Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Nov. 24 (JIS): Jamaica’s small farmers and food producers are set to benefit from a European Union (EU)-funded project, aimed at raising the quality of food products and increasing access to export markets.The project, being implemented under the €7.25 million Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) II Programme, was launched this morning (November 24), at the Courtleigh Hotel, New Kingston.The initiative, dubbed ‘EPA Support to Jamaican Food Exports,’ aims to work with farmers and small and medium enterprises to lift the quality of their food products, such as sauces and spices, Blue Mountain Coffee and packed fresh produce for local distribution as well as export.It will also help producers identify and access new markets beyond the traditional export zones.The EPA II programme is being executed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and is focused on improving the competitiveness of specific value chains with export potential, as well as strengthening the quality and standards control environment.Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, in his remarks at the launch, noted that the project seeks to increase and diversify the country’s exports and impact positively on employment, while contributing to poverty reduction, particularly in rural areas.“We welcome the positive impact that the project will have in promoting control in the use of chemicals in agricultural production, and wide implementation of environmentally-friendly management schemes, and relevant certification,” Mr. Hylton said.He added that the Ministry also appreciates the greater attention that is being placed on international food safety standards and access to safer foods for Jamaicans.He noted that traditionally, the country’s trade policies have been guided by the concept of selling primary raw materials and low value finished products into the global marketplace.“We are moving beyond that and that is one of the reasons we welcome this project. We have to build the capacity of the Jamaican companies to upgrade and to become integrated into the global value chain. We must move beyond the domestic market,” Mr. Hylton stated.The Industry Minister further noted that the project should go a far way in addressing the country’s trade deficit, competitiveness and growth, while integrating the economy into global markets.For his part, Resident Representative of the IFC, Rajeev Gopal, informed that over the next 25 months, the entity will work with local companies and associations to connect small and medium enterprises in Jamaica’s food sector with importers, who are interested in buying Jamaican food products.He said the IFC will seek to build the capacity of trade associations and others to better serve their members by increasing their ability to tap into new markets; and help farmers to improve their agricultural practices through business training, risk management and technical support, aimed at improving their productivity.“The road ahead may have challenges, but it also holds significant promise. The IFC stands ready to continue being a partner to Jamaica’s food sector, its entrepreneurs and its farmers,” Mr. Gopal said.Head of the Delegation of the EU in Jamaica, Ambassador Paola Amadei, noted that with business reforms being undertaken, “we will see a more competitive and diversified Jamaican economy, to the benefit of all citizens.”“The European Union will continue to assist Jamaica in achieving these objectives,” Mrs. Amadei said. One Stop Shop plan Rebooted, who knew? Finance Ministry to work with OECD on taxes Turks & Caicos will be hit, if EU dumped by British Related Items:Anthony Hylton, Blue Mountain Coffee, Economic Partnership Agreement, european union, good food quality, Rajeev Gopal Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you
Dan Cohen AUTHOR In the latest move prompted by the strict cap on defense spending, the Army is planning to eliminate its community theater program in Europe starting in fiscal 2017.About nine theaters, including those in Stuttgart, Kaiserslautern and Baumholder in Germany; Vicenza in Italy; and Mons in Belgium are expected to close. The theater program cost $1.96 million last year.In response to budget cuts in FY 2017, Installation Management Command (IMCOM), like the rest of the Army, had “to make some tough — and potentially unpopular — decisions as we work to separate wants from needs,” agency spokesman Scott Malcom told Stars and Stripes.“Our intent is to use our limited funds to provide critical base operating services and sustain the infrastructure that makes the Army ready,” Malcom said. “Is quality of life a child development center or a community theater? Are we in the humanities business or are we in the warfighting business?” he said.One or two theaters could survive since individual garrisons can choose to fund the program in different ways, Dane Winters, IMCOM-Europe’s entertainment director, wrote on the Baumholder Hilltop Theater’s Facebook page.Supporters of the theater program say the performing arts are a vital part of military quality of life as they reduce isolation and stress, and foster close host-nation relations, according to the story.
