Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, participates in construction work on the Bethel Town sorrel agro-processing factory, for which ground was officially broken on Wednesday, June 5. The facility is being built by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) at a cost of some $24.8 million. Ground Broken for Sorrel Plant in Westmoreland AgricultureJune 6, 2013Written by: Glenis A. Rose FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, on Tuesday, June 4, officially broke ground for the establishment of a $24.8 million sorrel processing plant in Bethel Town, Westmoreland.Work on the 204-square metre modern facility, which will consist of production area, dry and cold storage, and sorting area, as well as office and bathroom conveniences, is already well underway, and is expected to be completed within three months.It will process sorrel to make jams, jellies and juices in addition to other value-added products, while significantly reducing the need for further imports for the Jamaican market.The processing facility, which will be operated by the Bethel Town Agricultural Co-operative Society, is being constructed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) under its World Bank-funded Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI).Minister Clarke, in welcoming the project, said it symbolises Government’s intention to “seriously deal” with import substitution.“This is yet another expression that this Government intends, in a very, very serious way, to deal with import substitution and to grow the agricultural sector. Why is it we have to import sorrel concentrate into this country to make drink, when sorrel can be grown almost anywhere in Jamaica?” he queried.He informed that the Ministry is working with the Mexican Government to train persons in the use of machinery to make the harvesting of sorrel easier.He noted that farmers in Central Westmoreland are already preparing lands to plant sorrel “so you had better hurry with the construction”.General Manager at JSIF, Loy Malcolm, informed that project will “transform over 120 acres of sorrel into value-added products”.“We at JSIF are happy to be a part of this and wish you all every success in this project,” she noted.Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, and Member of Parliament for Eastern Westmoreland, Hon. Luther Buchanan, in his remarks, said the ground breaking exercise “means a brighter future for agricultural development in the parish of Westmoreland”.The agro-processing facility is expected to realise a 400 per cent increase in revenue for farmers, while generating employment opportunities for community members.Contact: Glenis A. Rose RelatedAgriculture Remains Viable – Minister Clarke Advertisements RelatedSubsistence Farmers to Receive $30 Million in Grants RelatedJAS and Digicel Sign $30 Million Sponsorship Deal Ground Broken for Sorrel Plant in WestmorelandJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay
HomeNewsReport: Democrats would need huge wave to win US House Mar. 27, 2018 at 5:00 amNewsReport: Democrats would need huge wave to win US HouseAssociated Press3 years agoapassociated pressdaily presssanta monica daily pressAssociated Press A report released Monday suggests Democrats might have to temper their enthusiasm about climbing back to power during this year’s midterm elections.To win a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats would need a tremendous electoral wave not seen in more than 40 years to overcome Republican advantages from gerrymandered districts in key states, according to an analysis from the Brennan Center for Justice .The report projects that Democrats would need to win the national popular vote for congressional districts by a nearly 11 percentage point margin over Republicans to gain more than the roughly two dozen seats they need to flip control of the Republican-led chamber.That would take more than the typical Democratic wave that history suggests would occur for the party out of power during a midterm election.“It would be the equivalent of a tsunami,” said Michael Li, a senior counsel who heads up redistricting work for the center, which is based at New York University School of Law. “Democrats would have to win larger than any sort of recent midterm wave — almost double what they got in 2006 — in order to win a narrow majority.”The Brennan Center opposes what it calls “extreme gerrymandering” in which political parties draw legislative districts that virtually ensure they will hold on to power.The center has filed a court brief in a case to be heard Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a lawsuit by Republicans alleging that Maryland’s former Democratic governor and legislature unconstitutionally gerrymandered a congressional district to their advantage.It also has filed court briefs supporting Democratic lawsuits alleging unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering by Republicans in states such as Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.The center’s analysis notes that Democrats gained 31 seats when they won the national congressional vote by 5.4 percentage points in 2006. Yet under the current districts, which were redrawn after the 2010 Census under GOP control of many state capitols, a similar national victory margin in the November election is projected to net Democrats only about a dozen new seats.The report projects that a 10 percentage point national margin would gain 21 seats for Democrats — still shy of the 23 or 24 needed to claim a House majority. An 11-point margin is projected to gain 28 seats for Democrats, but they haven’t achieved such a large midterm victory since a nearly 14 point margin gained them 49 seats in 1974.