JAS President Pledges to work to Reduce Food Imports

first_imgAdvertisements JAS President Pledges to work to Reduce Food Imports AgricultureAugust 8, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Newly elected President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, said that the organisation will work with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to substantially reduce the country’s food import bill, which stood at nearly US$1 billion in 2011.      “We think that the fact that we have about 50 per cent of our arable land still idle, we can do a lot in certainly increasing  productivity and production, so that we can reduce our imports,” he stated. [RELATED: Govt. to Reduce Food Import Bill by US$300 Million] Senator Grant was speaking at Saturday’s (Aug. 4) opening of the 60th Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, where the JAS leadership of the 2012 to 2015 term was officially installed. Senator Grant, along with First Vice President, Donald Berry, and Second Vice President, Ralston Johnson, who were elected during the JAS’ annual general meeting in July, were installed by outgoing President, Glendon Harris. Senator Grant previously served two terms as President between 2003 and 2009. Mr. Harris, who served one three-year term in 2009, did not seek re-election by virtue of his elevation to the position of Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, during local government elections earlier this year.  In his brief remarks, Senator Grant gave the JAS leadership’s undertaking to work “doubly hard” to enhance the organisation’s outputs and by extension, the welfare of the nation’s over 200,000 farmers. He said that in seeking to reposition the JAS, the management would, among other things, ensure that the Denbigh showground is “used on a more regular basis”, adding that it “will be a part of the strategy to, certainly (more effectively) utilise the assets of the JAS”. “So, as we start this journey, I want to say we are ready to continue that transformation. We are ready for the job and we humbly accept it,” Senator Grant affirmed. In his final address as JAS President, Mr. Harris thanked all the stakeholders for their support during his tenure. He said he decided not to seek re-election because “I would want to ensure that the farmers of Jamaica are fully led by a team that can devote the time and energy. But most of all, the quality leadership that the farmers of Jamaica so rightfully deserve”. Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, who delivered the keynote address, invited the JAS and other agricultural sector stakeholders to engage the Ministry in dialogue, which would serve to advance the industry. RelatedJAS President Pledges to work to Reduce Food Importscenter_img RelatedJAS President Pledges to work to Reduce Food Imports RelatedJAS President Pledges to work to Reduce Food Importslast_img read more

