North East St. Catherine Farmers get Support from MP and EU

first_imgRelatedNorth East St. Catherine Farmers get Support from MP and EU RelatedNorth East St. Catherine Farmers get Support from MP and EU North East St. Catherine Farmers get Support from MP and EU AgricultureSeptember 13, 2010 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedNorth East St. Catherine Farmers get Support from MP and EU FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail About 100 farmers in the communities of Top Mountain, Guys Hill and their environs in North East St. Catherine, are to benefit from a $47 million European Union (EU) funded banana rehabilitation agricultural project, Member of Parliament, Gregory Mair, has disclosed.The project, which he says is a partnership, is expected to help farmers previously engaged in banana cultivation, as well as other stakeholders impacted by the industry’s fall-out which resulted in an economic downturn within the sector, to identify alternative crops which can offer them a sustainable livelihood.The EU project is expected to include, among other things, greenhouse technology, which has also been incorporated into the $6 million Top Mountain Protected Agriculture Cluster and Training Centre project, in which four farmers are currently participating.The Top Mountain project is being funded from Mr. Mair’s Constituency Development Fund (CDF). The MP says it is expected to complement what currently obtains at Top Mountain.Speaking with JIS News following a tour of the Top Mountain project with Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, on Thursday (September 9), Mr. Mair explained that the EU project, which was launched in April, aims to encourage targeted stakeholders to embrace the greenhouse technology, while pointing to other attendant activities.“They are in the procurement process for the greenhouses. What they are doing is drip irrigation.they are also (providing) training (in) other forms of techniques, even in open field. So it’s a comprehensive programme,” he outlinedMr. Mair said it is hoped that the beneficiaries will relay the knowledge they have acquired to their colleagues, “so it will be a catalyst to a new way of doing farming”.“The whole idea is that when this programme is finished, in a year’s time, we will bring about the aspect of coordinating all the farmers with the retailers, the marketing aspect; so that we can have a flow from the farmer straight into the market,” he stated.He said he was extremely grateful to EU for their support to the farmers, who have been dislocated by the change in the policy as far as banana is concerned, worldwide, and is looking forward to better times for the farmers of North East St. Catherine.“We want the paradigm shift to occur, and (for them to) realize that we want to bring about 21st century agriculture, which is fitting right into the vision of the present government and our Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Tufton,” Mr. Mair added.The Agriculture Minister pointed out that several government-driven greenhouse projects have been implemented across the island, and that there are a number of private entities which have also come on board.“So it’s safe to say that, in terms of this particular technology, it is catching on and becoming more a norm than an exception; which is a very positive development,” Dr. Tufton said.last_img read more

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Detroit Tigers, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at age 87

