Two marine mammal specialists conduct Kodiak’s first whale survey of 2016

first_imgEnvironment | Oceans | Science & Tech | WildlifeTwo marine mammal specialists conduct Kodiak’s first whale survey of 2016May 14, 2016 by Kayla Desroches, KMXT Share:A dead gray whale floating in the ocean. (Photo courtesy of Kate Wynne)A mass die-off of at least 40 whales last summer caused the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to declare an “unusual mortality event.” Many of those whales, the majority of which were fin or humpback whales, were spotted on or around the Kodiak Archipelago.KMXT’s Kayla Desroches recently boarded a float plane with two marine mammal specialists who were conducting a whale survey along Kodiak’s east side. Bree Witteveen with the University of Alaska Fairbanks said they were retracing a flight they did in June 2015 as a response to the die-offs.We spot a gray whale not long after we leave the city of Kodiak.“A lot of the bones were poking out already,” said Witteveen. “So he’s been there for a while.”She says it’s unclear how the whale died, but she can gather that it may be a calf due to its small size.The researchers snap pictures and mark the location of the carcasses on a map using a tablet. Less than ten minutes later, we spot a second gray whale.“We’ve got a floater,” Witteveen said.It’s belly-up in the water.“This floating whale will be a lot fresher than the one that we saw,” Witteveen said. “I mean, it’s possible that the first one we saw has been there for months even, but this one is within a few days.”Witteveen explained how he could tell how long the whale was there.“Partially the fact that it’s still floating, but it looks relatively intact still,” Witteven said. “Also doesn’t show evidence of a killer whale attack.”Unlike the third and final whale.We spot it in Ugak Bay on the way back to the city. The researchers think it’s a humpback whale that may have had a run-in with a killer whale and become a snack.When it comes to less cut and dry cases than predator and prey situations, the cause of death can be hard to determine. Witteveen said they took samples from a carcass last summer and tested it for an indicator of radioactivity and a number of toxins that would be present in a harmful algal bloom.“And all of those were negative,” said Witteveen. “Unfortunately, because the carcass was as old as it was by the time we got to it, a lot of those toxins could have degraded out of the tissue already.”Witteveen says the ideal time to take a sample is 48 to 72 hours from death. That would require a quick turnaround and plenty of tip-offs from pilots, fishermen, and anyone else who scans the coastline on a regular basis.Witteveen says that’s how we found two out of the three whales we flew over today. Our pilot, Scooter Mainero with Andrew Airways, is up for the task.“Next time I see a fresh dead whale, I’ll call you guys and I’ll fuel the plane and we’ll go,” Mainero said.Witteveen says this year they’ll have more funds to respond to calls like that in time thanks to the “unusual mortality event” declaration in August and a response plan to address the die-offs. The financial help will allow specialists to fly out soon after a carcass’s discovery and secure a sample.Kate Wynne, another marine mammal specialist on the trip, said that the number of die-offs seems normal for this time of year, and the survey will be useful as a baseline.Share this story:last_img read more

In Pictures: Killeshin and Graiguecullen go green for St Patrick’s Day

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Previous articleIn Pictures: Durrow, Spink and Ballyroan turn on the style for St Patrick’s DayNext articleDeaths in Laois – Sunday, March 18, 2018 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp Council Rugby Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Mountmellick pulls out all the stops for St Patrick’s Day Parade Twitter Great pics from Graiguecullen and Killeshin What a day that was!St Patrick’s Day has come and almost gone with the county turning green for the day.And down on the Carlow border, two parades did not disappoint.Killeshin were out first and were actually the second earliest parade to take place in Laois.Thanks to Laois GAA football board chairman Laurence Phelan who was on hand to send us on a few pictures from there.A few hours later, it was Graiguecullen’s turn to take to the streets.So enjoy our last pictures of the day and let us say a big thank you to everyone who co-operated with us today to make it all possible. Facebookcenter_img Great pics from Graiguecullen and Killeshin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Community 1 of 9 Home News In Pictures: Killeshin and Graiguecullen go green for St Patrick’s Day News TAGSGraiguecullenKilleshinSt Patrick’s Day By Alan Hartnett – 17th March 2018 In Pictures: Killeshin and Graiguecullen go green for St Patrick’s Day Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Thursday, February 25, 2021

