Exporters Receive $10 Million to Get Facilities Up-To-Date

first_imgRelatedFocus on Youth in Agriculture at Denbigh Exporters Receive $10 Million to Get Facilities Up-To-Date AgricultureJuly 31, 2013Written by: Chris Patterson RelatedBahamas Could Set Up Similar Agricultural Schools Story HighlightsNine agro-exporters have received approximately $10 million in grants from the Government12 farmers trained under the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) pilot programmeThe Ministry of Health has certified 200 farmers and 20 members of the Ministry’s FSMA Committee in safe food handling practices FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedOver 80,000 Patrons Expected to Attend Three-Day Denbigh Show Nine agro-exporters have received approximately $10 million in grants from the Government to assist in efforts to upgrade their facilities, in order to become compliant with the United States Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).The presentations were made on July 30, at a function held at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew.During the function, 12 farmers, who were trained under the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) pilot programme, were presented with certificates and food handler’s permits.The GAPs programme, being undertaken in collaboration with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), is benefitting farmers involved in the cultivation of yams, hot pepper, pumpkin and callaloo.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, said measures are being put in place to ensure that sufficient quantities of safe food are available and that Jamaica meets global food safety requirements.“It is important that all of us understand food safety quality management systems. These systems include GAPs, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and others that are germane to our food security and capacity to trade,” he said.He informed that overall, 200 farmers have been trained under GAPs and another 5,000 have been sensitised regarding local food safety standards and the new FSMA. He said that to date, JSIF has allocated over $27 million to build capacity for farmers and other stakeholders.Additionally, he informed, the Ministry of Health has certified 200 farmers and 20 members of the Ministry’s FSMA Committee in safe food handling practices.“Food safety is everybody’s responsibility and I wish to laud the work of our farmers and exporters for their commitment and entrepreneurial acumen, in providing safe food for our populace and to safeguard our exports to the United States and other markets,” Minister Clarke said.He reiterated the Government’s commitment to providing safe food for the nation and to safeguard the country’s exports.“We will do this by strengthening our policy, institutional and regulatory framework and provide technical support. Working together, we will achieve high levels of food safety in Jamaica and be globally competitive,” he stated.The Agriculture Minister commended the other stakeholders, who have been instrumental in building the country’s food safety mechanisms. These include: the FSMA National Task Force; the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA); the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.In her remarks, General Manager with responsibility for Communications, JSIF, Rhonda Lumsden-Lue, said that her agency is pleased to support programmes that sustain the over-arching national goal of reducing imports, increasing exports and improving the quality of output from farmers.The FSMA requires the implementation of more stringent food safety control systems by foreign suppliers of food to the United States. Advertisementslast_img read more

Apple’s world-record Q1 reflects growing iPhone reliance

first_img UK consumers seek £1.5B from Apple Home Apple’s world-record Q1 reflects growing iPhone reliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 JAN 2015 Apple reported the largest net profit ever for a public company in the three months to December, powered by 74.5 million iPhone sales.Strikingly, the contribution of the iPhone to Apple’s total revenue leapt to 69 per cent in Q1 2015 from 56 per cent a year earlier.However, the quarterly numbers also told another story – the waning influence of the iPad whose share of total revenue fell to 12 per cent from 20 per cent. Unit sales have dropped to 21.4 million from 26 million a year earlier.The US giant delivered net profit of $18 billion in the three months to 27 December, while quarterly revenue hit $74.6 billion.This compares with net profit of $13.1 billion and revenue of $57.6 billion in the year-ago period.China flexed its muscles but, contrary to predictions, failed to overtake the US as Apple’s largest market for the iPhone, expressed in unit sales.Revenue from China grew by 68 per cent to $16 billion, which is still barely half that of the Americas with $30 billion, a figure which grew just 14 per cent.Apple has now accrued a cash pile of $178 billion, which would be sufficient to purchase IBM such is its size.On the iPad, Apple CEO Tim Cook (pictured) remained “very optimistic and bullish” in the long run, according to comments on the analyst call, pointing to first-time buyer rates.In markets including the US, UK and Japan, 50 per cent of iPad buyers are first timers, pointing to a sustainable market for the tablet, he said. Cook also argued the upgrade cycle for an iPad is longer than for an iPhone.On November 22 2014, Apple shipped its one billionth iOS device, which Cook described as “an almost unfathomable milestone”.He said results would have been even stronger, if not for foreign currency fluctuations.Looking forward, Apple’s CEO said development of the Apple Watch was “right on schedule” and the company expects to begin shipments in April (the company originally talked about early 2015 launch).He said developers are working on apps, notifications and information summaries called Glances, that are designed specifically for the Watch’s user interface.Cook was also asked about Apple Pay and how the NFC-based payment service might evolve (it only launched at the end of 2014). He answered that the service, which is only available in the US, was still in its “first innings” and commented there is “a ton of things on our roadmap for adding functionality to it”. Apps Tags Related Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more center_img Richard Handford Google taps retail with NYC store Author Previous ArticleSingTel teams up with Ericsson on 5GNext ArticleNokia wins Airtel 4G contract, works with SKT to cut LTE-A interference KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move AppleFinanciallast_img read more

