Farmers Urged To Produce More Sorrel

first_img Related Items:Bethel Town Sorrel Factory, farmers, Lenworth Fulton, sorrel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Strides for Agriculture in TCIcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 16 (JIS): Farmers in St. James, Westmoreland, Hanover and St. Elizabeth are being urged to increase their cultivation of sorrel to supply the Bethel Town Sorrel Factory in Westmoreland.In an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Lenworth Fulton, said the plant, which was opened in 2014, has not been producing at its optimum of 1,000 kilogrammes of sorrel pulp per week, because of an under supply of the commodity.“The farmers did not produce enough sorrel to make the factory fully viable. We are now working with them to produce enough sorrel and to put the correct management at that factory,” Mr. Fulton said.He also attributed the low sorrel production to the prolonged drought, which affected sections of the country in 2015.Mr. Fulton said RADA will be assisting farmers across the island to boost sorrel production to supply the Bethel Town processing plant, through a major sorrel-planting programme.He informed that RADA extension officers will also be undertaking a public education and training programme on best practices in sorrel cultivation. The Bethel Town Sorrel Factory was constructed at a cost of $27.8 million with funding from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), in partnership with the Bethel Town Sorrel Value Chain Improvement Project.The JSIF provided $23.2 million of the project cost, with the community contributing $4.6 million through its agricultural cooperative society. North Caicos Farmers like new Agriculture Director for TCIlast_img read more

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Public Service Commission Approves Solar Project at Georgia Marine Corps Base

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Georgia Public Service Commission this week approved the construction of a 46-megawatt solar plant at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, marking the fifth Georgia military installation slated to host a new solar farm.The Marine Corps is still negotiating a final deal with Georgia Power, which will construct the facility at the southwestern Georgia installation and distribute the power generated to its customers, reported the Albany Herald.Contracts for solar facilities at Forts Gordon, Stewart and Benning, and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay have already been approved. Georgia Power will construct all of those projects. The Marine Corps plant will be completed by the end of 2016 and have a 35-year life, commission officials said.The project will further the Marine Corps’ goals for shifting to renewable energy sources and improving energy security. It also could improve the base’s standing in a future BRAC round, according to Commissioner Doug Everett. “We hope these projects at our Georgia military bases will also offset any future plans for base closures,” Everett said.With recent drops in the cost of building solar facilities, Georgia Power was able to meet the commission’s requirement that the cost of new energy plants not exceed the utility’s avoided costs, according to the story.“The commission is proud to be able to play a role in improving national security, increasing energy independence and supporting our Georgia bases,” said Commission Chairman Chuck Eaton.last_img read more

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YouTube Premium 1080p downloads are Android and iOSbound

first_imgEnlarge ImageMoar pixels for your video-viewing pleasure.blahmoomoo/Android PoliceYou’ll soon be able to step up your offline mobile viewing on YouTube Premium from 720p HD to real HD. Google confirmed to us on Friday that it’s started to roll it out the ability to download 1080p video for offline viewing to Android and iOS users “in most Premium markets with more to come soon.”  Android Police noted back in February that the feature was lurking in the Android developer’s kit. The site followed up today with the news that the option to download 1080p video for offline viewing had started to appear in the app on some peoples’ phones. (We’re still refreshing our apps madly.) The company has been adding new features to its ad-free subscription service, most recently an experimental Super Chat pay-to-pin-your-comments function. It also expanded YouTube music streaming on Google Home to its free tier. $299 at Amazon Amazon Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. iOS 12 Android Pie Google YouTube,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $59 at eBay Best mobile games of 2019 See It Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Rylo Comments Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Post a comment $999 Read Google Home Hub review $520 at HP Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET 7 $999 Best Buy $155 at Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Apple iPhone XS 43 Photos Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mobile Mobile Apps Phones Digital Media $6 at Tidal Read the AirPods review $60 at Best Buy See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See at Amazon Angela Lang/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read DJI Osmo Action preview $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo See at Turo Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Tags See It Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. 0 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) The Cheapskate I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Share your voice Android Update Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Boost Mobile Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sprintlast_img read more

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Increased deaths from lung disease tied to more fires in Southeast Asia