first_img Published: February 10, 2017 7:18 PM EST SHARE Detroit Tigers, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at age 87 Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.center_img DETROIT (AP) Mike Ilitch, founder of the Little Caesars Pizza empire and owner of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, has died. He was 87.Ilitch, who was praised for keeping his professional hockey and baseball teams in Detroit as other urban sports franchises relocated to new suburban stadiums, died Friday at a hospital in Detroit, according to family spokesman Doug Kuiper.Ilitch and his wife, Marian, founded Little Caesars in suburban Detroit in 1959, and eventually grew the business into the world’s largest carry-out pizza chain with several spin-off companies. Under his ownership and open checkbook, the Red Wings soared back to stability and won four Stanley Cup championships, and the Tigers – who’d scouted a young Ilitch in the 1940s – made it to the World Series.He was as much a fan of the often-struggling Detroit as he was of sports. When approached in 2009 by organizers of the Motor City Bowl in Detroit, Ilitch agreed to sponsor the annual college football bowl game despite a poor local economy. The game was renamed the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.“It’s a sporting event, and we need sporting events,” Ilitch said at the time. “It picks our community up to no end, with all the great colleges we have in this state and the professional teams that we have. Thank God for ’em, especially at times that are rough right now.”The son of Macedonian immigrants, Ilitch was born on July 20, 1929. He played baseball at Detroit’s Cooley High School and was signed by his hometown Tigers after his four-year stint in the U.S. Marines, spending three years in the team’s farm system before a knee injury ended his playing career.But he found his niche in business. His family’s companies had combined revenues of $2.4 billion in 2011.It started with that first Little Caesars restaurant in Garden City, a working-class suburb west of Detroit. A food service distribution company soon followed to supply ingredients and other products for the growing number of restaurants. Blue Line Foodservice grew into one of the largest program account food service distribution companies in the U.S.Ilitch Holdings Inc. was established in 1999 to manage the family’s interests in food, sports and entertainment, and the company remained family focused. His son, Christopher, was president and CEO, while his wife, Marian, was vice chairwoman as well as sole owner of MotorCity Casino, one of Detroit’s three casinos.Ilitch broke into sports ownership in 1982, when he paid a reported $8 million for the struggling Red Wings. Once a National Hockey League powerhouse, the team had bottomed out to mediocrity, but it began winning again under Ilitch. The Red Wings took home the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008.Ilitch was inducted into the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003, and into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and Michigan Sports Hall of Fame a year later.“Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch are incredibly passionate about Detroit and their teams,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told The Associated Press in a 2010 interview. “They create a family atmosphere with stability, loyalty and a personal touch. But we all understand we have to produce to be around for a long time.”As part of his long-term plan to build a Detroit-based business empire, Ilitch also bought Olympia Entertainment, which manages several restaurants, sports and entertainment venues, in 1982.Husband and wife bought the downtown Fox Theatre five years later and started a massive, $12 million restoration. It reopened a year later and became a lucrative venue for musicals, plays and other productions. The Little Caesars world headquarters also was moved downtown.Then, in 1992, the man who once dreamed of playing for the Detroit Tigers bought the team for $85 million. He moved it in 2000 from the storied but fading Tiger Stadium to Comerica Park, across from the Fox Theatre.Unlike previous owners of both sports franchises, Ilitch opened his checkbook to sign top players – finding solid success in hockey, and a rollercoaster in baseball.The Tigers lost an American League record 119 games in 2003, but advanced to the World Series three years later, losing in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals. Near the end of a disappointing 2008 season, Ilitch said he and the team would review everything done to put the roster together but focusing on the $138 million payroll wasn’t the priority.“I’m not afraid to go out and spend money,” he said. “It’s been very costly, but I’m not going to change my ways.”The Tigers made the American League playoffs in 2011, a return to winning that brought more fans to Comerica Park.Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Ilitch was simply driven to win.“He has a good feel for sports, baseball in particular, and that’s always good when you’re working for someone like that,” Dombrowski said in 2010, shortly after Ilitch announced he would try to buy the Detroit Pistons. Ilitch had jumped in amid speculation another buyer might move the pro basketball team.“When I read in the paper there was the chance that this great sports town could lose one of its professional sports franchises, I just didn’t see how we could let that happen,” Ilitch told The Associated Press in 2010. “The Pistons, just like the Red Wings, Tigers and the (Detroit) Lions, have a rich and storied tradition in this community.”California billionaire and Michigan State University graduate Tom Gores eventually bought the Pistons and kept the team at its stadium in Auburn Hills, north of Detroit.Ilitch’s admiration of Detroit also was put on display in 2009, when General Motors – struggling under the threat of bankruptcy – discontinued its sponsorship of the popular General Motors Fountain at Comerica Park. Instead of selling the space to other bidders, Ilitch gave the advertising spot to each of the area’s car companies that season at no cost.“He cares about the city of Detroit. This is something he wanted to do. It’s for the Big Three,” Ron Colangelo, the Tigers’ spokesman, said at the time.Philanthropy always was a major focus. In 1985, he established the Little Caesars Love Kitchen, a restaurant on wheels to feed the hungry and help with food distribution following national disasters.Ilitch founded the Little Caesars Veterans Program in 2006 to provide honorably discharged veterans the chance to own a Little Caesars franchise, and his Ilitch Charities invests in programs promoting economic and job growth. Contributions, sponsorships and in-kind donations from the Ilitch companies total more than $4 million per year.Ilitch is survived by his wife, seven children and numerous grandchildren.(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)2/10/2017 7:08:58 PM (GMT -5:00) Author: AP last_img read more

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Verstappen sets fastest time in practice at British GP

first_img Written By WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Last Updated: 31st July, 2020 19:46 IST Verstappen Sets Fastest Time In Practice At British GP Max Verstappen set the fastest time in the first practice session for the British Grand Prix on Friday and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel sat out most of the session with a car problem. First Published: 31st July, 2020 19:46 IST COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Max Verstappen set the fastest time in the first practice session for the British Grand Prix on Friday and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel sat out most of the session with a car problem.Verstappen set a time of 1 minute, 27.422 seconds in his Red Bull to finish ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes by .474 seconds.Lance Stroll was a surprise third for Racing Point, ahead of Alexander Albon in the second Red Bull and Charles Leclerc in a Ferrari. Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas only managed sixth-fastest.Vettel only completed two laps and didn’t set a time. Ferrari said the team found “something wrong with the intercooler system” of his car and had to examine it.Nico Hulkenberg was ninth-fastest on his return to F1 with Racing Point following a positive coronavirus test for regular driver Sergio Perez. The German only got the call the day before and was confirmed as the replacement shortly before the session began. Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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