Garmin Edge 530 & 830 offer advanced metrics & mapping – even offroad

first_imgNow, the mountain bike bundles come preloaded with data from Trailforks which allows you to see and navigate through trails uploaded through their network. Stopping mid-ride provides a Forksight mode which shows you upcoming forks in the trail and your location within the trail network. Then there are features that will track your air time, jump distance, and jump count as well as ‘Grit’ which will tell you how difficult the ride will be, and ‘Flow’ which tells you how well you’re flowing the trail.If training is what you’re after, the computers have new features like an acclimation indicator, ClimbPro feature which helps you gauge your effort, and in-ride notifications to hydrate or eat.If you use compatible speed and cadence sensors like the new Garmin Speed & Cadence 2 sensors, it will also calculate your power curve to compare to previous rides.Like other Garmin computers, you can customize the device with apps, widgets, and data fields from the Connect IQ store including apps like AccuWeather MinuteCast, Yelp, and ride tracking apps like Strava and Komoot.Offered in different bundles, prices range from $299 to $499 and they’re available in May.garmin.com Measuring roughly the same size, the 830 is actually a bit shorter since it uses a touch screen where the 530 is button only. Both have a 2.6″ high resolution color screen, and offer up to 20hrs battery life without an external battery pack (with Garmin’s Charge that life is extended to 40hrs).When it comes to cyclist safety, the GPS units include a new bike alarm feature with a pin code for disarming it, group messaging and tracking, compatibility with the Varia rearview radar and lights, plus an incident detection function that will notify someone when it detects a crash.Mapping has also improved with functions like popularity routing which picks the route based on the roads that are most commonly uploaded as part of rides. Rerouting once you’ve gone off course is said to be twice as fast as previous models, and the mapping enters the mountain bike world like never before. Garmin has just updated their Edge cycling computers, and there’s a lot to talk about. No longer just a tool for the road cyclist, GPS computers have already come a long way. But with the latest updates to the new Edge 530 and 830, riders of all kinds will find features that are quite appealing.last_img read more

GTI completes Jetco acquisition

first_imgThe transaction follows GTI’s acquisition of Precision Specialized Division in February 2019, as HLPFI reported here.Through these acquisitions, and the company’s expanding GTI USA network, it now has seven locations in the USA and three in Canada.“The strategic strong local presence that Jetco has in Texas will increase GTI’s position in the region and establish a performing north-south corridor with our Canadian operations,” explained Richard Lafrenière, ceo of GTI.Brian Fielkow will continue in his current capacity as ceo of Jetco.www.thegtigroup.comwww.jetcodelivery.comlast_img read more

