first_imgRelatedOlympian Fraser-Pryce endorses Eat Jamaican Campaign RelatedOlympian Fraser-Pryce endorses Eat Jamaican Campaign Olympian Fraser-Pryce endorses Eat Jamaican Campaign AgricultureMay 9, 2011 By LATONYA LINTON, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. Marc Panton, says the Eat Jamaican Campaign is an avenue to provide Jamaicans with healthy foods, while creating wealth for local farmers. “I am sure you will all agree that we would rather encourage local spending with our farmers, than having to buy foreign exchange and send back money to support a farmer who resides overseas,” Dr. Panton said. He said the Ministry has been focusing on the concept of import substitution, and encouraging the “eat what you grow and grow what you eat” local campaign. “Essentially, what that is, is Jamaica moving towards a level of food security. The goal obviously is to ensure that we are able to feed ourselves, to able to develop wealth for our farmers,” Dr. Panton said. He was speaking at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Regional Culinary Festival, on Friday, May 6, at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Old Hope Road, in Kingston. Dr. Panton said it was important to change the mindset of the nation’s children towards agriculture. He stated that the Ministry has been trying to do this through the Jamaica 4-H Clubs and the School Gardening Programme. “We all can utilise some small space, whether it be in the front yard or the back yard, and be able to plant something and eat what we grow towards sustainability,” Dr. Panton said. Olympic gold medallist, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, endorsed the Eat Jamaican campaign, encouraging Jamaicans to make healthy food choices by eating local produce, fruits and vegetables. “What we have here locally is very nutritious, and I must tell you that nowhere else in the world has the kind of foods we have here. So, I will be encouraging everybody to just tap into what the Ministry has been doing, by supporting the campaign,” Mrs. Fraser-Pryce said. The Eat Jamaican Campaign is a $17.2 million joint initiative, involving the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the European Union (EU) and the Ministry, promoting the consumption of locally produced foods, specifically for increased production and productivity, while enhancing food security. The campaign will be implemented across Jamaica over three months. It will also utilize a multi-faceted media approach, including a series of road shows, radio and television commercials, press advertisements and recipe and cooking competitions and displays. Advertisements RelatedOlympian Fraser-Pryce endorses Eat Jamaican Campaignlast_img read more

