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PM Opens New $1.25 Billion Production Facility at Trade Winds Citrus

first_img In his address at the Bog Walk facility, Mr. Holness assured business interests that the Administration has already begun the process of creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to take greater calculated risks. A new Tetra Pak production facility, which was developed at a cost of $1.25 billion by Trade Winds Citrus Limited (TWCL) in St. Catherine, was officially opened on May 30 by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. The Prime Minister was led on a tour of the new facility, where he observed the packaging of the Tetra Pak juices. Story Highlights A new Tetra Pak production facility, which was developed at a cost of $1.25 billion by Trade Winds Citrus Limited (TWCL) in St. Catherine, was officially opened on May 30 by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.TWCL is the manufacturer and distributor of a number of beverages and other products, including Tru-Juice, Freshhh, Wakefield, Tru-Tea, Squeezz and Calico Jack Rum Punch.In his address at the Bog Walk facility, Mr. Holness assured business interests that the Administration has already begun the process of creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to take greater calculated risks.Mr. Holness said the risks that will be taken and those already taken by entrepreneurs will redound to their interest.“I am certain that TWCL will be rewarded in pocket, in your balance sheet, and in the growth of assets, because of this investment,” he said.The Prime Minister argued that the rewards accrued from taking the risks must trickle down to employees, “whose jobs would be far more secure”.Furthermore, he suggested that where possible, employees’ incomes must also reflect these rewards.“If we can get more companies to do this, if this can be replicated across Jamaica, then that is growth and that is prosperity,” he said.Mr. Holness indicated that, so far, he has been encouraged by entrepreneurs who have been taking risks, emphasising that growth in Jamaica is a partnership, and his role requires making it easier for entrepreneurs to invest and to project the future.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister noted that his effort to synergise agriculture with industry and commerce, as is evident by TWCL, is an example of the Government’s vision on agro-processing.Mr. Holness informed that in the coming months, more of his time will be devoted to deepening the connectedness of agriculture to industry and commerce, to accelerate the pace of economic growth.In an interview with JIS News, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, shared similar sentiments to the Prime Minister’s on his vision for agriculture.“Having raw materials coming from the farmer, going straight to processing, and from there either to hotels or the export market, will definitely benefit the farmers,” he said, while urging more companies to adopt a similar process.For his part, Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association President, Metry Seaga, lauded TWCL for continuing to respond to the growing needs of consumers, and expressed elation at the association’s partnership with TWCL.Managing Director of TWCL, Peter McConnell, said the new production facility will allow for the manufacture of juices using Tetra Pak’s ultra-high temperature technology.This will offer to consumers a “cupboard friendly” (non-refrigerated) product with a longer shelf life than the brand’s traditional chilled juices.“This investment demonstrates our confidence in the Jamaican economy. It will not only grow our economy but motivate others to invest in manufacturing of other food and beverage, as we strive towards our own food security,” he said.The Prime Minister was led on a tour of the new facility, where he observed the packaging of the Tetra Pak juices.last_img read more

Minister asks Tablig Jamaat not to make provocative remarks

first_imgHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal. File PhotoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday requested two factions of Tablig Jamaat not to make any provocative comment against each other while delivering sermons or speaking at the Ijtema ground, reports UNB.”Huge plain clothes police will remain deployed at the Ijtema ground. If anyone makes any such comment, they will take action,” said the minister while attending a meeting at the regional office of Tongi City Corporation at noon on overall preparations of 54th Biswa Ijtema.Presided over by Gazipur deputy commissioner Dewan Mohammad Humayun Kabir, the programme was attended by state minister for religious affairs lawyer Sheikh Abdullah, state minister for youth and sports Jahid Ahsan Rasel, Gazipur city mayor Jahangir Alam, IGP Javed Patwary, RAB DG Benazir Ahmed, and Gazipur Metropolitan Police commissioner YM Belalur Rahman .Representatives from two disputing groups Tablig Jamaat, one led by Maulana Wasekh and the other by Moulana Zubair and Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, attended the meeting.As part of the security, separate control rooms of RAB and police have been opened.Besides, 16,000 members of law enforcing agencies have been deployed and several layers security will be arranged on the occasion.Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest congregations of Muslims, will be held for four days in a single phase from 15 February this time.last_img read more

