Tweet BusinessCoronavirusLifestyleLocalNews Agro Processors Advocate for Enhanced Food Security Through Support of Local Industries by: – April 2, 2020 Share 82 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for sourcing locally produced food and food products is increasing. In Dominica, we are challenged with the potential risks associated with food insecurity based on our significant reliance on imported foods.According to Forbes Magazine Senior Contributor, Daphne Ewing-Chow in article ‘Five Ways That COVID-19 Has Changed What Food Insecurity Looks Like In The Caribbean’, “between 80 and 90 per cent of all food consumed in the region (in the amount of about $6 billion according to the latest numbers) originates from foreign countries, creating greater uncertainty between the months of June to November when there is an elevated risk of hurricanes.”As such, increased collaboration with and among primary industries (farming and fisheries) and the agro processing industry is vital to food security. It is vital to ensure that innovative approaches are taken to preserve and add value to local food resources.Benjo’s Seamoss & Agro Processing Co. Ltd and Bannis Farms Products have pledged their support to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investments in response to COVID-19. On the March 31st 2020, the companies donated ten (10) cases of assorted Seamoss drinks (240 bottles) and 15 packs of plantain chips (240 packets). Four (4) cases of Seamoss drinks and six (6) packs of plantain chips were donated to the Ministry’s frontline workers, whilst six (6) cases of Seamoss drinks and nine (9) packs of plantain chips were donated to the persons at the quarantine facilities.Mr. John Robin, Owner of Benjo’s Seamoss & Agro Processing Co. Ltd indicated, “As agro processors our primary role is to make food products available for public consumption. In collaboration with Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) and DominicaManufactures Association (DMA), we recognize that increasing and diversifying our domesticfood stocks will contribute to the enhancement of our food security and resilience from increasing crises.”
April 8, 2020 The 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled for July 27-Aug. 7 and the multisport European Championship is currently slated for Aug. 11-21 in Munich.World Athletics has also postponed the bidding processes for 2023 World Athletics Series events. They will now open in November 2020.___Formula One says it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic.F1 has postponed eight races so far this season and the Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled. Associated Press F1 says senior leadership figures will take “voluntary pay cuts while still continuing to work and not in furlough.”CEO Chase Carey will take a “much deeper” pay cut.The McLaren and Williams teams had already put some staff on furlough schemes. McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have also taken pay cuts.The season is currently scheduled to begin in France on June 28. F1 management has said it still hopes to hold between 15 and 18 races this year in place of the original 22.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says the body has “cash-flow” problems because of the Olympic and Paralympic postponement until 2021. Andrew Parsons says about 5% of spending is being cut from the IPC’s budget. A 2018 financial report showed a budget of 24 million euros ($25.7 million).Parsons says the problem was due partly to broadcast rights holders who want to delay their payments until the product is delivered.Parsons says it’s not a question of “losing money” but rather some temporary belt tightening.He says “like all businesses we are tremendously affected by the COVID-19 crisis.”He says he is dealing with 150 contracts that are games-related but adds “we have no plans to let any staff go at the moment.” The Latest: Paralympic committee has ‘cash-flow’ problems ___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, have been rescheduled for July 15-24, 2022.The event was pushed back a year because the Tokyo Olympics were delayed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The track worlds were originally scheduled for Aug. 6-15, 2021.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says 2022 will be a “bonanza for athletics fans around the world” with the Commonwealth Games beginning in Birmingham, England, only three days after the track worlds. A two-time Olympic finalist in the 800 meters has died after getting infected with the coronavirus.The Italian Olympic Committee says Donato Sabia has died. He was 56.CONI says he is the first Italian Olympian to die with the virus.Sabia finished fifth in the 800 at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and seventh at the 1988 Seoul Games. He also won the 800 at the 1984 European Indoor Championships.Sabia died in his hometown of Potenza in southern Italy shortly after his father also died from the virus. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
