U-S Ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, returned to Iowa over the weekend.Branstad gave an update on the ongoing trade dispute with China and says he isn’t sure how long the impasse will last:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TRADE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………”work on it” :13The former Iowa governor says President Trump is justified in putting tariffs on imports of Chinese goods into the U-S.He says China is in worse financial condition than the U-S due to the drop in that nation’s stock market and currency value.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TRADE1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………five years” ;21Speaking at the Iowa State Fair, Branstad says it’s unfortunate American farmers have been collateral damage in the trade war and he’s unsure what it will take for China to finally cut a deal with the U-S.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TRADE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..”own consumer” ;23Branstad says U-S Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has been in talks with Chinese officials over the past two weeks, so the countries are trying to negotiate.Radio Iowa
Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says Jamaica has made significant progress in reducing the total fertility rate per woman over the last 40 years.She informed that the country has seen a notable decline in the fertility rate among women from a high of 5.7 births per woman in the 1960s, to approximately 2.1 in 2012.The total fertility rate of a population is the average number of children that is expected to be born to a woman over her lifetime.The Minister, who was speaking at a luncheon in honour of the First Lady of Burkina Faso, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on June 26, said this reduction has been the result of intense public education campaigns.She pointed out that Jamaica has also made notable strides in reducing teenage pregnancy, which has fallen from a high of 31 per cent in the 1970s to 18 per cent in 2008.“This was done through the commitment of the government and the dedication of all persons involved,” she said.[RELATED: First Lady of Burkina Faso Hails Efforts to Protect Women and Girls]Ms. Falconer said the government is committed to providing equal opportunities for women and in helping young mothers stay focused on their educational and career goals.This commitment, she said, is highlighted in the administration’s recent adoption of the policy on the reintegration of teenage mothers, which now makes it mandatory for schools to accept these girls after pregnancy.The policy will come into effect at the commencement of the new school year in September.Senator Falconer noted that while Jamaica has had a number of successes in the fight against teenage pregnancy, over the years, there is still much work to be done.“We have a responsibility to redouble our efforts to further reduce the rate of adolescent pregnancy. We have come a long way, but if we do not remain vigilant in the fight against teen pregnancy, the gains we have made may be reversed,” she said.Ms. Falconer said an integrated multi-tiered approach that educates boys and girls on the value of abstaining from sexual activities, that encourages safe sexual practices, and which advances education on responsible parenting and family values must be actively pursued.“There is also a need to develop a more caring and supportive society that provides assistance to adolescent mothers and provides opportunities for them to continue their education and keep focused on the path to success,” she added.Meanwhile, Mrs. Compaoré, who is in the country on a six-day working visit tolearn about Jamaica’s experience in preventing adolescent pregnancies and supporting adolescent mothers, said there is much to take away from Jamaica’s experience.She noted that after just two days in Jamaica, she is convinced that she “did not make a mistake in coming here to learn from you and your experiences.”“I can assure you that as soon as we go back to Burkina Faso, we will give a public account of everything that we have learned here in your country,” she said.The First Lady said she will do everything possible to mobilise state partners and members of civil society to undertake concrete action, “similar to what you have undertaken here in Jamaica, to ensure the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and in dealing with young girls who are pregnant.”In Burkina Faso, recent studies show that adolescent girls and young women are the first victims of unwanted pregnancies and illegal/unsafe abortions, along with all the risks and consequences they cause.[Special Page: First Lady from Burkina Faso Her Excellency, Madam Chantal Compaoré]Mrs. Compaoré informed that a survey conducted in 2010 by the Ministry of Education in the West African country, found that teenage pregnancies continue to rise year after year.Additionally, the survey showed that one in every 10 girls is sexually active before the age of 15, while more than half of the women in the country or 53 per cent are sexually active before they are 18 years and almost all women or 95 per cent before the age of 25.In the meantime, Officer-in-Charge, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean, Patrice La Fleur, said the organisation continues to work with the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF), as part of its commitment in supporting the government to reduce teenage pregnancy and the risk of unintended second pregnancies.She noted that in this regard, the UNFPA has provided technical and financial support to the WCFJ to support its work in this area.