Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “I think even if we didn’t make the Final Four or finals UP’s still a go-to for freshmen because UP’s still the State University in terms of quality education,” said Dario. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college UP standout Paul Desiderio applies for 2018 PBA Rookie Draft Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nevertheless, the Fighting Maroons are leaving UP as part of history after finishing as the year’s runners-up behind champion Ateneo in Season 81.And those four players, who were wide-eyed youngsters during UP’s dark days, are now the hardened veterans who have been through hell and back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We are just really grateful because we’ve reached a whole new another level because we started always on the losing end, we’re always teased that we’re always losing, and we’ve reached this far,” said Lim after UP’s 99-81 loss in Game 2 Wednesday. “You can’t write a better story than that.”The Fighting Maroons had a steady climb throughout from Seasons 77 to 80 continuously improving their win-loss records every year. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The most successful batch in University of the Philippines’ basketball history in 32 years was also part of its darker days.Gelo Vito, Diego Dario, and Jarrell Lim all became Fighting Maroons in Season 77, where they finished with a miserable 1-13 record. Captain Paul Desiderio, meanwhile, was part of the Season 76 squad that went an historic 0-14.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum UP narrowly missed the Final Four in 2017 when it took a 6-8 record as the no.5 team.Vito said this steady climb to relevance is all part to UP head coach Bo Perasol’s leadership.“Coach Bo really pushed us to have a mindset that you have to act like winners and practice like winners and we’re thankful that he brought that culture to UP because if it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t be here,” said Vito.Dario added their finals stint was bigger than basketball and that UP will always remain a destination for aspiring Fighting Maroons for solely its education.UP is the country’s premier state university and is often ranked as the best performing school in terms of academics.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
When the Beagle was sailing the coast of Argentina in 1834, it stopped at the mouth of the Santa Cruz River. 25-year-old Charles Darwin, who had been reading Lyell’s Principles of Geology, got out and explored the area on foot as the crew made camp on the cliffs. Darwin was impressed by the six-mile-wide canyon with its comparatively small river. He was led from his reading of Lyell to assume that this was another example of the cumulative power of small processes to produce big changes over vast periods of time. Geologist Steven Austin recently visited Camp Darwin at the Santa Cruz canyon. He examined the basalt cliffs and cobbles with a geologist’s eyes and came to a quite different interpretation. “What I saw at Camp Darwin utterly shocked me,” he said. “I saw abundant evidence for a colossal flood that must have rapidly performed significant erosion in the valley.” His results can be found at ICR, where he explains that the nature of the cliffs, the basalt being on one side and not the other, and the large rounded boulders on top of the cliff (some as big as 15 feet in diameter), and other evidences speak clearly of catastrophism, not uniformitarianism. This incorrect assumption, he believes, was young Darwin’s first wrong turn that led him to view the world evolving through slow, gradual accumulations of small changes. Dr. Austin has posted a 10-minute video on YouTube explaining his findings, with footage shot on location where he points to evidences you can see for yourself.This is a good example of how the glasses through which you view the world can color everything. Darwin read the world with his Lyell glasses on. Because those glasses blocked certain wavelengths, he failed to see evidence that was right in front of his nose. Watch this short video and spread the link to friends today on the Darwin Bicentennial.(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Justin Foxton and his wife Cathy aretackling the challenge of finding lovingfamilies for abandoned babies. Babies live in a cheerful environment andreceive the best of care until they areplaced with their new family.(Images: Justin Foxton)MEDIA CONTACTS • Justin FoxtonThe Baby House+27 31 561 4282 or +27 82 354 1839RELATED ARTICLES• Fighting crime by saying hello• Community crime-fighting at its best• SA children taught the game of life• HIV lessons: starting with the young• New eye care unit for KZN childrenJanine ErasmusWith initiatives such as Stop Crime Say Hello, marketing whizzkid, social commentator and self-titled passionate South African Justin Foxton is committed to changing the country for the better.After a five-year stay in the UK, Foxton returned to his home country in 2008 and, concerned by the situation of crime and violence – and the South African attitude to that situation, which was often one of apathy or helplessness – he became determined to do something.Now in its fourth year, Foxton’s social initiative Stop Crime Say Hello encourages citizens to communicate and treat their fellows with dignity and respect, rather than live in fear of each other. All it takes is a simple “hello” – and, Foxton argues, one small act of friendship could easily lead to bigger ones.Believing that an earlier intervention could have an even greater positive effect, some months ago Foxton launched a new project aimed at helping to promote an environment of peace and tolerance in South Africa.Under the umbrella of The Peace Agency, his own NGO that works towards social justice, he has set up the Baby House, a crisis centre and place of safety for orphaned and abandoned babies.Foxton and his wife Cathy run the centre, which opened in mid-2010, from their own home in Umhlanga, north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.The Baby House is registered with the Durban branch of Child Welfare, and with Habit – the HIV Abandoned Babies and Infants Trust.It’s one of three Habit baby homes run in the area by that organisation, to care for babies in the transition phase between abandonment and placement in an adoptive or foster family.According to Foxton, the couple converted a portion of their house in order to run the centre from there.