first_imgOLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – It’s not officially a lost season for Rory McIlroy, otherwise he’d be knee deep in the renovation of his new south Florida home and daydreaming about 2018. The FedExCup means too much to the 2016 champion after having finally won the season-long race last year following so many bridesmaid finishes; and he conceded that his decision to finish the playoff season was based entirely on how his body responded after a week off following the PGA Championship. “I was unsure of what I was going to do and I came pretty close to saying, you know what, I’m going to wait and get myself healthy,” McIlroy said on Wednesday at The Northern Trust. “But I still have a lot of time after these events to do that. I feel like I’m capable of winning. I feel like I’m capable of giving myself a chance to win this thing.” So the world’s fourth-ranked player will finish the postseason, which may be just three starts unless the Northern Irishman makes a move up the rankings the next few weeks, and he’ll finish his year on the European Tour at the Dunhill Links Championship in October. And then? “2018,” he smiled. It’s been that kind of year for McIlroy, who didn’t play his first PGA Tour event until March and was slowed throughout by a nagging rib injury. Following the PGA Championship he suggested his year might be over, his patience finally worn thin by the on-again, off-again nature of a rib injury, but the chance to defend his title and finish what has been a challenging season on a high note drew him back for one final push. The Northern Trust: Articles, video and photos FedExCup standings entering the playoffs The year hasn’t been a total loss. He finished tied for fourth at The Open, well out of serious contention but enough of a glimmer of hope to keep him interested. Oh, and he was married in April. But otherwise, 2017 has been a year best forgotten thanks to the combination of his ongoing injury, a forced equipment change when Nike Golf got out of the hard-goods business and a complete lack of victories. “This thing has just been so niggly and it’s flared up and then it’s calmed down and then it’s flared up again,” he said. “I haven’t had the time to really let it settle down. I did at the start of the year, but I started to practice a little bit too hard, too early, when I came back from getting married and going on honeymoon, and then it flared up again.” But if ’17 has been something best forgotten, at least from a professional standpoint, the normally jagged edge such a season would instill in a player was noticeably missing from McIlroy’s voice on Wednesday. Despite his ’17 scorecard, McIlroy said he begins the playoffs confident in his FedExCup chances, noting that he began last season’s playoff push ranked 36th on the season-long points list. He’s currently 44th on the list. “I feel like I’m capable of winning. I feel like I’m capable of giving myself a chance to win this thing,” he said. But beyond the competitive necessities of the next few weeks, the bounce in McIlroy’s step was largely the result of coming up with a plan. After the Dunhill Links in October, he has a battery of tests scheduled that include a full-body scan and even a food intolerance test. He’ll take two weeks off after that before intensifying his focus on next season. “All we’ll be focusing on is getting me in the best possible shape with my body and my game going into 2018. So I’m excited for that,” he said. That’s mind, body, game and beyond. Following his news conference on Wednesday at Glen Oaks Club, McIlroy planned to meet with Mark Broadie, the mastermind behind the Tour’s strokes gained statistics and author of “Every Shot Counts.” “I’ve become a big believer that they are very important and if you look at strokes gained from when they started to collect the ShotLink data [2003], the only guy that has ever averaged three strokes gained on the field in a year is Tiger [Woods], and he did it eight seasons,” McIlroy said. McIlroy went on to explain that his best season was in 2012 when he led the Tour with a 2.406 average in the strokes gained-total category. “That’s my goal. My goal is to get to three. I want to be the only other player to get to three strokes gained-total average,” he said. “If I can do that, you’ll win five or six times a year, at least.” To do that, he’ll have to be healthy, which is why he’ll do what so few of the game’s top players do and take an extended break when the playoff dust settles. His year isn’t over, not just yet, and he can still make lemonade out of what has been a lemon with a postseason run like the one that he rode all the way to last year’s $10 million payday at East Lake; but it wasn’t the thought of a walk-off that filled McIlroy’s voice with optimism. No, that silver lining was the byproduct of what awaits in 2018.last_img read more

first_imgMore Vietnamese poultry farms affected by H5N1Two provinces in Vietnam have reported outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu in poultry, an article from Xinhua, China’s news agency, reported today. One of the outbreaks follows one in the same province late last month, raising alarm over the infection’s spread to other areas and to humans.On a farm in the Tinh Gia district of Thanh Hoa, a central province, 186 chickens testing positive for H5N1 died Feb 8, says the story. That farm as well as neighboring ones was asked by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to cull and safely dispose of all their chickens to contain the outbreak.The other outbreak occurred in the central highlands province of Kon Tum, where 600 chickens displayed symptoms of H5N1 and 470 died Feb 8. The story says the remaining 130 chickens on the farm were culled after “the official conclusion was reached” that they had H5N1. VNA, Vietnam’s state-run news agency, reported an outbreak Jan 28 in Kon Tum that involved 1,000 ill or dead chickens, the Xinhua story says.In a related development, a veterinarian who had contact with the birds in the Kon Tum outbreak is reportedly hospitalized and isolated with suspected H5N1 avian flu, says Xinhua. Vietnam has among the most human H5N1 cases in the world. Feb 11 Xinhua article 11 South Korean H5N8 outbreaks lead to 150,000 poultry deathsEleven outbreaks of H5N8 avian flu in South Korea this month and last led to the death of more than 150,000 poultry, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reported yesterday.The outbreaks, 7 in January and 4 this month, affected farms ranging in size from 5,000 to 27,000 birds in six separate western and southern provinces. Outbreak-onset dates range from Jan 19 to Feb 6.All told, 11,080 poultry died from the virus and 140,620 were culled to prevent disease spread, accounting for 151,700 poultry deaths. Disinfection and other measures have begun, according to the OIE report, and the Veterinary Authority is implementing an epidemiologic survey.Feb 10 OIE reportlast_img read more

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