China’s Vice Premier to Visit Jamaica

first_imgRelatedChina’s Vice Premier to Visit Jamaica KINGSTON — The Jamaica/China Relationship is set to experience another boost with the upcoming Official Visit of the Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Hui Liangyu to Jamaica, from Sunday September 18 to Wednesday September 21. While here, the Vice Premier will meet with the Governor General, the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet and other senior Government officials. It is also expected that two separate agreements for grants valued jointly at RMB 21 Million, as well as an MoU on agricultural cooperation will be signed during the visit. Generally, it is expected that this visit will further enhance the friendly partnership for common development between China and Jamaica. Vibrant relationship This is the first Official High Level visit to Jamaica, since the visit of China’s Vice President, His Excellency Xi Jinping from February 11-14, 2009. Also, in March 2008 a team of Chinese officials visited Jamaica on the invitation of the Ministry of Water and Housing, and in January 2008, Jamaica hosted officials from China’s Ministry of Commerce, and in September 2007 the country hosted China’s Vice Premier. On the Jamaican side, several Official Delegations have visited China in the last four years. The most important of which was the one headed by Prime Minister Bruce Golding in February, 2010. This was Mr. Golding’s first Official visit to China. It was also just this week Monday, (September 12) that Prime Minister Golding met with Vice Premier, His Excellency Wang Qishan, who led a large delegation to the third China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum in Trinidad & Tobago.(China has several Vice Premiers.) Having established diplomatic relations in November 1972, both countries have a vibrant bilateral relationship with an existing strong technical cooperation programme on, but not exclusive to: infrastructural upgrade; agriculture; education; tourism and sports. Importantly also, discussions have already begun between both countries on an Air Services Agreement. [Click here to download media accreditation form] Contact: Ann-Margaret Lim, 564-4241 September 14, 2011 China’s Vice Premier to Visit Jamaica Foreign AffairsSeptember 15, 2011 RelatedChina’s Vice Premier to Visit Jamaica FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade Press Release  Public Relations and Media Affairs Unit, 21 Dominica Drive Kingston 5, Jamaica W. I. Tel:  (876)926-4220; Fax: (876)929-6733; e-mail: [email protected] RelatedChina’s Vice Premier to Visit Jamaica Advertisementslast_img read more

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‘Historic’ Trade Agreement to Boost Organic Industry

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Europeans could be eating a lot more organic wheat harvested in Montana beginning this summer. An “historic” trade agreement between the U.S. and European Union announced on Feb. 15 will unify the certification standards needed for organically produced goods, making it easier for the two largest organic producers in the world to do business. The deal goes into effect June 1 and is expected to substantially increase organic sales within the first few years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The rising organic sectors in both the U. S. and Europe are currently valued at more than $50 billion combined. State and federal officials are praising the new agriculture deal as a significant boost to the organic marketplace, both for large- and small-scale operations. “It’s big news and very good news for organic agriculture as a whole and for organic agriculture in Montana,” said Doug Crabtree, the organic certification program manager for the state’s Department of Agriculture. The new agreement lifts a trade barrier that required two separate sets of certifications. Now anything certified as organic by the USDA will be recognized as such in Europe. “We’ve had a steady growth in the number of people who want to grow things organically. This state has been a leader in organic farming,” said Ron Zellar, information specialist for the state’s agriculture department. “If it makes it easier for some folks to get the certification they need to ship to other countries, that’s always a good thing.” Crabtree believes the new agreement will likely lead to an increased trade of Montana-made processed products, like breads and flours, or other locally grown items that could be used as ingredients overseas. “We’ll probably see some direct increase in bulk commodities, but more so it will likely be the downstream effect of more products being made with Montana organic products,” Crabtree said. Agriculture is the largest industry in Montana, generating more than $2.4 billion annually. The state has been the leading producer of organically produced wheat and grains in the country by acreage since the national standards were finalized and implemented in 2002, Crabtree said. There are more than 200 organically certified operations in the state. After 2002, Montana saw a boom in the agriculture sector from organic farming and the number of operations increased steadily, Crabtree said. The national recession stalled growth in recent years, but Crabtree believes the new trade deal will help rejuvenate organic farming across the state. “I think this (agreement) will be something that could strengthen the market and get us back on the growth trajectory,” he said. “This (agreement) can only help.” Previously, growers and companies that wanted to trade overseas had to earn separate certifications from the both U.S. and European. The differences between the two standards were minor but resulted in a double set of fees and inspections. Now, goods that meet the terms of the partnership can be traded and labeled as certified organic produce, meat, cereal, or wine. The most notable exception involves the use of antibiotics. USDA organic regulations prohibit the use of antibiotics except to control invasive bacterial infections in organic apple and pear orchards. The European Union regulations allow antibiotics only to treat infected animals. For all products traded under the new partnership, certifying agents must verify that antibiotics were not used for any reason. Crabtree predicted the new unifying standards would reduce costs by between $250 and $500 for operations that were already shipping overseas and being double certified. More importantly, he said, “for those who have not been producing and exporting organic goods due to expense and hassle, (the new agreement) will open doors to get into that arena.” In 2010, the U.S. organic market grew nearly 8 percent to nearly $28.6 billion. Organic exports reached approximately $1.8 billion in 2010, and that number is expected to grow 8 percent annually over the next several years, according to the USDA. The latest deal embodies one of the USDA’s priorities of promoting international organic trade while strengthening a vital industry. “I want to start by emphasizing that a vibrant American economy depends on a prosperous rural America,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry after the trade agreement was signed in Germany. “Rural America supplies food for our country and the world.” Emaillast_img read more