“Even a strong blue wave would crash against a wall of gerrymandered maps,” the Brennan Center report says.The analysis is based on an assumption that as a political party increases its share of the statewide vote, it will see a similar percentage increase in most congressional districts. The report does not account for particular factors at play this year in each district, such as whether incumbents are retiring or whether voter demographics have shifted.Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, said in a statement that the Brennan Center report “makes clear that Republican gerrymandering has undermined the voting power of Americans and threatens our democracy.”Matt Walter, president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, dismissed it as part of a liberal narrative to diminish previous Republican victories and boost Democratic chances.“As called for by the Constitution, map-drawing is a political process left to the authority of state legislatures, and this so-called study is another attempt by Democrats to undermine that process and replace it with liberal courts, or cherry-picked experts from liberal faculty rooms to draw maps that rig the system for Democrats,” Walter said in a statement.The report says that for Democrats to achieve an 11 percentage point national victory margin, they would need to increase their vote share by at least 7 percentage points over their 2016 totals in about a dozen states where Republicans generally had fared well, including Texas and Ohio.Democrats also would need more modest gains in traditional Democratic strongholds such as California and Illinois.Tags :apassociated pressdaily presssanta monica daily pressshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSMC saves millions after incentivizing faculty retirementsLocal architects celebrate 20 years in Santa MonicaYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours ago
Solicitor Martyn Day has told a tribunal that he did not consider the impact on soldiers of making allegations that they tortured and killed Iraqi detainees. Day, the senior partner at human rights firm Leigh Day, was asked repeatedly during today’s hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal whether he stopped to think what effect his claims were having on those he accused.The tribunal heard last week from Colonel James Coote, a major at the Battle of Danny Boy in 2004, who said his sleeping disorder returned following allegations made public at a press conference held in 2008 by Day, alongside Public Interest Lawyers director Phil Shiner. Martyn DaySenior partner, Leigh DayDay was asked by Timothy Dutton QC, representing the SRA, whether he ‘paused’ before the conference to think of those whose lives would be affected.The solicitor replied: ‘I paused to make sure we were satisfied there was decent evidence to put forward the points we were making. It is always true, when you bring a claim, there are people on the other side who are upset you are bringing a claim. I don’t think it is my job to worry about that.’Dutton asked again whether Day thought of the ‘serious impact’ on Coote and his colleagues.Day responded: ‘We wanted to make sure there was a public inquiry. Colonel Coote made the point he felt the whole matter had been resolved in 2004/05… we were right to press for a public inquiry. That is simply the way the justice system works.’Dutton asked once more: ‘Did you give any consideration to the impact of what you and Mr Shiner were saying on Major Coote?’ Day replied: ‘I thought I already answered that. No.’Day said the press conference was an ‘adjunct’ to the process of litigation, but Dutton said Day had ‘lost sight’ of the effects of his words and questioned whether he had ‘lost [his] professional independence’ at the press conference.The solicitor said: ‘We were saying to the public, having had the opportunity to interview these people [the clients alleging mistreatment] and seeing the strength of the other evidence, we thought from what we had seen it was more than likely to be true than not, but more crucially there had to be a public inquiry.’Asked by Dutton whether he accepted his conduct was reckless, Day replied: ‘Not for second.’ He added: ‘It seems to me what we were doing was in the best role of a solicitor, which was being independent of your own government and the Ministry of Defence and getting to the bottom of allegations made against our armed forces.’Earlier, Day said he felt his clients were motivated by seeking the truth rather than getting money from litigation.He was questioned on comments made by Shiner at the press conference that those listening should not believe ‘those with most to hide’.Dutton said: ‘What you and he were doing was inviting the press to treat the army as liars.’Day said: ‘He [Shiner] was saying there has been such significant evidence emerging from what happened in Iraq that to suggest it was just a couple of bad apples responsible for the odd incident was wrong and there was much more systematic abuse taking place.’Leigh Day and three solicitors, Day, Sapna Malik and Anna Crowther, all deny wrongdoing. The hearing continues.
