More Students to Receive Fruit Juices

first_imgAdvertisements More Students to Receive Fruit Juices AgricultureJuly 27, 2012 RelatedMore Students to Receive Fruit Juices RelatedMore Students to Receive Fruit Juicescenter_img RelatedMore Students to Receive Fruit Juices FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Come September, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries will be extending the provision of fruit juices under the School Feeding Programme to all 136,000 students in 850 schools served by Nutrition Products Limited. State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Ian Hayles, in his presentation in the 2012/13 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 25, said the Ministry will be working closely with the Ministries of Education and Health, Jamaica Bureau of Standards, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) on the initiative. He noted that with this expansion, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in collaboration with a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will identify groups of women/farmers at the community level, and assist them to make viable and sustainable inputs into the feeding programme of schools in their locale. The State Minister said the programme will be demand-driven, and groups will be asked to work with a specific school to indicate what input they can make from their agricultural production or cottage industry. “We are making this demand-driven because we want the community groups to come up with innovative ideas in conjunction with the schools,” he said. He informed that some $14 million has been allocated to support the groups, and resources will be made available to ensure their viability and sustainability.  “For example, if a group of farmers can supply local fresh fruit juice to a particular school on a daily basis, and require juicing equipment, packaging or utensils, a one-off grant funding will be provided, with appropriate food handling training,” Mr. Hayles said.   The Ministry of Agriculture has been working with the Ministry of Education to provide some 32,000 students with natural fruit juices one day per week instead of bag juice or syrup.last_img read more

Aquaculture Development Plan to be Implemented

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail An Aquaculture Development Plan is to be implemented this year, with assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, says some $22 million will be allocated from the Fisheries Management Development Fund (FMDF), to carry out the exercise. The Minister was addressing an African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Fish II Programme validation workshop, organised by the Ministry and the Belize-based ACP Regional Co-ordinating Unit, at the Farmers’ Training Centre, Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on October 3. Mr. Clarke also informed that an additional $17 million has also been earmarked to undertake rehabilitation of the hatchery/nursery facility at the aquaculture branch of the Centre, to provide quality seed stock for the industry. The Minister said the aquaculture development plan is aimed at contributing to Jamaica’s goals of ensuring food security; employment creation; import substitution; and foreign exchange savings. These, he explained, will be achieved through a “complete revolution” of the aquaculture sub-sector, to include, among other things: the adoption of strategies incorporating the organisation of fish farmers using clustering and other approaches; development and implementation of effective marketing and promotion strategies; ensuring the continuous development of fish farmers and reshaping of farming practices through training programmes; and introducing appropriate technology and fish varieties for production. Mr. Clarke said these are expected to significantly complement other activities that the Ministry has been engaged in, since 2007, to facilitate resuscitation of the aquaculture sub-sector. These include the provision of extension services for specific aquaculture production areas; facilitation of tilapia production for the local market; and continued discussions with processing establishments to absorb some of the production from tilapia producers. Other strategies, which he advised are being considered, include: establishment of an industry development plan to improve farmers’ efficiencies to produce fish fillet locally, thereby gradually reducing imports of these; developing local value-added capacity; and exploring export market prospects for whole tilapia, “since Jamaica has proximity to market advantages.” Mr. Clarke said the Ministry’s thrust is in recognition of the importance of the fisheries sector’s role in Jamaica’s food and nutrition security, economic development, and employment facilitation, particularly in rural communities. Additionally, the administration’s cognizance of the challenges experienced by local fish farmers, particularly since 2007, resulting from factors such as the global economic recession, and  escalation in fuel and commodity prices, and their impact on production costs. “These challenges have led to a significant reduction in the production of aquaculture products, which fell from an estimated all time high of 8,019 metric tonnes in 2006, to an estimated 1,149 metric tonnes in 2011, a significant drop. The decline in production has been across all aquaculture products and has been the direct result of farmers’ response to the global economic pressures by reducing production or exiting the sector altogether,” noted. Mr. assured that “we (Government) are committed to ensuring the revitalisation of the aquaculture sub-sector.” “We will be creating the space for our aquaculture industry by ensuring that only wholesome fish products are imported into this country. These strategies (outlined) are intended to boost the acceptance and increased presence of aquaculture products on the local market,” he added. The ACP Fish II Project, entitled: ‘Strengthening Fisheries Management in ACP Countries’, is a €30 million European Union funded four and a half year-demand driven programme, which focuses on ensuring sustainable and equitable fisheries management in 78 ACP nations. Jamaica is one of 15 Caribbean states currently benefitting under the programme, slated to conclude in November 2013. The workshop brought together various private and public sector stakeholders in the fisheries sub-sector for presentations and discussions, aimed at developing a Land and Water Use Development Plan and Blue Print for an Aquaculture Action Plan for Jamaica, which will serve as a guide to enhance the country’s fisheries development and outputs. Aquaculture Development Plan to be Implemented AgricultureOctober 4, 2012 RelatedAquaculture Development Plan to be Implemented RelatedAquaculture Development Plan to be Implementedcenter_img RelatedAquaculture Development Plan to be Implemented Advertisementslast_img read more