HISD Planning More Than 200 Million In Budget Cuts To Address Deficit

first_imgTravis BubenikKashmere High School, one of the Houston schools that has faced the threat of a state takeover amid the district’s budget problems. On Tuesday, district officials praised the school’s recent turnaround and growing enrollment.Houston’s school district is working on a plan to overcome a more than $200 million budget deficit. On Tuesday, Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza said despite some rumors circulating in the community, charter schools are not part of the plan.HISD currently owes the state more than $200 million – and possibly as much as $269 million – in “recapture” payments, money that districts deemed “property wealthy” have to share with other districts.Hurricane Harvey made the problem worse, causing students and their families to leave town.“We’re anticipating not only a drop in property taxes, in the valuations, but also a loss of student enrollment,” Carranza explained at a ceremony marking renovations at Kashmere High School. Carranza said officials are gearing up for what he called “extensive and drastic” budget cuts. He said the plan will not include turning public schools into charters, but it will have a big impact. He noted that 80% of the district’s budget is for employees.“Cuts are cuts,” he said. “Our goal is to keep that as far away from the classroom and teachers and teaching positions and the instruction that happens in schools as possible, but next year will look significantly different than it looks this year, because when you cut $200 million plus, it’s going to effect everything you do,” he said.In a statement, the district said Carranza is recommending a “shift to a more centralized budgeting process” for schools in the 2018-2019 school year. Under this process, the district said, principals will retain authority over hiring decisions, but the district will make sure schools have “essential positions” such as nurses, counselors and librarians.“This change is an effort to maximize the district’s limited funding while continuing to drive its initiatives,” the district’s statement read.Meanwhile, the district has what Carranza called “preliminary plans” to improve 15 under-achieving schools that are facing the threat of a state takeover. (Kashmere High School is among the schools facing that threat, though in December, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath approved a “turnaround plan” for the school that, if successful, could stem off state intervention.) Carranza said while nothing is finalized, the plans for improving schools could include campuses partnering with colleges, non-profits or community organizations. Sharelast_img read more

Topdar likely to submit detailed proposal on Kanchrapara Airfield to CM today

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee received a proposal from former Barrackpore MP Tarit Baran Topdar to develop Kanchrapara Airfield into a second airport near Kolkata.Topdar had met the Chief Minister at the state Assembly on August 13 and gave the proposal in this connection.It has been learnt that he will be giving the proposal in further detail to the Chief Minister and a written communiqué in this connection is expected to be sent to the Chief Minister on Wednesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the airfield was constructed during World War II. This comes at the time when there have been discussions between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the state government, in connection with setting up of a new airport near the city.Sources said that the state government has already taken steps to develop many such airfields to ensure air connectivity in most parts of the state. The state government is also looking into the proposal of developing Kanchrapara Airfield positively. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe decision on carrying out a feasibility test will be taken after the written proposal with more details gets submitted to the Chief Minister.The Kanchrapara Airfield is around 1,500 metres in length. Considering that the location is suitable to develop the same for flight operation, there could be steps to expand it further.According to the experts, the airfield is close to Kalyani Expressway. So, connectivity will not be a major problem and it will not take much time to reach the city from the airfield. At the same time, AIIMs is also coming up at Kalyani. It would also not take much time to reach there from the airfield.last_img read more

