The City is also encouraging the group to become a ‘true farmer’s market’. Councilor Bruce Christensen attended a related-seminar at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. [asset|aid=2066|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c6a546f4f9042278e4eac663d3395775-Christensen 1_4_Pub.mp3] Council approved staff’s recommendation to renew a three-year lease agreement, that allows the farmer’s market to use the North Peace Arena Lobby until December 31st, 2011. North Peace residents can count on the Farmer’s Market to operate in the North Peace Arena lobby for the next few years. The fate of the popular market’s location was uncertain earlier this year, when the Fort St. John Fire Department expressed its concerns about the market’s location. Fire officials said the packed lobby poses a fire hazard, as the lobby is a fire exit for both the gymnastics club and the North Peace Leisure Pool. – Advertisement -So, Director of Legislative & Administrative Services Janet Prestly says the City began discussions with the market’s stakeholders in the Spring. [asset|aid=2065|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c6a546f4f9042278e4eac663d3395775-Janet 1_1_Pub.mp3] Market organizers have agreed to pay $110 a year, so that the group can use the lobby at the North Peace arena. In previous years, the group had been paying just $10 per year.Advertisement
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.
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.