first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton addresses journalists at the post sectoral debate press briefing, held at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on May 22. Cabinet to Receive Regulatory Framework Draft for Industrial Hemp CommerceMay 23, 2014Written by: Latonya Linton Cabinet to Receive Regulatory Framework Draft for Industrial HempJIS 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 RelatedGovernment to Host Logistics Hub Forum Targetting Overseas Investors A draft of the proposed regulatory framework for industrial hemp will be submitted to Cabinet shortly.“This will pave the way for a viable chain to be developed around the hemp industry in Jamaica,” Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has said.The Minister was speaking at the post sectoral debate press briefing, held at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on May 22.Noting that more than 25,000 uses can be derived from the hemp plant, Mr. Hylton said Jamaica has an opportunity to carve out its niche in the industrial hemp global market, which will also support related efforts to develop other industries from cannabis sativa, such as medical marijuana.He also informed that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the University of the West Indies and Strains of Hope, a United States based Foundation, in marijuana research for the development and exploitation of medical products.Meanwhile, Mr. Hylton said that Jamaica Promotions Corporation will shortly sign a US$249,000 grant agreement with Compete Caribbean, which will be used to develop national accreditation standards for medical tourism, and to undertake gap analysis for local players in the sector. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedGarmex Freezone to be Modified to Facilitate Logistics Activities Story HighlightsA draft of the proposed regulatory framework for industrial hemp will be submitted to Cabinet shortly.“This will pave the way for a viable chain to be developed around the hemp industry in Jamaica,” Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has said.The Minister was speaking at the post sectoral debate press briefing, held at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on May 22. Advertisements RelatedTechnology Coming to Reduce Internet Service Costslast_img read more

first_imgANN ARBOR, Mich. – The race to Rio is playing out all over the globe with athletes competing for coveted spots. On the LPGA, the competition among a slew of talented South Korean players to compete in Olympic golf this summer is particularly intense. ”To think someone could be the ninth best player in the world, but might not be able to make the Olympic team from Korea, that’s pretty amazing,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said Wednesday. If the team was set now, that would happen because no more than four players from a country can play. Ha Na Jang is No. 9 in the world ranking, but trails four fellow South Koreans: No. 2 Inbee Park, No. 4 Sei Young Kim, No. 7 In Gee Chun and No. 8 Amy Yang. Jang, who hasn’t played in an LPGA event in a month, is not in the field this week in the inaugural Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club. And, she isn’t expected to return until the KPMG Women’s PGA in two weeks. Jang’s break might be tied to an attention-grabbing situation in Singapore on the way to the HSBC Champions. Her father lost control of a traveling bag that tumbled down an escalator and hit Chun in the lower back, forcing her to withdraw from some events. Jang then won the tournament and moved ahead of Chun in the ranking, bumping Chun to fifth among South Koreans. Chun has forgiven Jang’s father, saying it was simply an accident, but her parents didn’t seem to be happy with Jang’s apology. On the course, the competition creates another source of drama. So Yeon Ryu is among five more South Koreans ranked between Nos. 11 and 21. ”It’s hard to get into the Olympics for Koreans because so many great players within the top 15,” said Ryu, who is ranked No. 11. ”It is better than to think about my golf rather than to keep an eye on each other.” That’s probably wise. It also might be the right thing to say, allowing veterans such as Se Ri Pak, who plans to retire after this year, to be more forthcoming about the first chance a golfer has had to be an Olympian since 1904. ”Our country is so focused on Olympic competition,” Pak said, taking a break from hitting balls on the range. ”It doesn’t get any bigger for a Korean athlete than to compete for our country in the Olympics. There’s a lot of pressure on our young Koreans to make the team because we have so many great players over here.” Whan travels all over the world to promote a tour that is televised in more than 170 countries and territories, giving him a unique perspective for an U.S.-based sports executive. ”A lot of folks in America maybe take for granted the importance of the Olympics,” he said. ”You hear the term ‘podium sports’ a lot when you’re traveling around Asia. The government views sports where you might stand on a podium and your flag gets raised as big events. … In my seven years, I’ve never seen players so aware of where they stand in the Rolex World Rankings. It’s been fun to see how much they care about representing their country.” After Ryu at No. 11, then Hyo Joo Kim (No. 14), Bo Mee Lee (No. 16), Sung Hyun Park (No. 18) andNa Yeon Choi (No. 21) and all have a chance to compete for their country in Rio. ”I feel bad for the Koreans,” Hall of Famer Beth Daniel said. ”Some of them could be among the top 15 in the world, and that might not be good enough for them to make the Olympics.”last_img read more

