Strengthening AgriTourism Link To Reduce Food Import Bill

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 10 IMMIGRATION KIOSKS INSTALLED AT SANGSTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Related Items:agri-tourism, food import bill, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, reduce, Tourism Linkages Hub Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 3 (JIS): Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the strengthening of linkages between tourism and agriculture has the potential to boost both sectors and reduce the country’s food import bill.He said a demand study conducted by the Tourism Linkages Hub, housed in the Ministry, indicates that tourism can potentially generate the “greatest benefits” for farmers and the suppliers of local produce.Dr. McNeill was addressing tourism and agriculture interests at the first in a series of Tourism Linkages Hub stakeholders’ consultations held recently at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester.Noting that the tourism industry is “doing quite well,” welcoming some 3.5 million stopover and cruise ship visitors over the past two years, he said the sector has also attracted “significant levels of investments” with an additional 5,500 hotel rooms earmarked for development over the next three years.Dr. McNeill said the Government is looking to translate the success of the sector to other segments of the society, including the agricultural sector. He argued that by producing food and selling it to the hotels, attractions, and guest houses, the money stays in Jamaica and reduces imports. “That’s what we want to do…that’s how we are going to grow the economy of Jamaica, and that’s how we are going to enrich Jamaicans,” the Minister said.Dr. McNeill said that for the linkage to work, all stakeholders must collaborate to determine the produce needed, and how these will the supplied in terms of volume, quality, cost, and timelines.“I have said to the hub that we are going to put the systems in place. They have done the demand study; I have gone through it… (but) more work needs to be done; we are going to have to drill down even more into this area (agriculture),” Dr. McNeill said.“The opportunities are there; it’s up to us to really push and do it,” he added.In his remarks, Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said the agro-tourism linkage is an idea “whose time has come.”He commended Dr. McNeill on his vision to establish the linkages hub, and the focus on increasing the supply of local produce to the tourism market. “Dr. McNeill and his team truly understand that cuisine is, indeed, a major component of the tourism and hospitality industry, and that market, therefore, is an attractive and lucrative one for the agricultural sector,” he noted.Mr. Kellier said a close examination of Jamaica’s high food import bill shows that a large proportion of the products brought in goes to the tourism sector.“We believe, however, that Jamaican produce and our renowned cuisine must be a part of the menu provided in our hotels and resorts. We, therefore, welcome every strategy that will enable us to increase our supply to a market that has come right into our front room,” he stated.Mr. Kellier added that: “Jamaica can only prosper on a sustainable basis when we develop and maintain linkages to ensure that every industry and economic activity allows as many people as possible, to prosper.”Over 50 representatives of public and private sector institutions and interests attended the meeting. Recommended for you Tourism Minister Welcomes Spanish Hotel Chain Melia Jamaica Secures Additional Airline Seats Out Of Europelast_img read more

Hasina prefers oneparty rule not inclusive polls BNP

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBNP on Monday voiced frustration over prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s comment on the 11th parliamentary polls, saying it has manifested the government’s intention of establishing one-party rule instead of ensuring an inclusive election.Talking to reporters after attending a programme at Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) auditorium, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the nation has got disappointed with Sheikh Hasina’s press conference comments as she turned down people’s main demand of holding the next polls under a non-party administration.”The prime minister is pursuing a path of establishing a one-party rule. We didn’t find her intention of accepting people’s verdict. She also has no plan to take steps for creating a level-playing field and equal scope for all the parties to ensure a participatory election,” he said.The BNP leader alleged that the government has again started arresting BNP leaders and activists across the country to hold a lopsided election. “A fair election can’t be held if you (Awami League) carry out unilateral campaign by arresting opposition leaders and activists.”Fakhrul said people had an expectation that the prime minister at her Sunday’s press conference would come up with some positive comments on creating a democratic atmosphere for holding a credible election in the greater interest of people, but she has failed to do so.”The prime minister’s comments over people’s rights and the national election have frustrated the entire nation. Holding a fair election under an impartial government is now people’s main demand, but she has rejected it as she said everything will happen as per the constitution,” he observed.The BNP leader said the constitution is a manmade document, and it can be amended anytime in people’s interest. “You (govt) have repeatedly amended the constitution to protect your own interests.”On Sunday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina at a press conference said she will neither take any step for bringing BNP to the election nor obstruct it from joining the polls. “There’s no question of holding discussions with them (BNP), no matter who says what.”She also turned down BNP’s demand of holding the next polls under a non-party administration, saying Bangladesh will follow the system practised in India and Britain.The press conference was arranged to brief the media about the outcomes of her just-concluded visit to Nepal for attending the 4th BIMSTEC summit.Sought his comment on the prime minister’s refusal to hold any dialogue with BNP, Fakhrul said she did the same in 2012-13, but finally forced to invite Khaleda Zia for talks.He also said they will unite people and realise their all demands by foiling the government’s all ‘evil designs’. “People are our strength.”Earlier, speaking at Youth Forum’s Bangladesh Youth Parliament programme at the SCBA auditorium, Fakhrul urged the young generation to come up to take the country forward, and build a happy prosperous and democratic Bangladesh.He criticised the government for what he said repressing those students who waged movements seeking quota reform and safe roads.Fakhrul urged the youth to turn around braving all obstacles to take the country to the right track.last_img read more

Kashmiri journalist detained by Indian troops

first_imgIndian security force personnel keep guard alongside a road during restrictions after the government scrapped the special constitutional status for Kashmir, in Srinagar 15 August, 2019. Photo: ReutersIndian troops detained a Kashmiri reporter working for a local newspaper in an overnight raid at his house in the Tral area of Southern Pulwama district, his family said on Thursday.Irfan Ahmad Malik, 28, works for Greater Kashmir, the largest circulation daily newspaper in the Kashmir valley. It was not immediately clear why he had been detained.The arrest comes as the Kashmir region remains under a clampdown by the Indian army and police, including the blacking out of phone and internet connections, in lockstep with the Indian government’s announcement on Aug. 5 that it was taking away special status from Jammu and Kashmir state.”The troops jumped over the compound wall of our house last night at around 11:30 p.m.,” said Malik’s father, Mohammad Amin Malik, 57.”We were asleep, they knocked at the door. We opened the door and troops asked for Irfan. He was taken along. We asked for reasons behind his arrest, they decline to say anything,” he said.A spokesman for the Jammu and Kashmir government, Rohit Kansal, told Reuters that he would seek information about the arrest.“I just heard about the incident. We are trying to verify it. We will collect details and look into it. As of now we have no information,” he said.More than 500 local leaders and activists have been detained in the past 12 days of the crackdown.Malik had worked for the paper for the past three years in the restive town of Tral, which is a hotbed of militancy in a decades-old Kashmiri separatist movement.Malik’s father said he was told by an officer at the Awantipora police station on Thursday morning that there were “orders from the top” to arrest his son but the local police did not know the reason. They declined to release him.Wiping away her tears, Malik’s mother, Haseena, told Reuters: “We curse the day he chose to become a journalist.”Both parents spoke to Reuters in Srinagar, where they were hoping to see officials to plead for their son’s release.India’s move this month tightened New Delhi’s grasp over the country’s only Muslim-majority region. It means that non-residents will no longer be banned from buying property in the state and state government jobs will no longer be reserved for residents.last_img read more

Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas officially opens to huge fanfare

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, April 6, 2017 Travelweek Group NASSAU — How do you make a splash in the Bahamas? By calling in a live Junkanoo Band, of course, which is exactly what Warwick Hotels and Resorts did to mark the grand opening of Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas.In a lavish ceremony fit for dignitaries and party revellers alike, the resort made its official debut following a US$50 million transformation into a four-star, adults-only, all-inclusive property.More than 300 guests, including Bahamas government and parliament officials, attended the resort’s official grand opening on March 31. A soft opening took place on Oct. 28, 2016, after which key projects were finalized prior to its grand opening ceremony last month.The evening’s program was held on the 10,000 square-foot Warwick Sunset Terrace and began with a musical performance by the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Richard Chiu, President of Warwick Hotels and Resorts, opened the ceremony by complimenting the outstanding service provided by the resort’s Bahamian staff, which he said is often cited in guest comments.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas gave the keynote address in which he detailed the number of Bahamians employed by the resort and reiterated Chiu’s sentiments regarding the resort’s commitment to train employees to provide levels of service synonymous with the Warwick brand.Following the formal speeches, Prime Minister Christie and Ann Chiu, wife of Richard Chiu, officially opened the resort with a ribbon cutting ceremony.Guests were treated to a Caribbean Tasting Reception highlighted by seafood dishes, sushi, various cuts of meats, side dishes, hors d’ oeuvres, and desserts. Entertainment on the Warwick Sunset Terrace was provided by Ira Storr and the Spank Band, a Junkanoo Band, and Action Limbo King. The festivities continued in the resort’s Junkanoo Beat entertainment room with dancing to live music by VIP Band.Situated along Nassau Harbour just 30 minutes from Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport, Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas features 250 rooms on 12 floors, five dining options, two bars, a fully equipped fitness centre, entertainment, an onsite gift shop and a tour desk offering sightseeing options to nearby attractions. Amber Spa, an onsite, full-service spa and salon, offers a menu of services for an additional charge.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesFor more information go to warwickhotels.com/paradise-island-bahamas.Ann Chiu (left) and The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, cut the ribbon officially opening Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas while Lenora Symonette, wife of Lorenzo “TC” Symonette, Hotel Manager, Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas, holds the ribbon.From Left to Right: orenzo “TC” Symonette, Hotel Manager, Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas; G.Paul LeBlanc, Special Assistant to the President, Warwick Hotels and Resorts; Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas; Ann Chiu, wife of Richard Chiu; The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas; Richard Chiu, President, Warwick Hotels and Resorts; Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism of the Bahamas; Warren Chiu, Vice President, Warwick Hotels and Resorts; Amanda Kim Chiu, wife of Warren Chiu; and Richard Pan, son-in-law of Richard Chiu.center_img Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas officially opens to huge fanfare Share Tags: Bahamaslast_img read more