Nordic Semiconductor Launches its First Thread + Bluetooth Low Energy Module

Nordic Semiconductor has launched its first Thread Networking Solution. The nRF5 SDK for Thread, has been designed to utilize the IEEE 802.15.4 PHY support introduced on Nordic’s latest nRF52840 multi-protocol Bluetooth low energy System-on-Chip (SoC). In addition, the Nordic nRF5 SDK for Thread also adds a unique Device-Firmware-Update (DFU)-over-Thread network feature like the Over-The-Air (OTA) DFU feature employed in other existing Nordic SDKs and chips.The nRF52840’s has 256 kB of RAM and 1 MB of Flash memory to enable the SoC to run both the Thread and Bluetooth low energy protocol stacks from the same chip. The nRF52840 is also able to run the Thread protocol at accelerated processing speeds by using its built-in ARM CryptoCell-310 cryptographic accelerator – which offers best-in-class security for Cortex-M based Bluetooth low energy SoCs – to run the Thread security algorithms.Thread was designed to create the best way to connect and control products where people live and work. This includes robust security (smartphone-grade authentication and AES encryption), low power battery-friendly operation, and scalable reliability. This is all built around a developer-friendly IP-based (IPv6 with 6LoWPAN) mesh network. Prime ‘home Internet of Things (IoT)’ target applications for Thread include: home automation, appliances, access control, climate control, safety, lighting, healthcare, and security systems. The non-profit Thread Group states that it is focused on making Thread the foundation for the IoT in the home and beyond by educating product developers, builders, and consumers on the unique features and benefits of Thread, and ensuring a positive experience through rigorous, meaningful product certification.Along with the unique support for DFU-over-Thread, the Nordic nRF5 SDK for Thread includes: a pre-built OpenThread stack for the Nordic nRF52840 SoC; examples of all the different Thread roles; support for an OpenThread network co-processor; a CoAP application layer example; border router and cloud connectivity example; and a range of PC tools including a Thread topology monitor.The Nordic nRF5 SDK for Thread is now available in Alpha release with full production scheduled for Q4 2017, aligning with the full production of the Nordic nRF52840 SoC. read more

Sylatech Renews AS9100 Quality Certification

first_imgSylatech underwent their annual EN 9100: 2018 (AS9100 Rev D) assessment during the first week of December by BSi, a national standard body of the UK which provides certification and standards-related services to businesses. The audit was a huge success with zero non-conformities raised by the auditor.Sylatech is a supplier of antennas, microwave sub-systems/components and waveguide assemblies. Their comprehensive in-house design and manufacturing capability equips them to design, manufacture and test arrays of assembled components. They have particular expertise in the development of slotted array antennas and the construction of radar front-ends, battlefield radars and uneven power divider systems.The company has seen a year on year improvement in the consistency of adherence to their Quality Management System and it is resulting in a significant growth towards sylatech’s success. This success evidences Sylatech’s commitment to quality and how deeply their QMS is embedded across all areas of the business.last_img read more

