The full-letter sent from the county to the Town of Vestal Supervisor can be read below: The county says it has determined the project would have “negative county-wide and inter-community” impacts. (WBNG) — The Broome County Department of Planning and Economic Development has rejected the town of Vestal’s request to build a multi-residential building on Bunn Hill Road.
Advertisement Arsenal prospect Emile Smith Rowe set to join RB Leipzig on loan Emile Smith Rowe is on the verge of joining RB Leipzig on loan (Getty Images)Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe looks to become the latest English teenager to move to the Bundesliga by joining RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the season, according to the Independent.Terms have been agreed between both clubs for the 18-year-old and he will complete the move before the transfer deadline so long as he passes a medical.The 18-year-old is regarded as one of Arsenal’s brightest young talents and has broken into the first-team squad this season, making six appearances in all competitions and scoring three goals.However, with competition in Arsenal’s midfield fierce, Unai Emery is happy to let him join Leipzig on a temporary basis with the Bundesliga side giving Arsenal assurances that he will play.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTOnce the deal has been completed, Smith Rowe will become the second Arsenal player to join a Bundesliga club on loan this season, following Reiss Nelson’s move to Hoffenheim in August. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Jan 2019 6:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link115Shares Advertisement Reiss Nelson has impressed at Hoffenheim this season (Getty Images)Nelson has enjoyed a productive spell in German football, scoring six goals in the Bundesliga and featuring for Hoffenheim in five Champions League matches, including against Manchester City at the Etihad.He isn’t the only English youngster making a name for himself abroad as Jadon Sancho has emerged as one of Europe’s hottest properties since joining Borussia Dortmund in 2017.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySancho has six goals and nine assists in the Bundesliga this season and his performances for the league leaders led to him being called into Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad.RB Leipzig have had success when it comes to signing English players on loan in the past with Ademola Lookman excelling in the second half of last season after joining from Everton.Smith Rowe caught the eye for Arsenal during the Europa League group stages, scoring twice from three starts but his progress has been curtailed by a troublesome hip injury.Emery has clearly been impressed by him describing him as the ‘present and future’ of the club during Arenal’s pre-season tour.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment
Football: Dembele suspended as Dortmund reject Barcelona bidBerlin, Germany | AFP | Borussia Dortmund on Thursday said they had rejected an offer from Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele, as the wantaway forward was suspended for missing training.Dortmund said a move by Dembele to the Camp Nou, where he is being lined up as a replacement for Neymar, was unlikely, after they turned down an offer that did not reflect the young winger’s “extraordinary” value or the current state of the transfer market.“As there is no other offer on the table, a transfer by the player to FC Barcelona is not at this time expected, nor currently very likely,” said a club statement.Dembele, who at the age of just 20 is considered one of the top talents in Europe, has been hotly pursued to fill the void left by Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record 222 million euros ($260 million) last week.German tabloid Bild reported that Dortmund want an eye-watering 150 million euros ($175 million) for their rising star, a price Barca appear unwilling to pay.Dembele, who has made no secret of his desire to play for Barcelona, failed to show up for practice on Thursday.“We don’t know why. We tried to reach him but we were unable to,” Dortmund coach Peter Bosz told reporters.Unimpressed, Dortmund promptly suspended the Frenchman for his unexplained absence.“We will of course sanction this misconduct,” Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said in a statement, adding that Dembele was suspended until after this weekend’s Cup match.Bild suggested that Dembele may have been trying to break the deadlock in the negotiations with his no-show.