The brain is not as cramped as we thought

first_imgShare Using an innovative method, EPFL scientists show that the brain is not as compact as we have thought all along.To study the fine structure of the brain, including its connections between neurons, the synapses, scientists must use electron microscopes. However, the tissue must first be fixed to prepare it for this high magnification imaging method. This process causes the brain to shrink; as a result, microscope images can be distorted, e.g. showing neurons to be much closer than they actually are. EPFL scientists have now solved the problem by using a technique that rapidly freezes the brain, preserving its true structure. The work is published in eLife.The shrinking brain Pinterest Recent years have seen an upsurge of brain imaging, with renewed interest in techniques like electron microscopy, which allows us to observe and study the architecture of the brain in unprecedented detail. But at the same time, they have also revived old problems associated with how this delicate tissue is prepared before images can be collected.Typically, the brain is fixed with stabilizing agents, such as aldehydes, and then encased, or embedded, in a resin. However, it has been known since the mid-sixties that this preparation process causes the brain to shrink by at least 30 percent. This in turn, distorts our understanding of the brain’s anatomy, e.g. the actual proximity of neurons, the structures of blood vessels etc.The freezing brainA study by Graham Knott at EPFL, led by Natalya Korogod and working with Carl Petersen, has successfully used an innovative method, called “cryofixation”, to prevent brain shrinkage during the preparation for electron microscopy. The method, whose roots go back to 1965, uses jets of liquid nitrogen to “snap-freeze” brain tissue down to -90oC, within milliseconds. The brain tissue here was mouse cerebral cortex.This image shows two models of brain tissue reconstructed from serial EM images. The purple one is cryo-fixed, the brown one chemically fixed.The rapid freezing method is able to prevent the water in the tissue from forming crystals, as it would do in a regular freezer, by also applying very high pressures. Water crystals can severely damage the tissue by rupturing its cells. But in this high-pressure freezing method, the water turns into a kind of glass, preserving the original structures and architecture of the tissue.The next step is to embed the frozen tissue in resin. This requires removing the glass-water and replacing it first with acetone, which is still a liquid at the low temperatures of cryofixation, and then, over a period of days, with resin; allowing it to slowly and gently push out the glassified water from the brain.The real brainAfter the brain was cryofixed and embedded, it was observed and photographed in using 3D electron microscopy. The researchers then compared the cryofixed brain images to those taken from a brain fixed with an “only chemical” method.The analysis showed that the chemically fixed brain was much smaller in volume, showing a significant loss of extracellular space – the space around neurons. In addition, supporting brain cells called “astrocytes”, seemed to be less connected with neurons and even blood vessels in the brain. And finally, the connections between neurons, the synapses, seemed significantly weaker in the chemically-fixed brain compared to the cryofixed one.The researchers then compared their measurements of the brain to those calculated in functional studies – studies that measure the time it takes for a molecule to travel across that brain region. To the researchers’ surprise, the data matched, adding even more evidence that cryofixation preserves the real anatomy of the brain.“All this shows us that high-pressure cryofixation is a very attractive method for brain imaging,” says Graham Knott. “At the same time, it challenges previous imaging efforts, which we might have to re-examine in light of new evidence.” His team is now aiming to use cryofixation on other parts of the brain and even other types of tissue. Share on Twittercenter_img Share on Facebook LinkedIn Emaillast_img read more

