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Monday
Jun112018

Clemson Program Offers Help for New Farmers

Farmers getting their feet wet in agribusiness have access to comprehensive entrepreneurial education and business training through a public service program offered by Clemson University.

The South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program (SCNBFP) is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 statewide program. Deadline to apply is July 15. An online application is available at www.scnewfarmer.org.

This program is focused on enabling new and beginning farmers to be successful, productive and innovative members of their local agricultural communities. Participants will gain the tools, knowledge and skills necessary to be successful entrepreneurs, sound business managers, exemplary stewards of the natural environment and successful marketers of the unique products they create.

The program is managed by Clemson University Cooperative Extension, under the direction of agribusiness professor R. David Lamie. More than 300 farmers have participated in the program, which is entering its seventh year. Any legal resident of South Carolina who is at least 18 years old and just beginning to farm or who has actively farmed for less than 10 consecutive years is eligible to apply for the program.

The 2018-2019 South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program will offer two levels of instruction. The first level, Exploring Farming as a Business, is for emerging farmers with less than three years’ experience. The second level, Taking Your Farm Business to the Next Level, is for people who have been farming three to nine years.

Core agribusiness workshops will be held centrally in Columbia and will focus on farm business management. Topics will include business concept/plan development, financial and risk management, legal and regulatory issues, marketing strategies, personal assessment, and an introduction to federal, state and local agriculture resources.

Core programming will be complemented by regional workshops to be held throughout the state. These workshops offer opportunities for local peer and resource networking and provide additional instruction on production and advanced agribusiness topics tailored for each region. Regional workshops are a collaborative effort between Clemson Agribusiness, Clemson Cooperative Extension, the Clemson Sustainable Agriculture Program, the Catawba Farm and Food Coalition, the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League.

Participants will also benefit from guided farm tours, access to on-farm internships and participation in the South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program Alumni Association.

The South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program fills a critical need to train emerging farmers in South Carolina, Lamie said.

Monday
Jun112018

Trump Tweets Attack NATO Allies

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump fired off a volley of tweets on Monday venting anger on NATO allies, the European Union and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the wake of a divisive G7 meeting over the weekend. 

The escalating clash over trade between Washington and some of its closest global partners cast a cloud over Trump’s efforts to make history in nuclear talks in Singapore on Tuesday with Kim Jong Un of North Korea, one of America’s bitterest foes. 

Having left the Group of Seven summit in Canada early, Trump’s announcement that he was backing out of the joint communique torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between Washington and its top allies. 

“Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal,” said Trump, who flew from Canada to Singapore on Sunday to prepare for the first-ever summit between a U.S. and North Korean leader. 

“Sorry, we cannot let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade anymore. We must put the American worker first!” 

The communique, which had appeared to have papered over the cracks that surfaced so uncharacteristically at the G7, said the leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan were agreed on the need for “free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade” and the importance of fighting protectionism. 

“We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies,” the statement said, which came despite Washington appearing intent on taking more punitive steps on trade. 

Trump’s extraordinary outburst on Monday against NATO allies, the European Union and Canada appeared aimed at striking a chord with voters who support his “America First” agenda. 

At the same time, however, it put Trump in the position of going into a crucial summit at odds with countries he needs on his side to pressure North Korea to move toward dismantling a nuclear arsenal that threatens the United States. 

“Not fair to the people of America! $800 billion trade deficit,” he said. “Why should I, as president of the United State, allow countries to continue to make massive trade surpluses, as they have for decades, while our farmers, workers & taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?” 

It was left to Trump’s aides to figure out how to explain Trump’s airing of grievances against trading partners instead of focusing on his coming talks with Kim, which the president’s supporters hope will provide him with a major foreign policy win.

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Monday
Jun112018

Net Neutrality Ends Today

The way the internet is regulated in the U.S. is about to change.

The controversial repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections is officially set to take effect on Monday, despite ongoing efforts from members of Congress, state officials, tech companies and advocacy groups to save the rules.

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines in December to repeal the rules, which were intended to prevent internet providers from blocking, speeding up, or slowing down access to specific online services.