Bob Ross will continue as executive director of the Connecticut Office of Military Affairs, after being re-appointed by Gov. Ned Lamont (D), according to The Day. Ross is also on the ADC board of directors…. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) has not yet named a senior military advisor, according to the Dayton Daily News. DeWine has said he wants the position to be cabinet-level…. Karen Gwaltney Towns became the first military spouse sworn into the Missouri bar under a new rule that allows military spouses to practice in the state without taking exams, according to a press release from Sustainable Ozarks Partnership.Photo by Sustainable Ozarks Partnership ADC AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are a few recent Wilmington Little League game summaries:AAA: Pirates vs. Astros on Tuesday, June 4 at Boutwell FieldIn a battle between the AAA League’s two top teams, the Pirates prevailed 17 to 13 to end the Astros’ undefeated season. It was a back-and-forth game where the Astros rallied many times from multiple-run deficits to eventually knot the score at 11 in the bottom of the 4th inning. The Pirates showed great resilience and scored 6 runs in the top of the 5th inning to take the lead. With great pitching and defense, they managed to hang on for a hard-fought win! It truly was a team effort from the Pirates. On the mound, Mark Cataldo led things off by pitching two and a third dominant innings. Mickey Moroney came on in relief and struck out his fair share of Astros. Finally, Evan Walsh pitched two solid innings to close out the game. Every batter on the team either got a hit (or hits) or drew a walk. Joe Mytych, Aiden Harris, Evan Walsh and Max Snapausky paced the offense with two hits apiece. Spencer Walker played a great all-around game as he walked, had a single, stole a few bases, and made a highlight-reel, diving catch behind home plate in the last inning. Dylan Mainini was robbed of a hit on a nice catch by Astros outfielder John Roofe on a deep fly ball, but hit a key double during the Pirates’ 5th-inning rally, and stole a base. Adam Ientile drew a walk, stole a few bases, and provided solid defense at second base. Max Glazer did a stellar job blocking balls behind the plate as catcher, stole a base, and delivered a clutch, two-out single that knocked in two runs in the top of the 4th inning. Jacoby Tibbetts walked twice, stole a few bases, and did a solid job in the outfield backing up multiple plays in the field. Danny Fogg drew a walk, stroked a single in the top of the 4th inning, and played solid defense in the outfield. Last but not least, Jackson Cipolle singled during the big 4th-inning rally and made one of the defensive plays of the game in the bottom of the 5th inning when playing left field, as he threw out a runner going to third base for the pivotal second out of the inning. That sort of heads-up play epitomized the Pirates effort in this game.While the Astros were knocked back by the Pirates’ initial aggressiveness, they found their footing and showed the resilience they’ve had when needed throughout the year. Jake Gryglik as usual was around the plate for the three innings he pitched, striking out six. Tony Cummings came in and fanned two over the final two innings. The defense was equally important in keeping the game as close as it was. With the Pirates putting the ball in play, it was up to the likes of Andrew Santo, Aidan Raposa, Connor Jamieson, Kevin Pruslin, Dylan Costantiello, Joey Fennelly, Cael Considine, and John Roofe to limit the damage with their gloves. Highlights included Pruslin taking a nice throw from Costantiello to chase down a runner coming into third base and Roofe’s aforementioned nice running catch in the outfield. Fennelly, Patrick Moriarty, and Santo each did their usual great jobs as catchers, with Moriarty giving signals to Cummings about changing speeds. The late game surge that brought the Astros back was keyed by Fennelly, Considine, and Roofe who had two singles each. Considine’s aggressive baserunning turned one of his into a 4-base journey. Jamieson, Gryglik, Pruslin, Costantiello, and Cummings had hits throughout the game as well. It was a great team win for the Pirates while the Astros showed that they’re never out of a game!Single A: Rays vs. Pirates on Wednesday, June 5Tonight was a great game against the Pirates. The Rays has an offensive explosion led by Tommy Roofe with four hits while Alex Sullivan, Jackson Childs, Michael Crowley, and Brendan Cyr each had two hits. Ryan Doherty and Chris Gattineri each got big hits of their own as well. All the players were focused in the field and cheered each other on louder than any previous game while waiting on the bench for their turn to bat. The Pirates hung tough and clawed their way back against the Rays. Jack Jamieson, Ryan Biggins, and Ben Sawyer had big hits while Sam Beaudoin drove in 2 runs. Nico McCollem, Joshua Lopez, and Colby O’Brien played great defense behind the strong pitching of Sean Theodos and Bart Zaino.AAA: Cardinals vs. Astros on Thursday, June 6 at Boutwell FieldThe Astros wrapped up a successful regular season in fitting fashion – playing a makeup game from an earlier rainout! John Roofe was dominant on the mound, striking out five in two innings. Cael Considine then came in to whiff one and Connor Jamieson finished the game with a pair of strikeouts of his own. Catchers Andrew Santo and Joey Fennelly kept the Cardinals’ baserunners in check throughout the game. The offense was humming