“Dembele really wants to go to Barcelona but yesterday he had to swallow the fact that the two clubs could not agree on a transfer fee,” it wrote.Speculation about Dembele’s possible move to the Camp Nou reached fever-pitch in recent days after the French international deleted the words “Borussia Dortmund” and the team’s slogan “true love” from his Twitter and Instagram profiles.Dembele himself told Gol TV last week that it was “a pleasure” to see his name on Barca’s wish list. – Couthino also ‘not for sale’-Neymar’s stunning departure to PSG has sent Barca scrambling for replacements before the transfer window closes.They are looking for someone to slot into the famed attacking line-up alongside the world-class talents of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.The Catalan giants have also approached Liverpool about signing Philippe Coutinho — though here too there has been no sign of a deal.The Spanish club were reported to have increased their bid for Coutinho to £90 million (100 million euros, $115 million) on Wednesday after two previous offers were rejected by the Premier League side.But Liverpool manager Klopp remains adamant the 25-year-old will stay at Anfield no matter what Barca are prepared to pay.“We want to have the best possible team. This means keeping the guys we have,” Klopp told Sky in Germany on Thursday.“Liverpool is not a club that needs to sell. That is set in stone. So what they pay in the end doesn’t matter.”Precocious forward Dembele joined Dortmund last summer from French side Rennes for just 15 million euros.He went on to enjoy a promising first season in the Bundesliga, scoring six goals in 32 appearances.Dembele’s skills on the pitch, including a series of dazzling assists, quickly impressed and earned him ‘wunderkind’ headlines in the German press, though he has been criticised at times for lacking discipline.“I’m not a phenomenon, I’m just trying to be decisive for my team-mates, there are a lot of talented young people in football,” a modest Dembele said last March.Dembele was already courted by Barcelona last year, but opted for a five-year deal with Dortmund to improve his game and gain more first-team experience.According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo at the time, the youngster however left Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez in no doubt about his true ambitions.“One day I will play for Barca,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp
Facebook132Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Quinault Indian NationThe Quinault Indian Nation will commence a $25 million expansion of its Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in March, according to the Tribe’s President, Fawn Sharp.Quinault Beach Resort offers a quiet respite from daily life on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.The expansion follows the completion of a 159-room remodel at the resort and will expand the property’s fast food services, add two additional bars and include a combined gift and coffee shop. The casino will benefit from up to 70 percent more space to house newly added slot machines. A new 500 car, 4 story parking garage will also serve the area as a badly needed Tsunami shelter. The expansion project will employ more than 100 laborers during the construction as well as add to the resort’s current workforce upon completion. The Tribe is already the largest employer in Grays Harbor County, providing more than 1200 jobs for both tribal members and non-tribal residents.Don Kajans, General Manager of Quinault Beach Resort & Casino stated, “I am excited that the Quinault Nation will continue to expand its properties. This expansion project not only allows us to employ more locals, it will also help us to bring more people to the area. It’s good for the resort, good for Quinault and good for Ocean Shores. And our patrons will love the changes.”Players will find plenty of slots and table games in the Quinault Casino.“The Quinault Beach Resort and Casino has been a major component of Quinault Nation’s employment and economic structure for the past 16 years. It is largely due to its success that we have been able to diversify,” said President Sharp. “We have been proud to provide such a comfortable and rewarding entertainment facility to area residents and visitors alike at this beautiful location, surrounded by the majestic Pacific Ocean and hundreds of acres of protected wetlands and glorious forests. We have been proud to provide employment for so many families, economic support for the region and millions of dollars in support for such necessities as emergency services for nearby communities,” she continued.Quinault Beach Resort & Casino is an active member in the Ocean Shores community helping to attract a large number of visitors to the area. For more information contact Lorna Grover at Quinault Beach Resort & Casino, phone number 360-289-5001.
Advertisement 3cNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsk5oWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7d6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) t1iWould you ever consider trying this?😱ecepwCan your students do this? 🌚ep8Roller skating! Powered by Firework In what is a joyous news to the hardcore cricket fans and the casual fans in India, Sourav Ganguly now sits at the helm of Indian cricket as the president of BCCI.Advertisement Indian captain Virat Kohli had his say about the appoinment of one of the greatest former captains as the President.Advertisement “I congratulated him (Ganguly). It’s great that he has become BCCI president. But he’s not spoken to me about that (MS) yet. He will get in touch with me when he has to. I am sure I will go and meet him when he tells me to,” the Indian skipper said at the post-match press conference.Ganguly is also expecting to meet Kohli after the South Africa series. The meet will primarily be to discuss the possibility of Kohli skipping the Bangladesh t20 series for fitness purposes.Advertisement “I will meet him (Kohli) just like a BCCI president meets the Indian captain. It’s upto him to decide if he wants rest,” Ganguly told reporters. Advertisement
7 July 2010The 2010 Fifa World Cup has helped to market South Africa as a key player, President Jacob Zuma told about 80 international portfolio fund managers gathered in Cape Town on Tuesday, urging them to explore Africa’s numerous investment opportunities.“They have seen the warm friendly people of our country, they have seen the precision when it comes to planning and arrangements, and they have seen the efficiency when it comes to our security,” Zuma told the fund managers.“We have had a most successful and exciting time in the last three weeks. It really has been an emotional rollercoaster for all 32 teams competing.”South Africa has ‘come a long way’South Africa, he said, had come a long way since its first democratic elections in 1994.“A mere 20 years ago, nobody could want to come here. Apartheid seemed near impossible to overcome, but we did. We did not give up. We overcame,” he said.He said while the World Cup, like the Rugby World Cup in 1995, had the ability to unite South Africans and transform the country, it would also leave a lasting legacy on jobs, education and infrastructure.South Africa had made “good” returns from the World Cup, including R32-billion spent on transport and telecoms and 66 000 jobs created through the building of new stadiums.“I don’t think any would say no if we said, let us have the Olympics, because we have the facilities,” Zuma said.Explore African investmentHe urged the fund managers, from countries such as Finland, Singapore, Chile and the UK, to explore Africa’s many investment opportunities.“Africa is open for business, explore your opportunities and find new partners and find returns on your investment. It is a positive time,” said Zuma.He said the fact that Africa had performed better than most during the recent global economic crisis confirmed that the continent was “a very different place” to what it had historically been perceived as.South Africa was a central market between the emerging economies of South-east Asia and South America and was also centrally placed for southern African countries, through the Southern African Customs Union.New centres of growthZuma said the new global framework being drawn up by the G20, of which South Africa was a member, must create new opportunities for new centres of economic growth and allow new entrants into the mainstream.As such, he believed African countries should not be viewed simply as exporters of raw materials and aid beneficiaries.“We want to be seen as a development partner, as a partner to work with to transform international power relations,” said Zuma.He also called for a re-look at how heads of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund were elected, saying the process needed to be more “thorough and just” and not simply based on the nominee’s nationality.Historically, the IMF’s managing director has been European and the president of the World Bank has been from the US.Source: BuaNews
11 November 2015The City of Tshwane, along with a number of stakeholders and partners including Absa, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the University of Pretoria, wants to continue to train, up skill and inspire more of the city’s young people to be willing and able enough to start up their own businesses in order to combat a sluggish local economy.The city’s Tshepo10K, launched in 2013 and aimed at providing skills training and employment opportunities to 10 000 of the city’s youth, has begun to bear fruit.Sam Makhura, @CityTshwane Supply Chain Performance Specialist shares his experiences working with #Tshepo10k pic.twitter.com/gymv9EggyI— City News Tshwane (@TshwaneHerald) November 6, 2015At a presentation on 6 November 2015, the first top performing Tshepo10K beneficiaries and their stories were highlighted to media, invited guests and the public.In his keynote address, Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa thanked the stakeholders involved in the project and congratulated the young people on their achievements. He assured them the city would support them as they went forward.Thanks to the following stakeholders for supporting #Tshepo10K initiative; @Tukkies, @Absa, @NYDARSA and GEP— City of Tshwane (@CityTshwane) November 6, 2015Today @MayorOfTshwane acknowledges, recognizes & pays special tribute #Tshepo10k, an initiative he launched in 2013 pic.twitter.com/KukKhG0XrG— Tinyiko L Mokgobi (@lolomokgobi) November 6, 2015Tembeka Mhlekwa, Tshwane’s head of economic development, who also spoke at the event, said she was happy with the progress of the project so far, and hoped that it would be a prime example for other municipalities on how to tackle youth unemployment.Head of Economic Development #TembekaMhlekwa thanks @lolomokgobi for supporting #Tshepo10k and developing its logo pic.twitter.com/ShlUs3XPjr— Subesh Pillay (@SubeshPillay) November 6, 2015The multimillion-rand project includes a collaboration with the University of Pretoria to train unemployed young people with a number of rigorous and intensive business management courses.These offer them the chance to learn practical and necessary skills and expertise to start businesses that grow and succeed. The training includes learning how to use that business to successfully tender for government procurement contracts.After training, the candidates then form business co-operatives and are placed in internships in the city’s various utility departments, such as electricity and energy, water and sanitation, roads and transport, housing and human settlements, and environmental management. More than 190 co-operatives have already been established through the project. These businesses operate across the Tshwane municipality and bring much-needed services to residents.Jointed five Co-operative from Hammanskraal at #Tshepo10K Top Achievers Event pic.twitter.com/c2GkT2ZW4d— City of Tshwane (@CityTshwane) November 6, 2015Lesedi T Ten K Co-operativeLebogang Maanga, one of the first through the programme, is the chairperson of the Lesedi T Ten K Co-operative, owned together with four partners.Maanga received a grant to set up the co-operative from the NYDA and used it to fund the office equipment for the business. “We named our co-operative Lesedi because we saw light at the end of the tunnel. The project has provided us with administrative skills such as how to quote for our services,” she said.The key milestones for their co-operative, Maanga explained at the event, included sending out letters of demand on behalf of the city, providing cleaning services at Rosslyn electricity depot, repairing street lights in Soshanguve, and erecting soccer pitches around the city.The journey wasn’t easy but each step was worth it – Tembeka Mhlekwa #Tshepo10K top 100 achievers ceremony pic.twitter.com/gBVEkArl37— Tinyiko L Mokgobi (@lolomokgobi) November 6, 2015“(The co-operative has) created 64 jobs,” said Maanga, but she acknowledged that the journey had not been easy. “At times we faced financial challenges but through hard work, determination, sleepless nights and continuous support from the city, we were able to get here.”The Lesedi team is now able to live fruitful and productive lives, while using their business acumen to improve the lives of others in their community.Speaking about Lesedi’s future and the success of Tshepo10K, Maanga said they were “determined to work harder, and not only focus on quantity but also ensure that the service and goods we provide is of high quality”. They plan to grow the business and involve more unemployed youth.Eco Factory Co-operativeEco Factory, in the Ga-Rankuwa industrial park, produces low-cost school desks, helping the Department of Basic Education to address the needs of schools and supply quality school desks to poor schools across the country.The desks are made in South Africa from the wood of invasive alien trees cleared by previously unemployed workers. Eco Factory’s David Makobe said Tshepo10K had helped him understand business and procurement processes, a skill he never had before.Hlabollo Primary Co-operativeAnother beneficiary, Lucky Malatji of Hlabollo Primary Co-operative, works in the housing sector. He said that thanks to skills learned with Tshepo10K, the co- operative was awarded a project for ready-mix concrete valued at R200 000 as well as a storm water maintenance project valued at R400 000. The group employed 30 previously unemployed youths.Funding, though, is one of main challenges to the survival of the co-operatives, and Tshepo10K urges more interaction with the private sector to help make these small initiatives work better.