The order required the approval of the Office of Management and Budget, which the FCC announced receiving last month. In a statement at the time, FCC chairman Ajit Pai framed the upcoming repeal as removing burdensome regulations.

"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for nearly 20 years will be restored," Pai said in a statement last month.

An FCC spokesperson told CNN this week that the timetable is proceeding as previously announced.

"June 11 is significant because it will be the first time in the over 15-year battle over net neutrality that the FCC will have essentially no role in preserving an open internet and overseeing the broadband market," Gigi Sohn, a counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and a staunch supporter of net neutrality, told CNN.

The concern among net neutrality advocates is that the repeal could give internet providers too much control over how online content is delivered. It may also make it harder for the next generation of online services to compete if they have to pay up to be placed in a so-called internet fast lane.

"Those 'fast lanes' will put those who won't or cannot pay in the slow lane, making the internet look a lot like cable TV," Sohn says.

But even those who oppose the repeal say very little is likely to change right away given pending litigation and possible legislation to settle the issue.

"Nothing will change the next day," says Kevin Werbach, an associate professor of legal studies at Wharton and former FCC adviser. "Companies are not going to take any major action to change their policies until it's resolved."

Last month, the Senate passed a measure to preserve the net neutrality rules. On Thursday, with the official repeal date looming, dozens of senators sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to schedule a vote on the issue.

A collection of advocacy groups has called for "mass online actions" on June 11 to once again call attention to the issue and pressure Congress to act.

"It's an uphill fight," says Chris Lewis, vice president of Public Knowledge, a tech advocacy group that has urged the House to take action. The Republican-led House, and President Trump, are both thought to be unlikely to back the Senate's measure.

More than 20 states have filed a lawsuit to stop the net neutrality repeal. Several states, including New Jersey, Washington, Oregon and California, have gone so far as to push legislation to enforce the principles of net neutrality within their borders.

This local legislation could lead to a legal showdown, however.

A spokeswoman for the FCC previously directed CNN to a section of the final order for net neutrality, in which the FCC asserts authority to prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality repeal.

"It's patently illegal for the states to make their own internet policy," Roslyn Layton, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who served on President Trump's transition team for the FCC, said last month.

The general uncertainty around the future of net neutrality is likely to extend through much of this year, if not longer, according to those pushing for legislation and litigation.

"We'll see what happens after the [midterm] election," Lewis says.

Sunday
Jun102018

Joel Osteen, Others Help Kick Off Relentless Church in Greenville

Pastor John Gray was formally installed on Sunday as senior pastor of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina, and was joined by many big name pastors, including Joel Osteen, and gospel artists who showed up to support him.

The more than 3-hour long service featured tributes and words of blessings from Osteen, Hillsong Church NYC's Carl Lentz, Kirk Franklin, as well as video messages from Bishop T.D. Jakes, Rich Wilkerson, Brian and Bobby Houston and Pastor Chris Hodges, among others.

"[God has] called John to lay his life down so many people can walk over their lives," Lentz said. "He's not a guy that changes because of the platform; he changes any platform he's on.

"This guy right here (Gray) is prepared to lay his life down. ... This church is going to be about the name of Jesus."

The Hillsong pastor also commended the founder of the megachurch, Ron Carpenter, for passing the baton.

"It's one thing to give somebody your used car. It's another thing to give them the best you got," Lentz said to Carpenter, referring to the megachurch. "This is special. ... I can understand someone giving away a church in a barn or something but you walk in and see this."

Gray took the helm of what was formerly called Redemption Church last month after founder Ron Carpenter transferred leadership to him. The installation ceremony on Sunday was done to make it clear to the congregation and the public that the new leadership was "valid," said Bishop Eric D. Garnes of Tabernacle of Praise Cathedral.

"In order to assure that this is valid ... that no one says they took it upon themselves, we cannot do anything behind closed doors ... it has to be clear in front of the public that these are the persons that has been called, consigned to govern the body of Christ known as Relentless Church," Garnes told the megachurch. "They didn't put themselves here, they have accountability and they have authority legitimately.