“We have four cots and a dedicated team of supporters and carers who help us keep the babies safe until a suitable family has been identified,” he says.Although this may seem like a small contribution compared to the enormity of the national situation of hundreds of thousands of abandoned children, he concedes, you have to start somewhere.And if more people set up baby houses, more babies would find loving homes.“We’re just ordinary people,” he says, “but this way we can make a difference in our community.”The centre is small for a reason, says Foxton. “We don’t want to become another orphanage, but by keeping our operations to a manageable scale we know we can do the absolute best for the kids who end up with us.”Rapid response to a desperate situationOne of the big reasons for abandonment is sheer desperation. A new mother may not have the means to even feed her baby, or an HIV-positive mom can think of no way to give her new-born a chance at survival other than to leave the child near to where she knows help is available – a church, clinic, or hospital.However, a rapid response and antiretroviral medication within 72 hours of birth cuts down on the mother-to-child HIV transmission rate.“In the last 18 months we’ve had 11 babies, and not one has left us with HIV,” says Foxton.They’re not orphans, he adds – they’re just babies, and there should be no stigma attached to the fact that they will be adopted.“We work closely with Child Welfare to find exactly the right parents for our babies.”The aim is to get all Baby House infants adopted, but within a reasonable period so that adoptive parents don’t miss out on milestones such as teething, crawling and walking.Moreover, the team works hard to ensure that on the big day each infant is in the pink of health. Babies are clothed, fed, medicated, inoculated, and generally fussed over by the willing band of helpers, many of whom are volunteers who give up an hour here and there to care for the infants.The team wants every adoption to be excellent, says Foxton. Prospective parents will get to spend time with their baby and bond with him or her before the final handover, and they will receive a comprehensive file of their child’s progress so far, along with many photos.Adopting need not be difficultFoxton also aims to unify players involved in adoption in South Africa, and “get conversations going about adoptions”, so that any problems can be streamlined.He says that the process of adopting is not as smooth as it could be, mainly because the state has made it unnecessarily difficult. While the children do need to be protected, and the existing legislation – the Children’s Act of 2005 – does this effectively, there are a few hiccups in the system.For instance, when an abandoned child is found and is ready to be adopted, the agency is compelled to take out an advertisement in local newspapers for 90 days, to give the mother, father or other family the chance to come forward and take responsibility for the child.In an interview in November 2011 with a Durban newspaper, Foxton cited the example of a child who was at the Baby House for eight months because there was no free space in the newspaper to place the required advert.When a mother gives up her child for adoption, she has 60 days after signing the consent form to change her mind. In both cases, Foxton believes the deadline should be 21 days for the sake of the child, especially if he or she is in an overcrowded institution where caregivers have many children to look after and may not be able to give any more attention than the bare minimum.“Otherwise, adoption is not entirely the daunting process that it’s made out to be – in most cases the parents are vetted within six weeks and they have their baby within months.”There are also cultural stumbling blocks. In traditional communities especially, the thought of giving a child up for adoption is unthinkable. There’s even a proverb that claims it takes a village to raise a child.But this mindset comes at the expense of healing for the nation and, says Foxton, it is time for a rethink.“It is important to know where you came from, to have an identity, but equally important is our African philosophy of ubuntu, where we care for each other. We believe that the two concepts can go hand in hand.”Reducing crime by identifying social needsIn the three and a half years since the launch of Stop Crime Say Hello, says Foxton, the organisation has identified a number of issues which create an environment conducive to crime.“Also, we’ve established that social crimes constitute the vast majority of all those committed in South Africa, 90% in fact.”Often these crimes are committed by young men between the ages of 16 and 25.“Mentorship and a good, strong example set by older men are critical if we are to help these boys stay away from a life of crime.”And many of these young criminals are orphans, says Foxton, for whom crime is their only way of surviving.“We have to consider our citizen responsibility to these kids,” said Foxton, “and ask ourselves what helping role we can play. Unless we step in to improve the situation, social issues like crime will never be resolved.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kelley Tilmon and Andy Michel, Ohio State University ExtensionWe have heard a few reports of either bean leaf beetles or grasshoppers increasing in soybeans. As we start to approach the end of the growing season the larger concern with these insects is the potential for pod feeding, rather than foliage feeding. Pod feeding directly impacts grain quality. Crop stage is also an important consideration. Late-planted fields or double-cropped soybeans which are still green when other fields are drying down can be “trap crops,” attracting both bean leaf beetles or grasshoppers leaving the other fields. Such fields bear close watching.Evaluation of pod injury should be based on inspection of all pods on 10 randomly selected plants. Be sure to sample at least 100’ into the field to avoid making your entire decision based on field edges, where damage can be worse than in the field as a whole. On each plant sampled, count the number of total pods and the number of pods exhibiting pod injury, and then determine the percent pod injury based on the 10 plants inspected. It is important to estimate percent pod injury on inspection of the entire plant. Treatment is justified if the percent pod injury approaches 10 to 15%, and beetle adults or grasshoppers are still present and active in the field.When making a treatment decision, also consider the pre-harvest interval of the insecticide you’re considering — which can be an important consideration at the end of the season as harvest approaches. For more information visit our factsheet at https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/ENT-23.