As people, they’re the complete package. They’re good baseball players, good students, good leaders, two of the best kids I’ve ever coached. – Utah head coach Bill KinnebergSALT LAKE CITY — When they finished their careers at Taylorsville High School in 2012, Dalton and Dallas Carroll were the two best baseball players in the state but didn’t have a lot of options for college.BYU and Salt Lake Community College showed some interest, but Utah coach Bill Kinneberg was eager to sign the Carroll twins to his program, which had just finished in last place in its initial Pac-12 season.Fast-forward four years and just look where the Utes are now — on top of the Pac-12 standings. Certainly a big reason for that turnaround has been the play and just the presence of the Carroll twins on the Ute roster.Thanks to two wins over Stanford over the weekend, the Utes emerged all alone in first place in the Pac-12, an astounding accomplishment for a program that finished in last place — and by a long ways – each of the past four seasons.Dallas, who was the 5A MVP as a senior at Taylorsville in 2012, is the Utes’ third baseman, hitting .317 and leading the team with six home runs and second in RBIs with 25. Dalton, who would have been the likely prep MVP if not for his brother, is a starting pitcher for the Utes with a 5-6 record and 39 strikeouts.Kinneberg called the Carrolls “huge” recruits for the Utes four years ago and said his team got in early on the recruiting before others discovered them.“We were fortunate to get them,” Kinneberg said. “We ultimately signed them because they were the two best players in the state. They were champions and you knew right off the bat they were going to make an impact.”It helped the Utes that the Carrolls didn’t go to out-of-state showcases and weren’t exposed as much as some prep stars are. But the twins were happy to come to Utah where they had a chance to compete early and play in front of family and friends.They’ve been doing that their whole lives since growing up in Utah’s baseball mecca in Taylorsville under the tutelage of people like the legendary Edo Rottini.As identical twins, Dallas and Dalton have usually been hard to tell apart, but now it’s easy if you know that Dallas is sporting a trimmed beard, while Dalton is clean-shaven.Their personalities are similar, although Dalton, who is two minutes older, said “I would say I’m more outgoing than him.”Dallas counters with, “I’m better looking,” to which Dalton replies, “I don’t know about that. Ask anyone — I think I’m the better-looking one.”The two brothers clearly have affection for each other and do almost everything together right down to the classes they’ve taken at the U. as economics majors.“We’re really close, we’ll say things where people will say, ‘oh it’s that twin telepathy,’” says Dallas. “It’s more that kind of bond we have, growing up together and being right by each other and having that person to play catch with.”“We grew up playing together every day, so being able to go to college together and playing on the same team was huge,” adds Dalton. “We both decided to come here and play together. Not many people can say they have a brother making plays for them.”Kinneberg, who is in his 13th year as Ute coach, can’t say enough about the Carroll twins.“As individuals you can’t find better kids,” he gushes. “It starts with their character. I don’t think you’ll find anybody who doesn’t respect them. As people, they’re the complete package. They’re good baseball players, good students, good leaders, two of the best kids I’ve ever coached.”Teammates are equally appreciative of the Carrolls and what they bring to the team. Just ask senior shortstop Cody Scaggari, who has played with the twins for four years.“They’re great, full of energy and they love the game,” he said. “They’re great teammates, very likable. They do everything to win. They’re great players, great leaders, just great guys.”Kinneberg believes both of the Carroll brothers have good chances to be drafted by major league franchises after this year.While Dalton is a senior, Dallas is just a junior in eligibility since he missed his second season with a broken collarbone. But he is eligible for the draft and is considering a pro career after the season.“It’s always been something I’ve wanted to do,” Dallas said. “I’m going to focus on what I can do to win with the Utes and make our postseason goal and after that, whatever happens, happens.”“That would be huge, if that’s a possibility after this year,” says Dalton of playing professional baseball. “It’s something I would love to do and pursue and make a career out of it.”UTE NOTES: The Utes will play BYU Tuesday night at Smith’s Ballpark (7 p.m.) in Salt Lake. It is the third meeting between the two rivals this season after BYU won the first two games. … Next up in the Pac-12 for Utah is a three-game set at California this weekend. Then they will finish the season with three games against Washington the following weekend. … The Pac-12 champion gets an automatic invite to the NCAAs, and Utah is in first at 15-9, one game ahead of Washington.