Coffee Farmers Looking to Boost Demand

first_imgStory Highlights “We would like to expand the coffee industry so that the pharmaceutical industry, the beauty and cosmetic sector and gastronomy will look to the hills of East Rural St. Andrew as the source of sustenance,” she said. Mrs. Holness was speaking at the press launch of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on January 23. Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, says coffee farmers in the area are looking at various options to expand the industry. Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, says coffee farmers in the area are looking at various options to expand the industry.She noted that there is understanding among the farmers that “beans alone will not cut it and they have to explore various options for the product”.“We would like to expand the coffee industry so that the pharmaceutical industry, the beauty and cosmetic sector and gastronomy will look to the hills of East Rural St. Andrew as the source of sustenance,” she said.“We’re (also) expanding knowledge around the use of intellectual property safeguards, so that our associated brand and its value are not lost in the process,” she added.Mrs. Holness was speaking at the press launch of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on January 23.The three-day event, from March 23 to 25, will be held at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) training ground in Newcastle.Mrs. Holness noted that the farmers of East Rural St. Andrew, where a large amount of coffee is cultivated, are looking forward to the event.“The farmers are serious about the reputation of the Jamaican coffee, the taste of our coffee and the sustainability of our coffee for our people,” she added.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association (JCEA), Norman Grant, said his organisation views the festival as very timely and as a perfect fit for the expansion of the industry.He said statistics from the Coffee Industry Board (CIB) indicate that the local industry was estimated to value between US$50 million and US$60 million in 2017.He commended the Ministry of Tourism, as well as the Linkages Network, for “taking on this project so we can share this superb coffee story that began in (Jamaica) in 1728”.“It will be our task (JCEA) to pursue market development and diversification, product expansion and proliferation, as well as brand development and positioning, to proudly take the world’s best coffee, the Jamaica Blue Mountain… (globally),” he said.During the coffee festival launch, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, presented Mrs. Holness with a 2017 Report on The Development of the Berry Industry in Jamaica.Mrs. Holness, in turn, presented the Tourism Minister with a box of strawberries from farmers in her constituency.The coffee festival is expected to bring together local and international coffee connoisseurs, coffee suppliers, foodies and other interested parties.The main target markets are local and regional, with emphasis on the Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados. At the international level, emphasis will be placed on the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and Canada.Among the festivals features are business development workshops for farmers and a culinary trail.Other stakeholders in the staging of the event include the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority. (RADA).last_img read more

dAmico Inks Sale and Leaseback for MR Tanker

first_imgzoom Italy-based shipping company d’Amico International Shipping (DIS) has, through its subsidiary d’Amico Tankers, signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of the MT High Priority.Under the agreement, signed with a company owned by Sole Shipping Special Opportunities Fund II LP, the 46,847 dwt medium range (MR) product tanker would be purchased for a consideration of USD 13 million.d’Amico said that this transaction would generate, net of the reimbursement of the vessel’s existing bank debt, a positive cash effect upon sale of around USD 6.5 million, “contributing to the liquidity required to complete DIS’ fleet renewal program.”Through this transaction d’Amico Tankers will maintain full control of the 2005-built ship, since a 5-year bareboat charter agreement was also concluded with the buyer, with a purchase obligation at the end of the 5th year of the charter period.Furthermore, the company has the option to repurchase the tanker starting from the second anniversary of its sale.DIS’ fleet comprises 55.5 double-hulled product tankers with an average age of about 7.7 years. d’Amico Tankers also has shipbuilding contracts with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for the construction of six Long Range product tankers with expected delivery between the fourth quarter of 2017 and 2018.last_img read more

Hard Rock Cafes India franchisee to raise fund expand outlets

first_imgJSM Corp Ltd, which has Hard Rock Café franchisee in India, is planning to raise Rs. 200 crore from private equity investors. The funds raised would be used to expand the number of outlets and bring in more international brands.The company, which also runs popular restaurant chains California Pizza Kitchen and Shiro in India, is considering fund raising by older investors selling their shares. Lodha Capital Markets is acting as the company’s adviser. As part of the company’s expansion plans, JSM would launch popular Chinese food chain Panda Express in India by August 2016, the Mint reported.”About Rs. 150 crore will be raised primarily from new investors, while Rs. 50 crore will be a secondary transaction where the legacy investors will be brought over,” Jay Sing, co-founder and executive director of JSM, was quoted as saying by the publication.JSM Corp was founded by Jay Singh and Sanjay Mahtani in 2004. Some of the other brands of the company are The Big Kahuna, Ginger Tiger, dessert chain Pinkberry, street-food chain Plus91 and Asilo, which is a rooftop bar in Mumbai, according to the company’s website. Singh and Mahtani together hold 55 percent stake in JSM Corp, while the rest is owned by other investors.Azim Premji’s private equity arm, PremjiInvest, acquired 22 percent stake in JSM for about Rs. 150 crore four years ago. The same PE firm may put in additional funds, Singh was quoted as saying by the Mint.A report by consulting firm Grant Thornton India and the Federation of Indian Chambers and Commerce Industry (FICCI) said the Indian food and beverage industry will expand at a pace of 24 percent every year to reach Rs. 3.8 trillion in sales by March 2017.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

