Need For Increased Youth Involvement in Agriculture Emphasized

first_imgStory HighlightsState Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Labour, and Social Security, Hon. Luther Buchanan, is emphasizing the need for more youth involvement in agriculture, to ensure the sector’s continued growth.Mr. Buchanan underscored this point while addressing the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Hanover branch’s recent open day exhibition, held at the agency’s parish office in Lucea, which was staged under the theme: ‘Empowering Youth Involvement in Agriculture’.To this end, he said the Government has sought to ensure that a component is reserved for youth involvement and facilitation in all major state production initiatives and programmes, such as the Agro-parks. RelatedNeed for Increased Youth Involvement in Agriculture Emphasized Advertisements RelatedHanover Farmers Commended for Resilience Need For Increased Youth Involvement in Agriculture Emphasized AgricultureDecember 9, 2014Written by: Sharon Earlecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail State Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Labour, and Social Security, Hon. Luther Buchanan, is emphasizing the need for more youth involvement in agriculture, to ensure the sector’s continued growth.Mr. Buchanan underscored this point while addressing the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Hanover branch’s recent open day exhibition, held at the agency’s parish office in Lucea, which was staged under the theme: ‘Empowering Youth Involvement in Agriculture’.In voicing concern over the reluctance of more young people to opt for careers in agriculture, against the background of an ageing farming population, Minister Buchanan said “we recognise that if the… sector is to continue on its growth path and achieve renewal and continuity, we need to attract and retain (more) youth.”To this end, he said the Government has sought to ensure that a component is reserved for youth involvement and facilitation in all major state production initiatives and programmes, such as the Agro-parks.The State Minister also advised that the administration will be engaging financial institutions to provide funding and credit for young people interested in agriculture.While Mr. Buchanan lauded the achievements of the Jamaica 4H Clubs in recruiting and engaging youth in agriculture, which, he noted, is evident with the phenomenal enrolment of 85,000 members, he, however, stressed that the challenge remains in determining  how best to encourage them to choose a long-term career in agriculture.He contended that both RADA and Jamaica 4H must ensure that the enabling  environment and required support systems are in place to foster continued growth and sustained interest in and participation by young people in agriculture.Noting that the fortunes of the local and global economies will rely greatly on engagements in entrepreneurship, vocational enterprise, and cottage industries, Mr. Buchanan argued that “increasingly, young people will need to utilize their hands to create and nurture small businesses in order to create employment and income generation.”In this regard, he contended that there are numerous opportunities in agriculture for enterprise activities and self-employment.“The opportunities are there and we need to ensure that idle hands are put to work on idle lands, promoting production and productivity, while creating income generating opportunities. These are the right ingredients for family farming, recognised internationally as the real engine of agricultural production, being celebrated this year by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) arm of the United Nations (UN),” he stated. RelatedLocal Egg Industry on Growth Pathlast_img read more

Port Authority taps CBRE to manage WTC

first_imgCBRE CEO Robert Sulentic and One World Trade Center (CBRE, iStock)CBRE is the new manager of the World Trade Center’s 16-acre campus in Lower Manhattan.The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Thursday that it awarded CBRE a seven-year contract to manage the property, which includes the $3.9 billion Oculus transportation hub. The $850,000-a-year contract is effective July 1.The Oculus is both a high-end shopping center and transit hub that connects the subway and PATH rail system.Read moreThe Oculus is leaking Port Authority taps Silverstein, Brookfield to build 5WTC Cushman’s WTC contract extended despite woes The Port Authority put out an RFP for a property manager in October 2020. The contract includes infrastructure management and support for events such as the 9/11 memorial ceremony.ADVERTISEMENTCBRE will replace Cushman & Wakefield, whose eight-year management of the site was marked by criticism. In 2017, the Oculus’ retractable skylight began to leak. Later, an employee was charged for allegedly taking bribes. The Oculus leak cost $250,000 to fix, but officials have said it needs long-term repairs that have been delayed by Covid.The bi-state agency has lost $1.7 billion during the pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported. Total losses are expected to balloon to $3 billion by March 2022.Contact E.B. Solomont Email Address* Full Name* Message*last_img read more