Mentor Kicks Last Second Field Goal To Defeat St. Ignatius 23-21

first_img Vince McKee BEDFORD, OHIO – Tonight was an epic rematch of regular season rivals St. Ignatius and Mentor for a trip to the States Final Four in this years State Championship Playoffs.  It was a hard-fought battle, but in the end, it was a clutch 27-yard Field Goal by Conor Mcintosh that propelled the Mentor Cardinals into the Division One State Final Four.Down 21-14 entering the fourth quarter, sensational Mentor Quarterback Tadas Tatarunas took maters into his own hands.  Leading two length of the field drives to help the Cardinals capture the 23-21 victory.  The first drive being capped off by a 32-yard touchdown toss to Luke Floriea and the second leading to the game winning kick with only 41 seconds left on the clock.All of this came after a 13-yard touchdown run by Jack Welsch at the 12-minute mark of the third quarter to give St. Ignatius a 21-14 lead.  Tatarunas was just getting warmed up, he has been a second half player all season and this was no different.  After trailing 14-7 at the half, the Cardinals outscored the Wildcats 16-7 in the second half.Much like in life, sports gives people second chances, tonight was no different.  After the touchdown pass from Tatarunas to Floriea made it 21-20, everyone just assumed an extra point would tie the game.  It was promptly blocked.  Showing the heart of true champions, Mentor rallied back, forcing a St. Ignatius three and out, getting the ball back and driving down the field in the closing moments for the win.Tatarunas finished strong as always, with 116 yards on 14 of 21 passing with the touchdown.  He also ran the ball for 61 yards on 12 carries. For the second straight week he showed the ultimate poise when it was needed the most to lead his team back from the brink of defeat.  He didn’t do it alone however as Elijah Mcdougall had a monster night himself, finishing with 151 yards on 18 carries.  Over 100 of those yards coming in the first half, 96 in the first quarter alone for the hard-running Senior tailback.St. Ignatius played great all night but kept shooting themselves in the foot, and in the end, it cost them big.  They didn’t even have to punt until midway through the fourth quarter and the fact that they only scored 21 points, is almost stunning.  They finished with one interception, and two missed field goals, had they not committed those mistakes, this game may have had a much different outcome.  You can follow Vince McKee on twitter at VinceTheAuthorScore by Quarters 1 2 3 4 TotalMentor High School 7 0 7 9 23St Ignatius Wildcats 7 7 7 0 21Qtr Time Scoring play1st 09:36 MENTOR – E. McDougall 36 yd run (Conor McIntosh kick), 7-80 2:2405:28SIHS – Jahadge Floyd 1 yd run (M. Trickett kick), 12-73 4:052nd 06:59SIHS – D. Alexander 1 yd run (M. Trickett kick), 18-91 6:413rd 05:42MENTOR – E. McDougall 18 yd run (Conor McIntosh kick), 10-80 3:0003:10SIHS – Jack Welcsh 13 yd run (M. Trickett kick), 8-59 2:284th 07:45MENTOR – Luke Floriea 32 yd pass from Tadas Tatarunas (Conor McIntosh kick blockd), 8-83 2:1700:37MENTOR – Conor McIntosh 27 yd field goal, 17-71 5:15MENTOR SIHSFIRST DOWNS 22 24RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 43-254 55-271PASSING YDS (NET) 166 132Passes Att-Comp-Int 21-14-0 19-13-1TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 64-420 74-403Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0Kickoff Returns-Yards 0-0 3-34Interception Returns-Yards 1-0 0-0Punts (Number-Avg) 2-31.5 2-34.0Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0Penalties-Yards 2-10 3-38Possession Time 21:45 26:15Third-Down Conversions 7 of 13 7 of 14Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 3 4 of 4Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-3 3-4Sacks By: Number-Yards 3-7 2-15RUSHING: Mentor High School-E. McDougall 18-151; Tadas Tatarunas 12-61; Chris Edmond 8-27; Ian Kipp1-8; Logan Shea 3-7; TEAM 1-0.St Ignatius Wildcats-Jahadge Floyd 20-94; Jack Welcsh 16-85; D.Alexander 17-80; Samuel Snyder 2-12.PASSING: Mentor High School-Tadas Tatarunas 14-21-0-166. St Ignatius Wildcats-D. Alexander13-18-1-132; TEAM 0-1-0-0.RECEIVING: Mentor High School-Matt Hartman 3-41; E. McDougall 3-28; Logan Shea 2-26; Derek Kleinhenz2-22; Steve Baird 2-14; Luke Floriea 1-32; Chris Edmond 1-3.St Ignatius Wildcats-Samuel Snyder4-36; Jahadge Floyd 4-32; Connor Kennedy 2-34; Maxwell Pike 2-22; Jack Welcsh 1-8.INTERCEPTIONS: Mentor High School-Will Laganke 1-0. St Ignatius Wildcats-None.FUMBLES: Mentor High School-Tadas Tatarunas 1-0. St Ignatius Wildcats-None.Mentor High School (12-1,7-0) vs. St Ignatius Wildcats (12-2)Date: Nov 17, 2017 • Site: Bedford, Ohio • Stadium: Bearcat StadiumAttendance: 4628Kickoff time: 7:30 PM • End of Game: 9:51 PM • Total elapsed time: 2:21Officials: Referee: Mike Dame; Umpire: Rocky Neale; Linesman: John Mandula;Line judge: Gartrel Bentley; Back judge: Bobby Bolin; Center judge: Bruce Slicker; Related TopicsMentorOHSAASt. Ignatiuslast_img read more