International activity

first_imgFood From Britain (FFB) is advising British bakery retailers to look to Russia as a source of “tremendous opportunity”.As Moscow is due to host this year’s national World Bread Day in October 16, FFB is organising a Russian Trade Development Visit to introduce British food and drink producers to the “high-potential market” and help them identify strategies to enter or grow their presence in Russia.Food retail sales have been rising by 25.5% in 2006 to $141 billion, says FFB, and bakery sales have been increasing at a minimum rate of about 5% year-on-year.According to FFB, the growth of the Russian middle class is a significant reason for international interest in the country. It said in a statement: “The middle class have considerable disposable income, which they are increasingly keen to spend on Western brands.”Whatever disturbances are occurring in higher diplomatic circles, these consumers’ incomes continue to grow, presenting a great opportunity for British food producers.”The trip is due to take place over four days in Moscow from 17-20 September. Participants will be introduced to the Russian market through store visits and a market briefing, and will have the opportunity to meet with buyers and distributors. The visit is timed to coincide with the World Food Exhibition in Moscow, which is the largest food show in Russia.In 2006, the exhibition was attended by 1,273 companies from 54 countries. International exhibitors came from 21 different countries including Argentina, China, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Poland, the UK and the USA.last_img read more


Outdoor Updates: Hiker Found Dead on PA Hiking Trail Ruled Homicide

first_imgCows that washed ashore at Cape Lookout National Seashore after Hurricane Dorian return home Anyone with information about the death of Kaylene Roedel is asked to call the Johnstown Police Department or contact them through their new tip line by dialing tip411. “That they were happy to return home was evident as they kicked up their heels and ran down the beach once they were released on their former range on Cedar Island,” Cape Lookout National Seashore said in their Facebook post. “It took a lot of folks coming together to make this happen, and we are happy the cows made it home to Cedar Island,” added Cape Lookout National Seashore Superintendent Jeff West. For those of you following the saga of the cows that went missing from Cedar Island during Hurricane Dorian and showed up at Cape Lookout National Seashore a month later—there’s some happy news to report. Cape Lookout National Seashore recently shared on their Facebook page that the three stray cows were returned home after swimming three or four miles across Core Sound during the hurricane (this time they took a ferry.) National Christmas tree shortage caused by drought shouldn’t affect NC selection Farmers in North Carolina say that a national Christmas tree shortage won’t affect the state and they have plenty of trees to meet demand. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture reports that NC Christmas tree famers have harvested 4 million trees and expect to sell 1 million. Although demand is higher than in years past and the selling window between Thanksgiving and Christmas is shorter, the cost of trees will remain the same. High temperatures during harvest season a few years back killed thousands of trees in some northern states. In major Christmas tree producing states like Oregon, Michigan and Missouri, the 2008 recession combined with hot weather and excessive rainfall lead to a smaller harvest and the national shortage.  Death of woman found on PA hiking trail in 2016 ruled a homicide The Cambria County, PA coroner’s office has ruled the death of a 26-year-old woman found on the Honan Avenue hiking trail in Johnstown, PA to be a homicide. Hikers found the body of Kaylene Roedel of Blairsville on August 7, 2016. The coroner said the state of Roedel’s body made it difficult to determine how Roedel died and national experts had to be called in to assist in making a ruling.last_img read more