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Electric Picnic Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Council By LaoisToday Reporter – 25th February 2021 Facebook Facebook Below are the recent local deaths.May they rest in peace.Peter Lalor32 The Green, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, LaoisPre deceased by his parents Phylis and Dave. Beloved husband of Jean and much loved brother of Ger, Dathí, sisters Marie and Olive, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.A private family funeral will take place. Requiem Mass at 12 noon Friday in St Peter & Paul’s Church, Portlaoise with interment afterwards in St Peter & Paul’s Cemetery. Mass can be viewed on Those wishing to leave condolences can do so on the link below or send on in the traditional manner.Patrick (Pat) KirwanDublin/Portarlington, LaoisFormerly of Station Road, Portarlington, County Laois. Late of Administration Division, Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Suddenly at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. Son of the late Jack and Maureen Kirwan Station Road and dear brother of the late Eugene and Gerry. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Ursula (Weymes), his brothers Peter, Michael and John, his sisters Lucy, Roisin, Margaret and Josephine, aunt Carmel, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.Due to the Covid 19 restrictions A Private Family Funeral will take place. Removal from Mahers Chapel of Rest, Portarlington on Wednesday at 9:20am arriving St Michael’s Church, Portarlington for Requiem Mass at 10am. Funeral afterwards to St Michael’s Cemetery, Portarlington. People are welcome to stand along the route to the Church, in the Churchyard and in the Cemetery with Strict Social Distancing being observed at all times.The family would like to thank you for your help and understanding at this sad and difficult time.Family Flowers Only Please. Pat’s Requiem Mass will be streamed live on: Dempsey38 New Oak Estate, Carlow Town, Carlow/Maganey, LaoisCharlie Dempsey of 38 New Oak Estate, Carlow and formerly of Killeen, Maganey, Co Laois, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on February 20th, 2021, at his home.Beloved husband of the late Bernedette (Ber), much loved father of Keith, Brian, Mark and Enda, adored grandfather of Aaron, Lorcan, Nancy, Jack and Ella, and cherished brother of Maura, Liam and the late Carmel.He will be sadly missed by his loving sons, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousin, relatives and friends.Due to government advice regarding public gatherings a private funeral will take place for family in The Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow, on Wednesday at 11am and will be followed by burial in St Mary’s Cemetery, Carlow.Charlie’s Funeral Mass can be viewed on The Cathedral of the Assumptions, online streaming service by using the following link: neighbours wish to show their support to the family, they could stand outside their houses (while adhering to social distancing guidelines) as the funeral cortége leaves his residence on the way to the church at 10.30am approx.Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team. Please use the following link to donate; ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Twitter Deaths in Laois – Thursday, February 25, 2021 Previous articleSurvey finds 14,000 Laois households could save €2,000 on energy bills by switching providerNext articleAnnanough appoint joint managers as they bid to make immediate return to intermediate ranks LaoisToday Reporter Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Thursday, February 25, 2021 Deaths Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date TAGSDeaths in Laois RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

RBC invests $20 million in new social and environmental initiative

James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “RBC’s initiative will provide an exciting opportunity to support ventures that have a positive impact on people, planet, and profit,” said Ilse Treurnicht, chair of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance, and CEO of MaRS, which recently launched a Centre for Impact Investing to support the development of the social finance marketplace in Canada. “This announcement is an important watershed moment for impact finance in Canada. RBC’s commitment is both innovative and forward-thinking.” The bank notes that in the next few months it will assemble an advisory panel to assist an internal group in developing criteria for the new RBC Impact Fund (including types of organizations eligible for funding, terms of funding, geographical limitations, etc.), an appropriate governance structure, and processes. Details on the eligibility criteria and application process for the fund will be communicated in the coming months. “We’ve been waiting for the right moment to launch a program of this nature, and the moment is now,” said Gord Nixon, president and CEO, RBC. “We are confident that our initial investment of $10 million in the RBC Impact Fund will not only spark entrepreneurship and innovation in Canada, but also catalyze similar investments from others in the business community. We are also proud to put our money where our values are by investing an additional $10 million of our own funds through the RBC Foundation in socially and environmentally screened funds.” Related news How do you measure the impact of an impact investment? Keywords Responsible investing,  Impact investingCompanies Royal Bank of Canada A new $10 million commitment from RBC to “impact investing” represents a first by a mainstream financial institution in the sector in Canada. Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RBC) announced Tuesday that it’s creating a new $10 million capital fund, the RBC Impact Fund, to help finance projects by organizations and entrepreneurs that address social and environmental challenges. And, it’s also making a $10 million investment by the RBC Foundation of its own assets into socially responsible investment funds. Environmentalists press Bank of Canada to be more active on climate change University of Waterloo will teach sustainable financial management Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Fraser Mackenzie closes down

Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The independent dealer business is taking a hit with the news that boutique brokerage firm, Fraser Mackenzie Ltd., intends to wind up the firm and withdraw from the regulated securities industry, given the weak returns it’s generating from that business. The firm announced that, at a meeting on April 29, the shareholders of the firm’s parent company, Fraser Mackenzie Holdings Inc., voted in favour of resigning from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and dissolving the company. In a statement announcing its decision, the firm points to the current economic and market conditions, along with the increased regulatory burden, for its decision. “Our assessment of the current business climate has led the owners to conclude that deploying our capital in the continuance of our regulated investment dealer businesses can no longer generate an acceptable rate of return,” it says. In particular, it notes that institutional interest in the junior resource companies that have been the firm’s focus, “has dried up”, along with equity trading activity in these companies. At the same time, it notes that “the regulatory cost burden is increasing”. “On balance, it makes sense for our shareholders to re-deploy their capital,” it concludes. The Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) has flagged these trends of declining industry revenues and rising regulatory costs as a gathering threat to the industry’s small firms. In recent industry statistics, it reports that the composition of industry revenues and profits has shifted notably over the past few years in favour of the large integrated dealers, at the expense of the industry’s boutiques. “The viability of the smaller boutique firms is threatened, unless a market turnaround occurs in the near term,” warned IIAC president and CEO, Ian Russell, in a recent letter to the industry; adding, “The financial squeeze faced by small boutique firms does not just threaten them. Ultimately, it threatens investors, and small and mid-cap issuers, posing a hazard to competitive and liquid markets for efficient securities trading and financing.” In addition to FML, two other firms, Loewen, Ondaatje, McCutcheon Ltd. and optionsXpress Canada Corp., have also recently announced their intention to resign from IIROC. However, a new Calgary-based firm, GHS Securities Canada Ltd., also joined IIROC at the start of the month. FML says that in the coming months its business will shift toward the private equity market. It says it will “re-focus on the activities being carried out by our merchant banking group, Fraser Mackenzie Merchant Capital [which] “currently works with private companies assisting them with capital raising and other advisory services and is in the process of establishing a mezzanine debt and a private equity fund to meet the wider financing needs of private companies.” read more

