No agreement on lifting catfish ban – Holder

first_imgIt has been over one year since the United States imposed a ban on the exportation of catfish from Guyana. To date, the Agriculture Ministry has fostered discussions, but there has been no definite conclusion on when the sanction would be lifted.Agriculture MinisterNoel HolderSpeaking with Guyana Times, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder recently posited that discussions with his US counterpart would continue in the future.“We’re still in talks with the Americans. There’s no conclusion as yet … We will have discussions later and then we’ll get closer,” Holder said.Last February, he had pointed towards the bureaucratic movement between the Fisheries Department of the Agriculture Ministry and the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department of the Public Health Ministry as one of the main challenges against compliance with the US-imposed catfish ban, which was enforced to achieve standardisation of seafood entering the country.Holder had stated that while work has been done to lift the ban, it was an international issue which had to be dealt with in a holistic manner. At that time, “nothing new” had emerged from discussions, and they were working towards an arrangement to adhere to the standards set out by the United States of America.“There is nothing new on it. It’s the question of coming to an arrangement with the US concerning our adherence to their rule or how we can best adhere to it. We just can’t lift the ban, because it is worldwide and not just against Guyana,” the Minister said.He sought to mention that if the Food Safety Authority – which was brought into force by the Food Safety Bill – was established, the process would have been faster than having two Ministries involved.“We are working with the US. If we had the Food Safety Authority in place, it would have been way much faster but what is happening here is that you have two different ministries involved … the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries Department and the Ministry of [Public] Health Food and Drug Department, so the bureaucratic movement between Ministries have some challenges.”The Food Safety Bill was presented to the National Assembly in 2016, providing for a Food Safety Authority, which would spearhead all aspects of food production, including preparation and transportation for exportation.Meanwhile, on the part of the Public Health Ministry, former junior Minister Dr Karen Cummings was quoted as saying that “progress” has been made on their end, but she did not elaborate.Last December, Holder was questioned by Opposition officials as to what Government has been initiating to lift the ban after some $14.7 million was set aside for the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism as part of Guyana’s contribution to international organisations.Then Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira questioned whether Guyana could get help from this very organisation, to which Holder replied in the affirmative. She also enquired whether legislation was being drafted to assist Guyana with gaining compliance.According to the regulations, Guyana must be able to catch catfish and transport fish to a processing plant while it is alive. This is in contrast to the normal practice here, in which the fish is caught, disembowelled and the carcass is iced until it reaches the shore.last_img read more

Man City star out of Arsenal clash with ‘massive problem’

first_imgManchester City will be without midfielder Fernando and striker Stevan Jovetic for this weekend’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.Fernando limped out of the surprise loss to Stoke a fortnight ago with a groin injury and also looks likely to miss key encounters with Bayern Munich and Chelsea in the next week.Meanwhile, Jovetic, who has impressed in the early part of the season, scoring twice against Liverpool last month, suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Montenegro last week.Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “We have Fernando out injured – he has a massive problem, maybe a couple of weeks more, and also Stevan Jovetic. He came back from his national team with a problem in his hamstring. I hope Stevan could be fit next week, thought I am not sure.” 1 Fernando in action against Liverpool last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – November 10, 2010

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – October 19, 2011October 19, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Introduce Friends to Geocaching with this 1 Free AppJune 30, 2014In “Geocaching Info”Geocaching.com “Action” Challenges – A Sneak PeekAugust 15, 2011In “Community” Geocaching for Windows Phone 7Discover Groundspeak’s official Geocaching Application for the new Windows Phone 7 Operating System. Windows Phone 7 devices are now available in North America and many European and Asian countries. The Geocaching for Windows Phone 7 Application is available in English, with plans to support multiple languages in the near future.Features include:• Instant, direct access to Geocaching.com’s database of worldwide geocaches• Search by current location, address or GC code• Access geocache details, including description, photo gallery, attributes, recent logs, hint and inventory• Log geocache finds and post notes in the field• Download active Pocket Queries (Premium Member feature)• Filter geocaches that you and 4 of your closest geocaching partners have already found (Premium Member feature)View screenshots and check out more application features here.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

How to Massively Shorten Your Sales Cycle

first_imgIf you want to massively shorten your sales cycle, it’s relatively easy to do.First, target your dream clients, the prospects for whom you can create breathtaking, earth shattering, jaw dropping value. You know the ones I mean. The ones who perceive massive value from what you do. The ones who have the exact challenges you resolve. The ones trying to get to the future that you provide.Wasting time with prospects who don’t value what you do deprives you of the time you need to spend with your dream clients. Stick to your sweet spot, come Hell or high water.Second, call your dream clients on the telephone. Don’t email them first. Don’t connect with them on Twitter. Don’t wait for marketing. Don’t wait for inbound. Don’t even hang out in a LinkedIn Group commenting on questions. Seriously, if you want to compress the sales cycle, start by compressing the time it takes you to get a meeting.I asked a small group of salespeople to make phone calls for two hours today. They booked 22 appointments in that two hours. When time is of the essence, act like it.Third, make sure that you create enough value in every interaction that you deserve the right to ask for the next commitment you need to move the process forward. Never leave a client interaction without obtaining the next commitment. The reason it takes longer to win deals is because salespeople make three calls to do what they might have done in one call.Your sales process should outline those commitments. When you leave a meeting without a commitment, you have failed. And you’ve failed your dream client by taking longer to help them get better results.There are no secrets here. These are the fundamentals. This is all blocking and tackling; three yards and cloud of dust.If your sales cycle is longer than it needs to be (or if your pipeline is shallow), ask yourself which of these three fundamentals you aren’t practicing. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Financial assistance for export-oriented sectors

