PMIL in Haiti

first_imgThe Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Peanut Productivity and Mycotoxin Control (Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab or PMIL) at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will be touring peanut farms and processing facilities in Haiti this month and hosting a mycotoxin research workshop.The Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab is one of 23 Feed the Future Innovation Labs, a unique network comprising some 65 top U.S. colleges and universities along with many research and educational institutions in partner countries. The Innovation Labs are supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their own agriculture sectors to generate opportunities for economic growth and trade, which can help reduce poverty and hunger.The Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab research provides key information all along the value chain to increase peanut productivity and control mycotoxins.Mycotoxins, such as aflatoxin, are poisonous compounds produced by molds found in many commodities — including peanuts and maize. Aflatoxin exposure in humans has been associated with many negative health effects, such as liver cancer, immune suppression and childhood stunting. It also creates limitations to economic development, including trade barriers to formal markets and impacts on livestock health.PMIL has been working with colleagues in Haiti since 2008 to improve peanut production and processing, including the monitoring and control of aflatoxins throughout the value chain.The first event, on June 11, will be a tour by the PMIL team and local partners of the Central Plateau to tour peanut farms, peanut variety evaluation research projects, the Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation depots and the Partners in Health peanut processing and Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) factory.On June 12, PMIL is organizing a workshop, “Priorities for Addressing Mycotoxins in Haiti,” involving the PMIL team and a number of local stakeholders to discuss the health and economic development risks associated with mycotoxins, with an update on research findings in Haiti. Following these presentations, a panel of public and private sector participants will discuss the priorities to address mycotoxins in Haiti.Scott Angle, CAES Dean, and Amrit Bart, Director of the Office of Global Programs at CAES, will also attend these meetings.In the afternoon, the PMIL Haiti project team will meet to discuss the results from this year’s activities and to prepare the research plans for the next year.On June 15-18, PMIL will conduct its Annual Research Meeting at the Hotel Mont Joli in Cap Haitian, Haiti. More than 40 members of PMIL’s international team of scientists, External Advisory Panel members, USAID representatives, the PMIL Management Entity and partners will meet to discuss the program’s research strategy, latest results, future plans and program operations.The group will take advantage of the locale on Wednesday to tour an Acceso depot and buying point, peanut research plots, processing and production facilities at the nearby Meds & Food for Kids RUTF factory, and a medical facility treating severe malnutrition with peanut-based RUTF.For more information about PMIL visit our website at: more information about Feed the Future innovation labs visit USAIDUSAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. For more information, please visit read more

Valamar Riviera gives up investment due to tax policy!

first_imgValamar Riviera announced today through the Zagreb Stock Exchange that it is postponing the investment in Valamar Pinia Family Suites in Poreč planned for 2018.As they point out in their statement, the main reason for the postponement of the investment in Valamar Pinia Family Suites is due to the uncertain fiscal policy for investments in tourism and the challenge in preparing the necessary technical documentation. The final decision on investments for 2018 will be made by the Company at the end of November 2017, Valamar Riviera concludes.In June this year, Valamar completed the company’s largest annual investment cycle worth just over 900 million. Of the total investment last year, two summer resorts Family Life Bellevue Resort 4 * and Valamar Girandella Resort 4 * / 5 * were opened in Rabac, the largest investment in Croatian tourism this year, worth 562 million kuna.Valamar has previously announced that by 2020 it plans to invest up to HRK 2 billion in repositioning the portfolio according to high-quality offers and services and continue to achieve double-digit growth in operating profit annually, and for the new investment cycle in 2018 they plan to invest HRK 704 million. kuna.As previously announced this year, in 2018 Valamar planned to open the first Kinderhotel in its portfolio, Valamar Girandella Maro Resort 5 *, and complete the repositioning of Rabac as a leading holiday destination for guests with higher purchasing power. Also, in addition to the aforementioned Valamar Pinia Family Suites hotel in Poreč, the investment plan for 2018 included the continuation of the strategy of intensive investment in the premium camping segment, in Valamar’s camps in Istria and Krk. In Dubrovnik, the focus is on investments in additional facilities of the Valamar Argosy Hotel, and a number of other investment projects in tourist facilities, facilities for guests and accommodation for seasonal employees are also planned.After the cancellation of the investment in Poreč, the question is to what extent this decision will apply to the above-mentioned investments by 2020. Croatia has the worst conditions for investing in tourism in the entire Mediterranean and one of the largest tax burdens in Europe. Now the State is on the move.Related news:BANKRUPTCY PLAN ACCEPTED! VALAMAR AND PBZ CROATIA INSURANCE ENTER IN STARI HVARVALAMAR BUYS COMPLEX IN RABAC BY DIRECT SETTLEMENT FROM THE STATEPBZ CROATIA OSIGURANJE AND VALAMAR RIVIERA BUY HELIOS FAROS DD IN BANKRUPTCYlast_img read more

Ireland suffer heavy defeat

first_img Meg Lanning scored 126 off just 65 balls for Australia as they batted first and amassed a total of 191 for four with Delissa Kimmince weighing in with 35. In reply, Ireland lost a wicket in the second over when Emma Flanagan was dismissed for a duck before they stuttered to 113 for seven from their 20 overs, Isobel Joyce top-scoring with 28. Australia Women claimed a 78-run victory over Ireland Women in the World Twenty20 match a t Sylhet Stadium on Thursday. Press Associationlast_img read more