with Santo leading the way, singling three times. Tony Cummings, Jake Gryglik, Fennelly, and Considine contributed two hits each while Aidan Raposa and Jamieson singled as well. Excellent plate discipline by John Roofe, Kyle Price, and Kevin Pruslin were among those who got on base via the walk. Pruslin and Price bounced back quickly after getting hit by pitches as well. The team’s consistently strong fielding was evident again highlighted by Price’s great stop of a sharp grounder at third, firing to Pruslin who alertly covered second for the forceout. Considine had a nice unassisted putout at first base, Gryglik and Santo made outstanding plays in the third inning at shortstop and third respectively, and Jamieson chased down a fly ball after a long run and fired right into the infield to stop the runners from advancing. The Cardinals turned in a number of strong pitching performances, led by a sparkling 2019 debut from Frankie Cain, a solid start from Nathan Murphy, and Ayden Rivera closing things out. Parker Canevari saved a number of runs with great defense behind the dish while James Savoie filled in admirably in the second half of the game to give the Cards quality catching throughout. Griffin Crowe led the offensive attack with a scorching single that started the Cardinals’ biggest offensive rally, while Tommy Demers showed off his speed late in the game legging out an infield single, advancing to second, and stealing third. Joey Fallis, Sean O’Brien, and Masen Voner all helped power the Cards offense and keep things close with great at bats and impressive plate discipline. Both teams are now on to the playoffs. (NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. 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Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has partnered with Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, to manufacture smartphones in India, joining a handful of foreign companies who have announced plans to make electronic goods in the country.Foxconn will manufacture handsets for OnePlus at its facility in Sri City, located in southern part of Andhra Pradesh.However, the company did not disclose any details about the devices to be manufactured in India.”Producing smartphones in India is one of the most important decisions that we have made so far at OnePlus, and we are thankful to the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Foxconn for helping us make this happen,” The Economic Times quoted Pete Lau, founder & CEO of OnePlus, as saying.”India being one of our biggest markets worldwide, we are committed to a long term sustainable growth path,” he added.The Shenzen-based company is now among a group of companies who have announced plans to produce smartphones locally within a year of their launch in India.In April, Chinese handset maker Xiaomi had also announced to set up manufacturing units in India as it saw robust demand for its phones in the world’s third largest smartphone market. Xiaomi tied up with Foxconn in June to make about 10,000 phones per day.”Local production will not only make our operations more efficient in terms of cost and working capital requirements but also help us in making our products available for sale much faster than ever before,” Vikas Agarwal, India general manager, OnePlus said.The company’s recent launch, OnePlus 2, has received over five million registrations globally. OnePlus said that it is facing “production and supply side constraints to meet demand.””Local production will help to address this issue and better cater to the fast growing demands for OnePlus products in India,” Agarwal added.
By Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFROSoul of Sonoma wants to raise the profile of the few Black-owned vineyards, wineries and establishments producing quality wine. Boasting “unparalleled tasting experiences at premium wineries and featured venues,” SoS has a focused approach to premium wine that serves both the taster and makers alike.While African Americans are strong consumers of wine it is hard to find Blacks represented amply in the production of premium wine. Very few Black owned vineyards exist and many that do face steep challenges, limited resources and little attention.(Courtesy Photo/@SoulofSonoma via Facebook)‘’SoS differentiates itself from the crowded field of wine tour services by offering coordinated access to premium African American wineries and tasting rooms for tastings, networking, and private events.’’Founder Patrice Davenport started her entrepreneurial journey shortly after finishing graduate school with her first business, 1865 Company, which focused on high end items and gifts associated with African American heritage and culture. The idea for Soul of Sonoma started as a part of 1865 Co.“One of our brands that we had was the Legacy Cellars Club, we were the first wine club to feature exclusively black owned premium wine brands,” she told the AFRO.Originally from the San Francisco area, Davenport used her experience and knowledge of the local wine country to build a fledgling business. The company provided tours of Black-owned vineyards in nearby Napa and Sonoma County, hence the name. Despite their success a combination of interstate laws around shipping wine and an immature internet resulted in the business being sunsetted until the timing was right.