FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, Jesus Silva has said that Jamaica’s agricultural sector stood to benefit from the massive Spanish investment in tourism infrastructure now underway across the island.Ambassador Silva, who was speaking at Tuesday’s (Feb. 6) annual general meeting of the Agri-stakeholders Association held at Bridge Palm Resort in Clarendon, informed that, “over the next five years, the intent is to create some 10,000 additional rooms and this means in actual terms that we will in fact be increasing the available bed space by some 50 per cent”. “Some 13,000 new jobs would be created from this development,” he added.According to the Ambassador, persons coming to the island to fill these rooms “will want to taste and sample the food that is associated with this island. They will require at least three meals per day and at two persons per room, this translates into perhaps some 60,000 meals per day once we have completed the five-year plan”.He said the time was ripe for the farming sector to begin serious dialogue with the management of the new Spanish chain of hotels, in order to benefit from this development. “The six hotel chains will be outsourcing many functions such as food supply provision and their watchword will be service, quality and reliability hence the very excellent opportunity to develop a good partnership,” he pointed out.State Minister for Agriculture and Lands, Victor Cummings, who brought greetings, highlighted the need for Jamaican farmers to make the best use of available technology.“The long term vision of the Ministry is the dynamic transformation of the Jamaican agricultural sector by the year 2020 and by using a supportive environment of targeted government policies, programmes and institutional support, this sector we know will experience a sustained research-oriented, technological market-driven and private sector-led revolution, which will revitalise rural communities,” he stated.The Agriculture State Minister pointed out that one of the critical challenges faced by the sector was the question of how to increase efficiency, productivity and competitiveness.“The key threats result from the level of reliance on imports, use of inappropriate technologies, high cost of capital and inadequate research and development.issues we at the Ministry are seeking to address and that is why the Agri-stakeholders Association is so important,” he said.The meeting was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands through its subsidiary the Agriculture Support Services Project. The Agri-stakeholders Association is an umbrella organisation that consists of agro-producers organisations and buyers and has as one of its primary roles, the responsibility of coordinating the production and marketing activities of its members.It is a registered legal entity under the Industrial and Provident Society Act and as such, is governed by certain rules for membership and operation. RelatedJamaica’s Agriculture Sector Stands to Benefit from Spanish Tourism Investment – Ambassador Silva RelatedJamaica’s Agriculture Sector Stands to Benefit from Spanish Tourism Investment – Ambassador Silva Jamaica’s Agriculture Sector Stands to Benefit from Spanish Tourism Investment – Ambassador Silva UncategorizedFebruary 8, 2007 Advertisements RelatedJamaica’s Agriculture Sector Stands to Benefit from Spanish Tourism Investment – Ambassador Silva
AdvertisementAnnual Barrel Full of Money Campaign shifts amidst the pandemic to raise funds for local food bankWALLA WALLA, WA – Walla Walla Valley wineries, along with other area businesses and nonprofit organizations, announced the annual launch of Barrel Full of Money, their fundraising campaign to benefit the Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) Food Bank. Historically, the Barrel Full of Money program raises funds that are used to purchase bulk food items and perishables for those in need through a kick-off event, donation barrels and canisters, a raffle and culminates with an auction and wine reception. This year, the campaign will shift fundraising methods due to the pandemic, and will feature an online auction, raffle tickets, winery promotions, restaurant promotions and multiple donation opportunities.The Barrel Full of Money campaign has raised over $220,000 since inception in 2011, equating to 1,100,000 meals for local families. The BMAC Food Bank distributes over 870,000 pounds of food through pantries in Walla Walla County every year. In light of the outbreak of novel coronavirus, local residents are more in need of food assistance than ever. Currently, 5% of Walla Walla County residents and 10% of Columbia County residents are relying on meals from the BMAC Food Bank.