Less Plastic is Fantastic

first_imgLess Plastic is Fantastic Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs The Honourable Meaghan ScanlonQueensland now has new laws to ban single-use straws.Polystyrene foam food containers and cups as well as single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates will all be banned from September 1, 2021 under new legislation passed by Queensland Parliament today (WED?).Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said there was overwhelming community support for banning these types of products which were too often discarded thoughtlessly.“Plastic pollution is spoiling our streets and parks, escaping into our ocean and waterways and killing our iconic wildlife,” Minister Scanlon said.“Half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once and then thrown away and that litter is destroying our environment.“The Palaszczuk Government takes its responsibility to protecting our world-renowned natural features such as the Great Barrier Reef very seriously and the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Act 2020 is the next step in our war on waste.“We’ve already seen the enormous benefits of the single-use plastic shopping bag ban, with litter surveys showing a 70 per cent reduction in not just lightweight plastic shopping bag litter, but all plastic bag litter since the ban began on 1 July 2018.“Now, we intend to continue removing these types of products from the environment, with this legislation focusing on single-use straws, stirrers, cutlery, and plates.“During our community consultation stage, from March last year, some 94 per cent of the 20,000 respondents supported our proposal to ban these items.“In addition, our latest online survey, which concluded on 15 January, also supported the inclusion in the ban of expanded polystyrene products such as takeaway food containers and cups – with an overwhelming 98 per cent of 6800 respondents in favour of removing them from our environment.”There will be exemptions to the ban for anyone who may require access to a single-use plastic item, such as a plastic straw, due to permanent or temporary disability or other healthcare needs.The Palaszczuk Government has already taken strong action to first ban lightweight single-use plastic shopping bags and to then introduce the very successful Container Refund Scheme which has seen nearly 3 billion containers returned for refunds and more than 700 jobs created across Queensland since 2018.“This legislation also makes provision for more single-use items to be banned through regulation in the future,” Ms Scanlon said.“During the consultation for the ban on single-use plastics, there were many suggestions for other items that could be prohibited which we will now consider.“But, as always with the Palaszczuk Government, we will conduct extensive public consultation and give business and the community time to transition before any further bans are introduced.”Peter Olah, National Executive Officer of the Australian Organics Recycling Association, said plastics contamination was the biggest barrier to achieving an even greater environmental and economic contribution through organics recycling.“Each state must implement a ban on single-use plastics which are not compostable, Mr Olah said.“We congratulate Minister Scanlon and the Queensland Government for leading the way.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:amendment, Australia, Australian, contamination, environment, Government, Great Barrier Reef, healthcare, legislation, Palaszczuk, parliament, pollution, public consultation, QLD, Queensland, recycling, regulation, Single Use Plasticlast_img read more

Buy It! Rally icon Travis Pastrana’s race-spec 2014 Subaru STI is up for grabs

first_img Hoonigan’s latest Gymkhana video didn’t feature Ken Block as usual, but saw bona fide rally racer Travis Pastrana step in for a few slides. This vehicle is that driver’s usual ride, and it’s for sale.The STI was built for the 2014 Open Class and last used by Pastrana in ’15, and conforms to all American Rally Association technical regulations currently in place.A full FIA-approved roll cage has been installed, along with a fire-suppression system, six-speed sequential gearbox, SAdev centre differential and release unit, complete race suspension, and Method racing wheels. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Travis Pastrana takes the wheel for Gymkhana 2020, jumps over a speed boatUnder the hood is a 2.0-litre turbocharged boxer-four, upgraded with a Precision Turbo power-adder, lightweight exhaust, and a lightweight flywheel. On the opposite end, the brakes have also been upgraded with four-piston calipers on the front and back, as well as a hydraulic hand brake.The vehicle was fully restored down to the bare shell in 2017, meaning many of the parts are brand-new with zero miles on them, like the transmission, differentials, brakes, and floor-mounted pedals. The vehicle is for sale at Vermont Cars, the very same firm that built it back in 2014. The car can be purchased by itself, or with a comprehensive spares package “available by negotiation at additional cost.” If you want, you can even have it with the stickers installed. Trending Videos First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened See More Videos Trending in Canadacenter_img And just when you think STI wings can’t get any wilder, how about this one? It looks like it’s actually meant to promote airtime. The Vermont plates are choice, too.RELATED advertisement We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Travis Pastrana’s 2014 Subaru WRX STI rally car  Vermont Cars COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSSubaruHatchbackFlexNew VehiclesFlex ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Webinar Series Launched by IWINETC to Support Wine Tourism Industry

