Hungry for change: Hounslow Post Harvest Plant Opened

first_imgRelatedHungry for change: Hounslow Post Harvest Plant Opened RelatedHungry for change: Hounslow Post Harvest Plant Opened FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding said that the government was making strides to transform the agriculture sector to ensure that it becomes an exciting one. He was marking the opening of the J$45 million post harvest and packaging facility at the Hounslow St. Elizabeth property of the Ministry of Agriculture. The plant was constructed under the Improving Jamaica’s Agricultural Productivity (IJAP) project, a collaboration between the government, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Food processed here will benefit from cold storage technology and reach the market fresh.  The plant is run by GraceKennedy which currently has contractual arrangements to buy 16,000 tonnes of fresh vegetables per week from local farmers. The plant has 26 employees with room for expansion to 30. The facility has been leased by GraceKennedy which will package fresh vegetables under the newly launched Fresh n’ Ready brand. GraceKennedy also invested J$43 million in agro processing equipment at Hounslow. In her remarks, Acting High Commissioner of Canada, Andrene Blouin, said that the support from her government should be of direct benefit to 200,000 persons and help to reduce the reliance on imported food. Minister of Agriculture, Robert Montague, said that the IJAP project will complete refurbishing work at the Christiana packaging plant by the end of the year. That plant will be managed by the Christiana Potato Growers Association. Mr Golding paid tribute to former Minister of Agriculture, Dr Christopher Tufton, for implementing the IJAP project. Dr Tufton is now the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce. RelatedHungry for change: Hounslow Post Harvest Plant Openedcenter_img Advertisements Hungry for change: Hounslow Post Harvest Plant Opened AgricultureJuly 9, 2011last_img read more