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All about the brain: 6D Helmets expands into XC/enduro MTB market

first_imgHelmet technology and safety have been top-of-mind topics in the action sports (and mainstream sports) world for quite some time, with many athletes experiencing life-altering changes from multiple head impacts over time.6D Helmets has created what it is billing as the most advanced solution to this problem, starting in the motorcycle market, moving to BMX and downhill, and now expanding into the XC/enduro mountain bike market with the ATB-1 Trail Helmet.The helmet’s patented design features Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS), which uses multiple Elastomeric Isolation Dampeners. These dampeners stand between two separate EPS Foam liners (most helmets only have one) to soften the blow of low-speed impacts, and reduce the transfer of angular acceleration due to oblique impacts. According to 6D, angular acceleration is the primary cause of concussive injuries in sports. Independent labs have reportedly confirmed that 6D’s ODS technology can significantly reduce the transfer of energy to the brain of the athlete over multiple injury metrics including linear and angular acceleration, Head Injury Criteria (HIC), and over time.The booth is on display at the Sea Otter cycling festival, at Booth 608 on the outer ring of the lake at the Sea Otter show.www.6dhelmets.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Ravens grant second interviews to Wilson, Shanahan for coordinator job

first_imgMaking a good impression with head coach John Harbaugh upon interviewing for the Ravens’ vacant offensive coordinator job on Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson will meet with team officials for a second interview.According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the 52-year-old is scheduled to meet with the Ravens in Owings Mills on Friday, a development that certainly bodes well for his candidacy. With general manager Ozzie Newsome and assistant general manager Eric DeCosta among the team executives in Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl this week, the second interview would presumably allow them to meet and help evaluate Wilson as the potential choice to replace Jim Caldwell.The Ravens are also scheduled to meet with current wide receivers coach Jim Hostler and former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for second interviews, per a report from The Sun.It remains unknown whether former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will receive a second interview as he was the other candidate who was confirmed by Harbaugh earlier this week.Of the four known candidates, Wilson is the only one without NFL experience as an offensive coordinator, but he has spent the last seven years with the Steelers and was considered the favorite to become their coordinator in 2012 before he was seriously injured in a house fire. Wilson carries 16 years of NFL coaching experience on his resume and reportedly handled increased duties late last season as Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley came under fire.The Ravens haven’t specified a clear timetable for when they’d like to have their new offensive coordinator in place, but Harbaugh told the team’s official website earlier in the week that he’d like to wrap up the process shortly with the search now in the midst of its second week.last_img read more