“We believe that with the right information and means, young people can shape their future,” she said.The six-day working visit, which has been organised by the UNFPA Sub-regional office for the Caribbean, and the UNFPA country office in Burkina Faso, will see the First Lady and her team holding talks with various stakeholders who work in the area of adolescent pregnancy.Other participants on the mission include, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Women Promotion and Gender, Hon. Nestorine Sangare, and Head of Capacity Building in the Ministry of Women Promotion and Gender, Koudraogo Kabore.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information wishes to advise that Haile Selassie High located on Spanish Town road in Kingston, will be reopened on Thursday March 8, 2018. Principal Lorenzo Ellis indicated that at about 6 this morning there was smoke and the smell of fumes at the institution. It was also reported to him by staff and members of the community that the source of the problem could have been from the Riverton City dump or any of the factories in the industrial belt that surrounds the school. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information wishes to advise that Haile Selassie High located on Spanish Town road in Kingston, will be reopened on Thursday March 8, 2018.This follows Wednesday’s early dismissal due to the presence of noxious fumes at the institution.Principal Lorenzo Ellis indicated that at about 6 this morning there was smoke and the smell of fumes at the institution.It was also reported to him by staff and members of the community that the source of the problem could have been from the Riverton City dump or any of the factories in the industrial belt that surrounds the school.Staff and students began to complain of chest pains and headaches while some with asthmatic and sinus conditions experienced complications.One teacher was taken to hospital after having difficulty breathing.Following consultations with the school board and education officer, it was decided that the school be closed early at 8:39 am to protect staff and students.Education Youth and Information Minister Senator Ruel Reid says the school made an immediate request of the Kingston and St. Andrew Public Health Department to do a site visit to investigate the possible causes and conduct an air quality test. Story Highlights
Daryl Farmer, 39, from West Sussex in England, will be attempting to set a world record by rowing single-handed 2,100 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii as a competitor in the first Great Pacific Race which begins in Monterey, US, in June this year.Peter Andre with Daryl FarmerFewer people have rowed solo across the Pacific Ocean than have walked on the moon. The current record for this particular ocean rowing route is held by Mick Bird, who rowed it single-handed in 1997 in a time of 64 days. Daryl, rowing under the name of ‘Rowing 4 Reefs’, is no stranger to taking on incredible challenges having completed both the Marathon de Sables (150 miles across the Sahara) and the Jungle Marathon (140 miles through the Amazon rainforest). Now, inspired by other adventurers like single-handed rower Roz Savage MBE, and James Cracknell amongst others, and committed to raising funds for the Peter Andre Foundation, supporting Cancer Research UK, and for ocean conservation organisation, Earthrace, he has his sights set out to sea.Daryl Farmer in Bojanges Rowing 4 ReefsDaryl’s boat, ‘Bojangles’, is made from a special carbon/Kevlar foam sandwich construction and was built with the Pacific in mind. She is one of the strongest, most proven and sought-after ocean rowing boats in the world, already in the record books as the first and only rowing boat to successfully complete a crossing of the Pacific West to East with its crew of Mick Dawson and Chris Martin (Race Director, Great Pacific Race) in 2009.Peter Andre, speaking about Daryl’s challenge, said: “I just want to say that I think he is doing an amazing thing by rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean to raise funds for my Foundation and Cancer Research UK. This cause has now become dear to my heart so I support him all the way.”Pete Bethune, founder of Earthrace Conservation, current world powerboat speed record holder for circumnavigating the globe and one of the stars of Animal Planet’s ‘Whale Wars’, said: “In Earthrace in 2008, we managed 23,497 nautical miles in 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes. Believe me, Earthrace was not a comfortable boat to be in, stripped down for speed as she was. However, at least our remarkable engines did most of the work and I wasn’t on my own.“Daryl is rowing over 2,000 nautical miles single-handed across one of the most unpredictable and dangerous oceans in the world. That he is doing this to raise money and awareness for issues that I also feel very strongly about such as shark finning, ocean acidification and whale and dolphin hunting only increases my admiration for this crazy Brit”.Daryl Farmer said, “I’m delighted to have the support of Peter Andre and the Cancer Research UK team as well as Pete Bethune and the Earthrace crew. This will be an enormous challenge for me personally, but preparations are going well, I’m race fit and so is the boat. I’m passionate about both the causes I am supporting and that will keep me rowing even if the going gets rough. I’m looking forward to the start now and am determined to get to the finish successfully in record time.”There are 15 boats and 38 competitors in all taking part in the Great Pacific Race which begins in June this year with crews from nine different countries including the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Canada, France and Ireland. A variety of sponsorship packages are available with benefits including branding on Bojangles, and full involvement in all media opportunities including start and finish.Rowing4Reefs is a small and friendly team of professionals who are determined to make all partnerships work for everyone concerned. There will be full involvement throughout from communications specialists from Cancer Research UK and from Earthrace Conservation who will help exploit all opportunities for sponsors and supporters.To make a donation, click here. Find out more at Rowing4Reefs.co.uk.