“The community’s collaboration and generosity are how the Food Bank is able to return $6 in food assistance for every dollar donated,” explains Jeff Mathias, Food Bank Director for Blue Mountain Action Council. “The money raised through Barrel Full of Money significantly contributes to our ability to purchase bulk food items and perishables which help balance out the non-perishables that are donated from a variety of other sources each year.”Barrel Full of Money is a collaborative fundraising effort by Alaska Airlines, Baker Boyer Bank, Columbia REA, Dunham Cellars, Grocery Outlet, Hayden Homes, Seguin Moreau, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Blue Mountain Action Council and the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and its members.The 2020 campaign features involvement from many local businesses, including wineries, restaurants, grocery stores and more, throughout November and December. A few fundraising efforts include:Bacon & Eggs is offering “Bacon for BMAC” and in the month of November, $1 from each bacon order will be donated to the campaign.Brasserie Four will host “Bœuf for BMAC” beginning November 10 and continuing through December 10. $5 of every order of Bœuf Bourguignon will be donated to the fundraiser.Wineries are offering special wines benefitting the campaign and donating tasting fees. Each year, Gifford Hirlinger donates all their tasting fees for the year to the Barrel Full of Money campaign, and other wineries will provide their fees from special tasting weekends in the fall.Grocery Outlet is providing scan cards that allow customers to give to the campaign at check out.Additional participating businesses will be added to the campaign over the next several weeks. Those looking to support the campaign can view all the participants and opportunities at www.wallawallawine.com/event/bfom-2020/ .The culminating event of the campaign, the silent auction, will begin online on Sunday, December 6. The silent auction will last for five days and will close on Thursday, December 10 with a live wine auction and closing event presided over by auctioneer Dave Mitchell. Silent auction items include goods from local businesses, local art, dining experiences and exclusive getaways. Additionally, Alaska Airlines is continuing their support of this fundraiser with two roundtrip airline tickets to anywhere Alaska flies. Tickets are valid for one year from date of issue, are unrestricted and do not have blackout dates. The tickets will be given away as the grand prize for the raffle. Only 500 raffle tickets are printed, they sell for $10 each and are available for purchase from Barrel Full of Money steering committee members or by calling the Blue Mountain Action Council (509) 529-4980. The raffle drawing will take place live during the December 10 live, online auction, and participants need not be present to win.“While it may look very different from years past, there are still many ways to support the Barrel Full of Money fundraiser this year,” says Robert Hansen, Executive Director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance. “Whether you want to grab a bite to eat, stock up on wine for the holidays, attend an online auction or simply contribute by donating, there is a way to give for everyone. We look forward to coming together as a community to support our neighbors in need.”Those wishing to support the campaign through cash donations can contribute online at bmacww.org. Checks can be mailed to Blue Mountain Action Council at 8 E. Cherry St., Walla Walla, WA 99362. Checks should be made out to BMAC with “Barrel Full of Money” in the memo line.Barrel Full of Money EventsNovember – December 10: Raffle tickets available for purchase by calling the Blue Mountain Action Council (509) 529-4980November 1-30: Bacon for BMAC at Bacon & EggsNovember 10-December 10: Bœuf for BMAC at Brasserie FourDecember 6-10: Online silent auctionDecember 10: Live auction and closing event online, 6:00-7:00 p.m.Barrel Full of Money is made possible by:Alaska Airlines, Baker Boyer Bank, Columbia REA, Dunham Cellars, Grocery Outlet, Hayden Homes, Seguin Moreau , and Walla Walla Union-BulletinAbout the Blue Mountain Action CouncilThe Blue Mountain Action Council is a community action partnership agency providing a wide array of services to help people meet their basic essential needs. The BMAC food bank is the regional distribution center for the five local food pantries in Walla Walla County as well as the pantries in Columbia, Asotin and Garfield Counties. More information about the BMAC and its programs is available at www.bmacww.org or by calling 509-529-4980.About the Walla Walla Valley Wine AllianceThe Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance is a nonprofit wine industry membership organization whose primary mission is to build an internationally acclaimed Walla Walla Valley wine brand among consumers, media, and trade by providing marketing programs on behalf of member wineries, vineyards, and partners. 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“But rain from March caused the ground cover to grow back and the wallabies have started breeding again, and this latest count in July we recorded 75 wallabies,” says project officer, Sarah Bell.Dr. Bell works for the Save Our Species conservation action program facilitated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which works to save endangered species the world over.“We were getting quite concerned, because 60 in one population is such a small number of animals to represent a species distribution in NSW,” noted Dr. Bell.RELATED: After 3,000 Years, Tasmanian Devils Make a Comeback on Mainland Australia“If you put the population count on top of rainfall data, it’s really quite amazing how closely it corresponds.” Leroy Johnson is a Barkindji Aboriginal man, and the Park Manager of Mutawintji. For him, the Wangarru is a special animal. The Mutawintji Aboriginal Land Council has it on their logo, and Johnson told ABC news Australia that his people “take it very seriously to look after not only those animals, but the habitat they live in.”He and his staff put out feeding and watering stations throughout the park to help the animals through the dry period.