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Saturday November 27th, 2021 morning edition

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The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers is a government-sponsored cartel that controls some 70 percent of the world’s maple syrup supply and is sometimes compared to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ grip on oil.

Amid surging demand for syrup as more people cook at home amid the pandemic, the cartel has been forced to tap a whopping 50 million pounds of syrup from its strategic reserve.

“That’s why the reserve is made, to never miss maple syrup.

The French-speaking Canadian province produces more than 70 percent of the world’s maple syrup supply.

In 2012 thieves stole over 3,000 tons of Maple Syrup that was worth millions of dollars.

It’s not the first time Quebec Maple Syrup Producers’ strategic reserve has made headlines.

In 2012, thieves made off with more than 3,000 tons of maple syrup — worth some $19 million Canadian dollars — from the stockpile. »

Black Friday lines almost nonexistent at Bay Area stores

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Crowds were light and almost nonexistent in many stores throughout the Bay Area during what is usually one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Best Buy in Pleasant Hill usually has lines wrapped around the building but this year only about 30 shoppers awaited the opening.

"I just wanted to hang out with my friends and get that person connection with them," said shopper Cole Smith. »

Omicron variant: Biden makes fresh plea to Americans to get vaccinated as he puts travel restrictions on eight countries

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President Joe Biden announced on Friday that his administration would ban travel from eight countries beginning on Monday, as the US seeks to prevent the spread of a new Covid-19 variant dubbed “Omicron”.

“As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering additional air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries.

One reporter asked the president why the US was waiting until Monday to let the travel ban take effect. »