Sugar Industry on the Rebound

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, January 24, 2017 – Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the Government’s decision to step in and save the sugar sector is starting to reap rich dividends.   According to the Minister, sugar will contribute some US$80 million (J$10 billion) in earnings this year, a far cry from the struggling sector it was only a year ago. “We have saved an industry for the betterment of the country.  God has blessed us and we are coming out on the right side. It also employs 50,000 hard-working Jamaicans,” Mr. Samuda informed.The Minister was speaking at the recent press launch of the Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE) trade show at the Montego Bay Convention Centre at Rose Hall in St. James.  Mr. Samuda said that despite all the obstacles his Ministry faced in the early days of assuming portfolio responsibility, the sugar industry and its workers have proven to be very resilient and the sector is now on the verge of a comeback of monumental proportions.  “When we got here, which is not even a year yet, the first problem we encountered was the closure of the Monymusk Sugar Factory,” the Minister noted.  “We were able to keep it open, albeit with creative financing and deals made here and there.  This year, however, we are going to have perhaps one of the best crops we have had in years.   And, it is going to be run at the field level…at the farm level by Jamaican farmers,” he said.Mr. Samuda pointed out that Jamaica has been fortunate on two scores, in that there has been a lot of rainfall which has put the sugar sector back in good stead; and that the price of sugar has moved from US$370 per ton to almost US$600, “which will translate this year into a gain of US$9 million just for price.”Meanwhile, the Minister said that Jamaican consumers can now be assured that the sugar they buy at the supermarket will be of certain integrity and standard.  “We have taken steps that have now been gazetted into law.  The manufacturers of sugar will now have a better chance to market the sugar on the local market without having the unfair competition from sugar brought in from all parts of the world. We don’t even know where or the conditions under which it had been manufactured,” he said.Mr. Samuda said the Government is working with the private sector to iron out all the logistics where everything will be in place by July.  “I don’t share the view of some pessimists that the sugar industry cannot serve Jamaica well. All the evidence is showing that it can,” the Minister said. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

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Face Up Online Whos Who in Baseball

first_imgMarch 31 is opening day for Major League Baseball, so I thought it would be appropriate to review the cover of a baseball magazine. And there isn’t a better publication to look at than Who’s Who in Baseball. It’s a thick, 360-page digest-sized annual. It describes itself as “a handy reference guide to batting & pitching stats,” and the inside is packed with obsessive line-by-line and team-by-team listings of over 775 major league players. Fans of classic baseball visuals will also enjoy these vintage covers of Baseball Digest, another obsessive sports publication that has been in existence since the 1940s. Actually, there might also be some inspiration there for the editors of Who’s Who in Baseball as they gear up to design the cover for the 100th anniversary issue. And speaking of nostalgia, Tom Hoffarth at the Farther off the Wall blog smartly pointed out that the current Who’s Who in Baseball cover mirrors another cover the publication did 50 years ago, in 1964. The 2014 cover features Los Angeles Dodgers pitching ace and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, while the 1964 cover highlighted Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, another Dodgers pitching star and Cy Young winner. Of course as a New York Yankees fan, I would have rather seen Derek Jeter and Tony Kubek on those covers! And nostalgia is the most important component of the Who’s Who in Baseball cover design. The basic format of red cover background and black type has been used since the 1940s and the current logo is an iteration of one developed in the early 50s. The present cover design has been static for at least 20 years, save for a little tightening of the logo. In fact, the only basic difference between this year’s cover and the 2013 edition are the pictures of the players. The format is so recognizable to readers that the editors feel comfortable covering up most of the word BASEBALL in the logo. Many years ago I worked at Harris Publications, the magazine factory that publishes Who’s Who in Baseball. I was given free access to help myself to back issues, and delighted my baseball friends by giving them a series of presents of those very-collectible vintage copies. Ever since, I’ve been aware of the strong affinity baseball fans have for this little publication, and how it evokes both a passionate love for the game and the heart-tugs of nostalgia.center_img Nevertheless, as much as we love a good retro cover design, this is a publication begging for a visual branding update. Perhaps Who’s Who in Baseball could draw some inspiration from their extensive archives, which are a treasure trove of baseball graphic delights. A little more playfulness, a diversity of graphic elements and a small nod to the 21st Century might not be a bad thing for this cover. I may be stretching the definition of a magazine cover this time around, since Who’s Who in Baseball is really more of a bookazine, given that it’s an annual publication sold at newsstands and bookstores. Like a mini-phonebook, it’s printed on cheap newsprint, but the cover paper stock is slick, glossy and heavy. First appearing in 1912, and every year since 1916, this year it will celebrate its 99th anniversary. That said, this cover design is clean and well balanced, with a highly efficient organization of material, instantly identifiable photos, and a pop-off-the-newsstand graphic sensibility. There are a lot of lessons here for small (and not-so-small) publications that are looking to develop a consistent graphic brand on a limited budget. One could describe this cover as retro, or a more critical analysis might call it old fashioned. Still, I think it’s brilliant and I never get tired of looking at it (they got my $9.95, I might add!).last_img read more