Legacies on the Bench

first_imgDistrict Court Judges Katherine Curtis, left, and Stewart Stadler reminisce about their time in the legal system while sitting in Court Room Two at the Flathead County Justice Center in Kalispell. Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. At the end of the year, about 30 years of judicial knowledge and experience will walk out of Flathead County District Court with judges Katherine Curtis and Stewart Stadler and into retirement. Their seats – Curtis in Department 2, and Stadler in Department 3 – are up for grabs in an open election, which will be decided in November. But since they are judges, they did not have the liberty to let up off the gas once they announced their respective retirements. In fact, they’re only going to get busier before January.Stadler and Curtis sat down for an interview with the Beacon last week, and Stadler, who would have preferred to leave without any fanfare, poked fun at himself all the while. Anyone who has watched Stadler work as a judge would recognize the dry sense of humor; it crops up occasionally and appropriately in the courtroom, where he is otherwise quiet and to the point. “He has the perfect judicial temperament and disposition,” Kalispell Municipal Court Judge Heidi Ulbricht, who is one of the candidates running for Stadler’s seat, said. “He doesn’t show tremendous emotion on the bench.”Kalispell attorney Vanessa Ceravolo is also running for Stadler’s seat. Before joining district court in 2000, Stadler was a justice of the peace for Flathead County. He took that bench in 1985 after a career as an attorney. Stadler also owned the Rainbow Bar in Evergreen for 10 years, bartending five nights a week. Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan has been working with Stadler for 26 years, and describes him as “very even-keeled, fair to both sides; sometimes lets common sense play a bigger role in his decisions than perhaps what the strict letter of the law may require.”Curtis is perhaps more formal than Stadler, Corrigan said, and she’s an outstanding jurist.“I’m comfortable going before her because I know her decisions are going to be well reasoned,” Corrigan said. “In some jurisdictions, there’s quite a gap between juries and judges. There’s a lot of good communication between the defense bar, my office and these two judges,” he said. “They’re going to be missed; it’s going to really be quite the change.”Before beginning her district court career in 1995, Curtis served as the city attorney for Columbia Falls, and also had a private practice. Preceding her Montana career, Curtis worked for the Department of Justice in Washington D.C., focusing on anti-trust cases.Bob Allison, an attorney in Kalispell who is running for Curtis’ seat against Justice of the Peace Daniel Wilson, said Curtis has been an excellent judge, “demanding, reasonable, fair and impartial.”While Stadler tends to look more at the big picture of cases, Allison said, Curtis is more detail-oriented on the bench. They may have different styles in the courtroom, Stadler and Curtis agreed, but the end results tend to be the same. Consistency among the four district court judges is a must if the court wants to maintain some of its efficiency-enhancing innovations, such as having one day a week designated for criminal case issues. The judges rotate who works that day each week, allowing for flexibility. “I think we’re both pretty proud of the part we’ve played and tried to help things run as efficiently as possible,” Curtis said. Losing two of the four judges currently seated in district court is a major transition in itself, but Curtis’ and Stadler’s exit is compounded by the retirement of tireless court administrator Bonnie Olson, who has been in the position for 12 years, and has worked with the Flathead court system since 1978.Adding Olson’s experience to the total, over 50 years of district court experience hits the road in December. That’s quite a change for the court to handle come the New Year, Curtis and Stadler remarked, and will add a new challenge to the already-taxing work. “I think the biggest challenge is Bonnie’s leaving,” Curtis said. “Obviously if we were all staying and she was leaving we’d figure out how to get around it, but for there to be a 50 percent turnover in the judges and you have to find someone with her qualifications and experience is just going to be really, really tough.”Another challenge for the new judges will be taking a seat with an already-full caseload instead of starting from the ground up like they would if it were a newly created judgeship.“I’m not trying to demean any of the candidates, but they’re going to have culture shock when they get here,” Stadler said. “I don’t think any of them realize that you sign 20 files a day, that it’s just constant.”The ceaseless nature of the work takes its toll. Both judges said they feel worn out from the amount of work and the stress it causes, and are ready to step down. The only motivation to stay on is the staff they work with, Curtis said, “but that only gets you so far.”“It’s a stressful job and there’s a lot to it, both the quantity and the type of thing that you deal with all the time,” she said. “And you just get to the point where you think, ‘Well, maybe someone with more enthusiasm should pick up the reins.’”Despite their lengthy careers, both judges said their most memorable cases occurred last year: Curtis sat on the bench for the Justine Winter double homicide trial and Stadler worked the Tyler Miller double homicide case. Winter’s case stood out because of its massive size and scope, Curtis said. Stadler said Miller’s case was different for him because it was a death penalty case requiring a lot of legal gymnastics for both the prosecution and the defense. But while these cases offer a break from their normal routine, they also exponentially increase the jurists’ workload, which averages about 4,500 cases total for all four judges annually. “The thing that a lot of people don’t understand is, that’s just one case in our caseload,” Curtis said. “It’s not like when he gets the death penalty Miller case or I get the Justine Winter case that somebody else picks up the slack for me. You’re still expected to do all the rest of your work but all of a sudden you have this one statistical case that consumes all of your time.”Stadler and Curtis said they both regretted that civil cases tend to fall to the back of the pack when criminal cases take precedent, but that’s the reality of how a judge has to work. “Both of us have attempted to do justice and to follow the law and I think we’ve been probably fairly successful with that,” Stadler said. “There’s people that will disagree with that; I mean, every time you rule on a case somebody’s probably not going to be real happy. In fact, sometimes it’s everyone who’s not happy.”In her time on the bench, Curtis said the most emotionally trying cases are typically the juvenile criminal cases, because the court cannot give these children all the help they need to have a chance at a decent life.She remembered one case in which she had a 6-year-old boy who had set a fire in a Lakeside marina appear before her in court.“He’s done something really bad, but you can’t blame him; I mean, it’s not his problem, it’s his parents, it’s his community,” Curtis said. “It’s not a legal problem; it’s a societal thing.”Stadler agreed, noting that he started the county’s Accountability Court to help give kids a better chance of staying with their parents. This court is volunteer run and not mandatory for those who appear in it, and works as a check-in system once every three weeks to help keep people on track. “I think you’ll find that if you can get parents to do the right thing and parent their own children, we’re all better off,” Stadler said. Curtis has also worked to help children in the Flathead, by prioritizing cases that deal with kids and helping bring Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to the valley in the late 1990s. Both Curtis and Stadler are committed to clearing any backlog in cases they may have before the new judges take over in January, which means there will be plenty of long days and working weekends in the next few months. But it will all be worth it, they said, once retirement sets in and they can do all the fun things they didn’t have time for before, such as hiking, gardening and taking their time on errands.Olson, the retiring court administrator, said Curtis and Stadler are some of the hardest-working judges across the state, and she has enjoyed working with them for so many years. “They work very hard, they’re very professional; they’re very respectful of our staff and the people that appear before them regardless of what brings them before them,” Olson said. “And I think that’s pretty important.” Emaillast_img read more