Continuing Promise 2019 Assists Venezuelan Migrants In Santa Marta, Colombia

first_imgColombian President Iván Duque visited patients seen on the USNS Comfort. (Photo: U.S. Embassy, Colombia) By Carolina González / Diálogo August 30, 2019 The medical assistance, which included more than 100 surgeries, benefited the least privileged communities, as well as Venezuelan migrants in Colombia. According to July 2019 figures from Migración Colombia, 1.4 million Venezuelans have fled to Colombia. The Santa Marta region is home to about 70,000 Venezuelans, many of whom do not have access to health services.U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, said at the start of Continuing Promise 2019: “U.S. Southern Command is committed to the region in support of our Caribbean and Latin American partners, as well as displaced Venezuelans who continue to flee the brutal oppression of the Maduro regime and its interlocking, man-made political, economic, and humanitarian crises.”Colombian President Iván Duque visited the ship during its stop in Colombia and thanked the United States “for the significant support provided in the care of nearly 6,000 patients. We saw the medical and humanitarian work the professionals of hospital ship USNS Comfort carried out. We thank the U.S. government for assisting vulnerable communities, especially Venezuelan migrants,” said Duque.For his part, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar also stressed the importance of Colombia’s solidarity in the face of the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis, which led 4 million Venezuelans to migrate in the last four years, according to a June 2019 report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. “I would like to highlight the amazing work the USNS Comfort team carried out, which is a great symbol of U.S. generosity.”One of the Venezuelan patients seen during the mission expressed her thanks and said she had to leave her country due to the lack of medical services and medication. “Hyperinflation in Venezuela is what has affected us most, all because of a very corrupt government. Health services are deplorable; the country’s situation is deplorable. Newborns and people who could be saved die every day, but Maduro’s government is letting us die,” said Maria Alvarado who is from Maracaibo, Venezuela, and has been living in Colombia for two and a half years with her husband and three children.Continuing Promise has been in operation for 12 years, conducting trips to Latin America to provide health care and surgeries to underprivileged people, and helping with school construction, veterinary services, and medical exchanges with specialists from the mission’s host countries.last_img read more


Kim Collins ready to ignite AP Invitational today at Leonora

first_img… aiming to use event to qualify for IAAF World Championship KIM Collins is in Guyana, but the 42-year-old is making it clear that he’s not here for an exhibition. Collins is hoping to use the second Aliann Pompey Invitational to qualify for next month’s IAAF World Championships in London.Collins, the 2003 100m World Champion and four-time bronze medallist in the event, will be among athletes from 20 countries, including USA, Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria and Columbia. They will be competing in the ‘AP’ Invitational, set for today at the Leonora Track and Field Centre.Olympic Games triple jump bronze medallist Leevan Sands of Bahamas, American Tawanna Meadows and Trinidad and Tobago’s two-time Olympic Games relay gold medallist Emmanual Callender are among the big names.Should Collins clock 10.12 seconds or below, he will be heading to London for the August 4 – 13 IAAF spectacle, and during an exclusive interview with Chronicle Sport yesterday, Collins believes that the mark is more than achievable.Former IAAF 100m World champion Kim Collins“I’ve had a cramp, but I’m good now. I’ve had three races since and I know my body and I know I’ll be able to do it (qualify for London) …,” said Collins.Despite not winning an Olympic medal, Collins remains one of the Caribbean’s most decorated athletes and, with a career that spans over 22 years, the St Kitts and Nevis native believes that competing at events like the AP Invitational is something all the region’s top athletes should do, since it’s a way of giving back to their fan-base and the people who are usually glued to their television to cheer them on.“It’s very important as a Caribbean person to compete within the Caribbean and the reason for that is that most persons aren’t able to travel to Europe where most of the competitions are kept, so we welcome these opportunities to compete in the Caribbean to showcase our talent to hopefully inspire the younger generation to want to be like us,” Collins stated.He added, “The best thing to come out of it is for the local athletes in these countries to come out and compete against athletes that they see on TV, because it will help to build their confidence so when they go out on the outside they don’t feel inferior, having competed against persons who have been world and Olympic Champions.”According to Collins, “Within the region, you’ll have one person that will emerge, whether it’s the 100, 200 or 400m; you’ll have someone to show that yes, the Caribbean has the talent. But the trick is, for that person to follow up and ride that and use that inspiration to show that we have more people, not just in that event, but others as well. I know that the Caribbean has the talent. We have shown that and every time a young athlete rises from the dust in the Caribbean, I feel proud and always willing to lend a helping hand wherever or however I could.”Collins burst onto the scenes in 1995 at the CARIFTA Games when he won bronze in the 100m. After that, he went on to become CAC gold medallist, Commonwealth champion, World champion, World Indoor silver medallist, among other notable medals at some of the world’s top events.“The thing is, young people they understand that it takes a lot and that comes from their own experience in competing and preparing; so when they see someone like myself who has been there for so many years, they know that it takes a lot more. It’s just a simple understanding and following the formula. Most people don’t want to do that; they get excited and just lose focus,” said Collins.Collins happens to be the oldest athlete on the international circuit, competing with the likes of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake, Justin Gatlin among other world class athletes who are all younger, but the man, considered the ‘Caribbean Pride’, told Chronicle Sport that while he sees retirement in the horizon, when to hang up his cleats is something that’s not on his mind at present.“Yes, that moment is coming but I don’t know when,” said the 42-year-old Collins who doesn’t look a day older than 30 years old.“I want to make sure that when I leave, I leave on my terms and not too soon. It is about doing the best as you can, as long as you can. I believe that God has given me a talent and I intend to showcase it. Surprisingly each year you keep going faster and faster,” Collins noted.Meanwhile several rising stars, among them Guyanese duo of Kadecia Baird and Brenessa Thompson, Jamaican Martin Manley and Antiguan sprinter Tahir Walsh are also set to take centre stage at the IAAF sanctioned event today.Banks DIH Men’s 100m: Kim Collins (SKN), Emmanual Callender (TTO), Tre Houston (BER), Jeremy Bascom (GUY), Jaquone Hoyte (BAR), Rupert Perry (GUY), Owen Adonis (GUY), Tevin Garrway (GUY), Emanuel Archibald (GUY), Caesar Compton (GUY), Tahir Walsh (ANT), Levi Codogan (BAR), Yancarlos Martinez (DOM), Fred Dorsey (USVI) and Chavanghn Walsh (ANT).last_img read more