first_imgLinkedin Share Email Twitter TAGSIWINETC ReddIt Facebook Pinterest AdvertisementJanuary 27th – IWINETC Grape Escape Destinations for 2021 features a packed live and on-demand content programme with 10 sessions looking at grape escape destinations around the world designed to help wine and culinary tourism professionals look towards a brighter future as our industry rebuilds and recovers post pandemic.For those who register to attend there will 10 hours of live content available to be viewed over the course of the programme and content will be available to view on demand after each session.IWINETC Grape Escape Destinations for 2021 online event will bring together 10 of the world’s most exciting wine tourism destinations with agents and media from around the globe. Destinations included in the programme are: Armenia, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Champagne, Greece, Italy and Portugal, Commenting on the IWINETC initiative, Anthony Swift, Event Director, said: “Last year has been a huge challenge for the wine and culinary tourism industry and 2021 until around summer looks to be more of the same, so it’s fantastic to come together with IWINETC Grape Escape Destinations for 2021, to share our destinations, make valuable connections, hear from industry experts and of course, continue to do business. We’re delighted with the destinations and speakers lined up for the next couple of months.IWINETC Grape Escape Destinations for 2021 online uncorks on 11 February at 16.00 CET with Explore Armenia Through a Glass of Wine with Dr. Zara Muradyan and Hayarpi Shahinyan of the Wine and Vine Foundation of Armenia.For more information and registration, visit: www.iwinetc.comAdvertisement Home Industry News Releases Webinar Series Launched by IWINETC to Support Wine Tourism IndustryIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessWebinar Series Launched by IWINETC to Support Wine Tourism IndustryBy Press Release – January 28, 2021 171 0 Previous articleAfternoon Brief, January 28thNext articleVine-to-Bottle Software with 24/7 Support Press Releaselast_img read more

Leading Wine Regions Advocate in Washington and Brussels for Elimination of…

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Global wine industry coalition calls for end to retaliatory tariffs on wine and other non-tariff barriersMay 10th – WASHINGTON – The Wine Origins Alliance (WOA), a global coalition of 31 organizations representing nearly 90,000 wineries and grape growers, recently convened virtually in Washington, DC and Brussels to discuss with U.S. and EU policymakers barriers to trade in wine, including harmful tariffs and the lack of effective protection of wine region names in the U.S. and around the world.WOA members have generated nearly one million jobs and more than $8 billion in global wine exports. However, the global wine industry has been significantly harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that harm has been compounded by retaliatory tariffs on wine that have been imposed as part of unrelated trade disputes. WOA members met with members of Congress, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Mission to the European Union, the EU Delegation to the United States and the European Commission to advocate for the permanent removal of these tariffs and other non-tariff barriers to trade in wine, including the protection of wine region names.A 2018 survey found that 94 percent of American wine drinkers support laws that would protect consumers from misleading wine labels. However, despite this overwhelming support, some countries, including the U.S., permit geographic names on labels of wine that do not originate in those places. This makes it difficult for consumers to truly know the wine they purchase is in fact from a region they know and is harmful to the credibility of the wine industry as a whole. In their meetings, WOA members explained how truth in wine labeling protects the integrity of international wine place names and ensures that the wines consumers purchase are in fact from the region they expect.Earlier this year, WOA sent U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Tai a letter detailing several ongoing trade issues impacting the wine industry, including harmful retaliatory tariffs and the lack of effective name protection for wine regions. The Alliance also sent a letter last year calling on the EU Commissioner on Trade to avoid imposing retaliatory tariffs on wine.   The Wine Origins Alliance, previously known as the Joint Declaration to Protect Wine Place & Origin, works to eliminate barriers to trade in wine. Members represent the regions of Barossa, Bordeaux, Bourgogne/Chablis, Champagne, Chianti Classico, Côtes de Provence, Finger Lakes, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, Livermore Valley, Long Island, McLaren Vale, Missouri, Monterey County, Napa Valley, Oregon, Paso Robles, Porto, Rhône Valley, Rioja, Santa Barbara County, Seneca Lake, Sonoma County, South Africa, Texas, Tokaj, Victoria, Walla Walla Valley, Washington state, Western Australia, Willamette Valley and Yamanashi. For more information, visit or follow the Alliance on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Advertisement Previous articleGracianna Winery Releases “Grateful” Film WorldwideNext articleDANCIN Vineyards & Winery Names General Manager Press Release Home Industry News Releases Leading Wine Regions Advocate in Washington and Brussels for Elimination of Tariffs…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessLeading Wine Regions Advocate in Washington and Brussels for Elimination of Tariffs and Non-Tariff Barriers on WineBy Press Release – May 10, 2021 214 0 Pinterest Share Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Email TAGSWine Origins Alliance last_img read more