Linton wants proof of allegations from Minister Baron

first_img Share Tweet LocalNewsPolitics Linton wants proof of allegations from Minister Baron by: Dominica Vibes News – February 22, 2017 Sharing is caring! 641 Views   8 commentscenter_img Share Opposition Leader Lennox Linton has responded to a letter from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Francine Baron claiming that he has defamed her reputation by requesting proof of defamation.Baron issued a press release on Tuesday, February 21 2017, demanding an apology from Linton, Angelo Alleyne, Matthias Peltier Jr and Q95FM for defaming her character.She noted in the press release that Linton, Peltier and Alleyne, have damaged her reputation by alleging that she misappropriated, for her own use, a USD10, 000 cheque which she accepted while representing Dominica in Malaysia in 2014 on behalf of the Dominica Disaster Development Fund.Linton, in a live Facebook video on Wednesday 22 February 2017, stated that he never defamed Baron in anyway, and merely asked questions about the funds.“Let’s get real with this thing; we’re talking about defamation. Francine Baron believes that she can be more defamed by anything that happens in Dominica, by way of asking her questions about the public work that she has undertook to execute on behalf of Dominica. She believes that she can be defamed by questions about her work as a public servant, paid by the public purse of Dominica. She believes that can be damaged by that,” Linton stated. He added that Baron denied the public information, and she now wants to take legal action for asking questions. “You want to sue me for asking questions. I don’t remember suggesting that anything untoward happened with the money. I only wanted you to disclose what you did, which you have now done. But it took you two years and almost four months, over eight hundred days since you received the cheque, to provide an explanation of what you did subsequent to you receiving the cheque,” Linton said. “And if you consider this to be responsible public service behavior, I don’t. So we have a difference of opinion there, and you want me to apologize for that, and you want me to pay you money because we disagree on what public service conduct is all about,” he posited.Linton, who further claimed that Baron is not being defamed by his questions, but by her association with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, said he knows the laws and therefore “win or lose they will go to court”.He also noted that Baron has no proof of any defamatory statements made by him and if she wants an apology, she must have proof of the exact statements that he made which defamed her. “We have to stop being ridiculous in this country. We have to stop believing that we can shut down the truth. And you can talk all you want Francine Baron about ‘enough is enough’ but you’re challenged now, and our challenge is to come up with the statements that Lennox Linton made that you are taking issue with. You are not allowed in our court systems to talk about allegations without being able to specifically put on the record the actual words that you are Linton said. Sharelast_img read more

Novak Djokovic Wants ATP And Davis Cups Merger

first_imgNovak Djokovic on Sunday called on the rival ATP and Davis Cups to combine in order to survive as he prepared for the Dubai Championships.Djokovic, who recently won his eighth Australian Open title and led Serbia to the ATP Cup trophy last month, made his plea prior to starting this week as top seed at the Aviation Club.“In my opinion, they have to merge,” the world number one said of the two competitions, which are held less than two months apart at the end of one season and the start of the next and he believes should become “one super cup”.“That’s necessary because for me personally it will be very difficult to play every single year both competitions, so I’m going to have to choose,” said the 32-year-old, president of the ATP Player Council.“I don’t think this is (a) sustainable model for our tennis.”Djokovic dropped major hints that the Davis Cup, which has eliminated the classic home-and-away format in favour an 18-team Finals held over a week in Madrid, needs the most repair work.“What I don’t like with Davis Cup is you don’t have a possibility to play at home any more,” he said. “ATP Cup was like playing at home for us (Serbia) because we had a tremendous support in Australia.”But Djokovic also cautioned that the ATP Cup, which will stay in Australia for the forseeable future, has its own drawbacks.“It’s (to be held) 10 years in Australia. It’s really difficult to call these competitions World Cups because is there no ‘world’ if you keep it in one place for 10 years.“For 99 percent of the nations, they will not have the possibility for many, many years to host a tie at home.”RelatedNovak Djokovic Endorses ATP Cup Set To Begin In 2020November 15, 2018In “Tennis”Novak Djokovic Returns To World Tennis SummitNovember 5, 2018In “Tennis”Nadal Aims To Carry Good Form Into 2020December 21, 2019In “Tennis”last_img read more