ENGLAND’S Test against Ireland hangs in the balance despite nightwatchman Jack Leach’s 92 at Lord’s.His second-wicket stand of 145 with Jason Roy, who hit 72, looked to have nullified the damage of England being 85 all out in their first innings.But Leach, missing out on becoming the first England nightwatchman to make a Test century, was part of a collapse of 4-23 and 7-77.At 248-8, England were just 126 ahead, only for Sam Curran to launch an audacious counterattack of 37 from 21 balls.With Stuart Broad also battling to 21 not out, England had reached 303-9 – a lead of 181 – when the threat of lightning then rain ended the second day’s play.It sets up an intriguing finale, when Ireland – playing in only their third Test – will have the opportunity to pull off one of the greatest shocks of all-time.Even if England do not add any further runs this morning, the chase on a slow pitch and in conditions offering movement will be a tricky one.Still, should England’s bowlers save them once more, it will not mask the disappointment of such a substandard performance, just a week before the Ashes starts.The last three days at Lord’s have been extraordinary.First was that heart-stopping World Cup final, then England being bowled out before lunch on day one of this match, then, perhaps most unlikely of all, the runs made by Leach.His comfort at the crease made a mockery of the struggles of England’s recognised batsmen and the fact remains that, without him, England may have already lost this match.While England again contributed to their own problems, credit must be given to Ireland, who toiled in 37C heat when Leach and Roy were together.Although catches went down and batting was being made to look comfortable, Ireland stuck to their task with tenacity to avoid being batted out of the game.Regardless of the result today – either England being bowled to victory or Ireland pulling off the most famous of wins – another memorable day is in prospect. ENGLAND’S UNLIKELY HEROLeft-hander Leach, playing in his first home Test, batted at number 11 in the first innings yet found himself opening when England had to survive one over on Wednesday evening.Bespectacled, a sufferer of Crohn’s disease and with a previous highest score this season of nine, he was an unlikely batting hero but compiled an innings of patience, sound judgement and touches of class.When play began, Leach looked much more assured than the scratchy Rory Burns, who needlessly pushed at a wide ball to be caught behind off Boyd Rankin for only six.Leach enjoyed some fortune – on 64 he survived a very tough chance to leg slip and on 72 a much more straightforward catch was put down by wicketkeeper Gary Wilson, both off pace bowler Rankin.He played cuts and drives in the company of debutant Roy, who overcame a skittish start to time the ball sweetly and recapture his form of the World Cup.It was Roy who began the collapse, bowled playing a loose drive at Stuart Thompson, leaving Leach to inch towards history.He was dropped at second slip by Mark Adair off Tim Murtagh, only to be held by the same man later the same over and depart to a rousing ovation.ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER ENGLAND COLLAPSELeach had laid England a platform, one from which they failed to build, thanks to a repeat of some of Wednesday’s awful batting, Ireland’s persistence and a calamitous run-out.It was Joe Denly who fell victim when Joe Root sent him back, a gift to Ireland that was matched by the loose drives of Root and Chris Woakes, both caught behind off debutant Adair.By the time they fell, Jonny Bairstow was lbw to Adair to complete a pair and Moeen Ali poked Rankin behind. Both look horribly out of form before the Ashes.With England in danger of subsiding, Curran countered, flaying the ball through the off side and swatting a six over fine leg and one over long-off.He eventually played a shot too many and was caught at deep square leg off Thompson, leaving Broad to eke out more runs with last man Olly Stone until the weather intervened.ENGLAND 1st innings 85; Ireland 1st innings 207ENGLAND 2nd inningsJack Leach c Mark Adair b Tim Murtagh 92Rory Burns c Gary Wilson b Boyd Rankin 6Jason Royb Stuart Thompson 72Joe Denly run-out Kevin O’Brien 10Joe Root c Gary Wilson b Mark Adair 31Jonny Bairstow lbw Mark Adair 0Moeen Ali c Gary Wilson b Boyd Rankin 9Chris Woakes c Andrew Balbirnie b Mark Adair 13Sam Curran c James McCollum b Stuart Thompson 37Stuart Broad not out 21Olly Stone not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-7, nb-4) 12Total: (9 wkts, 77.4 overs) 303Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-171, 3-182, 4-194, 5-194, 6-219, 7-239, 8-248, 9-293.Bowling: Tim Murtagh 18-3-52-1, Mark Adair 20-7-66-3 (nb-1), Boyd Rankin 17-1-86-2 (nb-1), Stuart Thompson 12.4-0-44-2 (nb-2), Andy McBrine 10-1-47-0.