The 6th Annual Unsung Heroes Award Dinner

first_imgThe Sisters Saving the City are honoring African American Volunteers on June 28 at the Delta Community Center, 2501 Springhill Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215 at 4 p.m. Sisters Saving the City recognizes its responsibility to lift up our Black males who care about their community. Not only do these role models care but they are willing to do the work through their volunteerism to help black youth.Contact Kathryn Cooper Nicholas 410-601-0380 for more information.last_img

Cesar Herada designs oil sucking drones to help clean the seas after

first_img As it turns out someone with some serious skills also wanted that. Cesar Herada, a researcher who has formerly been associated with Ushahidi and MIT’s Senseable City Lab, has created the Protei oil-spill cleaning drone. The Protei oil-spill cleaning drone is designed to be a semi-autonomously device that can sail into the sea and scoop up the oil in a spill, leaving the oil in the container and the water in the ocean. How is this accomplished? With the help of powerful oil-sucking booms that are built into the device. The oil-sucking boom is detachable, and each one is able to hold up to two tons of crude oil per trip. The advantage to using one of these devices is that no humans have to be exposed to toxic substances in order to clean up the mess. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Oil spills represent a significant danger to the oceans of the world. Many of us watched the DeepWater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico and wished that there was a simple way to clean it up. Citation: Cesar Herada designs oil sucking drones to help clean the seas after a spill (2011, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-cesar-herada-oil-drones-seas.html Explore further More information: sites.google.com/a/opensailing.net/protei/ The Protei drones are also able to be modified for other types of disasters. In the future modified versions of the Protei drones may possibly be sent in to detect the levels of radiation in water supplies, or to collect samples of other potentially polluted waters. The designers have also mentioned that there may be some commercial uses for the Protei drones as well, but they did not give any specifics on this point. Clean-up tools may help protect wetlands from Gulf of Mexico oil spill The best part is that Protei is an Open Source Hardware project. This means that its design will be available to the public, so it can be built by anyone. The remote controlled Protei is relatively inexpensive to produce and inflatable. 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.last_img read more

Dont Let Fear Keep You From Building That App

first_img Register Now » 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Look around you: Everyone is on their phone. All day long. This is a symptom of the times. Some call it the information age, or the digital era. I call it the age of the mobile phone.It probably won’t last forever, and I have no idea what’s going to come next. But with more and more of the internet access coming from mobile, it’s a fact we have to accept.This is the mobile age.So, as an entrepreneur, what’s your mobile presence like? Are you an app CEO? Or, do you only have a physical store? Are you web only? Are apps something you’ve always talked about getting into, but you didn’t know how to get started?Related: Apple Wants to Teach You How to Make AppsIf so, that’s fine — you’re not alone. I bet you’re still killing it. But you could probably do more. Remember: This is the mobile age.This is your app idea.I’ll make an assumption and say you’re already sold on how bad you need an app. I’ll take it you’ve already got a big app idea. So the next logical step is learning to code it out. DIY, right? No. Absolutely, 100 percent wrong. That’s like building your own house with your own two hands.I mean, why not? You have the idea, the vision of what your perfect house looks like. Supplies are readily available at a big-box store. Wood, nails, tools, go buy some! Hell, you can even find a ton of books and courses on home building. There are entire websites and YouTube channels dedicated to this!So, can you build your own house from scratch? Sure, it will simply take ten times as long to move in. Oh, and don’t ask me to step foot in that death trap.This is how to do it.Seriously, if you’re not a pro already, hire one. There are tons and tons of people who want to build your app. People that know what they’re doing, and can do it pretty damn good too. The bonus is that if you know what you’re looking for, it won’t even cost you close to the $50,000 you probably think it costs to build out your idea!Related: 8 Steps to Hire Best Freelance App DeveloperIf you don’t hire a someone that knows what they’re doing, if you don’t delegate this out to a true professional, congrats! You’ve just taken on a new hobby.Not a business. A hobby. Learning to code takes years to master. Yes, I’ll admit: You can get a prototype out by learning a few things and using some cool tools that you find, but I still think that’s a hobby. So if “learning to code” is your one reason why you’re not in the app game right now, you need to admit that you’re just afraid. This is your obstacle.That’s because learning to code is a roadblock invented by fear. Fear of success (imposter syndrome), fear of delegation (control freak, like me) or fear of something else. It’s all just fear.My favorite pro tip for dealing with fear in your business is simply to examine it. Is it a reasonable fear? Meaning, should you be afraid? If so, you can fix that. There’s something that is wrong with the plan or idea, so fix it. If not, ignore it. Find a mentor to guide you through the process, get a pro to build it out for you and just ignore your fear. You probably have no good reason to be afraid anyway, so why not build your app without learning to code it yourself?Related: 4 Reasons to Leverage DIY Website BuildersThere are millions of apps earning billions of dollars in the app stores of the world, and as an entrepreneur, you should be staking your own claim in the gold rush of our generation. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global October 2, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Carnival Imagination heads to drydock for multimillion dollar reno