Denbigh Promises Exciting 2014 Package

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedPositive Investment Prospects for Agriculture Story HighlightsThe annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show scheduled for August 1 to 3, in May Pen, Clarendon, will once again showcase the best of the sector, while facilitating business links for farmers.Patrons attending the three-day event will enjoy the experience offered by the children and family hub; the tourism linkages hub; the health and wellness hub; the Denbigh green hub; and the youth in agriculture hub.President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, says the show serves to highlight achievements in agriculture, and will also feature Emancipation celebrations. RelatedLocal Farmers to Benefit from Canadian Hunger Foundation Project The annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show scheduled for August 1 to 3, in May Pen, Clarendon, will once again showcase the best of the sector, while facilitating business links for farmers.Patrons attending the three-day event will enjoy the experience offered by the children and family hub; the tourism linkages hub; the health and wellness hub; the Denbigh green hub; and the youth in agriculture hub.President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, says the show serves to highlight achievements in agriculture, and will also feature Emancipation celebrations.“The show serves as a constant reminder to us of what we have achieved in the agricultural sector, and the related sectors, because agriculture provides a platform of linkages between manufacturing, agro processing, the tourism sector, the service sector, and export sector,” he said, while addressing the launch on June 4, at ACE Supercentre, in White Marl, St. Catherine.Senator Grant informed that with the approximately 100,000 patrons expected, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be transporting persons.“We will have a park and ride service with JUTC in Spanish Town, Half Way Tree, and Portmore. We have strategically chosen August 1, 2 and 3, to reignite the spirit of Emancipation,” he said, noting that this year’s event is likely to have one of the largest contingents of agricultural officials from other countries.Senator Grant said there will be special emphasis on children in agriculture. “The children and family hub will focus primarily on teaching children about agriculture in a fun way through games, rides, and agriculture-based activities. Children at a young age are impressionable and it is an opportunity to sow the seeds of agriculture in their minds, in this way, the future of agriculture can be protected,” he told the audience.The JAS, while making the event fun-filled will also provide educational information on health, business, and climate change. Patrons will also have access to free basic health checks, and screening.August 1, will feature the Denbigh global trade symposium, and Digicel Rising Stars performances, while August 2 has been dedicated to youth in agriculture, and the National Farm Queen Coronation.On August 3, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, will deliver the main address, followed by the Jamaica Broilers Gospel Night, featuring a host of stars in gospel music. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Photo: JIS PhotographerPresident of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, addressing the launch of the annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, on Wednesday, June 4, at ACE Supercentre, in White Marl, St. Catherine. RelatedISO Conference Successful – Agriculture Minister Denbigh Promises Exciting 2014 PackageJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Denbigh Promises Exciting 2014 Package AgricultureJune 7, 2014Written by: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more