“There has been resistance from buyers to utilise Tshepo co-operatives. But recently they have started warming up to us,” said one co-operative member.MMC @SubeshPillay explains how Tshwane’s #Tshepo10k work. pic.twitter.com/ZMAbP8c3wk— Tendai Joe (@Tendaijoe) November 6, 2015Youth were a key element in Tshwane Vision 2055, said the member of the Tshwane mayoral committee for economic development, Subesh Pillay. “The city believes its young residents will be the flag bearers and reap the benefits of the city in the future.”Proceedings ended with a song for the Tshepo10K project, written and performed by one of its beneficiaries who hoped to inspire the next group of young people to take hold of their future.#Tshepo10k theme song. Beautiful pic.twitter.com/zlT1JvOd1D— City News Tshwane (@TshwaneHerald) November 6, 2015Source: South African Government News Website
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tillage is a tool for managing many things that can go wrong on a given field. It breaks compaction (if done at the right soil moisture), improves drainage (again if done at the right soil moisture), and manages inoculum loads from residue borne insects and pathogens that impact corn, soybean, and wheat. Just like pesticides and fertilizers – too much tillage also can bring another set of problems, a compacted plow layer, but more importantly, soil erosion. With any agronomic practice, including tillage, there are benefits and drawbacks.Below is a list of potential problems associated with no-till fields.The PathogensHigh levels of disease from pathogens that survive on and in crop residue: This year in 2016, we have had outbreaks of a number of pathogens that cause ear molds and leaf blights on corn, leaf spots and seed rots on soybean. The likes of what we have not seen for some time. All of these pathogens will overwinter during the 2017 cycle – so they will be ready to go and infect next season’s crop – the higher the inoculum the more disease that the 2017 season will see.The InsectsSimilar to pathogens, insects can also survive on and in crop residue. Some of the top culprits are true armyworm (which like the grassy weeds and cover like rye), and fall armyworm (which prefer broadleaf weeds). The populations of caterpillars are usually tough to predict since they are migratory and their presence in the spring depends on flight patterns. In addition, higher slug populations are often associated with fields that have a lot of residue. Some of these issues in no-till fields could be controlled by appropriate weed management and good spring scouting.The WeedsMost weeds are controlled adequately in no-tillage systems with the currently available herbicide systems. Tillage can be an effective option for management of biennial and perennial weeds – primarily those that have simple root systems (e.g. deep taproots). Tillage can also help with control of perennials with creeping roots or rhizomes, but primarily when integrated with an herbicide application. A combination of fall and spring tillage operations, or even thorough spring tillage alone, can control marestail for at least the current growing season. Tillage must completely uproot emerged marestail plants and uniformly mix the upper few inches of soil. The spring tillage should ideally occur as close to planting as possible. Be aware also that in fields where the soil seedbank is heavily infested with marestail seed, tillage can turn up seeds to the soil surface where germination and emergence is more likely.AgronomyConsider soil drainage. In poorly drained fields, tillage can help reduce yield losses from late planting. Tilled fields will warm up and dry out quicker in the spring. In well-drained fields, no-till is often a better option with many benefits including conservation of soil moisture, reduction in erosion and soil crusting, and reduction in fuel and labor. Corn response to tillage is strongly influenced by soil type and crop rotation. No-till cropping systems are more likely to succeed on poorly drained soils (like those in Northwest Ohio) if corn follows soybean or forage legumes rather than corn or a small grain, such as wheat. On the poorly drained silty clay loam soils, where corn follows soybean or meadow, yield differences between no-till and plowed soils are reduced. Crop rotation with soybeans generally has much less effect on corn response to tillage on the well-drained silt loam. This yield advantage to growing corn following soybean is often much more pronounced when drought occurs during the growing season.
AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Ussery had left Nike to join the Mavericks and had previously served as commissioner of the old Continental Basketball Association. He was praised by former NBA Commissioner David Stern and served as the Mavericks’ alternate governor with the league.“I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me,” Ussery said. “During my nearly 20-year tenure with the Mavericks, I am not aware of any sexual harassment complaints about me or any findings by the organization that I engaged in inappropriate conduct.”Ussery said he had raised concerns about other Mavericks employees who he said engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct and the organization didn’t address those concerns.“I believe these misleading claims about me are part of an attempt to shift blame for the failure to remove employees who created an uncomfortable and hostile work environment within the Mavericks organization,” Ussery saidCuban told the magazine that the team was establishing a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees. 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Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Mavericks said Wednesday they hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgrim to lead the independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgrim is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former former New Jersey attorney general.SI contacted six female former Mavericks or American Airlines Center employees who claimed they left the sports sector because of a structure that left them feeling vulnerable and devalued while protecting powerful men who misbehaved. A male former department head said there was “built-in protection for a lot of men.”A woman who had recently been hired as a support staffer said Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to her in the media dining room before a game during the 2010-11 season, when the Mavericks won their only NBA championship. The woman said she had been told by others to be wary of Ussery.“Obviously there’s a problem in the Mavericks organization and we’ve got to fix it,” Cuban told the magazine. “I’m embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed.”Two women claimed the Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women’s calves and thighs during meetings.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, looks on with Dwight Powell #7, Salah Mejri #50 and Maximilian Kleber #42 in the final seconds of their 112-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 23, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPDALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015. Ussery, who was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, denied the allegations in a statement to SI.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement.The team said Sneed had been fired, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report. Pittman and Sneed declined to comment to SI.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe NBA said the Mavericks had informed the league of the allegations involving Ussery and Sneed.“This alleged conduct runs counter to the steadfast commitment of the NBA and its teams to foster safe, respectful and welcoming workplaces for all employees,” the league said. “Such behavior is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
The Jamaica Customs Agency’s (JCA) capabilities will be further strengthened in 2018/19 as the Government positions the entity to continue driving economic growth through trade facilitation, revenue collection and border protection.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, said that this year, the JCA will, among other things, improve the rate of detection of contraband, and prohibited and uncustomed goods through the procurement of more cargo imaging scanners, which will be deployed more widely at the ports of entry.He was delivering the Throne Speech under the theme ‘Continuing on the Path to Prosperity’, during the 2018/19 Ceremonial Opening of Parliament at Gordon House on Thursday, February 15.Additionally, he said the JCA will intensify implementation of its Trade Facilitation Programme, further simplifying, harmonising, standardising and automating its rules and processes in order to boost trade and revenues.He cited upgrades in technology, including the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), to improve service delivery and reliability.Meanwhile, the Governor-General said the Administration’s priority policies will continue to be geared towards, among other things, enabling growth and national development through a sound and predictable macroeconomic policy framework that maintains low inflation, a stable exchange rate and competitive interest rates.He said other focus areas include improving revenue administration by creating a simple, equitable and competitive tax environment to enhance growth and ensure greater compliance; strengthening the public sector’s level of financial accountability and efficiency; strengthening of the Government’s capacity to effectively regulate financial institutions and ministries, departments and agencies, and combat financial crimes; and improving the internal efficiency and effectiveness of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.The Governor-General noted that the Administration has been steadfastly implementing the economic programme, consistent with its reform agenda.He pointed out that the benefits of the credible economic policies are evidenced by the resulting macroeconomic stability, low inflation, strong international reserves and lower current account deficits.“Macroeconomic stability has been supported by fiscal discipline, which has delivered the requisite primary surpluses to put public debt on a firm downward trajectory,” the Governor-General added. Additionally, he said the JCA will intensify implementation of its Trade Facilitation Programme, further simplifying, harmonising, standardising and automating its rules and processes in order to boost trade and revenues. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, said that this year, the JCA will, among other things, improve the rate of detection of contraband, and prohibited and uncustomed goods through the procurement of more cargo imaging scanners, which will be deployed more widely at the ports of entry. Story Highlights The Jamaica Customs Agency’s (JCA) capabilities will be further strengthened in 2018/19 as the Government positions the entity to continue driving economic growth through trade facilitation, revenue collection and border protection.