Education among main thrust areas of Bengal Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated on National Education Day that education is one of the thrust areas of the state government.In a tweet on Sunday, the Chief Minister stated: “Today is #NationalEducationDay. Education is one of the thrust areas of our govt in #Bangla.” She further stated in this connection: “In the last seven years, we have set up 23 new universities, 65 new colleges and many more are in the pipeline. My best wishes to all.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee also tweeted remembering Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his birth anniversary. She stated in the tweet: “Remembering freedom fighter and well-known educationist Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his birth anniversary. We have named the West Bengal University of Technology after him.” In the past seven years, the state government has taken a series of steps to improve the standard of education in the state. Starting from creating proper infrastructure across the state to bringing necessary changes in curriculum, several improvements have taken place in the past seven years. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that 22 universities, including 10 private and 12 state-run, had come up in the state in the first six years of the Mamata Banerjee government and later, one more has come up taking the total number to 23. The Green University in Hooghly and the Biswa Bangla University in Bolpur are the two major projects taken up by the state government. Setting up of Sister Nivedita University at New Town and that too in the year when her 150th birth anniversary is being celebrated, is another major move of the Mamata Banerjee government. Setting up of the 23 universities is creating opportunities for more students to go for higher studies and it is of great help for the youths as they do not need to travel long distances to carry on with higher studies. Besides higher studies, steps were taken to create better infrastructure for school level education as well. Stress was given so that children do not need to go too far for school. Under the project Sabuj Sathi, the Mamata Banerjee government has also distributed bicycles among students of classes IX, X, XI and XII. Most importantly, introduction of the Kanyashree Prakalpa has helped in bringing down the dropout rate in schools. The state government has also bagged the United Nations Public Service Award for Asia Pacific in Netherlands in 2017 for the project, thanks to which more than 50 lakh girls were benefitted.last_img read more

This Handy Gadget Is Like Google Glass For Your Car

first_imgAugust 5, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Let’s be honest. How many of us reach for our smartphone the moment we hear it ring or some type of message come in? Even when we’re driving and know we shouldn’t? Statistics say drivers are three times as likely to get into an accident when they use their phone in the car. Yet many of us do it anyway.One company has created a way for you to keep an eye on your phone without looking away from the road. Meet Navdy, a head-up display that shows driving directions, text messages and phone calls on a projection screen that looks like it’s floating on the street in front of you. The self-described “Google Glass for your car” is available for pre-order starting today, with plans to start shipping at the beginning of next year.In-vehicle head-up displays aren’t anything new. Some 1.2 million cars were sold with a head-up display system last year and about 800,000 the year before. Navdy is different from many of the options out there now, in part because of how you interact with it. Image credit: Patrick Czapla/NavdyRelated: Fade to ‘Vantablack’: Scientists Invent a Material So Black Your Eyes Can’t See It Image credit: Patrick Czapla/NavdyRelated: Say Hello to the Robotic Personal Assistant of Your Dreams“I think there’s a lot of opportunities to improve the experience of using apps and your phone in the car, and make it much better, but also make it much safer at the same time,” Navdy CEO Doug Simpson says.The head-up display unit rests on your car’s dashboard right above your steering wheel and uses a high-resolution projector to display a transparent image in front of you — visible even in bright sunlight. You can interact with the unit by talking or through gesture controls, so you never have to look away from the road in front of you. For instance, if Mom calls while you’re headed to work, you can swipe left in the air to accept the call and start talking, or swipe right to dismiss it. Regardless of your choice, your driving directions will always stay on the left side of the screen, so you won’t miss a turn while you chat.“Knobs, buttons and touch screens all force you to look down and take your eyes off the road, but touchless gestures are very natural and allow you to keep your eyes on the road,” says Simpson.Related: Get This: A Cooler That Uses Dirt to Keep Your Beers CoolUsers can decide how and when notifications appear. For instance, you can opt to not get text messages at all while you drive, or have texts read aloud to you while the car is in motion. There are also parental controls to restrict what younger drivers might be able to see on the screen.The display can also be integrated into your car’s system to display your speed, warning notifications, or even let you know how many miles you can go before you’re really out of gas. The device is powered by and connects to your car’s computer through its diagnostics port, an easy-to-access connection in every vehicle made in 1996 or after.Navdy is hoping to raise $60,000 during its 30-day pre-order campaign starting today. During the pre-order period it’s selling the device for $299, a $200 discount from its expected $499 retail price.  Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Why Some of Silicon Valleys Tech Titans Are Actual Rock Stars