"Many times people will call themselves pastors, people will call themselves bishops, people will give themselves their own crisco anointing on their head and then come and tell you this is their new title that they wish you to call them by."

He added, "The purpose of installing John today with Aventer (his wife) is to bring him publicly before you so that Relentless Church can obey."

Garnes also urged Gray to stay aligned with the Gospel.

"If you go outside of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I warn you by my own hand I will come after you," he said. "But if you stand with the Gospel of Jesus Christ from Genesis to Revelation, we will always be brothers in the Kingdom of God." 

The ceremony included a recitation of "the creed of the faith," the placement of a Judaic prayer shawl on the pastor couple, and the Grays taking Communion. 

"We want [millennials] to understand where we come from," said Garnes as he explained the installation process. "The Bible didn't show up just yesterday. The Bible has a foundation. John comes from foundation. ... Tonight, we want you to understand by the uses of the Aaronic priesthood in the Old Testament how we will set John aside." 

The service also featured praise with gospel singer Tasha Cobbs and Kirk Franklin who together with Travis Greene, William Murphy, William McDowell, Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams, Fantasia Barrino, and Tamela Mann sang a power-packed rendition of "Now Behold the Lamb."

Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church Joel Osteen presented the couple to their new church before they gave their vows. Osteen also spoke of how much of a blessing Gray was to his congregation in Houstom and as he spoke, he burst into tears.

Gray has been serving as an associate pastor at Lakewood.

"John and Aventer have made me better," Osteen said as he became emotional. "Lakewood is better today [because they were there]."

Sunday
Jun102018

Reminder: S.C. Primaries Set for Tuesday

Observer Reports

With Tuesday's South Carolina primaries almost here, a lot of voters have raised questions about the details and process.

The best way to find out more, and to veiw a personalized sample ballot, is to visit scvotes.org The Anderson County Board of Voter and Registration office can also answer basic questions at (864) 260-4035.

Each voter must decide whether to vote in the Republican primary or Democratic Primary. 

When South Carolina voters head to the polls for the primaries next Tuesday, they will have the option to vote on more than just the candidates. Both will include the governor's race, and where you live determines what other offices will be on your ballot. The ballot will also include non-binding advisory questions on their ballots.

Those questions on the Democratic ballot are:

'Do you support a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients?'

and

'Do you support passing a state law requiring the governor of South Carolina to accept all federal revenues offered to support Medicaid and Medicaid expansion efforts in the state?'" 

And on the Republican ballot:

"Do you support President Trump's tax agenda?"

and

"Should South Carolinians designate party affiliation when registering to vote?"

None of the questions carry any legal power.

Sunday
Jun102018

Canada Response to Trump Tariffs Could Cost S.C. $288M

Canada isn't taking President Donald Trump's decision to hit the country with steel and aluminum tariffs lying down. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will impose retaliatory tariffs on $12.8 billion worth of US goods in response to Trump's metals tariffs. 

The list of goods set to get hit by the Canadian tariffs varies from industrial steel to sleeping bags. Trudeau said the tariffs were not designed to hurt the American people, but rather defend Canada's interests and send a message to the Trump administration. 

Using US Census Bureau data on exports and the list of goods subject to the tariffs, Business Insider determined exactly which states will get hit hardest by the Canadian crackdown. 

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The biggest losers from the US-Canada trade fight are industrial states in the Midwest: 

  • Ohio would be the hardest hit. The state sent $1.75 billion worth of goods to Canada in 2017 that could fall under the tariffs. 
  • Michigan would be close behind, with $1.17 billion in goods that could be subject to tariffs. 
  • They are followed by New York ($1.17 billion), Pennsylvania ($1.14 billion), and Illinois ($1.02 billion). 

The tariffs will go into place on July 1, Canada's government said, and will stay in place until the US removes the steel and aluminum restrictions. 

canada retaliatory tariffs map in millions

 

Sunday
Jun102018

S.C. Christian Fictions Writers to Meet June 23

The South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers will meet June 23 from 2-5 p.m. at North Anderson Baptist Church. The meeting is free and the public is invited.

Author Lynette Eason will offer tips on how to develop believable characters as part of the meeting. Easton is the best-selling, award winning author of almost fifty books including the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, the Hidden Identity series, the Elite Guardians series and the Blue Justice series. She writes for Revell and for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA, ECPA, and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller lists. She has won several awards including the Carol Award, the IRCC award, the Selah, and the Christian Retailing's Best 2017 Award. She placed in the top ten in the James Patterson 2016 co-writer contest. The movie, Her Stolen Past, based on Lynette’s novel, aired February 2, 2018 on the Lifetime Movie Network. Lynette is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Romance Writers of America (RWA), Mystery Writers of America (MWA), International Thriller Writers (ITW), and Faith, Hope, and Love (FHL) chapter of RWA as well as the Kiss of Death (KOD) chapter. Lynette can be found online at www.lynetteeason.com and www.facebook.com/lynette.eason and @lynetteeason on Twitter.

The second half of the meeting will offer critique sessions for members. Visitors who have attended at least one critique session may also submit a piece for review. Submissions must follow the guidelines found here

Visitors are encouraged to come early, especially if they bring a critique piece to be registered, and to park on the side of the church with the long handicap ramp behind the small white house which is the church office.

For more information about the organization for Christian writers, visit www.acfw.com. For more information about the meeting contact Fran Strickland, S.C. Chapter President, at Fran051891@yahoo.com

Saturday
Jun092018

"I Voted" Stickers Redesigned Ahead of June 12 Primaries

South Carolina's "I Voted" stickers have a new look-just in time for the state's Democratic and Republican primaries on Tuesday.

The new design is meant to commemorate South Carolinian voters, according to the non-profit organization Palmetto Project. 

"Voting is something South Carolina does really well, and it should be celebrated," said Steve Skardon, executive director of Palmetto Project. 

The new stickers feature more of South Carolina's outline and have a white crescent on a blue field.  The organization said the new design also has a social media address that will let voters share their Election Day photos across all platforms. 

“The message is that voting is more than an individual act, but something we do together as South Carolinians who belong to a wider community,” Skardon said.

Saturday
Jun092018

Most South Carolina House Seats on Line in Tuesday Primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Just two of South Carolina's six U.S. House incumbents running for re-election are facing challengers in Tuesday's primary.

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford faces a challenge from state Rep. Katie Arrington in the 1st District and incumbent Tom Rice is being challenged in the 7th District.

In the 4th District, voters face a crowded field - 13 Republicans and five Democrats - in the race for the seat held by Rep. Trey Gowdy.

Gowdy announced his retirement from Congress earlier this year.

In the 5th District, Democrat Archie Parnell remains in the race following calls to step down after domestic abuse allegations from his past resurfaced. He faces three challengers.

Friday
Jun082018

S.C. Suicide Rate Up 38-56 Percent Since 1999

The suicide deaths of chef, author, and TV host Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade this week are stories of lives cut short for reasons we’ll never fully understand. But these anecdotes are also a reminder of a serious public health issue in America that needs far more attention. 

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released on June 7, suicide rates have increased significantly across the US. Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates rose in nearly every state in the union, with 25 states showing increases of more than 30 percent. 

South Carolina posted a increase in the rate of suicides between 38-56 percent during that time.

The central and northern parts of the US — North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota — saw some of the greatest rises in suicide rates. 

Percentage change in annual suicide rate, by state. United States between 1999 to 2001 and 2014 to 2016. CDC

In North Dakota, for example, the suicide death rate increased by nearly 60 percent since 1999. Nevada was the one state that saw no increase — but the rate there remained “consistently high throughout the study period.” The suicide rate in Nevada is currently 21 per 100,000 deaths, greater than the national average of 13 deaths per 100,000. (You can see other state-specific rates here.) 

In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans died by suicide — making it the 10th most common cause of death in the US, and one of only three leading causes that are increasing, according to the CDC. 

One of the most disturbing aspects of the report: More than half of the people who died by suicide had no known mental health problems. Instead, the CDC said, “Relationship, substance use, health, and job or financial problems are among the other circumstances contributing to suicide.” Also disturbing: 48 percent of the suicides occurred by firearms — another reminder that while the homicides in America’s gun crisis get a lot of public attention, suicides by gun are far more common. 

“At what point is it a crisis?” Nadine Kaslow, a past president of the American Psychological Association, asked the Washington Post. “Suicide is a public health crisis when you look at the numbers, and they keep going up. It’s up everywhere. And we know that the rates are actually higher than what’s reported. But homicides still get more attention.”

The majority of the suicide deaths not linked to mental health problems involved midlife white males 

The vast majority of suicides that weren’t linked to a known mental health problem in the CDC study involved middle-aged white males — yet another reflection of a growing tragedy in the US. 

Life expectancy keeps dropping in the US, and researchers have explained the decline, in part, by an increase in “deaths of despair”: suicides, alcoholism, and drug overdoses, particularly from opioid painkillers, are a rising problem for midlife white people. 

“Suicidologists regularly state that suicide is not caused by a single factor,” the CDC said. And as this new report clearly shows, the causes of suicide are much broader than just mental health conditions. We need suicide prevention policies and strategies that reflect that.

Friday
Jun082018

Kia Recalls Half a Million Vehicles

Kia Motors Corp said on Friday it is recalling more than 507,000 vehicles in the United States because an electronic glitch may prevent air bags from deploying in the event of a crash.

The recall follows an announcement in March by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it was investigating why some air bags had failed to deploy in Kia vehicles and its affiliate Hyundai Motor Corp after crashes in which four people were killed and another six injured involving the two automakers' vehicles.

In total, the two Korean automakers have now recalled nearly 1.1 million U.S. vehicles to address the issue. NHTSA said in March it was aware of six serious crashes in which air bags failed to deploy in frontal crashes, including four in 2011 model Hyundai Sonatas and two in 2012 and 2013 Kia Forte vehicles. The crash of the 2013 Forte occurred in Canada.

Kia's recall issued on Friday covers 2010-2013 Kia Fortes, 2011-2013 Kia Optimas and 2011-2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and Sedona vehicles. The company said the air bag control unit may short circuit because they may be susceptible to electrical overstress, preventing the frontal air bags and seat belt pretensioners, which pull the driver and front seat passenger firmly back into their seats, from deploying.

The company said it does not yet have a fix, but is working with its supplier on the issue.

Hyundai in February issued a recall for 154,000 U.S. Sonatas after non-deployment reports were linked to electrical overstress in the air bag control unit. In April, Hyundai recalled an additional 425,000 U.S. vehicles to address the same issue.

Hyundai said in March it was aware of reports of two deaths in its vehicles, which occurred in head-on collisions at extremely high rates of speed.

NHTSA said the air bag control module under investigation was built by ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a German auto supplier. The company said in March it was working with NHTSA.

The safety agency also said that electrical overstress appeared to be the root cause in a 2016 recall by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of 1.4 million U.S. vehicles for air bag non-deployments in significant frontal crashes.

Friday
Jun082018

College Payoff Elusive for Many Graduates

CHICAGO (Reuters) - When Scott Petracco graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology eight years ago, he thought he would quickly get a job in a laboratory and pay off $30,000 in student loans. 

But the country was just emerging from the 2007-2009 recession, and he could not find a job related to his degree. Now, at age 30, he works part-time as a kidney dialysis technician in Chicago for $15 an hour. Since that does not pay the bills, he also has a second job loading freight. 

“It’s nothing very exciting, but it pays well,” said Petracco, who does not think the money he spent on college was worth it. Tormented by his student loans, he has given up on going to medical school or working in his field, and is devoting “every dime I have into getting rid of the debt within six years.” 

Petracco is not unusual. A study by the Federal Reserve published in May found that half of people under 30 with bachelor's degrees wonder if the money they spent on college was worth it. It is a stunning finding in the Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2017 here, and evidence that the generation that finished college right after the Great Recession is turning into the “lost generation” some economists predicted a decade ago. 

Separate research by the St. Louis Federal Reserve has found that rather than bouncing back from bad economic times, the wealth of the millennial generation has decreased since 2010 and is far less than their parents’ generation at a similar stage in life. 

