Jamaicans Must Consume More Local Produce – Tufton AgricultureJune 3, 2009 RelatedJamaicans Must Consume More Local Produce – Tufton RelatedJamaicans Must Consume More Local Produce – Tufton RelatedJamaicans Must Consume More Local Produce – Tufton FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaicans will have to consume more locally produced food in order to minimise imports and cushion the effects of the global financial crisis.This was the word from Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, as he delivered the keynote address at the Atlanta Jamaica Association’s building and scholarship banquet held on May 30 at Angora Hill, Georgia, U.S.A.“One of the opportunities that emerges out of this crisis, is for us to reflect on what we want as a country, where we need to go and to make some decisions to shift focus in order to minimise our vulnerabilities and to cushion some of the external shock that has been challenging us for the last year,” he stated.He informed that 60 per cent of the food consumed in Jamaica was imported, with more that US$850,000 worth of food coming into the island last year. He said that a primary focus of the Ministry was to articulate to the country that Jamaicans have to “take an active role and invest more in the foods that we consume”.“We have launched a programme over the last year and a half, where we have gone out and told Jamaicans to eat what we grow. We have said that we need to minimise the need to import,” he stated.Dr. Tufton noted however that despite the challenges of the financial crisis, there were the numerous investment opportunities available in the agricultural sector, which was the largest employer in the country, accounting for 20 per cent of the workforce and six per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP).He informed that the Ministry was launching a new company, which will be focussed on research, extension, marketing and investments. This company will also package and sell agricultural products.In addition, a marketing division has been set up with an export arm soon to be added in the New York area, as the Ministry seeks to better understand the end users in the marketplace and take advantage of emerging trends.“Who are the people, who want to consume Jamaican produce and what are they willing to pay for that product?” he asked. “We have to look at the value-added component of what we grow and help the country to earn more from the efforts we put into agriculture,” he added.Dr. Tufton, in the meantime, thanked the Atlanta Jamaican Association for its continued interest in the country. “We are a nation that is much bigger than the physical size of the island and it is because of organisations such as yours that this nation called Jamaica is so closely knit, irrespective of geographic boundaries,” he stated. Advertisements
by. Keith LeggettI have been stonewalled by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) regarding two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for information about the Central Liquidity Facility (CLF).The first FOIA was seeking a white paper submitted to Congress with recommendations to reform the CLF. Specifically, the Office of General Counsel’s 2013 Regulation Review states “NCUA prepared and submitted to Congress a whitepaper outlining certain recommendations for statutory changes that will enable CLF to move forward as a meaningful resource for the industry.”The response from NCUA to this request was “[w]e have no responsive records.” In other words, the agency cannot find the document, which it acknowledges was prepared and submitted to Congress. I guess NCUA deleted the whitepaper after it was sent to Congress.The second FOIA request was seeking transactional information regarding credit union borrowings from the Central Liquidity Facility through the Credit Union System Investment Program (CU SIP) and the Credit Union Homeowners Affordability Relief Program (CU HARP) between November 1, 2008 and May 15, 2009. The transactional information requested was the name of the credit union, the amount borrowed, the interest rate on the borrowing, date of the borrowing, and whether the borrowing is associated with CU SIP or CU HARP. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
A bomb blast or a rough tackle can inflict brain damage that destroys lives. Yet at the time of impact, these injuries are often invisible. To detect head trauma immediately, a team of researchers has developed a polymer-based material that changes colors depending on how hard it is hit. The goal is to someday incorporate this material into protective headgear, providing an obvious indication of injury.The team will describe their approach in one of more than 9,000 presentations at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, taking place here through Thursday.Recent research and media accounts have indicated that soldiers and professional athletes may suffer long-term complications — such as memory loss, headaches and dementia — stemming from past head trauma. In April, a lawsuit filed by a group of National Football League players was settled, requiring the organization to pay retired players with head injuries. And several professional hockey players are now suing the National Hockey League over the same issue. But even children playing contact sports may be at risk. LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Email Share Pinterest There is no easy way to tell if someone has just sustained a brain injury, so soldiers and athletes may unknowingly continue to do the very activity that caused the damage and potentially cause more harm. But a force-responsive, color-changing patch could prevent additional injury, says Shu Yang, Ph.D. “If the force was large enough, and you could easily tell that, then you could immediately seek medical attention,” she explains.Yang’s team at the University of Pennsylvania used holographic lithography (HL) to create photonic crystals with carefully designed structures to give them a particular color, just like opals. Deforming the crystals with an applied force changes their internal structures, and thus the crystal’s color. The material does not require power to detect forces and is lightweight, thus offering an attractive way for medical personnel to identify a damaging force on-site without the use of expensive tools. However, making these crystals is an expensive process that isn’t suitable for the mass production, she says.So the team turned to self-assembly and polymer-based materials that are cheaper to produce over a large area than the earlier HL method. Younghyun Cho, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in Yang’s lab, will describe the team’s development, which could offer a path to commercialization.The first step was to mold the polymer into a structure that worked just like the specialized photonic crystals. To make a mold, the researchers mixed up silica particles of various sizes and allowed them to self-assemble into crystals with the desired pattern. They heated the polymer, which infiltrated the mold, allowed it to solidify and then removed the silica mold, leaving behind the inversed polymer crystals.The researchers then applied varying amounts of force to the polymer crystal and recorded the color change. The results were encouraging. “We were able to change the color consistently with certain forces,” Yang says. For example, applying a 30 mN force — approximately the force of a sedan moving at 80 miles per hour crashing into a brick wall — caused the crystal to change from red to green. A force of 90 mN — the equivalent of a speeding truck hitting that same wall — turned the polymer purple, Cho adds.“This force is right in the range of a blast injury or a concussion,” Yang says.In future studies, Yang plans to develop materials that can indicate how quickly a force is applied, which affects how damaging a particular trauma is on the brain.
