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PARIS, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Tons of rubbish piled up on streets in Paris and other French cities on Thursday as strikes of transport and waste treatment workers continued on the eve of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament.
The protests were part of a wave of demonstrations and work stoppages led by the hardline General Confederation of Labor union (CGT) to oppose the government's plan to reform the labor law.
The industrial action, which started in French cities such as Paris, Marseille and Saint-Etienne, has disrupted trash collection in the three cities, which will host the annual football tournament in Europe.
Millions of foreign visitors are expected to come to France and watch the month-long championship, which kicks off Friday night when France will confront Romania in the opening match at the Stade de France stadium in Paris.
Photos published by French media showed growing piles of garbage and trash bag barricades set up in front of waste facilities. The CGT union said four out of six garages housing Paris' garbage trucks have been blocked during the week-long protests.
French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal on Thursday called for an end to the "mess" caused by the strikes. It was not right for a modern country to continue being disrupted, she said.
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin on Thursday played down the impact of strikes on growth, saying growth would not be halted due to "meaningless" social action.
"It's natural to protest, but what is the priority of our economy? What is the priority of trade unions? It's employment. Job creation is starting, this is not the time to stop it," he said.
JAKARTA Harrison Butker Jersey , Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- An undersea quake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale Wednesday jolted East Borneo in central parts of Indonesia, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.
The quake struck at 08:31 a.m. Jakarta time (0131 GMT) with epicenter at 413 km northeast Tarakan of East Borneo and with the depth at 10 km under the sea, an official of the agency told Xinhua over phone.
Indonesia is prone to quake as it lies on a vulnerable quake- hit zone so called "the Pacific Ring of Fire."
LAGOS, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- As part of its corporate social responsibility, Seven Star Farms Nigeria Ltd Travis Kelce Jersey , a company started by a Chinese businessman, has been putting smiles on the faces of hundreds of young Nigerian youths via creating job opportunities.
Founded by Eric Ni Meng Xiao, who arrived in Nigeria in 2003 and started a business selling shoes, the company with a proven interest in large-scale agricultural projects, has been empowering young citizens of the West African nation on how to use the vast amounts of fertile land in their country.
Seven Star is located along the Agbara-Lusada road in southwest Nigeria's Ogun State in a quite community devoid of any form of commercial activity.
The farm which covers about 30 hectares is full of both the young and old Spencer Ware Jersey , with the younger generation making up the larger population.
Assisted by a group of Chinese farmers, the farm is reputed for producing a range of fresh vegetables, eggplant, pepper and fruits.
"I came to Nigeria in 2003 to do shoe business, I was importing to shoes from China Justin Houston Jersey , until the Nigerian government placed a ban on it, but we have bought this land to set up a factory," Ni told Xinhua in an interview.
The farmer said providing employment for the teeming youths could be challenging, especially in areas where they are restive and criminality like in every other community.
"I was a farmer in China, but came to Nigeria to do business Tyreek Hill Jersey , so when the government restriction came, I thought it wise to do what I know how to do best and that is farming," he said.
Ni, who says Nigeria is like China, said his goal is to encourage local youths to embrace the culture of agriculture Robert Golden Chiefs Jersey , which according to him, would reduce unemployment among Nigerian youths and supply the Nigerian market with agricultural products.
"I am doing this to help reduced unemployment. We also works for Nigeia and foreigners, and this country (Nigeria) is also like my country (China), as long we are here together, we can help each other Chris Conley Chiefs Jersey ," he added.
The company's main customers are Chinese companies, hotels and local supermarkets operating in Lagos, Nigeria's business center, he said.
"For this vegetables here, we supply for some Chinese companies Mitch Morse Chiefs Jersey , supermarkets and also some Nigerians come around and buy from here. Most of Nigerians in China like Chinese vegetable mostly fresh ones like this," he said.
The chairman told Xinhua that he making moves to expand the farms operation into Lagos, along the Lekki Free Trade Zone area to make the business more commercially valuable.
"We have interest to do farming in some southwest states, where we would buy hectares of land and we hope to bring in even more commercial crops for this second phase of the farm," he said.
"We now have more than 100 temporary local employees and we hope to continue growing that number Chris Jones Chiefs Jersey ," he added.
Many residents praise Ni for his vision and charitable zeal toward the youths of the community.
Yusuf Garuba, a secondary school student who was seen busy at the farm cultivating, said he took up the job because he did not stay home and do nothing.
"The reason am working here is just for me not stay home and do nothing, so I came here to keep myself busy," he added.
Another worker who gave his name as Obinna Johnson expressed satisfaction that the Chinese farmers gave him the opportunity to work and learn as well.
"I have learn so many things Kareem Hunt Chiefs Jersey , how to plant, farm, many other things and how to achieve something from the owner of the company," Johnson told Xinhua.
Nigeria's agricultural sector has taken a back seat since the country started producing oil more than five decades ago.
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