first_img Thursday, September 1, 2016 MIAMI — Carnival Imagination is scheduled to go into dry dock Sept. 4 – 25 for an extensive multimillion dollar renovation aimed at upgrading the ship’s food and beverage concepts.The new spaces will be added over the course of the three weeks. Following its makeover Carnival Imagination will resume its year-round schedule of three- and four-day Baja cruises from Long Beach, California.The new additions will include:Guy’s Burger Joint, a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries Travelweek Group RedFrog Rum Bar, a poolside watering hole with Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a festive outdoor bar offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beersCherry On Top with bins of bulk candy, fun gifts and novelties, custom apparel and more Posted by Alchemy Bar, a  ‘cocktail pharmacy’-themed lounge where mixologists ‘prescribe’ concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients with creative monikers like Forty is the New Twenty and The Restorative Basil DropMore news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise Collection BlueIguana Cantina, a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic, freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar Carnival Imagination heads to drydock for multimillion dollar reno Carnival Imagination already offers a WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot Twister slide, the Serenity adults-only retreat and the Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.“Carnival Imagination provides a convenient, value-packed West Coast cruise option and with these new enhancements we’re making this fantastic ship even better,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Allinclusive pioneer Club Med now going allin with Groups business

first_img TORONTO — In seven years Club Med’s Groups business has tripled out of the Canadian market.Not only that, the Club Med team dedicated to Group sales has also doubled in the past few years.Last night’s Meetings & Events by Club Med reception, presented with partner Air Transat in Toronto, was hosted by one of those new additions to the Club Med Groups team, Lori de Montmorency.For several months now Montmorency has served as Club Med’s MICE BDM based in Toronto, dedicated to Club Med’s MICE sales for English Canada.And in 2016 the department launched a new brand identity, to better translate how Club Med can offer different types of group experiences. More details are at en.meetings-events-clubmed.ca/.Already the all-inclusive pioneer, Club Med has gone all-in on Groups business too. Why? “The MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) market is very important for Club Med as we are able to offer experiences for corporate clients that want to bring their team at destination,” says Melanie St-Germain, Groups Sales Manager for Meetings & Events by Club Med.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemShe added: “Companies value more and more their colleagues working with them. Companies are looking to share a message through corporative events (eg. trainings, meetings), reinforce ties through team buildings activities (creative, social, active) and bring together their teams through pleasant moments including entertainment and dinners.“In one location, Club Med can provide all those aspects thanks to our MICE and leisure offer at destination.”Agents can position Club Med’s product “as a great asset for the company to create immediate return on investment, in regards to employee loyalty,” she adds.The MICE market is a big piece of Groups business but it’s not the only piece and St-Germain wants agents to know that plenty of Groups opportunities exist beyond MICE. “Welcoming groups at Club Med is very diversified and not only for MICE groups,” says St-Germain. Examples include training & educational programs, product launches, sports programs (eg. ski, golf, scuba diving, tennis, etc.) and, of course, family reunions and destinations weddings.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionClub Med resorts have Groups coordinators on site and together with the property’s G.O.s, “we are able to offer tailored experiences to different types of groups and provide specific atmospheres in different parts of the resort.”Club Med’s dedicated Groups team in Canada can organize and coordinate the program for the client, from activities to booking and setting up meetings rooms, to dining logistics, private dining and excursions, plus flights, she adds. << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Club Med Posted by All-inclusive pioneer Club Med now going all-in with Groups businesslast_img read more