“The generation born in the 1980s has not seen the college pay-off,” said William Emmons, an economist with the St. Louis Fed. 

A key to this: Pay has not kept up with the cost of college borrowing. 

Even though job opportunities have improved since the recession, Emmons thinks this year’s graduates could be weighed down by the same trends. 

Although unemployment has declined to just 5.3 percent for young college graduates, the New York Federal Reserve reported in April that 42.5 percent of recent college graduates are underemployed, working in jobs that do not require college degrees. 

While engineers are doing fine, with only 17 percent of industrial engineers underemployed, some 57 percent of liberal arts majors and 49 percent of biological science majors are underemployed. 

That suggests that Petracco’s problem finding a job stemmed not just from the recession. So many people now go to college that competition for jobs is intense. And because so many people with college degrees are available to employers, “We should not expect to go back to the 90s with big increases in salary,” for graduates, said Emmons. 

GENERATION GAP 

Buyer’s remorse over the big college purchase among 20-somethings fits the times. There has been a tremendous change in prosperity since baby boomers went to college. 

For the generation born in the 1950s and 60s, when far fewer people went to college, graduating from college lifted incomes for young adults 57 percent higher than people who did not go to college, according to the St. Louis Fed. Now it is just 43 percent higher for people born in the 1980s, who now in their 30s or late 20s. 

There has been an even worse drop-off in the ability to build wealth among people who went to college. Baby boomers born in the 1950s bought homes shortly after college and quickly built wealth in their 20s and 30s. Their wealth was 185 percent more than peers who had not gone to college. 

Today, after borrowing heavily for college and starting jobs with relatively stagnant pay, those born in the 1980s have wealth only 42 percent above peers who did not go to college. 

FILE PHOTO: Graduating students arrive for Commencement Exercises at Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. on May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

Housing – both rentals and buying – is unaffordable in many major metropolitan areas. Freddie Mac recently reported that less than half of college graduates could afford to live independently in cities. Fewer own homes. 

Those who do buy often do so with help from a parent or grandparent, said Dana Bull, a 29-year-old Boston real estate agent who caters to her generation. 

Having a college degree has not helped some of her peers, who struggle to get jobs. Then, Bull said, they compound the problem by adding on more debt for master’s degrees. 

Friday
Jun082018

Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain Dead at 61

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took CNN viewers around the world, has died. He was 61.

CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network said in a statement Friday morning. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."

Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series. His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.

Bourdain was a master of his crafts -- first in the kitchen and then in the media. Through his TV shows and books, he explored the human condition and helped audiences think differently about food, travel and themselves. He advocated for marginalized populations and campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs.

Along the way, he received practically every award the industry has to offer.

In 2013, Peabody Award judges honored Bourdain and "Parts Unknown" for "expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure."

"He's irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious," the judges said. "People open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document."

The Smithsonian once called him "the original rock star" of the culinary world, "the Elvis of bad boy chefs."

In 1999 he wrote a New Yorker article, "Don't Eat Before Reading This," that became a best-selling book in 2000, "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly."

The book set him on a path to international stardom.

First he hosted "A Cook's Tour" on the Food Network, then moved to "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" on the Travel Channel. "No Reservations" was a breakout hit, earning two Emmy Awards and more than a dozen nominations.

In 2013 both Bourdain and CNN took a risk by bringing him to the news network still best known for breaking news and headlines. Bourdain quickly became one of the principal faces of the network and one of the linchpins of the prime time schedule.

Season eleven of "Parts Unknown" premiered on CNN last month.

While accepting the Peabody award in 2013, Bourdain described how he approached his work.

"We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy? What do you eat? What do you like to cook? And everywhere in the world we go and ask these very simple questions," he said, "we tend to get some really astonishing answers."

Bourdain's death happened after fashion designer Kate Spade hanged herself in an apparent suicide at her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday. Spade was found hanged by a scarf she allegedly tied to a doorknob, an NYPD source said.

Suicide is a growing problem in the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a survey Thursday showing suicide rates increased by 25% across the United States over nearly two decades ending in 2016. Twenty-five states experienced a rise in suicides by more than 30%, the government report finds.

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How to get help: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.