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 23, 2017 Imagine a room full of PhD-educated business professionals. Seems like it wouldn’t be too exciting — just a bunch of well informed nerds. Then, a moment of intrigue when a familiar face appears. It’s Brian May, lead guitarist of a little band named Queen. Another turns out to be Greg Graffin from Bad Religion, and to the right, there’s legendary guitarist Les Paul.A moment of confusion.Is this the most epic impromptu rock concert ever? Or a science convention? Turns out, a large number of people star in both events throughout their lifetimes.Related: Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an EntrepreneurIt just so happens that Brian May is an astrophysicist and the author of The Complete History of the Universe. Greg Graffin is simultaneously a lecturer in life sciences and paleontology at UCLA, as well as the author of Population Wars: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence. Then, of course, there’s Les Paul, the jazz guitarist who invented the electric guitar and multitrack recording. Les Paul’s inventions are the catalyst of rock and roll as an art form and the foundation of the entire recorded music industry.As co-founder of the cult rock band Strangefolk and later the lead singer of Assembly of Dust, I’ve opened for The Who, Dave Matthews Band and David Crosby. I’ve performed with Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band) and folk icon Richie Havens. I’ve toured 48 states and played at Carnegie Hall.I’m also the chief marketing officer of the high-tech startup Magisto, an AI-powered video creation platform with 90 million users in 125 countries. At first glance, my interests and career path strike people as amusing if not slightly bizarre, but these two seemingly disparate aspects of my life actually deeply overlap.Related: How Jazz Music Prepared Me for Life as a CEOAt their core, both music and coding are examples of mathematical languages that, once mastered, yield amazingly creative forms of personal expression. In music the output is song, while with coding it’s often software; however, the fundamentals are the same. Each uses a mathematical composition to express oneself and to invite an audience to share his or her personal narrative. In some ways Stairway to Heaven and Minecraft are two heroically successful examples of the same mathematical and psychological process. Both Robert Plant and Markus Persson are inviting you into their world.It’s not that music theory in itself is very mathematical, it’s that music theory is math. It’s a code, invented by the famed mathematician, Pythagoras. Beneath the sound of the notes are the numbers and rules helping to organize everything from the beat and rhythm to the tune and melody. Mirroring this is computer programing, a mathematical language that organizes and creates rules for transforming abstract ideas into wonderful creations.Not surprisingly, both science and music tend to attract minds that can similarly translate ghostly abstractions into tangible “units” of creativity to be consumed by mass audiences. There is a reason for the jam room at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Albert Einstein himself used to sit and play music when he was stuck on a math problem. It’s the way the brain processes.Related: How Musicians and Artists Become Great Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial EmployeesPeople are often categorized as left or right brain dominant and, while there may be some truth to that, many are miscatogorized based on the output. Some of the most exceptional people are those who are able to traverse from one side to the other and use the numerical cleverness of the left hemisphere to create legendary musical compositions, or massive multi-player digital worlds with the right.The perceived distance between these two things may also have something to do with the way they are marketed and how they are consumed by audiences. Music is marketed as an art, which it is, and sold with emotion, lifestyle, aspirations and even the dysfunction of the band. No one is discussing the merits of a song in terms of its composition and interesting use of diminished chords. The same goes with all the best technologies. The math is invisible. People aren’t leading conversations about the latest Pixar release in terms of technological animation solutions; they’re talking about the characters and storyline. The buzz around the new Xbox isn’t centered on the hardware advancements and coding, it’s all about the new graphics and audio. The entertainment experiences and emotional value are all that matter.Related: 3 Ways to Marry Music and Technology to Grow Your StartupThere is a second layer to all of this that I find fascinating. The personalities, culture, workflow and even the business models for startups and bands are almost identical. VC firms play a very similar role to record companies. Risk-tolerant banks who expect failure and hedge on greatness also have their part in each industry. In my experience, what motivates exceptional art and engineering is not fast money, but passion, vision and a drive to change the world. A visionary leader who organizes a group of misfits that share a similar vision and, united, they set a course to defy the odds and change the world. Most bands and startups also fail for the same reasons: personal conflict, focus on exceptional product with no market, marketing with no substance, resource constraints, retaining talent, etc. The few that manage to break through the cluttered insanity do in fact change the face of history. One could argue that the iPhone and Beethoven’s Fifth are in fact two exceptional examples of the same warped but wonderful mathematical, psychological and creative archetype. The money that follows is just the material proof that they have in fact achieved their mission.Like many of my heros in both music and tech, I aspire to change the world. But, I will consider my life a success if I merely touch it. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more