Gov’t Focussed On Reducing Food Import Bill

first_imgRelated36 Companies Registered With Credit Bureau FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, says the government is continuing its efforts towards reducing the country’s food import bill by US$300 million per year.Speaking at the annual Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) Customs seminar September 26, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, Mr. Dalley said this is being done through initiatives such as the agro parks project.“The numbers up to December 2012 was that we import about US$1 billion worth of food. We have to incrementally reduce that, that is why we are embarking on the agro parks,” he said, while soliciting the assistance of importers in achieving the target.Through a partnership involving the Government, farmer/investor and the private sector, some 3, 237 hectares (8,000 acres) of land is being engaged in the production of a number of critical crops across nine agro parks.Three agro parks are currently in operation – Plantain Garden in St. Thomas; Amity Hall, St. Catherine; and Ebony Park in Clarendon. Another two parks are expected to come on stream by the end of the year.The Minister further lamented that the country is too dependent on imports of sometimes inferior, cheap consumer goods “that our people can produce and produce better.”President of the JCC, Francis Kennedy, said his organisation is willing to work in partnership with the Government and multilaterals “to change the way in which we do business in Jamaica.”“We have got to become as quickly and as early as possible, an export-oriented country, and we have to change our rules, our laws, our regulations and our legislation to achieve this,” he said. Gov’t Focussed On Reducing Food Import BillJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedJCA Clamps Down On Illicit Merchandise Advertisementscenter_img Gov’t Focussed On Reducing Food Import Bill Finance & Public ServiceSeptember 28, 2013Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley (centre), shares a light moment with Commissioner of Customs Major (retd) Richard Reese (left); and President of the JCC, Francis Kennedy. Occasion was the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) annual customs seminar held September 26, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. Story HighlightsThe government is continuing its efforts towards reducing the country’s food import bill by US$300m.This is being done through initiatives such as the agro parks project.The country is too dependent on imports of sometimes inferior. RelatedLegislation to Govern All Tax Incentives to be Tabled in Octoberlast_img read more

Pan Ocean profits double

first_imgPan Ocean posted a Q1 2015 net profit of USD105.98 million – up by 208.5 percent over the same period of 2014.  The line recorded revenues of USD352.74 million – up by 8 percent year-on-year. Pan Ocean is currently emerging from bankruptcy following its purchase by Harim. HLPFI reported on April 22 that the line intends to raise USD785 million through a new share sale, while reducing payments to its creditors, as part of a major restructuring programme. HLPFI reported on April 20, that Pan Ocean would issue 757,844 shares on April 29 as part of a debt to equity swap with its creditors.www.panocean.comlast_img read more

Ten Dominicans earn degrees at Midwestern State University

first_img 641 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! EducationInternationalLocalNewsPrintTertiary Ten Dominicans earn degrees at Midwestern State University by: – June 14, 2017 Share Tweetcenter_img Share (L-R): Kyle Gordon, Renatta Graham, Gael Gonzales-Peltier, Alix Matthew and Benni JosephPress Release: Midwestern State UniversityTen Dominican students earned degrees at Midwestern State University’s May 2017 Commencement exercises last month. They were part of a group of 30 Caribbean students who also walked the stage.Ranatta Graham stood out among the graduates, earning summa cum laude honors and a bachelor’s of science degree in respiratory therapy.Benni Joseph earned magna cum laude honors and a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry.Alix Matthew, Gael Gonzalez-Peltier, Amy Eloi, Edna Constance, Sierra Richards and Rainah Winston all earned bachelor of science degrees specializing in biology with chemistry minors.Kyle Gordon earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.Rochie Royer earned a bachelor of applied arts and sciences.Both Gordon and Graham were honored for outstanding leadership and contributions to the Caribbean program. However, the Dominican students in general were outstanding ambassadors for the program, according to Dr. Randy Glean, program director.Keynote speaker, Dr. Jenner Joseph, a Dominican who was the first student enrolled in the university’s Caribbean program in 1993, encouraged the students to bring positive changes to their world as they seek to enhance their credentials. He urged them to maintain the social conscience that formed the core value of the program. Dr. Joseph, an SMA alum from Goodwill, graduated from MSU in 1997 before earning his doctorate at Washington University. He is now a medical systems engineer.Over 200 Dominican students have earned degrees from Midwestern since 1995 and eighty-five students are currently enrolled, making it the largest contingent from any foreign country at the university. Twenty new students from Dominica will arrive at the university to begin studies in August. The Government of Dominica provides support to the largest contingent of students from the region in a working partnership with the university. Mr. David Vital of Lead Institute, also an MSU alumnus, serves as the local facilitator. Minister of Education, Hon. Petter Saint Jean visited MSU last April and pledged continuing support for the partnership with government. Sharelast_img read more

Rohde & Schwarz adds passive model to its portfolio of broadband probes

first_imgRohde & Schwarz adds the rugged, passive R&S RT ZZ80 broadband probe to its portfolio. This probe offers a bandwidth of 8 GHz. When analyzing electronic circuits, passive broadband probes such as the R&S RT-ZZ80 are a cost-efficient, rugged alternative to active, high bandwidth probes. They are well-suited for testing transmission lines with low impedance (20 Ohm to 100 Ohm). Users in the most diverse of industries, from consumer electronics to medical engineering and A&D, can use the R&S RT-ZZ80 to perform precision analyses on electronic circuits. The probe excels wherever the timing of fast signals must be measured accurately. The Rohde & Schwarz portfolio of probes now offers an ideal probe for every broadband application. The family of differential broadband probes with the top-of-the-line R&S RT ZD40 model (4.5 GHz bandwidth) is sure to impress with its high input impedance of 1 MOhm at very low capacitive loading. The single-ended probes from Rohde & Schwarz, including the high end R&S RT-ZS60 (6 GHz bandwidth), make it possible to test ground referenced signals, even at high amplitudes of up to 8 V. The R&S RT-ZZ80 passive broadband probe is now available from Rohde & Schwarz.last_img read more