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NFL Playoffs Predictions: Seattle Seahawks vs Green Bay PackersThe Seattle Seahawks trampled all over the Philadelphia Eagles in the wild card round, led by the exploits of Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. Marshawn Lynch, in particular, has bolstered the Seahawks’ ranks in ‘Beast Mode’ since making his NFL comeback. However, the Seahawks’ running backs were anything but impressive against the Eagles.The Packers, on the other hand, will be led by two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field this weekend. His namesake Aaron Jones led the Packers to victory during the games against the Cowboys and Panthers in the regular season. With 32 carries, 200 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns, Aaron Jones will not be someone to back down against a quality middle linebacker, even if it is Bobby Wagner standing in the way. While the Seahawks vs Packers contest could be a close affair, the Packers are likely to emerge victorious, considering Russell Wilson’s Lambeau Field woes.Also Read | NFL Trade Rumours: Lions QB Matthew Stafford Lined Up As Tom Brady’s Replacement COMMENT Last Updated: 11th January, 2020 14:54 IST NFL Playoffs Divisional Round: Ravens’ Blitzkrieg, Chiefs’ Balance Likely To Dominate The Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs is scheduled for the weekend. NFL fans will finally see the Ravens in action, whereas the Seahawks face the Packers. FOLLOW US NFL Playoffs Predictions: Tennessee Titans vs Baltimore RavensAfter a long break, NFL fans will finally see the Baltimore Ravens return to action this weekend at the M&T Bank Stadium. The Baltimore Ravens have the best rushing attack in the NFL. Evidence of this is the fact that the Ravens produced almost 1,000 yards more than the NFL’s second-best attack. However, the Baltimore Ravens’ secret to success has been a blitzkrieg of sorts. According to a sports website, the Ravens have outscored opponents 128-31 in the first quarter this year. If the Titans can somehow keep the likes of Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram at bay, they will be in prime position to repeat their earlier heroics at the Gillette Stadium. However, with the Ravens enjoying the best record across the NFL, it is difficult to see the Titans registering a win this weekend.Also Read | NFL Free Agent And Super Bowl Winner Jay Ajayi Enters FIFA 20 Gaming RealmNFL Playoffs Predictions: Houston Texans vs Kansas City ChiefsHouston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has blown more hot than cold this season. However, if the Texans are to stand a chance at the Arrowhead Stadium this weekend, Deshaun Watson will have to iron out his inconsistency altogether. The Kansas City Chiefs are more than capable of blowing the Texans away with 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes leading the offence. The Chiefs also look the more balanced side of the two, which could work in the Chiefs’ favour against the inconsistent Houston Texans.Also Read | Raiders’ Josh Jacobs Embodies Rags-to-riches Story After Successful Rookie Season WATCH US LIVE The Wild Card round of the National Football League (NFL) Playoffs threw up some interesting surprises. The Patriots crashed out against the Titans, which meant that for the first time since January 2011, there would be an NFC Championship game without the Patriots in tow. After an impressive regular season, NFC South champions New Orleans Saints also came crashing down in the Wild Card round. As the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs gets underway, here are our predictions for the upcoming games this weekend.NFL Playoffs Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs San Francisco 49ersThe Minnesota Vikings halted the Saints’ march in the Wild Card round last week. Linval Joseph is the only player with a Super Bowl ring on Minnesota’s defence. However, in the 10 years he has been in the NFL, Joseph only had four chances in the NFL Playoffs. With the Vikings facing a well-rested San Francisco 49ers side, head coach Mike Zimmer may have to come up with another out-of-the-box play if the Vikings are to stand a chance against a defensive line constituting the likes of Dee Ford, Nick Bosa, DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead.Also Read | John Beilein Issues Heartfelt Apology To Cavaliers Players For ‘bunch Of Thugs’ Gaffe Colin DCunha LIVE TV First Published: 11th January, 2020 14:54 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By