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Agriculture Minister sees need for Ongoing Training for Green House Farmers

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, has suggested that farmers in the greenhouse sub-sector become engaged in periodic training, in order to minimize operational risks.“We have to ensure that the training and developmental programme is ongoing, and I want to see workshops taking place where the farmers are brought together, where discussions take place on the various aspects of greenhouse production, and the trainers are similarly trained to provide ongoing support,” Dr. Tufton said.He was speaking to members of the Greenhouse Growers Association, at a meeting on Friday (July 30) at the Cecil Charlton Hall, Mandeville.Dr. Tufton told his audience that one of the first things that he did to obtain grant funding for the greenhouse sector, was to approach the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and they and the Spanish Government have given much support to build and sustain the industry.He said that the greenhouses being constructed under the CIDA programme have specifications to be able to withstand things like 180 kilometre per hour wind, and to be able to be dismantled easy, in the case of hurricanes.“Before every hurricane season, we must provide an outlet where greenhouse farmers come together, where we give them appropriate levels of training in hurricane disaster management,” he stated.The minister outlined that part of the support coming from the Greenhouse Unit in his ministry, headed by Opal White, is in the area of training and disaster mitigation, which will enable the farmers to be sound for banking and insurance arrangements.“We are hoping to establish a code, supported by your association, so that all future greenhouses abide by that code to minimize risks. It is important, because it is a profile of your risk that is going to determine your appropriate access to financing, as well as insurance,” he stated.There is approximately 145 greenhouse farmers islandwide, with the main producers located in Manchester, St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine, St. Ann and St. Mary. Greenhouse production has been increasing over the years and, in 2009, over 485 tonnes of vegetables were produced by greenhouse growers Advertisements RelatedAgriculture Minister sees need for Ongoing Training for Green House Farmers RelatedAgriculture Minister sees need for Ongoing Training for Green House Farmerscenter_img Agriculture Minister sees need for Ongoing Training for Green House Farmers AgricultureAugust 1, 2010 RelatedAgriculture Minister sees need for Ongoing Training for Green House Farmerslast_img read more

ZTE Q1 financials dragged down by Covid-19

first_imgHomeAsiaNews ZTE Q1 financials dragged down by Covid-19 Author Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 APR 2020 Related Tags Asia Chinese equipment vendor ZTE’s first quarter results were hit by Covid-19 (coronavirus) lockdown measures, with both profit and revenue declining year-on-year despite boosting capacity to keep up with stronger-than-expected demand for 5G network gear.Net profit dropped 9.6 per cent to CNY780 million ($110 million), with operating revenue slipping 3.2 per cent to CNY21.48 billion. Net profit after extraordinary items grew 20.5 per cent to CNY160 million.The company’s earnings statement didn’t break down revenue by division.In a statement, the vendor said it scaled up 5G production capacity as the country’s three major mobile operators accelerated infrastructure buildouts, such as 5G and the industrial internet. It also developed new infrastructure-related services in an effort to maintain growth.ZTE said it secured significant shares of the country’s three major operators’ 5G tenders covering RAN, core network and transport network.Last week, the vendor was awarded 35.9 per cent share of a massive 5G standalone network tender announced by China Unicom and China Telecom. ZTE’s share is valued at CNY65.87 billion. In late March, ZTE won 28.7 per cent of China Mobile’s phase two 5G contract valued at CNY37.1 billion.R&D investment for the quarter totalled CNY3.24 billion, or 15.1 per cent of operating revenue, an increase of 1.2 percentage points compared with Q1 2019. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backcenter_img Singtel lights SA 5G network Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito Previous ArticleNokia loses out on China Unicom-Telecom 5G SA dealNext ArticleDtac prepares for slowdown as profit jumps Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Joseph Waring 5GZTElast_img read more

Verizon and Motorola Solutions Bring Interoperable Broadband Communications to Public Safety