Five key moments in Wales 3 Belgium 1

first_imgLille, FRANCE | AFP |Wales qualified for their first ever major tournament semi-final in their debut at the European Championship by coming from behind to beat Belgium 3-1 in Lille on Friday.A mouthwatering semi-final meeting with Portugal will see Welsh star Gareth Bale go up against his Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.Here AFP Sports looks at the five key moments from the game: Belgium three times unluckyA strong Belgian start looked sure to be rewarded on seven minutes only for three desperate blocks on the Welsh line to save Chris Coleman’s side. Wayne Hennessey smothered Yannick Carrasco’s initial effort before Joe Allen and Neil Taylor put their bodies on the line to deny Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard’s follow-up efforts.Nainggolan rocketThe Red Devils’ pressure paid dividends in spectacular style when Radja Nainggolan connected sweetly to hammer a rising drive into the top corner from 25 metres for his second goal of the tournament.Warrior WilliamsWales captain Ashley Williams had been a major doubt due to a shoulder injury picked up in the 1-0 last 16 win over Northern Ireland. However, his determination to play through the pain barrier proved vital when he stooped to head Aaron Ramsey’s corner into the far corner for a deserved equaliser after a strong Welsh response to going behind. Kanu delightReleased by Reading after just three goals in England’s second division this season, Hal Robson-Kanu now has two in two starts at Euro 2016.His intricate turn away from a makeshift Belgian defence before slamming past Thibaut Courtois at the end of a flowing Welsh move was fitting of the achievement in booking Wales’ place in their first ever major tournament semi-final.Vokes knockout blowJust when Wales looked happy to settle on their lead to see out the dying moments, they grabbed a third when Sam Vokes, only on the field six minutes after replacing Robson-Kanu, powered home Chris Gunter’s cross.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more


ACU Awarded Lakewood Chamber’s Large Business of the Year

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by America’s Credit UnionAmerica’s Credit Union (ACU) was recognized by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce for their outstanding support at the Chamber’s recent Annual Meeting.ACU has been a member of the Lakewood Chamber since 1991 and supports and sponsors several Chamber related activities and events, especially benefiting the military.ACU consistently provides in a significant way to the financial stability of the organization by participating in functions such as the Chamber’s Annual Golf Classic, Annual Commencement Bay Cruise, Christmas Auction, Chili Cook Off, and ShowCase Lakewood.“Their wonderful staff continues to volunteer, support and show up for Chamber functions and events, playing a key role in our local community. But their generosity doesn’t begin and end with the Chamber.  ACU gives back to the community tenfold,” said Linda Smith, Lakewood Chamber President/CEO. “We have enjoyed the terrific relationship with ACU’s staff over the past 20 years—and hope the next twenty will be just as positive.”About America’s Credit Union (ACU)Providing financial services to thousands of military personnel and their families for over 59 years, ACU’s headquarters are located on Joint Base Lewis McChord. For more information about ACU visit read more