Yakubu Aiyegbeni Picks His All Time Super Eagles XI

first_imgHas there been a greater midfield pairing in Nigeria’s history? Oliseh’s hot-headed steel was the perfect foil for the silky skills of the mercurial Okocha and of the latter, Yakubu said: “Jay Jay always said to me ‘Yak, forget say I just de turn ball, turn ball, turn ball just run I will pass it to you’.”“When you play with good players they know their quality.”Yakubu also weighed in on the recent debate regarding John Obi Mikel as Nigeria’s greatest player saying Oliseh was even a better player than the former Chelsea star. “There’s nowhere in the world you can compare Mikel to Oliseh. Oliseh is a better player than Mikel.”SUPPORTING STRIKER: NWANKWO KANUA magician with the ball at his feet, the two-time African Player of the Year was Yakubu’s choice to play just behind the striker. “I can’t forget King Kanu,” Yakubu said, “he will play as a second striker behind me”CENTRE FORWARD: YAKUBU AIYEGBENI“I will put myself upfront,” Yakubu said. “I know people often said I was arrogant when I was in the Super Eagles, but that isn’t true. I just knew that I was better than the other strikers. One hundred per cent.”Atlanta 96 winning coach Bonfrere Jo was Yakubu’s pick to manage the team with the late Shuaibu Amodu as his assistant.RelatedFormer Super Eagles Striker ‘The Yak’ Retires From FootballNovember 22, 2017In “Africa”Diafra SakhoJune 30, 2017Similar postGreatest Nigerian Player: “No Where In The World” Mikel Better Than Oliseh – Aiyegbeni (AUDIO)August 10, 2020In “Featured” Legendary Nigerian striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has shared the pitch with some of the greatest players to grace the Super Eagles but who are the 10 other stars he rates as the best he’s played with?Appearing on Lagos Talks’ Sports Zone via telephone from his England base on Wednesday, the former Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Everton striker named his all-time eleven from his time with the Super Eagles and it is indeed a team to behold.Known as “The Yak” in his playing days, the 37-year-old burly one-man wrecking ball retired as Nigeria’s third-highest scorer with 21 goals in 57 caps and scored a mindboggling 202 goals in 516 career appearances so, it is only fitting that he put himself to lead the line.What a team this is! Starting with between the posts…GOALKEEPER: VINCENT ENYEAMANigeria has been blessed with fantastic goalies down the years but very few can boast of the consistency of the former Enyimba and Lille shot-stopper.One of only two players to hit a century of caps for the Super Eagles, Enyeama who also won the 2013 AFCON edges Ike Shorunmu in Yakubu’s book“I played a little bit with Ike Shorunmu but I played more with Vincent Enyeama,” Yakubu said.RIGHT-BACK: CHIDI ODIAH“This is tough, I played with so many right-backs in the Super Eagles,” Yakubu exclaimed before settling for the former CSKA Moscow player who earned 30 international caps.CENTRE-BACK: TARIBO WEST & JOSEPH YOBO The Yak settled for a complementary defensive partnership featuring the rugged snarling menace of the 42-cap West and the silky panache of Nigeria’s first 100-cap player and his Everton teammate Yobo.Recounting one of his earliest memories of West in the national team, Yabuku said: “I was very young when Taribo was there but we started many games together. Taribo West was unbelievable. I remember when we trained in Kano for a match away at Niger, the way Taribo smashed me in training I was like ‘bros, wetin be all this one now, we have a game in three, four days time’ and he didn’t even say sorry!”LEFT-BACK: CELESTINE BABAYARO“Babayaro was good, he was unbelievable,” Yakubu said of his choice for the left-back slot who alongside the striker, was sent packing from the 2004 Nations Cup in Tunisia for breaking camp rules.WINGERS: TIJANI BABANGIDA (RIGHTWINGER) & FINIDI GEORGE (LEFT WINGER)The Yak’s selection of Finidi on the left wing was a truly left-wing selection given that the 1994 AFCON winner made his name on the right flank and in his prime, was one of the greatest right-wingers on the global scene.But the Yak opted to move him to the left in order to accommodate the fleet-heeled Babangida.CENTRE MIDFIELDERS: SUNDAY OLISEH & AUSTIN “JAY JAY” OKOCHAlast_img read more