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Heroes’ toast

first_imgVALENCIA – Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are benefitting from a unique tribute by a local wine distributor. “Six Heroes” Memorial Merlot, the label bearing the embossed image of the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima, is a limited-edition vintage wine presented in an unusual way. The Six Heroes name refers to the six men – five Marines and one Navy corpsman – whose flag-raising became a unifying symbol of World War II. “Each case, which contains two bottles of wine, opens to show one of the bottles fitted with a brushed aluminum capsule that gives it the look of an artillery shell, which symbolizes the atrocity of war,” said George Bacon, proprietor of Friar’s Choice North America LLC, which distributes the wine. Bacon’s move, while unique, is not the first time a specific wine has been used to raise funds for charity. “We have a wine called Big Tattoo Red that is produced by Two Brothers Winery,” said Frankie Cerna of Wine 661 in Valencia. “The brothers’ mother died of breast cancer and they donate 50 cents from each bottle to cancer research.” According to their Web site, sales of Big Tattoo wine have raised $770,000 as of July 1. “I wanted to do something both humanitarian and patriotic,” Bacon said. “I wanted to create something that would appeal to those who appreciate wine and serve a worthwhile purpose and maybe grab their hearts.” “Generally the American public has no idea of the huge financial impact on a disabled veteran returning home,” he added. Bacon’s generosity was enthusiastically received by the coalition and he was encouraged to expand his product line to include golf shirts and camouflage caps. The coalition reciprocated by adding a link to his Web site and arranging for discount sales through military.com. While the wine has only been available for a couple of months, orders have been pouring in and Bacon has already written a check to the coalition. Bacon, who spent the past 25 years working in corporate-risk management, is enjoying this branch of his professional life. He hopes to eventually turn Six Heroes into a nonprofit, similar to Newman’s Own, the food company owned by actor Paul Newman, which generates millions of dollars for the Hole in the Wall camp and other charities. In an attempt to spread the word about his tribute vintage, Bacon sent a few bottles around to friends and politicians, including U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon. “It wasn’t until after I sent it that I realized he doesn’t drink,” Bacon said with a sheepish smile. “Six Heroes doesn’t make any political statement for or against any current events,” he said. “It only acknowledges the atrocities of all wars, going back to the beginning of time.” He hopes to release the second wine in the heroes series, a chardonnay, sometime in 2007. For more information on Six Heroes, visit the Web site at www.sixheroes.com. or the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes Web site at www.saluteheroes.org. [email protected] (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“But it also comes with a candle that can be placed in the cap to burn in honor of American service people.” Bacon, a U.S. Navy veteran who lives in Canyon Country, is donating a portion of the proceeds from each presentation case to the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, a charity founded in 2004 that provides resources to help severely injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. “I have not seen a wine company do this before,” said Ray Clifford, vice president of the coalition, who has worked with nonprofits for the past decade. “It’s an excellent wine. Mr. Bacon sent a bottle from the first batch and we sampled it here in the office. Everyone was very pleased.” Clifford said his group was initially founded to pay homage specifically to those who were fighting in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, but when they had their first rally, discovered there was a much greater need for help than just tribute. “We changed our focus to bringing together resources to help the severely injured service members,” he said. The coalition provides emergency financial help, housing assistance, family support and career counseling. last_img read more

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NDP implementation framework unveiled