The eCommerce industry is booming like never before with the introduction of new technologies. The eCommerce industry is witnessing a redefined form that takes customers to a new level of experience and gratification. But how is AI helping the eCommerce industry?Traditionally, retail businesses were satisfied by just making an eCommerce website for their brick and mortar stores, but it is not enough now. You have to evolve with new emerging technologies to provide immense value to the users. Contributing value to your users is the only way to sustain, grow, and outshine your business rivals.Artificial intelligence is the next promising technology with great potential to bring a paradigm shift to not only eCommerce but almost all industries. The eCommerce industry has embraced AI with open hands because of the exceptional benefits it offers. Retail businesses are implementing AI to improve various processes, customer experience, and at last, revenues.Let’s discuss how AI is changing the eCommerce industry:Personalization is ImportantBefore AI, personalization was there in the eCommerce industry, but of limited value. Artificial intelligence and machine learning technology have taken it to a new level altogether. If you use services such as Amazon or eBay, you must have surely experienced it.Artificial intelligence enables you to examine customer interactions on multiple platforms such as websites, mobile apps, and emails. Further, with data analytics, you can make personalized offers and product recommendations to the customers. With such customized customer-centric approach, you can win the engagement and loyalty from the customers.And through an in-depth mapping of the customers, grabbing their attention when they are likely to take action, is entirely possible. It is all about hitting the right chord at the right time.With a new semantic-based search option, customers are now able to search smartly and get relevant results that are of their interest. AI can recognize, understand, and respond to human semantic and hence can come up with relevant search results.Automated Chatbots:Welcome to the world of voice assistants and automated Chatbots, without whom, we cannot discuss artificial intelligence. If you have visited the eCommerce websites, you might have seen a chat window pop-up at the bottom-right corner. These are programmed Chatbots that makes the user experience more pleasant and superior. One of the best features of the AI is that it has eliminated human intervention while interacting with the customers.While browsing through the products listed on the website or an app, at times, the customer might face some confusion or disconnect. There might be many reasons for such disinterest. In such situations, Chatbots can help them solve their queries or questions instantly. Whether it is about a particular product’s availability or query regarding the comparison of products or any payment issues, Chatbots with their human-like intelligence can come to the rescue and help keep the customers’ interest intact.Chatbots have added a fresh perspective by adding a personal touch to the customer’s journey along with boosting conversion rates and ultimately, revenues.Voice assistants:We all are aware of Amazon’s Alexa; it indeed is one of its kind; a virtual assistant that has carved a niche for itself by empowering customers to control things. Internet of Things has tremendous potential for the eCommerce industry and as per the industry experts; it will soon transform the way people search for products and services.eCommerce Industrial experts forecast that the voice assistants will be present on all eCommerce websites and apps to interact with the customers and to give them a more personal experience.Decision makingIn the era of cut-throat competition, it is essential that you make the right decisions at the right time. Thanks to AI and Big Data, businesses with the help of AI tools can get a massive chunk of data and analyze it perfectly to create actionable insights, and make the right decisions regarding product pricing, inventory or to create personalized offers for the customers. With crucial data insights from AI tools, businesses can make better decisions that help to leverage resources and opportunities.Businesses can now access details about the market competition and the dynamics and come up with optimal pricing, directly through learning algorithms and predictive analysis. Also, AI helps businesses to manage inventory in a better way by analyzing past purchase records, stock, and actual sales records.Further, with the help of AI, you can evaluate your strategy and get a detailed report on the actions that worked and the ones that failed. It enables you to design better strategies with more meaningful patterns and actions.Giant businesses, including Coca Cola, are investing in AI to drive more success by superior decision making.Reviewing the reviewsWhether you believe it or not, reviews play a considerable role in shaping the users’ buying decisions. As per the Bright Local survey, 87% of users believe in reviews and make decisions accordingly. However, not all of these reviews are genuine and submitted by real, authentic users. Business rivalries play a considerable role in such fake reviews, where they demean their competitors by posting unfavorable reviews. The negativity from review discussions could be a concern that requires your immediate attention.Thanks to AI, you can now quickly get rid of such fake