“If the numbers are good then the land and the country is healthy too… we take pride in the fact that they’re there.”CC, PeripitusHowever attached the Barkindji are with the cute rock wallaby, another bad drought could easily wipe out the remaining population, so Dr. Bell is working with the Mutawintji Land Council on relocation projects to create subpopulations elsewhere in the state.This tactic, used to help restore California condors for example, is quite common when there are few animals but ample territory where they can live.MORE: Rescue Dog Helps Save Endangered Whales By Sniffing Out Their Poop as a Conservation CanineNatural disasters, drought, or a new disease can all decimate a delicate population, and the more places in NSW that Dr. Bell and Leroy Johnson can create stable populations, the better the chance that the Mutawindji Land Council can have them on their logos for years to come.SHARE the Good News From Down Under With Pals on Social Media… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAfter years of decline, a critically endangered species of rock wallaby in Australia is finally growing in population following recent rainfall.The beloved Wangarru, or yellow-footed rock wallaby as it’s commonly called, is found only in Mutawintji National Park and Nature Reserve in the Far West and outback-South Australia.CC, Andrew JenssenIn New South Wales’ longest ariel population survey program, the NSW government has been keeping tabs on the Wangarru for 40 years. Recently, drought and invasive predators like foxes and cats have reduced their numbers from 150 to just 60 individuals.
Related ABC News(NEW YORK) — Most of the nation has a quiet weekend ahead with no significant weather impacts in the forecast. A new system will bring some rain and cool conditions in the Northwest this weekend, while cool air also sinks into parts of the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast.On Saturday, temperatures in the 30s are expected in the Northern Plains and into parts of the Great Lakes. This cool air moves to the east on Sunday and Monday, with temperatures dipping down into the 30s across the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.These temperatures are well below average, with a couple of record-low temperatures possible in the Great Lakes. The cooler air could also bring some scattered snow showers in the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes on Sunday morning.However, a major pattern change is coming next week with dramatically different weather in the forecast.Feeling like summerThe weather pattern will be changing dramatically over the next few days. As a result, severe weather is expected to ramp up significantly next week. This pattern will also bring the warmest air in over seven months to parts of the eastern U.S., with much of the East feeling like summer by the end of the week.Early next week, a new system will move into the Northern Plains. The system will force cooler and drier air to clash with warm and moist air in the Central and Southern Plains. This weather pattern means there is the potential for a multiday significant severe weather event.The first round of severe weather will begin on Monday with damaging winds, large hail and brief tornadoes likely from eastern South Dakota to western Texas, including Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Dodge City, Kansas; Amarillo, Texas; and Lubbock, Texas.On Tuesday, the activity begins to move into the Central Plains, clashing with very warm and moist air. Widespread severe storms will develop from Texas to Kansas — including Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Wichita, Kansas; and Kansas City, Missouri — on Tuesday and especially Wednesday.Although particulars with the storm setup remain unknown, it appears increasingly likely that these storms could be robust and violent on Wednesday with strong tornadoes possible.The storms will likely move into parts of the Ozarks by Thursday, but there is uncertainty on the magnitude of the impacts of the severe weather right now.It is important to note that this is the time of year when strong and numerous tornadoes develop over the plains. Besides the severe weather outbreak just two weeks ago across the Gulf Coast, April has been very quiet in terms of tornadoes due to the sustained cool and dry air from the north.For parts of the central and eastern U.S. — including New York, Boston and Philadelphia — it is finally time to get your shorts and T-shirts out and put the coats away.A ridge of high pressure developing across the eastern U.S. means temperatures on Monday will be well into the upper 70s and 80s across much of the central United States. In the Northern Plains, 80-degree temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees above average.On Tuesday, the warmth expands to the East Coast, with widespread upper 70s and 80s expected from Texas to New England. Temperatures in the Midwest to the Northeast will be nearly 10 to 15 degrees above average — including in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.Another pulse of warm air heads toward the Northeast by the end of the week. Temperatures by the end of next week could be approaching 90 degrees across the entire Northeast. These forecast highs are nearly 20 to 25 degrees above average. The last time it was 90 degrees in New York was Sept. 24, 2017. For Boston, you have to go back to Aug. 22, 2017.A factor that could hold temperatures down locally would be any sea or bay breezes that develop, since water temperatures remain quite cold. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico