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first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 51 Views   no discussions Share Getty ImagesPut down that light yogurt, it may be making you fat. As it turns out, a number of foods that are commonly thought to be great for weight loss can actually stimulate the appetite. We spoke with Marjorie Nolan, R.D., National Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, to get the skinny on foods that can trigger hunger and sabotage your diet.1. Light yogurt The blast of sweet (often artificial) flavor causes the stomach to start producing gastric juices. With only four to six ounces of yogurt and no fat in a typical container, the body doesn’t have enough food to digest leaving the tummy rumbling for more.Better choice: Nolan likes the creaminess and high protein content of plain, low-fat Greek yogurt. Add fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon for flavor. If you choose the non-fat variety, add a tablespoon of sunflower seeds for crunch and satisfaction-the fat in nuts and seeds is slow to digest so a small serving keeps you feeling full.2. Puffed cereal with skim milk The combo of skim milk and puffed cereal has too few calories to keep you energized for long. Many dieters reach for puffed cereal because it looks filling in a big bowl. However, the low fiber content leaves you wanting more soon after breakfast. Puffed cereal also has a high glycemic index, which causes blood sugar to drop after an initial boost of energy.Better choice: Rolled or steel cut oats. Oatmeal is high in fiber, which makes it a satisfying breakfast. Add a spoonful of maple brown sugar if you need something sweet. Cooking your own plain oatmeal and adding a small amount of sweetener is much more nutritious than using pre-sweetened packets. Nolan likes to cook oats with low fat milk or stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter for even more stick-to-your-ribs goodness.3. Big green salad with low fat or fat free dressing The typical dieters’ lunch of a salad with low fat dressing can have a boomerang effect on the appetite. It’s full of fiber and visually filling but the low protein and fat content won’t satisfy for long. Stay away from fat-free dressings, which are loaded with sugar.Better choice. Add three to six ounces of lean protein such as lean beef, chicken, or beans (the leaner the choice, the more you should eat) to your salad bowl.4. Rice cakes One rice cake=good, four rice cakes=overindulgence. And that’s about how many it will take to feel truly satisfied. Low in fiber with a high glycemic index, these classic diet snacks won’t leave your tank full for long.Better choice: Spread a tablespoon of peanut butter or cream cheese onto a rice cake for a more balanced nosh. Or choose whole grain crackers with a spread or small portion of cheese for fiber and carbs plus protein.5. Chewing gum A little stick of gum is a stealth saboteur. While some chewing gum advocates say that it can stave off snacking, Nolan disagrees. She explains that the burst of flavor gets the gastric juices flowing. The act of chewing revs the digestive system even more, preparing it for a meal. If you want an express ticket to the all-you-can-eat buffet, chomp on some gum.Better choice: We all have our munchy days, so if you are just looking for something to keep your mouth busy, air-popped corn or raw veggies are a safer bet.6. Diet soda Like gum, the sweet flavor wakes up the digestive process with no nutritional pay off which stimulates the appetite. Caffeine and carbonation may dampen your hunger pangs for a short time only to have them come roaring back along with an energy slump. If that’s not enough to make you rethink your daily fix, a study carried out by the University of Texas Health Center in San Antonio showed that people who consumed diet soda had a 70-500% increase of abdominal fat over ten years compared to those who didn’t drink diet soda.Better choice: Drinking a hot beverage can slow down the appetite and allow you to think through your craving. Also, sometimes thirst signals are confused with hunger, so you may just need hydration. Non-caffeinated herbal teas won’t cause an energy crash.7. Apple Yes, apples are great for you-they contain lots of vitamins and fiber, but a single apple is not a balanced snack. If you don’t eat anything else with your afternoon apple, you may overeat at dinner.Better choice: Apple with 5-10 almonds or a cheese stick. Spend a few more calories on your snack so you won’t be ravenous later8. Low-calorie frozen entrees Light frozen entrees contain little fiber and only about half the calories you will need to feel satiated. They are also loaded with salt. If you don’t have another option, look for a frozen dinner that contains 400-500 calories, 20-30 grams of protein, around 5 grams of fat, and 5-10 grams of fiber.Better choice: If you are too busy to cook, Nolan suggests an “assembly based meal.” Roast chicken from the deli, a slice of whole grain bread, some salad bar vegetables, and a piece of fruit add up to a quick, healthy dinner.9. Fat-free graham crackers or other baked goods Nolan says people who are watching their weight tend to automatically reach for food labeled “fat free” on the package assuming it is more diet-friendly than the regular version. However, when manufacturers make fat-free foods, they often up the sugar content. Check the nutritional information on the back–the light versions sometimes contain more calories.Better choice: Regular graham cracker. A small indulgence such as a graham cracker or square of quality chocolate keeps things interesting and won’t break the bank calorie-wise. Nolan points out that boredom is the enemy of dieters and causes people to fall of the wagon. “You are better off eating real food and more calories and feeling physically and emotionally satisfied than eating ‘diet food’ and being hungry in an hour.”By Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! bloggercenter_img Share Share Food & DiningLifestyle Diet foods that make you hungrier by: – November 11, 2011last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:09 (IST) TOSS: Delhi Capitals opt to bowl  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Toss is just 20 minutes away now! How excited are you?  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 12 runs off the first over! 6 needed off the last over! And…that’s FOUR! Nikhil gets lucky on the first ball there!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Kuldeep Yadav is back into the attack. Interestingly, he hasn’t been able to pick wicket this season! Will he break the jinx today?  20:09 (IST) That’s a moment in the game! Russell on the ground! Will he be able to play further?  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Prithvi Shaw is now playing with the bowlers and of course the fielders. Even Pant has been doing a good thing to give Shaw strike as much as possible. After 16 overs, it’s 152/2. 00:36 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Delhi Capitals players are out in the middle. Lynn is joined with a new partner Nikhil Naik! HERE WE GO!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Ball 2: Yorker. Much needed dot ball from Capitals’ point of view! 00:11 (IST) 00:14 (IST) Ball 1: Just one run down to the mid-wicket by Pant 19:10 (IST) 23:50 (IST) Rabada will bowl the over for Delhi Capitals! Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Nikhil Naik, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna WICKET: This is Rishabh Pant’s wicket. Is there anything, he can’t do? Flies to his left and plucks this one with his left glove. Another failure for Lynn! Yes, Dinesh Karthik will open with Andre Russell! 22:46 (IST) New Delhi: We have witnessed a crackerjack of an encounter between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders and one will have to say that both the team didn’t give an inch to the other and eventually the game went to super over. Kolkata Knight Riders had lost five quick wickets up front but Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik had some other plans and scored 185 runs on the board. Delhi Capitals, while chasing lost Shikhar Dhawan early in the innings but Shreyas Iyer along with star-sensation Prithvi Shaw which made the team look in a strong position. Shaw’s 99 made the target look not so competitive. However, just when Shaw departed, Kolkata came well in the last over, pulling off a super over clash. In Super Over, it was Shreyas Iyer’s team who held their nerves better and upstaged Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 runs in a nail-biting clash at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.  LIVE SCORECARD Okay, so Delhi Capitals players are out in the middle. It’s still a mystery as who will join Russell. Is it Dinesh Karthik?  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:02 (IST) Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram, Hanuma Vihari, Chris Morris, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Second wicket for Harshal Patel. Wickets tumbling for KKR here.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:26 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:01 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Robbie was looking good but will have to depart. Tried to flick the ball onto the on side but couldn’t. Struck right in front! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:25 (IST) 21:56 (IST) Robin Uthappa comes to the crease!  19:59 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Kolkata Knight Riders is in absolute trouble here. Russell and Karthik trying to repair the innings. After 12 overs, it’s 90/5.  Shikhar Dhawan is the first to depart. He was looking deadly dangerous for his 16 runs but just couldn’t continue. After 5 overs, it’s 33/1.  19:55 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:34 (IST) Ball 6: Pant just couldn’t end on high! Delhi finish with 10 runs. Target: 11 Harshal Patel comes into the attack now. For KKR to do well, Lynn and Robbie need to stick to the wicket and play decently here. After 5.3 overs, it’s 31/1. 00:13 (IST) 23:48 (IST) WICKET: What did we see here! Vihari OUT! 2 still needed off one ball! 21:11 (IST) ALERT: Captain stands when the side needed him most! 17th IPL fifty for him! That’s it from us! Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did to bring this to you. Do join us for the next game. Till then, Tada! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Oh no, dear! Oh no! Prithvi Shaw gets out on 99. What an innings that was! 3 needed off 3 balls! 7 off 15 balls for Nikhil! Feeling the pressure?  00:08 (IST) DROPPED! Just don’t look towards Shubman Gill. Just don’t!  23:45 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Teams: WICKET: Shreyas Iyer was looking good. He hammered the ball all around the ground but in the end, fell just short of well deserved fifty! 20:34 (IST) 00:16 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 50-run partnership between Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik.  Ball 2: Shreyas Iyer on strike. FOUR down the fine leg region!  23:59 (IST) And it’s SUPER OVER! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:43 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:10 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:37 (IST) 21:27 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: KKR sink further! 5 Down!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:00 (IST) Both sides lost their review in less than 4 overs! 20:06 (IST) Kolkata Knight Riders 185/8 in 20 overs (Andre Russell 62, Harshal Patel 2/40) 22:59 (IST) 23:15 (IST) WICKET: Rishabh Pant tried to finish early and gets out! Kuldeep gets first wicket of this season! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked Incenter_img 21:43 (IST) 23:24 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Ball 1: Just a flick onto the on side and FOUR! Russell continues his dream run! Onto it and.. way she goes! That’s Delhi Capitals’ skipper for you! SIX! 50-run partnership between Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw! 23:53 (IST) 23:47 (IST) 20:01 (IST) 00:14 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In ALERT: Prithvi Shaw gets to his third IPL fifty! 23:58 (IST) 50 up for Delhi Capitals! Ball 5: Another short ball from Prasidh and Pant couldn’t time it. 2 runs more.  21:08 (IST) 20:55 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Excellent over by Sandeep Lamichhane, just one off the over! After 2 overs, it’s 13/0.  23:40 (IST) IPL 2019: First Super Over of season between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:09 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Run out on the last ball. Even then, KKR finish on a high. A good score to defend.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:04 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 2 needed off 2 balls! Can we witness a super over here? Super Over: The players are out in the middle. Kolkata Knight Riders will field first! Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will open for Delhi Capitals here! 21:37 (IST) 22:33 (IST) Andre Russell continues his superlative form. Just wow. Not much to say. He is doing this on a regular basis! Fifth 50 from him. He is in some form! After 17 overs, it’s 145/5.  00:12 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:46 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Hello and a warm welcome! We are all set from another crackerjack of a game between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi Capitals started off their Indian Premier League campaign with a won under their belt at Wankhede Stadium. However, in the first home game, the team just couldn’t capitalize and lost to Chennai Super Kings. Kolkata, on the other hand, has won their first two games. Both games were played at Eden Gardens and this remains to be seen how they perform outside their own den.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Andre Russell is coming to bat! Good news for every KKR fan! 00:06 (IST) 23:03 (IST) WICKET: Struck right in front and Nikhil departs! He was never there, to be honest!  150 up for Delhi Capitals! 21:49 (IST) The rebuilding phase has just begun and one will have to say that a lot depends on how Pant and Shreyas Iyer play here! After 14 overs, it’s 132/2. Ball 5: Just one run ! 20:18 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:43 (IST) 21:56 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Prithvi Shaw is on 99!  22:40 (IST) Shaw is just 19 runs away from registering his first IPL hundred!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:55 (IST) 23:37 (IST) Superb shot by Prithvi Shaw! Looking really positive! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:17 (IST) Ball 3: Shreyas Iyer smashed the ball right up! Will have to go back to the pavilion! First wicket down for Delhi Capitals! 20:39 (IST) 20:16 (IST) 100 up for Kolkata Knight Riders!  Chawla starts his innings with a huge six over mid-wicket. After 18.2, it’s 163/6.  22:52 (IST) 3 needed off 4 balls! Ball 3: Knocked him over! Russell departs! My word! Rabada has done it for Capitals!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:31 (IST) Ball 6: Just 1 run! And Delhi Capitals win! What an over Rabada has bowled here! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:18 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:47 (IST) WICKET: Finally smiles in Delhi camp. Dangerous Russell OUT! Morris pitches it short and Russell tried to deposit in the stands. However, he gets a top-edge and straight into the hands of the fielder.  19:10 (IST) 23:49 (IST) 00:15 (IST) Delhi Capitals has made four changes.  Finally, 50 up for Kolkata Knight Riders. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:03 (IST) RESULT: Delhi Capitals beat Kolkata Knight Riders in a super over clash  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:03 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:28 (IST) Ball 4: Just a single down to third man region! 23:47 (IST) The powerplay has been evenly matched. Shikhar departed early, but even then the team came back strongly. After 6 overs, it’s 45/1. 22:38 (IST) Ball 4: Prithvi Shaw comes to the crease! But Pant was on strike. He smashed the ball over the cover fielder and will fetch 2 runs.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked Inlast_img read more

first_imgOver €104,000 has been awarded to over 55 Donegal groups by SSE Airtricity as the Community Fund tops €1.1million since 2007.SSE Airtricity presented the money to community groups located close to Meentycat Wind Farm this week.In September, 45 community groups and bodies took part in Meentycat’s Community Fund Sponsored Walk. A record-breaking 1,200 community members walked through Meenycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey.With the sponsored walk now in its 12th year, community groups have benefitted from almost €781,000 to date.On Monday, the company presented €52,249 to local groups, topping-up the €80,000 raised by community members from this year’s Sponsored Walk.The following day, Tuesday, the firm awarded a further €53,000 for 11 local projects through its Community Fund. Both presentations took place in the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey. Pictured are representative from the community groups who collected their cheques on Monday last in the Villa Rose Ballybofey front from left are Eugene Gallagher, Sean MacCumhaills, Seamus Herron, Service Manger SSE Airtricity, Anne Reynolds, SSE Airtricity Community Development Officer and Cora Harvey, Cappry Rovers. Back from left Brian Anderson, Twin Towns Boxing Club, Coulter Blackburn, Raphoe Congregational Church, Stephen Hasson, Illistrin Football Club, Sean Bonner, Glenfinn GAA, Ciaran Mac Ruaidhrí, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, John Willie McNulty, Cappry Rovers, Ruth Blackburn, Raphoe Congregational, Sammy Devenney, St Ninians Convoy and Roy Kennedy, St. Ninians Convoy. Photo Clive WassonThis presentation will bring the total funds awarded to over €1.1 million between the Community Fund and Sponsored Walk.A large number of this year’s Community Fund recipients are putting the funding towards improving their energy efficiency measures, which SSE Airtricity strongly supports. Letterkenny Rugby Club and St. Ninians’s Convoy Parish Church will improve the insulation of their buildings, while Raphoe Congregational Church, Illistrin Football Club and Sean MacCumhaill CLG will upgrade the lighting for their premises. Twin Towns Boxing Club will upgrade their electric showers in the club. Gairmscoil Chu Uladh will upgrade their heating system for the school. CLG Ghleann Fhinne will undertake roof repairs and insulation for the clubhouse. Cappry Rovers will improve their astroturf facilities at the club. Elsewhere the Green Residents Group and Green Residents Admiran Group have received funding towards landscaping in their area.€104,000 awarded to over 55 Donegal groups near wind farm was last modified: December 11th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AirtricityBallybofeyCommunity FunddonegalMeentycat and Culliagh Wind FarmSponsored walklast_img read more

first_imgGAME ESSENTIALS: Raiders (5-4) vs. Bengals (0-9) at Oakland Coliseum on Sunday at 1:25 p.m. (PT)TV: CBS-TV, Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst), Melanie Collins (reporter). ODDS: Raiders -10.5. OVER/UNDER: 48.5.SERIES: … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.center_img Join us for live scoring updates, news and analysis Sunday afternoon when the Raiders eye their third straight victory when they take on the Bengals at the Coliseum.last_img

first_imgWhy do we sleep? A new theory identifies a vital purpose for those seemingly lost hours.During the day, we all collect vast quantities of information through our senses. Not all of it is useful, but if we don’t condense it to essentials, memories can be like piles of clutter in a hoarder’s house.Evidence announced by New Scientist supports the “housekeeping” theory of sleep. Clare Wilson says that the “mystery of what sleep does to our brains may finally be solved.”It is one of life’s great enigmas: why do we sleep? Now we have the best evidence yet of what sleep is for – allowing housekeeping processes to take place that stop our brains becoming overloaded with new memories….Support is growing for a theory that sleep evolved so that connections in the brain can be pruned down during slumber, making room for fresh memories to form the next day. “Sleep is the price we pay for learning,” says Giulio Tononi of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who developed the idea.Experiments with rats showed smaller synapses after sleep, potentially allowing room for new memories. Other observations support the idea.If the housekeeping theory is right, it would explain why, when we miss a night’s sleep, the next day we find it harder to concentrate and learn new information – we may have less capacity to encode new experiences. The finding suggests that, as well as it being important to get a good night’s sleep after learning something, we should also try to sleep well the night before.It could also explain why, if our sleep is interrupted, we feel less refreshed the next day. There is some indirect evidence that deep, slow-wave sleep is best for pruning back synapses, and it takes time for our brains to reach this level of unconsciousness.It took 4 years of study to identify the brain tissue responding to sleep, Wilson says.The Creator thought of everything. Imagine! While your conscious mind is mostly off, your body’s night crew knows what to do and springs into action.Sleep is usually a pleasurable part of life, taking up nearly a third of our lifetimes. Enjoy it, but don’t over use it. “Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty,” Solomon warned. Give the housekeeping crew enough time to work but not to loaf. (Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img The forum will be chaired in its inaugural year by the United States and Brazil. The 38 new OGP countries will develop their own country action plans in consultation with civil society, to be announced at the next OGP meeting in Brazil in March 2012. US President Barack Obama, speaking at the launch, said that open societies, economies and governments together made the “strongest foundation for human progress”. He added that the Partnership came at a good time, with people across the Middle East and North Africa pushing for their governments to represent and serve them, and with emerging democracies worldwide showing how “innovations in open government” could increase prosperity and justice.Constitution, press freedom Zuma, in his address to the gathering, said South Africa’s Constitution “specifically provides for the establishment of independent institutions to safeguard and enforce openness, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, and ethical governance in the public and private spheres.” The country’s “Chapter 9 institutions” – the Public Protector, Human Rights Commission, Auditor-General, Independent Electoral Commission, Gender Commission and Commission on Traditional, Linguistic and Religious Communities – were “an important armoury in promoting and protecting the rights of our citizens,” Zuma said. The country also prided itself “on having freedom of expression and media freedom that are enshrined in the Constitution.Informed citizens, efficient public service “We also regard the development of an efficient, effective and development-oriented public service and an informed and empowered citizenry as key tools in the promotion of open government,” Zuma said. “We promote citizen engagement and participation through direct contact with citizens by undertaking visits to hear their suggestions and concerns and to monitor service delivery.” South Africa also had a number of institutions specifically mandated with “preventing and investigating acts of corruption, as this is one of our key national priorities”. Zuma said the government was consulting with civil society in drafting an open government country action plan, and would also continue to in the African Union’s African Peer Review Mechanism, which encourages governments to improve governance, including openness and service delivery to their populations. SAinfo reporter Increasing the availability of information about governmental activities.Supporting civic participation.Implementing the highest standards of professional integrity throughout their administrations.Increasing access to new technologies for openness and accountability. 21 September 2011 The principles of openness, transparency and accountability are built into and guaranteed protection by South Africa’s Constitution, President Jacob Zuma said at the launch of the Open Government Partnership – of which SA is one of eight founding governments – in New York this week. Zuma joined 45 other world leaders on Tuesday in formally launching the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a new international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments, in partnership with civil society, to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. At the launch, the eight OGP steering committee governments – the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa and the UK – delivered their OGP action plans, signed a declaration of principles, and welcomed 38 new countries into the effort.Open Government Declaration Zuma joined the leaders of the other seven national founders in declaring their respective governments’ commitment to:last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest From the company that perfected row clutches, Ag Leader is proud to introduce a new row-by-row electric drive product to its SeedCommand planter control line.An all-encompassing planting solution, SeedCommand will soon include an electric drive option for reliable individual seed shut-off, in addition to its time-tested clutch options. Of the many features of electric drives, growers gain precise row-by-row control of planter performance to incorporate variable rate planting on a per row basis. Instant adjustment to population rates and consistent seed spacing despite changes in planting speed, field conditions or on curves and headlands are also benefits enjoyed by growers using electric drives.True to Ag Leader’s traditional “color-blind” approach, the electric drives will be built to install on most major planter brands on the market. Additionally, the electric drive motor isn’t tied to a specific brand or type of seed meter, making it flexible to work on existing meters and with multiple planter setups. Further, the system is ISOBUS compatible and can be used with any VT Task Controller display.“Our core company focus is precision farming technology, producing tools for growers that give them an immediate payback, across many farming activities and mixed equipment,” stated Roger Zielke, Product Manager. “The coming advancements to our reputable SeedCommand line are a perfect example of that.”Electric drives will be added to the SeedCommand line with a limited release this spring and full production in 2017.last_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights The expected positive impact on the economy will not bear fruit unless the MSME sector is properly integrated into macro-economic level plans. The policy, which was passed in Parliament in July this year, came out of widespread consultation with all stakeholders in the MSME sector. Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the recently passed Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Entrepreneurship Policy is geared towards linking all the crucial sectors of the economy to ensure growth.“One of the opportunities it provides is to make clear that some of the big initiatives relating to the growth agenda of the Government of Jamaica are directly linked to this policy. We are very clear as an administration that unless the MSME sector is made to come alive and to play its role, the impact of the larger initiatives will not yield the benefits, nor the transformational effects,” the Minister explained, while addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ session, held at the agency’s head office in Kingston, on November 12.The Minister added that the policy, which was passed in Parliament in July this year, came out of widespread consultation with all stakeholders in the MSME sector, and that it is a “framework for addressing Government’s intervention into a sector that is the driver of economic growth and development in any country.”Minister Hylton pointed out that the expected positive impact on the economy will not bear fruit unless the MSME sector is properly integrated into whatever plans are made on the macro-economic level, and whatever specific initiatives are designed to drive the growth agenda.The goals of the MSME Policy are aligned to those of the National Development Plan (Vision 2030), which sets out the strategic framework for improving the business environment and ensuring an efficient bureaucracy, adequate access to capital, supportive trade relations, a well functioning labour market and improved opportunities for MSMEs.“The effort in settling the policy is to provide that framework, and that guide to potential investors, as well as MSME operators, individuals or entities that will seize those opportunities. It is a guide for all the stakeholders, to those specific commitments,” the Minister said.He further noted that concerns relating to gender, youth, and environmental issues are all addressed in the policy, as well as the role of critical agencies. These agencies, for the most part, are in his Ministry, which makes for easier coordination, he observed.“Critically, it (the policy) identifies the role for the major players and institutions. The JBDC (Jamaica Business Development Corporation) role is properly defined, but it also recognises that there are critically, other institutions of Government, that must play its part in a joined up way. We looked at the role for the Companies Office, the role for the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, the role for JAMPRO, the Bureau of Standards, and the role for HEART/NTA,” Minister Hylton stated.The Government of Jamaica has placed entrepreneurship and MSME development at the forefront of the country’s economic policy agenda, in an effort to provide the best business climate for MSMEs, helping them to achieve financial success, while positioning them to contribute in a big way to the Jamaican economy. It will also help to strengthen Jamaica’s participation in the global trading system. The goals of the MSME Policy are aligned to those of the National Development Plan (Vision 2030).last_img read more