first_img“Public safety agencies rely on LMR for reliable and resilient voice communications and also recognize the situational insights and operational efficiencies that LTE data can offer,” said John Zidar, senior vice president, Global Enterprise & Channels, Motorola Solutions. “Multimedia interoperability across networks and devices is increasingly crucial, and the introduction of Group First Response gives first responders the most feature-rich, carrier-integrated MCPTT solution on the market for unprecedented awareness and collaboration.” With Group First Response, users can talk, text and stream live video and seamlessly communicate with radio users for enhanced situational awareness and collaboration “For first responders, the ability to communicate using text, voice and video is essential to protecting the citizens they are duty-bound to serve and themselves,” said Vickie Lonker, vice president public sector product development at Verizon. “Group First Response leverages Verizon’s award-winning 4G LTE network, providing interoperability and critical communications features needed in mission-critical situations.” Group First Response is available today. Existing Push-to-Talk Plus customers can easily upgrade their service on the same platform without re-enrolling or replacing devices, and the two offerings will interoperate. Visit the Verizon website to learn more. With Group First Response, end users can make secure group and private calls via voice and video, share files and multimedia, and use features such as role-based logins, which are configured to give them the right features, contacts and talkgroups based on different roles. In addition, dispatchers can initiate on-the-fly group calls, demand or request video, see location and location history, and create area-based talkgroups. BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and CHICAGO – Verizon Public Sector and Motorola Solutions today announce Group First Response, a mission-critical push-to-talk solution that leverages LTE to enable first responders to communicate seamlessly via voice, data and video across a variety of devices — improving situational awareness and operational efficiency. Group First Response can be integrated with land mobile radio (LMR) systems, extending interoperable push-to-talk communications to public safety users without radios or outside coverage areas. Group First Response is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards for mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) communication, which include quality of service and network priority and preemption for public safety, as well as fast setup time. In addition, Group First Response complements the capabilities provided by LMR networks, providing multimedia messaging, mission-critical data and live video streaming. Using Motorola Solutions’ Critical Connect service, which is based on a cloud-based interoperability gateway and infrastructure, Group First Response provides MCPTT functionality to those outside of an LMR network, so that first responders have more ways to communicate critical information and formulate faster, more effective responses. By augmenting public safety LMR networks with solutions like Group First Response, it relieves capacity on an agency’s primary radio system, providing additional security, coverage, and most importantly, redundancy.last_img read more

Miura loses title bid by decision

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “He completely shut me down,” the left-handed Miura said. “He stayed out of range of my left, so it was hard to hit him. He moved his feet much better than I expected.”“I wanted to take him out, but it felt like I was just spinning my wheels while I fought.”By winning his first title defense, the 25-year-old Berchelt improved his record to 32-1 with 28 wins by knockout, while Miura’s record fell to 31-4 with two draws.Miura held the title until he was beaten by Mexico’s Francisco Vargas on Nov. 21, 2015. Vargas lost his second title defense to Berchelt in January. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KEYWORDScenter_img Takashi Miura, WBC super featherweight, Miguel Bercelt INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – Takashi Miura failed to reclaim his WBC super featherweight championship Saturday, losing a unanimous decision to Mexico’s Miguel Berchelt.Berchelt knocked the 33-year-old Miura down in the first round, and the former champ found himself playing catch-up. Miura, the top-ranked challenger, found his rhythm as the fight wore on but he was unable to overturn his early points deficit against the speedy Berchelt.last_img read more

LSU aware of what McNeese almost did at Nebraska

first_imgLSU Tigers head coach Les Miles says he won’t save plays against McNeeseLSU Tigers head coach Les Miles says he won’t save plays against McNeeseBATON ROUGE – After No. 13 LSU opens the season Saturday night at 6:30 against Football Championship Subdivision, second level McNeese State, it immediately enters Southeastern Conference play against Mississippi State and Auburn over the next two weeks.Both State and Auburn beat LSU last year. So LSU coach Les Miles was asked if he would be “saving plays” in the McNeese game for his second and third games of the season. He did not take the bait.“I just want you to know that we’re not in a position where we’re talking about saving plays,” Miles said. “We want our offense, defense, special teams to play well, and we want to do the things that we’ve practiced. Our guys, they deserve to have our best stuff called as opposed to – for some unknown reason – to call less than a capable game. Doesn’t make any sense to me.”McNeese is ranked 23rd in the FCS coaches’ preseason poll and nearly pulled a major upset at No. 19 Nebraska last season. The Cornhuskers won on a 58-yard touchdown catch by Ameer Abdullah, who caught a short pass and broke five tackles on his way to the touchdown with under 30 seconds to play for the 31-24 win.“They played Nebraska off their feet. If it wasn’t for a great play late in the game, they had Nebraska at Nebraska,” Miles said.“That definitely caught all of our attention going into their place and playing like that,” LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander said. “So we’re definitely aware of what they can do. And we definitely don’t want anything crazy happening. We want to go in there, execute, have a good game and come out with a W.”HARRIS NOT SURPRISED: When Miles told Brandon Harris last week that he would be the starting quarterback for the season opener on Saturday, the sophomore from Bossier City took it in stride. After all, he had been taking most of the first team snaps since practice began on August 6 over junior Anthony Jennings, who started 12 of 13 games last season.“It’s not like Brandon was excited or Anthony was down,” LSU wide receiver Malachi Dupre said. “It wasn’t like a huge surprise or anything when coach Miles said it. I feel like he’s prepared. All summer, he was working with us in 7-on-7 drills while Anthony was away (suspended). He feels that all his hard work has paid off. And I will say that he’s come a long way. The coaches thought it was necessary for him to get the start. I know he’s improved enough and has done everything they’ve asked him to do. So, he’s earned the job, and I think he’s ready to play.”QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re ready to play against somebody else instead of banging on each other. We’re ready for the season to start.”— LSU tailback Leonard Fournette.last_img read more