Bourbon And Bad Decisions

first_imgA friend of mine told me about this phrase she has for nights when smart women go out on the town with a bee in their bonnet and make some poor choices. For some gals, this is a rare occasion and others, a nightly occurrence.It may be bravado that we thought the pigtails after 40 were actually adorable or that the guy at the bar would think it was super sexy when we boldly grabbed his last shrimp and downed it with cocktail sauce sliding down our chin or said to the cartwheel challenge, “I got this,” which led to an expensive chiropractor bill and new health insurance category.There are some general mistakes which fall under this B&B night. One is “borrowing” things, aka the poor kid’s big wheel which you tried to ride down the block. (Although I admit occasionally at the American Hotel I “rescue” a sad rose and rehab it). Another is “speaking your truth,” which is the text message equivalent of the bottom of a bird cage. Someone needs to invent an app that is like a verbal Uber driver after cocktails.You: “Do you think I am a blind, deaf, and dumb idiot who wouldn’t find out you are a cheating lowlife a shoe and I do mean a shoe!” Arghhhhh, auto correct!Verbal Uber: “After careful reflection, I have decided to shed anything which does not serve my higher purpose so b-bye. Unless of course that blonde actually was just an old friend from college then, ‘Go Wildcats!’”But what about the decisions that don’t involve bourbon or bad fashion? The bigger life choices?A good question to ask is: Are you acting out of fear, settling for a job or relationship because you don’t think anything better will come along or because taking a risk could lead to being alone or financial ruin? There are certainly leaps of faith but in making decisions, are you betting on yourself or someone else? Your personal happiness is not a hot potato you are tossing around.Interestingly, if you Google “smart women bad choices” there is a plethora of books or articles. But if you input “smart men bad choices” you still get a plethora of books about women making bad choices. Do we really make more bad decisions? Are women just more self-reflective? Is it easier for a woman to admit she has made a mistake? Cognitive dissonance is a theory that it is easier to double down on a belief than admit a mistake. (I can’t think who this reminds me of.)The silver lining is that many a success starts with an abject failure. It’s not only strength of character but the ability to take constructive criticism, which can lead to broader skill sets. It’s a learning process and everything from a good night’s sleep to a deep dive into therapy can lead to better decisions.That said, I still think I can rock that velour track suit while sipping a mint julep. Don’t tell me I can’t.You can send comments to [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

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Those housebuilding numbers: Joy, reality, then annoyance

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Standing up to slavery

first_imgA “soft” September disclosure deadline has now passed for organisations with a financial year end of 31 March 2016 and who are caught by the supply chain transparency obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA).The MSA includes landmark provisions which require commercial organisations (body corporates and partnerships) supplying goods or services with a global turnover of £36m or more and who carry out business in the UK to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement on their website.This is a statement of the steps taken to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their business or supply chains. This comes at a time when the government has refocused its attention on tackling modern slavery with the prime minister, Theresa May, re-affirming her commitment to tackle the issue by establishing a taskforce on modern slavery and pledging over £33m to create a five-year International Modern Slavery Fund focused on high-risk countries.For those tasked with preparing slavery and human trafficking statements, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) has continued to update its central register of statements. With close to 900 collected so far, this is an excellent benchmarking tool for organisations yet to publish their statements. The Global Slavery Index (2016) has also been updated and shows a 10 million increase in the estimated number of people trapped in modern forms of slavery over the 2014 figures (from 35.8 to 45.8 million globally). As an alternative, Verisk Maplecroft has developed its own modern slavery index which is aligned to the definition of modern slavery under the MSA. These indexes can be useful tools for assessing and mapping country risks in supply chains.Careful wording It is clear that so-called strategic litigation is set to rise where organisations are linked to, or complicit in, modern slavery – in particular bonded or forced labour and human trafficking. Large organisations with reputations to protect are more likely to be targeted, particularly if they are in high risk sectors such as construction. The Freedom Fund has released a guide to using strategic litigation to combat modern slavery, which the NGO describes as a “roadmap to create an international strategic litigation network to punish and deter human traffickers”.One of the key takeaways from a May 2016 seminar hosted in London by BHRRC on modern slavery and strategic litigation was a comment by the UK’s Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland, that a company’s statement should be a good indicator of whether it “ought to have known” that modern slavery was occurring in its supply chain (ie, evidence of a criminal offence). This is a signal that statements need to be approached with the gravitas they deserve and that organisations should not overreach or exaggerate the steps they have taken to tackle the issue.Stamping out bribery Wherever there is slavery and human trafficking there will inevitably be some form of corruption, whether a payment is made to a border guard to turn a blind eye to human trafficking or to pay a local official to keep quiet about labour conditions on a construction site. The issue for organisations is that anti-bribery legislation, such as the Bribery Act 2010, has harsh penalties. This fact has not been missed by NGOs, with the Freedom Fund, together with other NGOs such as Liberty Asia, releasing a comprehensive analysis of the application and use of the Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the fight against modern slavery.Organisations need to be conscious of potential exposure to corrupt practices associated with modern slaveryAs the focus on this issue intensifies, organisations need to be conscious of potential exposure to corrupt practices associated with modern slavery, particularly when it comes to ensuring they have adequate procedures in place under the Bribery Act to prevent bribery by associated persons within their supply chains.The focus on modern slavery and supply chains is clearly intensifying and various stakeholders are pushing to increase the bite of the MSA’s supply chain transparency provisions. For example, there is currently a private member’s bill before the House of Lords which, if passed by both Houses of Parliament, would, among other things, amend the Public Procurements Regulations to exclude organisations from participating in public procurement where they have failed to produce a statement.The warning signals to industry are only getting stronger and organisations can no longer afford to ignore the issue of modern slavery in their supply chains.Brett Hartley is a senior associate at Clyde & Co and a member of the firm’s international trade, energy and regulatory teamlast_img read more

“OHL team should be a little calmer than KHL” – Hockey…

first_imgAt 19.30 tonight will play “Zemgale / LLU” and “Dinaburga”. How are your feelings before the first season of the game?– Feeling good. Hockey has not been for a long time, will be the first game.How do you rate the Optibet hockey league? What will be different when training an OHL team than a KHL team?– There will be almost no differences in training, only the level of players will differ. Let’s say the KHL level is higher, but everything will be the same in principle. And right now I like what I do.How is the training process conducted? Is the lineup already complete? What is being worked on more?– Despite the fact that I started working in Jelgava only on August 13, the staff is now close to being completed. We work on everything at once – both on physical fitness and on how we want to play.How do you feel as a coach for the OHL team, will the work be calmer than KHL?– It is difficult to say whether it will be calmer. During the Liepaja tournament, the emotions were the same as training the KHL club, both losing and winning. But, in theory, you have to be a little calmer.Will players from the JAHL team also be involved?– That is our goal – to involve our new players in the team. We have younger players: Artyom Leshchenko, Richard Brienc and Daniel Gorshanov, who are 17-18 years old, they are currently training with us and will also play. Let’s see what time will tell if someone else will be able to, but the goal, of course, is initially to at least attract the youngest players to the training process, so that in the near or distant future you can pick up hockey players from the local JAHL team.What are your future plans in Jelgava, how long will you stay there? Are you planning to participate in training for other age groups?– We have not agreed on a specific date. I don’t think about it at the moment, I like what I do. It can be a year or ten years. At the moment, the primary thing is to deal with the top league team – you have to complete the line-up, put in the work and prepare for the season. And over time, the other age groups of the Jelgava system, which are JAHL, U17, U15 and down, must be addressed.What are the main tasks of the “Zemgale / LLU” team?– Let’s go step by step. The primary, of course, is to be in the top four and then try to win.What do you expect from the opposing team “Dinaburg”?– As far as I know, Atvars Tribuncovs is the head coach, the team will also have new players. In principle, I expect the same from our team – great passion and a desire to play. Half a year, however, hockey is not played, will be the first official game, apart from a couple of training games.Resources used:optibethokejaliga.comlast_img read more

Danny Welbeck Sidelined After Career Threatening Injury

first_imgWelbeck’s career has been shrivelled by knee injuries, but he appeared to have conquered them, making England’s squad at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Earlier on Thursday, Welbeck had been named in Gareth Southgate’s latest squad for an upcoming friendly with the USA and Nations League encounter with Croatia.Related The striker was given oxygen on the field before being stretchered off with his right leg in a brace, as players from both sides watched on in heartache.“The worst news tonight are these injuries,” Emery said. “We think it’s a serious injury.“Every injury is different. He broke something in his ankle and it’s a different injury than another.“Now he’s at the hospital and the news is at the moment we are going to wait, but we think this is a serious injury.” The 27-year old’s former Manchester United team-mate Nani was among the first players by his side attempting to comfort a player he spent seven years with at Old Trafford.A message of support also came in from a former Arsenal teammate Santi Cazorla, who also had his own fair share of fervent injuries at the north London club before departing for Villarreal this summer.With the game’s intensity lost after the serious injury, neither side were able to break through as Arsenal secured the point they needed to qualify for the next round.center_img Danny Welbeck “broke something in his ankle” during Arsenal’s Europa League draw with Sporting Lisbon on Thursday, according to head coach Unai Emery.In a match that ended goalless, Emery confirmed Welbeck had been taken to hospital for further treatment.Welbeck landed awkwardly after an attempt to meet Stephan Lichtsteiner’s cross in the 25th minute and immediately began to wriggle around in pain.last_img read more

Dominant D carries Manning, Broncos to 24-10 Super Bowl win

first_imgDenver Broncos’ Von Miller (58) strips the ball from Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With his prolific passing and complete control of the game at the line of scrimmage, Peyton Manning helped usher in the NFL’s wide-open era of high-scoring offenses and pass-happy game plans. Manning’s possible farewell game in Super Bowl 50 was a throwback to the 1970s when his father Archie was running away from dominant defenses such as the Steel Curtain and Doomsday.Von Miller forced fumbles that set up both of Denver’s touchdowns, led a defense that harassed MVP Cam Newton and helped carry Manning to his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.“Whenever you’re doing something for your buddies, it means a little bit more,” Miller said. “As human beings, we’re selfish but when you’re doing something for somebody else, that’s when the magic happens.”  For so many years, Manning’s career was defined by his gaudy regular season numbers that weren’t enough come playoff time. A lack of help from teammates or the inability to thrive against stellar defenses from teams such as New England and Seattle left Manning with just one Super Bowl title in his first 13 playoff trips. So perhaps it was fitting that after carrying teammates for most of his career, he was carried over the finish line in this game by Miller and the coordinator Wade Phillips’ “Orange Rush” defense.“I certainly knew that (with) this defense, this team would have a chance,” Manning said. “Our defense has just been, from the get-go, they’ve been nothing but awesome. Being hurt and struggling early in the season wasn’t a lot of fun so I was grateful to get back healthy and to try and play my part these last couple of weeks.”But now after throwing for more yards, more touchdowns and winning more starts than any other quarterback in NFL history, Manning could be ready to hang it up. Manning wouldn’t say after the game whether this was his final one.“I got some good advice from Tony Dungy,” Manning said of the first of four coaches with whom he’s been to the Super Bowl. “He said, ‘Don’t make an emotional decision.’ This has been an emotional week, an emotional night. I’m going to take some time to reflect.”Miller set the tone early when he blew past right tackle Mike Remmers and ripped the ball out of Newton’s grasp. Malik Jackson recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown to put Denver up 10-0.Then in the fourth quarter with the Broncos protecting a 16-10 lead, Miller struck again. Once again, he got around Remmers and knocked the ball out of Newton’s hands. T.J. Ward recovered at the 4 and C.J. Anderson sealed it with a TD run.“In my opinion, we’re the greatest defense to ever play the game,” linebacker Brandon Marshall said. “Ever. It’s a bold statement but top to bottom, we have the greatest talent — from rushers to safeties to linebackers. Better than anybody’s ever done it.”After knocking off former Super Bowl champions Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady to make it here and then holding Newton and the NFL’s highest-scoring offense to its lowest point total of the season, the Broncos stated their case to stand next to Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain defenses of the 1970s, the dominant 1985 Chicago Bears, the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 2013 Seattle Seahawks on the list of top defenses.Denver recorded 14 sacks, forced seven turnovers and allowed just four touchdowns in the three playoff wins.“This is the rawest defense ever. Ever,” Denver tight end Owen Daniels said. “To do that to the guy that’s changing the game, unbelievable. Our defense, you have to put them up there with the best ever.”The Panthers defense was just about as stingy, but couldn’t come up with the game-changing turnovers that Denver provided. Carolina held Denver to 194 yards — the fewest ever for a Super Bowl winner — and didn’t allow a first down on eight of 14 drives.But it wasn’t enough.“It’s so gut-wrenching and hard to swallow that,” All Pro cornerback Josh Norman said. “There were chances and opportunities there and we just didn’t capitalize on them.”Newton, who threw for 38 touchdowns and ran for 12 in his first 18 games, produced no touchdowns for the first time all season. Denver tied a Super Bowl record with seven sacks and frustrated the player nicknamed Superman.It didn’t help that Newton’s receivers dropped passes and the running game never got going against Denver’s stout front.“They made more plays than us and that’s what it comes down to,” Newton said during a brief three-minute interview. “We had our opportunities and it was nothing special that they did. We dropped balls. We turned the ball over. We gave up sacks. We threw errant passes. That’s it.”___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLcenter_img  For so many years, Manning’s career was defined by his gaudy regular season numbers that weren’t enough come playoff time. A lack of help from teammates or the inability to thrive against stellar defenses from teams such as New England and Seattle left Manning with just one Super Bowl title in his first 13 playoff trips. So perhaps it was fitting that after carrying teammates for most of his career, he was carried over the finish line in this game by Miller and the coordinator Wade Phillips’ “Orange Rush” defense.“I certainly knew that (with) this defense, this team would have a chance,” Manning said. “Our defense has just been, from the get-go, they’ve been nothing but awesome. Being hurt and struggling early in the season wasn’t a lot of fun so I was grateful to get back healthy and to try and play my part these last couple of weeks.”But now after throwing for more yards, more touchdowns and winning more starts than any other quarterback in NFL history, Manning could be ready to hang it up. Manning wouldn’t say after the game whether this was his final one.“I got some good advice from Tony Dungy,” Manning said of the first of four coaches with whom he’s been to the Super Bowl. “He said, ‘Don’t make an emotional decision.’ This has been an emotional week, an emotional night. I’m going to take some time to reflect.”Miller set the tone early when he blew past right tackle Mike Remmers and ripped the ball out of Newton’s grasp. Malik Jackson recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown to put Denver up 10-0.Then in the fourth quarter with the Broncos protecting a 16-10 lead, Miller struck again. Once again, he got around Remmers and knocked the ball out of Newton’s hands. T.J. Ward recovered at the 4 and C.J. Anderson sealed it with a TD run.“In my opinion, we’re the greatest defense to ever play the game,” linebacker Brandon Marshall said. “Ever. It’s a bold statement but top to bottom, we have the greatest talent — from rushers to safeties to linebackers. Better than anybody’s ever done it.”After knocking off former Super Bowl champions Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady to make it here and then holding Newton and the NFL’s highest-scoring offense to its lowest point total of the season, the Broncos stated their case to stand next to Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain defenses of the 1970s, the dominant 1985 Chicago Bears, the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 2013 Seattle Seahawks on the list of top defenses.Denver recorded 14 sacks, forced seven turnovers and allowed just four touchdowns in the three playoff wins.“This is the rawest defense ever. Ever,” Denver tight end Owen Daniels said. “To do that to the guy that’s changing the game, unbelievable. Our defense, you have to put them up there with the best ever.”The Panthers defense was just about as stingy, but couldn’t come up with the game-changing turnovers that Denver provided. Carolina held Denver to 194 yards — the fewest ever for a Super Bowl winner — and didn’t allow a first down on eight of 14 drives.But it wasn’t enough.“It’s so gut-wrenching and hard to swallow that,” All Pro cornerback Josh Norman said. “There were chances and opportunities there and we just didn’t capitalize on them.”Newton, who threw for 38 touchdowns and ran for 12 in his first 18 games, produced no touchdowns for the first time all season. Denver tied a Super Bowl record with seven sacks and frustrated the player nicknamed Superman.It didn’t help that Newton’s receivers dropped passes and the running game never got going against Denver’s stout front.“They made more plays than us and that’s what it comes down to,” Newton said during a brief three-minute interview. “We had our opportunities and it was nothing special that they did. We dropped balls. We turned the ball over. We gave up sacks. We threw errant passes. That’s it.”___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL,Manning’s possible farewell game in Super Bowl 50 was a throwback to the 1970s when his father Archie was running away from dominant defenses such as the Steel Curtain and Doomsday.Von Miller forced fumbles that set up both of Denver’s touchdowns, led a defense that harassed MVP Cam Newton and helped carry Manning to his second Super Bowl title with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.“Whenever you’re doing something for your buddies, it means a little bit more,” Miller said. “As human beings, we’re selfish but when you’re doing something for somebody else, that’s when the magic happens.”last_img read more

Man City’s Mendy travels to Barcelona for tests on knee injury

first_imgThe injury to Benjamin Mendy does not look good. The Manchester City left-back will travel to Barcelona this week to be seen by Ramon Cugat (Pep Guardiola’s trusted doctor), according to reports in England.  IN SPORT.ES Manchester City confirm Mendy signing Upd. on 27/09/2017 at 00:07 CEST 26/09/2017 Pol Ballús Ramon Cugat will determine the extent of the injury and how to treat it. In the case that it’s ligament damage, Guardiola could be without one of his summer signings for a number of months — and the only natural left-back in the squad. center_img The French defender got injured in the win over Crystal Palace at the weekend. He was able to leave the pitch on foot, but his condition in recent hours has prompted the club to seek an expert opinion.  City are not optimistic about the player’s fitness and fear he could have done damage to the ligaments in his knee.  RELATED STORIES Mendy viaja Barcelona para tratar su lesión de rodilla Mendy joined the Premier League side from Monaco for 57 million euros. last_img read more