first_img8 August 2014 Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe on Thursday released the government’s comprehensive framework for implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) over the next five years. The Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) will serve as a prioritisation framework to focus the government’s efforts on a set of manageable programmes, as well as the principal guide to the allocation of resources across all spheres of government. Radebe said the MTSF was a mechanism through which all five-year strategic plans and annual plans across government were being aligned to the NDP and made to pull in the same direction. “The aim of the MTSF is to ensure policy coherence, alignment and coordination across government plans.” He added that the MTSF would form the basis for performance agreements between the President and ministers. “Cabinet will use the MTSF as the basis for monitoring the implementation of the NDP over the next five years. Cabinet will consider progress reports for each of the outcomes at least three times a year, and these progress reports will be made public through the Programme of Action website managed by the [Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency]. “We will use our monitoring and evaluation work to inform improvements to our plans and programmes as we implement the MTSF.”14 priority outcomes The MTSF is structured around 14 priority outcomes, covering the focus areas identified in the NDP, namely: In each of these outcomes, the MTSF document outlines goals, indicators, targets, actions and responsibilities. Regarding the rapid economic growth outcome, Radebe said the MTSF would set the wheels in motion to grow the economy by a rate of 5% by 2019. “Government’s programme of radical transformation is about placing the economy on a qualitatively different path that ensures more rapid, sustainable growth, higher investment, increased employment, reduced inequality and deracialisation of the economy.”Targets for the economy MTSF targets include increasing the investment rate to 25 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), increasing public sector investment to 10 percent of GDP, adding 10 000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, and reducing the country’s unemployment to 14 percent. MTSF also includes actions aimed at diversifying in order to reduce economic concentration. “It focuses on ensuring growth in the core productive sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture, and opening new areas of economic growth such as the oceans economy, the green economy and shale gas.” There are also actions to ensure that small business can make a much larger contribution to growth and job creation, as well as actions to promote increased private sector investment. This is critical for higher growth, Radebe said, as the private sector accounts for 70 percent of production and employment. “The MTSF includes actions aimed at achieving an economic environment that encourages business investment and rewards competitiveness, especially in sectors that can catalyse longer term growth and job creation.”More opportunities for young people He said the NDP and MTSF included a range of actions aimed at creating more opportunities for young people, many of whom did not currently share in the benefits of economic growth and development. “The priority areas of youth development are employment creation, entrepreneurship support and education. By rapidly absorbing youth into the mainstream development of our country, we will have responded effectively to the fact that of the approximately 25 percent unemployed in South Africa, the vast majority are young people between the ages of 15 to 35 years.”Local government outcomes Radebe said the MTSF also introduced a range of actions to improve municipal management, such as providing basic water, sanitation, refuse removal and road services as well as fixing potholes, traffic lights, service interruptions and billing problems. He said the Auditor-General’s 2014 audit outcomes report indicated that local government was far from achieving the vision of an efficient and effective local government as outlined in the NDP. Actions in the MTSF related to improving local government include addressing maintenance and new infrastructure requirements in each municipality; addressing water and sanitation challenges among water services authorities; improving the financial management and governance of municipalities; and tackling corruption at local government. The MTSF also aims to expand the Community Work Programme sites in 234 municipalities in order to reach one-million participants.Reducing crime and corruption South Africa has unacceptably high levels of crime, especially serious and violent crime, according to the NDP. This affects economic development, undermining people’s well-being and their ability to achieve their potential. Some progress has been made over the past five years in reducing serious crime rates. But weaknesses in forensic, detective, investigation and prosecution services hamper the government’s efforts to reduce the overall levels of crime, particularly contact crimes. “The NDP highlights the need to address the crime that is damaging our communities, and the MTSF contains a range of actions and targets in this regard,” Radebe said. The NDP vision is that, by 2030, people living in South Africa feel safe at home, at school and at work, and enjoy a community life free of fear. Women should be able to walk freely in the street and children should be able to play safely outside. Businesses should be able to invest confidently and create jobs without the threat of livelihoods being undermined by crime. Source: SAnews.gov.za Quality basic education.A long and healthy life for all South Africans.Safety, and sense of safety, for all people in South Africa.Decent employment through inclusive growth.A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network.Vibrant, equitable, sustainable rural communities contributing towards food security for all.Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.A comprehensive, responsive and sustainable social protection system.Responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local government.Protected and enhanced environmental assets and natural resources.An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service.A diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity.A better South Africa contributing to a better Africa and a better world.last_img read more

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Video: 4-Star Florida Commit Jake Allen Receives Invitation To Elite 11

first_imgJake Allen throwing the football.Vine/Sanjay KirpalaniFlorida fans will have a player to root for when the Elite 11 quarterback competition takes place at The Opening this summer. St. Thomas Aquias’ Jake Allen, a Florida verbal commit, was invited to compete after his performance at today’s regional camp in Miami.#Gators QB commit Jake Allen invited to the Elite 11. https://t.co/IftMV2Scr9— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) March 6, 2016Allen made some nice throws during the drills today.Jake Allen rocking the USPS hat and delivering the mail #GETOPEN #Gators https://t.co/PnQiwJTRq7— Sanjay Kirpalani (@SanjayKirpalani) March 6, 2016Jake Allen with a great throw just off Trevon Grimes fingertips. https://t.co/S6IDbMqmhR— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) March 6, 2016Here is Allen’s recruiting profile, via 247Sports. The Elite 11 takes place at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. from July 5-10.last_img read more

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From Syria to Cartago One immigrants fourgeneration family business in Costa Rica

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