first_imgThe Rajasthan government has made a provision for financial assistance to export units for participating in exhibitions organised abroad. The move is set to benefit export-oriented sectors such as gems and jewellery, textiles and dimensional stone.State Industries Minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat said here on Tuesday that an export unit would get a maximum of ₹3 lakh every year for taking part in three international exhibitions. He said the State government had set a target for increasing exports threefold from ₹40,776 crore in 2016-17 to ₹1,21,000 crore in the years to come.With their participation in the foreign expos, the exporters would be able to get first-hand information about the demand in the global markets and formulate their plans and strategies accordingly, said Mr. Shekhawat.The Minister said the list of recipients of the export awards for 2015-16 and 2016-17 would be announced shortly. The products which are exported from the State are mainly from sectors like textile, agro and food products, engineering, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, dimensional stone, minerals, plastic, handicrafts, ready-made garments and carpets.last_img read more

ONE: Suzuki makes quick work of PH’s Pacio

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Suzuki had early control of the match and eventually slapped a rear-naked choke on Pacio as the Filipino tapped out 3:17 into the first round.Pacio was supposed to vie for the title once more, after losing his first championship match against Yoshitaka Naito, in the event of a win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hayato Suzuki vs Joshua Pacio. in their ONE Championship bout in Macau. PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPMACAU—Hayato Suzuki derailed Joshua Pacio’s title aspirations after scoring a quick victory in their strawweight clash in ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors Saturday at Cotai Arena here.The Japanese is still undefeated and improved to 17-0-2 while Pacio slipped to 9-2 and his second loss in three fights.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Boku spoils Kelly’s ONE Championship return DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Dope scandal: Athlete Sini Jose blames coaches

first_imgSini Jose has been provisionally suspended by NADA after flunking dope test for anabolic steroid.Sini Jose, one of the eight athletes who recently tested positive for banned substances, on Wednesday blamed the country’s athletics coaches for the scandal.A member of the Commonwealth Games 4×400 metre gold winning quartet, Jose lifted the lid on the doping scandal. It was the first time that any of the tainted athletes came out accusing the coaches of giving them performance enhancing drugs in the name of vitamins.Jose said: “We had taken vitamins (not contaminated food supplements). Our coach had given us some vitamins. We are innocent.”The athletes had earlier claimed that they did not know how the banned substances got into their system. They had blamed adulterated food supplements or food contamination.Earlier in the day, three of the eight athletes, who had failed dope test, appeared before a National Anti-Doping Agency panel for their B sample examination. Jose, Tiana Mary and Juana Murmu were summoned by the NADA panel.The Union sports ministry had on Tuesday directed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to sack the foreign athletics coaches.last_img read more

2013 Australian Masters Games – Geelong

first_imgThe 14th Australian Masters Games are being held in Geelong in October 2013. The Australian Masters Games is one of Australia’s largest multi-sport events, with 55 confirmed sports, and is open to any players who meet the age requirements for whichever sport they choose to participate in. The Touch Football event will be held from Sunday 6th to Wednesday 9th October at King Lloyd Reserve in Newtown, Geelong. The minimum age for Touch is 30 years old (or 27 for females playing in a mixed team). Further infrmation in relation to the event is available from the attachment and www.australianmastersgames.com. Related Filestouch_football-pdfRelated LinksMasters Gameslast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitions

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitionsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have released a statement to assure supporters of the club’s ambitions.In a statement issued to a fans’ forum earlier this month, United sought to assure supporters that on-field success comes before commercial deals for them.A United statement read: “Everyone at the club, from the owners down, is focused on competing for and winning trophies at the highest level. “To do that we have invested heavily in the playing squad and will continue to do so.”At the same time, the exciting pool of talent coming through from our youth and academy sections is a result of increased investment in this area over the last five years. It’s important to note that while our successful commercial operation helps drive that investment, the priority is the focus on achieving success on the pitch.”Similarly, it is worth noting that we are not looking at or buying players based on their commercial appeal. We agree that recruitment is critical. We are committed to getting this right and there has been huge investment in this area to put our recruitment department into a position to be able to deliver the manager the players he wants. This process is significantly more effective than four or five years ago.” last_img read more

5 days agoVardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester winby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy was furious with Burnley fans after the visiting fans mocked the striker’s wife for her role in the much-publicised row with Coleen Rooney. Vardy’s wife, Rebekah, was involved in a huge Twitter spat during the international break in which Coleen Rooney, wife of Wayne Rooney, publicly accused Rebekah of leaking private stories about the Rooney family to the press. During Leicester’s win, Burnley fans however took the opportunity to goad Vardy, chanting: ‘Jamie Vardy, your wife is a grass’ while the away side were leading 1-0 in the Premier League game.Vardy equalised for the home side just before the half time break and was quick to run over to the Burnley fans to vent his frustrations at them. last_img read more