kilometres (60 mi) and lasted for more than ten days. Many drivers were able to move their vehicles only 1 km (0.6 mi) per day, and some drivers reported being stuck in the traffic jam for five days. It is considered to be one of the longest traffic jams by some media.

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BC Jobs Plan Job Fairs

Date: September 18, 2012 at 12:00pm

Venue: Aberdeen Centre – Richmond

Event Details:
As part of the BC Jobs Plan, Job Fairs will take place in 24 different BC communities from September to November 2012, connecting British Columbians who are looking for work with employers who are looking for qualified employees. Employers from all sector will be encouraged to participate. In addition to employers, post-secondary educational institutions, industry associations, training authorities and health authorities will also be in attendance.

Additional locations may be added if requests can be accommodated within the schedule.

In addition to the above participants, the BC Jobs Start Here Mobile Exhibit will live at each Job Fair. This touring Mobile Exhibit is a hands-on, interactive experience that connects British Columbians with career information, employment services, job banks and local job events through the BC Jobs Plan and WorkBC websites.

More details:

Aberdeen Centre – Richmond

4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 0A4, Canada