first_imgSIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP BALANGA CITY, Bataan (PNA) – The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in this province jumped to 1,636 after 183 new infections were recorded on Sunday alone, based on the latest report of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) here.Governor Albert Garcia said that, of the 183 cases, 157 came from Mariveles, 17 from Limay, two each from Abucay, Orion, and Dinalupihan, and one each in Pilar, Morong, and this city.The number of new infections was the highest recorded in a single day since the COVID-19 crisis hit the province. With this, the active cases tally jumped to 805.The number of fatalities, on the other hand, was 24.Garcia said contact tracing showed that 17 of the new confirmed cases came in close contact with those previously tested positive of the virus. Of the number, 10 were from Limay, six from Mariveles, and one from this city.Included among the 17 who were infected were five children — a two-year-old boy, a four-year-old girl, and an 11-year-old boy, all from Mariveles and a girl and a boy, both nine years old, from Limay.Also found positive of the virus were 155 in-patients at a hospital in this province, of whom 151 qwre from Mariveles and two each from Orion and Dinalupihan.The rest of the new confirmed cases were seven from Limay, two from Abucay, and one each from Morong and Pilar.Meanwhile, Garcia said the number of those who already recovered reached 807 with the new addition of 25 patients — 11 from this city, seven from Mariveles, three from Pilar, two from Limay, and one each from Abucay and Orion.Among the new recoveries were three children — an eight-month-old girl and six-year-old boy, both from this city, and 11-year- old girl from Pilar.Out of 17,198 people in this province who have been tested of the virus, 1,636 were confirmed positive, 15,230 were found negative and 332 are still waiting for the results. last_img read more

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Despite the bombastic rhetoric exchanged between North Korean and American leaders this week, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.The ongoing talks have included discussions about U.S.-North Korean relations and Americans imprisoned in North Korea, the source said.The case of American student Otto Warmbier, who died following his release from North Korea, was included in those talks.Despite White House condemnations after Warmbier’s death, those contacts have continued and include discussions about the remaining Americans held there, the source said.According to the source, the talks are being held between Ambassador Joseph Yun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the country’s U.N. mission, using what’s known as the “New York channel,” which has been an avenue of communication between the U.S. and North Korea throughout the years.The talks ramped up after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, according to the source familiar with the negotiations, with the U.S. side aiming to secure the release of Warmbier and the other Americans held in North Korea.A number of Trump administration officials, including the president himself, have publicly commented on the recent threats made by North Korea, including a proposed strike on the waters off Guam, a U.S. territory in the western Pacific.Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have both used strong language pertaining to North Korea’s threats. But Mattis said Thursday that the American effort was “diplomatically led.”“What I would say here ladies and gentleman, my portfolio, my mission, my responsibility is to have military options should they be needed,” he said.“However, right now Secretary [of State Rex] Tillerson and [United Nations] Ambassador [Nikki] Haley, you can see the American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction it is gaining diplomatic results, and I want to stay right here, right now. The tragedy of war is well known. It would be catastrophic.”Earlier this week, Trump said that North Korea would be met with “fire and fury” if it made further threats against the U.S., and then on Thursday, he suggested that those words may not have been “tough enough” after the threats from North Korea continued.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more