Guttenberg aiming to finish $20M school construction project by Sept. 2017

first_imgCommunityNorth Bergen/Guttenberg TAGSana l. klein elementary schoolguttenberg board of educationguttenberg community centerguttenberg council SHARE Previous articlePolice: Bayonne man arrested for damaging TV at off-track betting facilityNext article3 Hudson freeholders support adding pension question to Nov. ballot John Heinis The Town of Guttenberg, in a joint effort with the board of education, is hoping to finish a $20 million construction project at the Ana L. Klein Elementary School by September 2017. Sponsored content. [fve][/fve]Guttenberg Mayor Gerald Drasheff, who met Hudson County View at the construction site yesterday, gave some history on the project – which has been in development for many years.“There was a tremendous need here to expand the space that we can use for the school. The school owns certain property here and the town acquired certain other property, so we eventually owned the entire corner between us and the school,” Drasheff explained.“There was thought given to each party developing their own site to meet their needs: it made no sense. We’re not the kind of town that can afford that, something that’s used for a school from eight in the morning until four and then we have a whole separate building.”Drasheff said instead, the town entered into an agreement with the board of education where the town is financing the school annex, which will serve as a gym during school hours and as a community center in the late afternoon and evening hours.The mayor added that the new gym will finally have bleachers for friends and family to sit down, something the current facility does not have, as well as a stage for performances.Additionally, the second and third floor will serve as much needed extra classroom space during the day and double as community space at night.The added community room has already been completed recently and also includes handicapped access for students.Upon completion of the project, Drasheff estimates that the building will be in use by Guttenberg residents from 8:00 a.m. until 10 p.m.Finally, the mayor explained that the current plans have the construction being completed in time for the 2017 school year.“We ran into some delay because of the amount of rock you run into as soon as you touch the top of the Palisades, but our timeline right now is for this building and the extension to be open by September of 2017 and we are really working close with the contractor to meet that date and that’s what we’re hoping for.”Another amenity that will add to the unique look of the annex is a rooftop park funded via a $600,000 grand from the county’s Open Space Trust Fund.Drasheff first spoke to us about the project back in September 2015. Guttenberg aiming to finish $20M school construction project by Sept. 2017 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne 2-alarm fire leaves six people displaced, one suffers minor injuries, fire chief says Bayonne Community Facebook Twitter Bayonne CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Hoboken man killed in motorcycle crash on N.J. Turnpike in Kearny, state police say By John Heinis – August 4, 2016 12:33 pm 0 last_img read more

Pop-up art exhibition kicks off Ladies Night in downtown Farmington

first_imgA pop-up art exhibition in downtown Farmington will kick off Ladies Night Out, a Farmington Downtown Development Authority event held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.The works of female artists Kelly O’Neill, Angela Larson, Ellen Stone, and Jessica Considine will be featured in the temporary gallery located in the Village Mall. Their contemporary creations include  original acrylic paintings, metal sculptures, jewelry and multi-media pieces.The Art Exhibition will be open for the Thursday event, as well as on Saturday, April 28, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday, April, 29, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.The Pop-Up Shop is sponsored by the Village Mall merchants and the Farmington Downtown Development Authority. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kay doubles down Friday at Farley

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa (July 7) – A big crowd turned out Friday as Farley Speedway hosted Driver/Fan Appreciation night.Justin Kay scored his third clean sweep of the season at the Farley Speedway Promotions tracks by winning both the Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Model Feature and the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Modified main event.Kay overtook early leader Nick Marolf and set sail to score an impressive 25-lap Late Model fea­ture win. Kay raced with Tyler Bruening for much of the main event before opening a late ad­vantage of approximately 10 car lengths. Bruening took second ahead of Dan Shelliam.Kay’s win in the Modified feature was certainly not easy as he was challenged throughout the 20-lap feature. Kay passed early leader Mitch Manternach on lap eight and then had to fight off the late-race challenges of Mark Schulte to score the win.Troy Bauer was the class of the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod field. Bauer had the field brought to his rear bumper following a late caution. The restart set up a challenge for Bauer as Tyler Soppe lined up right behind the leader’s 9K car, but Bauer was up to the challenge and went on to score an impressive win.The Bakey Seamless Gutters ICA Stock Cars had the fans on the edge of their seats with a spir­ited three-wide battle for the lead lap after lap. Greg Gill, Phil Holtz and Johnny Spaw raced around the smooth, very fast oval with none of three able to gain an advantage. The checkers flew with Gill scoring the win over Holtz and Spaw.last_img read more

Shed loads of safety

first_imgNIMBLE-bodied shedders showed off their athletic talents as part of the recent annual South and West Gippsland Men’s Shed cluster…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img