Iglesia connects at buzzer; McQuaid nips East

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Share on Facebook Iglesia connects at buzzer; McQuaid nips East added by Paul Gotham on January 13, 2017View all posts by Paul Gotham →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdUndoCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensUndoLovely&HealthyTop 10 Most Dangerous Cruises In The World Lovely&HealthyUndoby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersUndoTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ SplintersUndo”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ SplintersUndo Print This Post Add to Google+ “We didn’t do too well of taking care of the ball late,” Iglesia said. “When things just broke down then we concentrated on the next play and put the last play behind us.”McQuaid established the post early going into Cam Wilson on the first possession of the game. Front court mate Tyler Cyrus scored the next seven, and Wilson’s tap in gave McQuaid an 11-0 advantage. McQuaid looked in command when freshman Kobe Long hit his fourth trey of the night to give the Knights a 51-38 advantage midway through the fourth quarter.East, though, flexed its muscles from there and the Eagles’ 2-2-1 three-quarter court press forced six turnovers over the next nine possessions.“They did a good job of getting back in the game,” Leasure stated. “They made it their kind of game.”Zion Morrison sparked the run with a pair of free throws. Windell Lucas followed with a rebound and putback. Morrison cut the deficit to one with two more from the charity stripe, and Javar Collier drove baseline to give East its first lead with 1:05 remaining in the game.John Segarra pushed the margin to three with a drive from the wing and finish in traffic. Follow on Facebook Anthony Iglesia (1) takes the inbound pass during the first half of action at East High Friday.By PAUL GOTHAMROCHESTER, N.Y. — Small in stature Anthony Iglesia stood tall again for the McQuaid Jesuit Knights.Iglesia turned a broken play into a buzzer beater, and McQuaid downed the East High Eagles, 57-54 in RCAC action Friday night at East High.The 5-foot-6 point guard drained a 3-pointer as the Knights endured a furious East High rally.“I told coach I wanted to take the shot,” Iglesia said. “I felt comfortable and I told him it was going to go in.“Coach wanted us to execute a play, but we got out of it. He told us if nothing goes down then just take the shot.”Iglesia, who beat Myrtle Beach High earlier in the season with a last-second triple, took the inbound pass from the left side of the floor with 8.1 seconds on the clock and faded right before connecting from 25 feet. By Paul Gotham on January 13, 2017No Comment center_img Segarra fed Morrison for a layup to knot the game at 27 on the first possession of the second half, but a Wilson tap in, and Iglesia three gave McQuaid  a 32-28 edge.Long closed the stanza with a triple for a 45-38 McQuaid advantage.“They were playing zone,” the freshman explained. “They left the back corner open, so I decided to move form corner to corner. They never knew where I was. ‘Ant’ kept finding me. ‘TC’ kept finding me. I started off really slow, but I started finding my rhythm and started making shots.” “We drew up something else,” explained McQuaid head coach Jack Leasure. “They were in zone. Option really wasn’t there, but he’s made that same shot for a game winner this year already. As soon as he let go, we all said ‘that’s in.’”After watching a 13-point advantage disappear in the game’s final six minutes, Conor Dalton delivered a pair of game-changing plays when he calmly sank three free throws with 34.8 on the clock to tie the game at 54. The senior guard then created a tie up on an inbound to get McQuaid possession for the game winner.“My team set me up in such a good situation,” Dalton explained. “They were doing everything down the stretch, and I was out with foul trouble. I felt I had to make it up to them for all they had been doing to set me up for that moment.”Dalton then applied his volleyball skills on the hardwood.“I was denying him the ball and he kinda got a little separation, but the toss was high,” Dalton said. “I was able to track it a little bit in my head. I play volleyball, so I’m used to having to track the ball. I was able to reach up at the peak and just tie him up at the end there. Luckily I was able to get up there and tie him up.” Iglesia connects at buzzer; McQuaid nips East Subscribe by Email McQuaid hit just three field goals in the fourth quarter – all from behind the arc.“We’ve been talking about with a young group trying to manage those situations as best we can,” Leasure said of the fourth quarter. “We tried to get a timeout once. After that we couldn’t really take another one. It was just coming down to trusting what we focused on with these guys. About staying tough, in a tough situation and staying together. Focus on the things you can control. They did a great job of that.“That’s really what it comes down to. They were just tough in a tough situation. That’s what basketball is. Just keeps coming back to how are you going to respond. You can’t control the whole game. They did a good job of responding and staying mentally tough.”Long was the only Knight in double figures with 18. Wilson finished with 11 rebounds and 12 blocks.Cyrus took three charges in the game. It was Cyrus who fed Dalton for the three-point attempt with 34.8 remaining. McQuaid improved to 8-5. The Knights host NE Douglass next Wednesday.Morrison led all scorers with 25. The senior guard’s layup late in the first quarter was the 1,000th point of his career. Lucas added 16 points. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for East (10-3). East hosts Strong Vincent (PA) on Saturday. An 8pm tip is scheduled.  Anthony Iglesia, East High Eagles, free throws, RCAC But both Cyrus and Wilson were on the bench with two fouls during the second quarter. East took advantage. With the 6-foot-9 Wilson on the bench, the Knights lacked a safety valve in the middle of the floor to beat the press.Lucas and Morrison combined for 13 as East outscored the Knights by five in the second quarter.“When we got to our spots, it was easy,” Leasure said of attacking the press. “When we didn’t get to our spots, we drifted and didn’t come back to it  then we gave it away. We’re still learning. We made plays when had to. We just had some really good individual plays down the stretch.”The teams went into the locker room with McQuaid leading 27-25. Connect on Linked in This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Fear of far-right violence after Jo Cox murder conviction

first_imgBritish police fear far-right violence will rise after Wednesday’s conviction of neo-Nazi Thomas Mair for the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox last June, The Times reported Thursday.Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said that there “have been indications that the threat from the extreme right-wing could be increasing and we are alive to this.”The number of racially or religiously aggravated offenses recorded by police in England and Wales went up from 2,926 crimes in 2013 to 4,150 in 2016. Mair was convicted of murdering Cox, a 41-year-old mother-of-two on June 16, Wednesday. The judge said Mair should serve a whole life sentence due to the “exceptional seriousness” of the offense.According to one of Cox’s aides, who testified in court, Mair shouted “Britain first” as he carried out the attack.Anti-fascist campaigners too said that the neo-Nazi movement was becoming more violent and so-called lone wolves could be encouraged by the heated public debate about immigration. Also On POLITICO Brussels to honor slain Jo Cox By Joanna Plucinska Jo Cox murder suspect identifies himself as ‘Death to traitors’ By Tom McTague and Barbara Surklast_img read more