“Fast forward to 2017 with the proliferation of African American wineries it just seemed like a really great time to bring parts of that business back under the Soul of Sonoma brand. So we are doing tours in Napa and Sonoma …we are doing tours, premium tours of kind of high end vineyards, tasting rooms that type of thing that are black owned in those areas.”Now Davenport and her team are bringing their west coast born business model east in hopes of spreading the reach and appeal of black owned vineyards and wineries throughout the country. Part of Soul of Sonoma’s offerings on the East Coast will include tours, tastings and exclusive access to Black owned wineries. SoS also is conducting research and outreach to Black owned wineries and vineyards up and down the mid-Atlantic to help African American wine consumers identify businesses to support such as Wisdom Oak Gardens in Virginia, Nyari Cellars in New York and Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast right here in D.C. where Davenport has set up East Coast operations.Soul of Sonoma also hosts exclusive events catered to high end wine connoisseurs seeking a premium Black wine experience. “We have heard from many affluent African Americans and others about their desire to support Black-owned businesses while sharing the pride of Black-ownership and cultural experiences with their peers.”One such example of the companies luxury approach to the wine experience is an exclusive event to be held at the Historic Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. The inaugural Soul of Sonoma on the Vineyard will combine wine, food and African American history to produce a premium wine tasting experience in one of the countries most iconic communities. Set in Farm Neck Golf Club, where former U.S. presidents tee off, the culinary and wine experience will bring some off California’s award winning Black-owned vineyards to guests.Davenport hopes to soon open up a brick and mortar on the East coast to bring the experience of great wine produced by Black-owned vineyards to more people.“We do hope to have a tasting room on the East coast in the near future…to have a northern California style tasting room (here) would be amazing.”
Ever imagined getting a call of nature and having nowhere to go? That would be awkward. Well not in India, at least not for men. While women have no choice but to suppress the call of nature, men would ease themselves in some corner or wall in full public view. You might give it a second thought on attending to nature’s call, on seeing the condition of public toilets in India. At any given point of time, a woman who wants to pee desperately has definitely thought of this one thing, ‘we wish we could pee while standing.’ Well, why should boys have all the fun? What if women had the freedom to stand and pee! Yes, now that’s possible. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Ladies – You can now pee while standing,” says Pee-Buddy website. Launched by Delhi based startup First Step Digital in December last year, Pee-Buddy claims to provide women the freedom to stand and pee anywhere such as public toilets in malls, airports, hospitals, highways, railway stations or even those in the metro stations. Pee-Buddy is the first of its kind use-and-throw product that allows women to pee while standing. It is a waterproof paper funnel that can be kept in bags at all times and used in toilets to pee without causing any spills or leaks. It’s a funnel-shaped female urination device (FUD), probably the first of its kind in India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“With Pee Buddy, women just need to place it between the flow area (no insertion is required) and urinate. This way they can stay away from infections. On a different note, it is also useful because many times, due to dirty toilets, women hold the urge to urinate for a long time, which is a major reason for kidney stones,” said Deep Bajaj, Pee Buddy, founder as per an agency report.It’s not always the thinking seat that pops up a brilliant idea but at times a road trip does that too. “The inspiration for Pee Buddy came from a trip in 2013,” shares Deep. “We were on a road trip on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. While the men drank beer and water casually, the women did not. Why? While men could pee anywhere and everywhere, womenfolk, on the other hand, needed clean toilets to ease themselves. The idea of a funnel using which women should be able to stand and pee like men was suggested by a friend’s wife. That thought stayed with me and the idea started taking shape thereafter,” he added. “We wanted to keep the name as direct as possible. It’s not an issue which is to be kept under wraps, common toilets are an issue and it was time that it got highlighted with same urgency,” he comments. Public toilets are the hub for infectious water borne and air borne diseases causing UTI and other diseases. Women often end up using toilets in places like KFC, McDonald’s and CCD, but at the cost of buying something, which is not always possible. Pee-Buddy is highly beneficial for pregnant women and arthritis patients who are advised by their doctors to restrict their body movements. The device is more reliable as it is discharged after one use, preventing any chance of bacteria accumulation if used a second time. “I had experienced this issue for women in my life. One with my life partner, during pregnancy, when ladies are a lot more prone to UTI and hence don’t travel much, and second in the case of my mother who had arthritis,” says Deep. Pee-Buddy is available online and in market stores all over India in packs of 5, 10, 20 and 40 for Rs 120, 200, 375, 720 respectively.