first_img © 2012 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Climate Change (Phys.org) — Sometimes in science, it’s a matter of thinking about things in new ways. That’s what a team of US and British researchers have found after studying the numbers of fires that are set intentionally in Southeast Asia to clear forests during El Niño events as compared to so-called normal years, and the incidence of lung disease leading to deaths in the region. After studying a decade’s worth of satellite images, the team, as they describe in their paper published in Nature Climate Change, found what appears to be a correlation between El Niño events and increased deaths due to the pollutants in smoke from fires. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In the western world, people are used to associating an El Niño event with warmer waters in the Pacific Ocean, leading to altered weather patterns across North America. But the same events lead to cooler waters in the eastern Pacific, most specifically around Indonesia and Southeast Asia. That leads to less rainfall during the annual monsoon season, which allows for more burning of forests to produce more crop land. And burning more forests produces more smoke with the associated pollutants, which the team has found, might conceivably be adding up to 15,000 deaths per event.To find these correlations, the team studied satellite images taken during the decade 1997 to 2006 to discern how many fires were being set and how much pollution they were generating. They then plugged that information into chemistry models to see how much of which pollutants would be generated by such fires. Because a strong El Niño occurred in 1997, the team was able to follow the chain reaction of events. They found that shortly after the event began, the number of fires picked up and fine particulates in the atmosphere increased to over 300 times the amount the World Health Organization has established as a safe benchmark, for a period of 200 days. They found that levels of ozone were also elevated. They compared this with data from the opposite type of event, a La Niña that occurred in 2000, bringing more than normal rain to the area and a reduction in the number of fires. Particulates from the fires that year were 98% lower than in 1997.In studying the satellite images the team was also able to follow the track the pollutants took and found they were concentrated mostly around Indonesia and Malaysia. They then estimated the number of people that would die from the inhalation of the particulates based on the population of the area where the pollutants traveled and found they likely amount to between six and fourteen thousand deaths per event. Ozone from the fires likely add another two to six thousand deaths.The one upside to the study, the authors suggest is that because the fires are man-made, they could be stopped given the right set of circumstances.center_img More information: El Niño and health risks from landscape fire emissions in southeast Asia, Nature Climate Change (2012) doi:10.1038/nclimate1658AbstractEmissions from landscape fires affect both climate and air quality. Here, we combine satellite-derived fire estimates and atmospheric modelling to quantify health effects from fire emissions in southeast Asia from 1997 to 2006. This region has large interannual variability in fire activity owing to coupling between El Niño-induced droughts and anthropogenic land-use change. We show that during strong El Niño years, fires contribute up to 200 μg m−3 and 50 ppb in annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone surface concentrations near fire sources, respectively. This corresponds to a fire contribution of 200 additional days per year that exceed the World Health Organization 50 μg m−3 24-hr PM2.5 interim target4 and an estimated 10,800 (6,800–14,300)-person (~ 2%) annual increase in regional adult cardiovascular mortality. Our results indicate that reducing regional deforestation and degradation fires would improve public health along with widely established benefits from reducing carbon emissions, preserving biodiversity and maintaining ecosystem services. Study area population and locations of fire activity. Image (c) Nature, doi:10.1038/nclimate1658 Ancient El Nino clue to future floods Citation: Increased deaths from lung disease tied to more fires in Southeast Asia during El Nino (2012, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-deaths-lung-disease-tied-southeast.htmllast_img read more

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Detailing the cuts and folds

first_imgAs the curtains on the 7th edition of India Art Fair (IAF), India’s premier modern and contemporary art fair, get set to roll up in the Capital, the art fraternity from across the world gets ready to descend upon the city with the finest in the field from January 29 to  February 1. Founded in 2008, IAF has made an indelible statement in the art scene in India, acting as a single platform for artists, collectors, gallerists, curators, museum directors and art enthusiasts to network, collaborate and create opportunities. Curated by Girish Shahane, IAF 2015 has a total of 85 exhibiting galleries in 90 booths, showcasing the length and breadth of Indian and international modern and contemporary practices. Gallery Art Positive is also ready with its two booths at the fair. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It will present solo shows in booths S9 and S10 by two artists, Alex Davis and Dimpy Menon, respectively.“Dimpy introduces us to the potential in her figures that is at once tense and relaxed. It is the moment that is both the high point of motion and the beginning of stillness.  And as for Alex Davis, his works epitomise the concept of India Modern,” says Anu Bajaj, Director Gallery Art Positive.Born in Ahmedabad and a graduate in Fine Arts from College of Art Chennai, with sculpting lessons, Dimpy Menon’s creations have adorned a wide range of spaces, both public and indoors, across the country. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Bangalore-based artist’s finesse with the mediums of stone and metal molds them into lithe, organic forms that often assume larger-than-life proportions. The State Lalit kala awardee presents to the fair seven poetic creations in Solo for Two. As she juxtaposes the elementary concept of time with relationships, she brings to us dynamic sets of sculptures in bronze and granite. “The bronzes celebrate life, capturing the human form in an array of movements: complex, acrobatic and graceful. They are a tribute to the fleeting moments that resonate in our minds like a line of poetry or a bar of music,” says Anu Bajaj. Delhi-based Alex Davis, at the same time, is an artiste and a designer who is a graduate in mechanical engineering and brings to the fair his sea of architectural plants in highly polished stainless steel in the Champa Flowers, and clusters of Marigold. A perfect blend of handcraftsmanship and technology, these beautiful blossoms will magically transform any setting. While polished copper moulded in the form of an anarchic maze on the wall to depict frozen time in The Roots, his third piece, Hyper Blooms, is a sea of 9 poppies in pigmented and polished stainless steel, as a larger-than-life frieze on the wall.last_img read more

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