Agriculture Minister Points to ‘Exciting Offers’ from Sugar Investors

first_imgRelatedAgriculture Minister Points to ‘Exciting Offers’ from Sugar Investors RelatedAgriculture Minister Points to ‘Exciting Offers’ from Sugar Investors FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Agriculture and Lands Minister, Roger Clarke, has said there were some “exciting offers” from local and international investors, who have expressed interest in participating in the sugar industry.“Some of the offers are looking very exciting,” he said, noting that the Ministry would be sorting through the offers and at the end of the process, a decision would be made.The Agriculture Minister was addressing the 69th annual conference of the Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologist (JAST), held recently at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios.Earlier on in the year, the Ministry put out invitations for people who wished to participate in the sector, in terms of ownership. “So far, we have gotten inquiries but we believe that we wanted more and we opened up again this time until the end of December,” he explained.Meanwhile, he said that all stakeholders in the sugar industry must work together to find a common solution to the problems facing the sector.The country must find a way to preserve the industry, noting that sugar was “one of the best agricultural crops” being produced in the island.He noted that the government has made a commitment to do all that was necessary in order to keep the industry alive, and as such, some funding had already been identified for the sector.In 2005, the European Union (EU) announced a 36 per cent reduction in the price paid to Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries for sugar, which would be applied over a four-year period. RelatedAgriculture Minister Points to ‘Exciting Offers’ from Sugar Investorscenter_img Agriculture Minister Points to ‘Exciting Offers’ from Sugar Investors UncategorizedNovember 17, 2006 Advertisementslast_img read more

Dolly Parton Appears On ‘The Late Show,’ Makes Stephen Colbert Cry [Videos]

first_imgDolly Parton was the featured virtual guest on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where the country singer/songwriter was promoting her forthcoming autobiography/coffee table book, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, due out next month.For her appearance, Parton appeared via video screen to discuss her new book by taking viewers back through her well-documented journey which began as a kid growing up in the Tennessee mountains, where music was a big part of her life from the beginning.“I really think of myself as a song teller, ’cause I write songs but I tell stories in my song,” Parton said to start the interview when discussing the meaning of her new book. “I thought, ‘Well that’s a good name for my coffee table book,’ it has about 170 some-odd songs of mine, and I tell stories about why I wrote them and what kind of frame of mind I was in.”Parton went on to tell Colbert how songwriting has been so important on a personal level throughout her life, talk about writing tunes that would be performed by Emmylou Harris and Whitney Houston, and reflect on the musical imprint her family left on her. At one point when discussing one of the songs that her mother used to sing to her, Parton belted out the lyrics to the a-cappella folk tune, which actually appeared to move the show’s host to tears on air.Related: Dolly Parton’s Non-Profit Foundation Has Now Given 100 Million Books To Kids In Need [Video]Watch the two interview segments from Tuesday’s episode below.The Late Show With Stephen Colbert – Dolly Parton Interview Pt. 1 – 10/20/20[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]The Late Show With Stephen Colbert – Dolly Parton Interview Pt. 2 – 10/20/20[Video: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert]Parton returned to the headlines earlier this month with the arrival of her latest holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, which features guest contributions from Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael Bublé, and that other late-night host and JRAD superfan Jimmy Fallon.last_img read more

Watching The Waters Of East Hampton

first_imgHarbormaster Matt Zukosky is seen here scanning the waters of Gardiner’s Bay, watching for any problems on the water. Independent/T.E. McMorrowThey write tickets, make arrests, and are first responders in case of emergency, just like any other police officer in East Hampton, but the harbormasters’ authority is on sea, not land.On Saturday, August 24, harbormasters Matt Zukosky and Jay Sharron took the 43-foot-long state-of-the-art patrol vessel the John L. Behan out of the dock at the Coast Guard station on Star Island, and went on a routine patrol. Over the next few hours, they monitored a Connecticut vessel being towed off the beach that had gone aground the night before near Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett, and stopped a few boaters violating the rules of the watery road.The boat is a new acquisition for the town, made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The John L. Behan is named for the former New York State Assemblyman from Montauk.“It’s the crème de la crème,” Zukosky said. It is versatile craft. The cabin can be sealed from outside air, allowing the boat to fight otherwise toxic fires with a robotically-controlled water cannon. The Montauk Fire Department have personnel trained to use the vessel for fire-fighting in Montauk Harbor.After the plane crash that claimed the lives of Ben and Bonnie Krupinski, and their grandson, William Maerov, along with pilot Jon Dollard, the John L. Behan served as the dive platform for the East Hampton Town police dive team, Zukosky said.On the beach by Devon Yacht Club, a salvage boat had tied a tow line to the vessel, slowly pulling it back into Gardiner’s Bay. The boat had taken on water early that morning, forcing the pilot, who had his wife on board, to put the boat close to the beach, with the wind and current doing the rest.“It got very windy, very choppy, so the stern of the boat started taking on water,” Zukosky said, adding the driver was a seasoned boater. “He recognized that, and tried to get it close to shore so it wouldn’t sink.”With that situation under control, they headed back across Gardiner’s Bay before Zukosky spotted a group of paddleboarders and kayakers.“It looks like one guy may not have a life jacket,” Zukosky said, before adding that if a personal flotation device is on the board or in the vessel, it doesn’t have to be worn. On the other hand, if a paddleboarder doesn’t have the proper equipment, harbor patrol can terminate his or her voyage.When they returned to the Coast Guard station, Chief Harbormaster Ed Michels hopped onboard. Michels has organized the harbor patrol to enable it to work with 16 other departments across the East End in a marine task force, to step in where help is needed. He spoke about “the ocean rescue that started out with a bunch of off-duty lifeguards, and has turned into an agency that the state is getting ready to recognize. Every time we get a plane crash, they are right there with me.”A particular concern for Michels is pollution.“Every time we board a boat, we check the head,” Michels said. “We lose our water, we don’t have any place else to go.”Michels has been on the job for 40 years. He is originally from Astoria. He joined the Coast Guard in 1973 and was first sent to Boston.“I came out here in 1986,” Michels said. He was chief on the cutter Point Wells, the Coast Guard’s rescue boat at the time, which has since been replaced by the Bonito, for three years, then became chief of the base for another three years, before making the career move to harbor patrol. He became chief harbormaster in 1999. Michels also stresses keeping drunk boaters off the waters. This is the first year in a while that Marine Patrol hasn’t made a boating while intoxicated arrest. He supports legislation introduced by Assemblyman Fred Thiele that would make boating while intoxicated a felony if there are children [email protected] Share Jay Sharron and Matt Zukosky.last_img read more