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Fair polls impossible without neutral govt role Shujan

first_imgShujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar at a roundtable on fair elections at National Press Club on Saturday. Photo: Hasan RajaCivil society members at a roundtable said a fair election would be impossible if the government did not play a neutral role during the elections. Citizens for Good Governance (Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik, Shujan), the civil society platform for good governance, organised the roundtable titled on ‘Specific Steps for Fair Polls’ at the National Press Club on Saturday.The participants said the country will fall into serious crisis if the national election is not held in a free and fair manner.President of Shujan M Hafizuddin Khan said according to the constitution, the election has to be arranged within 90 days of the tenure of present government ending. As the parliament will remain in force, it would be very difficult to ensure equal rights for all, if the election is held under the current system, he said.Former election commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain said fair, neutral and credible election is impossible until changes are brought in the election culture, the administration and the election commission.Shujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar said the election commission has to ensure a fair and acceptable election. A fair election is not possible until a correct voter list is prepared and constituencies are demarcated properly, he said.Researcher and columnist Syed Abul Maksud said the election commission has to understand the challenges for arranging a participatory election.He suggested the election commission hold dialogues with the deputy commissioners and the superintendents of police.Why does the election commission receive returns of election expenses if it does not verify it? asked former cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumder.Central coordinator of Shujan Dilip Kumar Sarker presented the keynote paper.Dilip said it is impossible for the election commission to hold a fair election if the government does not play neutral role during the period of election.last_img read more

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At Prison Reform Meeting Trump Praises Texas Very Successful DACA Challenge

first_img Share Reuters/Carlos Barria/Via The Texas TribuneU.S. President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion with state leaders (including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton) on prison reform in Bedminster, New Jersey on August 9, 2018.The subject of the meeting was prison reform, but that didn’t stop President Donald Trump from taking the opportunity — twice — to instead praise Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday for a Texas-led lawsuit to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.Trump — whose administration promised in September 2017 to end the Obama-era immigration measure but who has also expressed sympathy for “Dreamers” — made it clear he endorses the high-profile lawsuit, in which several members of his administration are named defendants.“Ken just filed a very interesting lawsuit,” Trump noted while introducing his guests at a Thursday afternoon roundtable at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The 10-state challenge to DACA, Trump said, “is going to be very successful. I hope it’s going to be very successful.”Paxton, one of two attorneys general at the meeting of about a dozen state and federal officials, smiled from the other end of the table.At the end of the meeting, after Paxton gave a few comments about criminal justice reform efforts in Texas, Trump cut in again to inquire about the lawsuit’s status.“We had a hearing yesterday, and I think it went quite well,” Paxton told the president. “We’ll see what the judge says, but we’re right on the law and right on the Constitution. I’m confident that things are going to go the right way.””It’s true,” Trump replied.Trump’s Department of Justice has declined to defend DACA from the Texas-led coalition asking a federal judge to declare it unconstitutional. But the president himself has vacillated somewhat on the issue, saying that the some 800,000 DACA recipients are in the country “through no fault of their own.”Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017Several federal judges have stymied the Trump administration’s efforts to phase out the program. Legal experts say that if U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen enjoins DACA, as Texas asked him to at a hearing in Houston on Wednesday, the case is likely to land quickly at the U.S. Supreme Court.Paxton, along with U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, also attended a Trump roundtable in March. At that discussion, focused explicitly on immigration reform, Trump praised Texas for being “at the forefront” of immigration policy.And the president has endorsed both Paxton and his wife, Angela Paxton, an educator who is running for a Dallas-area state senate seat.“Attorney General Ken Paxton, tremendous guy,” Trump said at a Dallas National Rifle Association event in May. “And by the way, Ken, you have my full endorsement.”last_img read more

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Thailand ahoy

first_imgLike every year, this year again on 7 July, students of United Group of Institutions are on their International Summer Education workshop at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. UGI aims to develop highly talented and committed professionals who can play lead role in the corporate world at global environment.80 students from various courses like MBA, PGDM and B.Tech were shortlisted on the basis of their academic performance, on-line selection test and final personal interview round. Along with them eminent faculty members are also on tour for assisting the students with ever ready mentorship and guidance. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This tour aims for management students to explore their knowledge and enhance managerial skills like team management, leadership, decision making skill, total quality management, stress management & develop their overall interpersonal skills. While engineering students from different branches gets in depth practical session on Computer Science, Industrial system engineering, remote sensing, telecommunication, mechatronics, geographical information system, water engineering management and various updates on emerging trends and technological advancements in their respective branch/stream.last_img read more

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