reviews by identifying the genuine ones. This is included with some of the best ecommerce courses as well. Machine learning algorithms can analyze user-generated content and put such reviews on top of the list. For that matter, even Amazon has come up with a new machine learning algorithm that can rank the genuine reviews and ratings on the top of the list. Amazon identifies honest reviews by analyzing different factors such as upvotes, verification of users, and recency.Inventory management and sales forecasting.Inventory management and sales forecasting are immensely helpful for any business. Sales forecasting helps predict the percentage of products that can be sold in a specific time-frame. Also, it proves to be a cost-effective method as you can avoid stocking products that are not in demand. All this is now possible because of AI and Big Data.With the data availability of previous purchases and buying behavior of the users, analyzing future sales can be done more accurately and efficiently. You can also strategize the marketing plan for certain products during a specific period. Also, with a clear insight into the product demand, you’ll be able to manage the stocks accordingly. Hence, with demographic user behavior and weather, analytics can help to manage inventory better.CRM:Gone are the days when your marketing and sales activities were run on spreadsheets. Today, there are new CRM tools available in the market that can do the job more effortlessly and with precision.Artificial intelligence can be used to make CRM more effective and accurate. Currently, many businesses are using various AI tools to evaluate potential leads, data from social media, essential recommendations, and for automatic data entry, data analysis to strengthen marketing and sales activities.Customer-centric visual search:Irrelevant search results are a big turn off for customers. Despite entering appropriate keywords in the search bar, customers end up finding irrelevant results. Due to this, you might end up losing a potential customer. AI can easily decode human language and hence can easily generate relevant results for the users.Furthermore, for advanced search, AI enables visual search option to find the exact products. For example, you can take a picture of your friend’s shirt and upload it on the website, and the AI will find similar shirts from different vendors for you. Amazon is one such retailer who has already started using this technology. It brings more favorable results for customers and saves their time too.Product description writingAmazon US has more than 600 million products. When it comes to SEO point of view, each product requires a detailed, accurate product description for SEO ranking. Obviously, it is a time-consuming and expensive procedure to write a description of each product. Experts hope that AI will serve the purpose well by writing product descriptions that are SEO-optimized and original. Just by knowing the key features of the product, AI will write a unique description and summary.Conclusion:Artificial intelligence comes with a storm of opportunities for eCommerce industry that cannot be ignored. The eCommerce companies will see new dawn where businesses will be able to serve customers in a more meaningful and productive way with the help of AI and ML technology. The processes will be quick and accurate, accuracy would be higher, and customers would get instant gratification with personalized offers and recommendations. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Avantika Shergil AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#ai in ecommerce industry#ai with ecommerce#benefits of artificial intelligence in ecommerce An enthusiastic Operations Manager at TopDevelopers.co, coordinating and managing the technical and functional areas. Adventure lover, passionate traveler, and a lover of nature. Related Posts AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them
Tulsiram Pawar, a childhood friend of retired Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, said on Tuesday that he would spare no effort in keeping the demand for his friend’s release from a Pakistani prison alive. He has started a signature campaign against the death sentence awarded to Mr. Jadhav.Mr. Pawar, who grew up with Mr. Jadhav in Lower Parel, said he was still trying to come to terms with the news. “I am starting a signature campaign demanding Mr. Jadhav’s release and will be getting in touch with our mutual friends who used to stay here. I am already in touch with a few, and we are planning peaceful protest marches as well,” he said.He is exploring the option of turning to the social media. “I do not have much knowledge about social media or the Internet, and am seeking the help of the younger generation.” Mr. Jadhav, son of a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, stayed in the building behind N.M. Joshi Marg police station, which now houses Unit III of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. The building earlier had quarters for police officers. Mr. Pawar, who stays in the opposite building, said he had been friends with Mr. Jadhav for as long as he could remember, and that his earliest memories with him are of roaming in the narrow lanes behind Bawla Masjid and playing together for hours. Sources said Mr. Jadhav’s family left the city late on Monday night, and are believed to be in Pune.
View comments Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Espina heads zark’s 500K run field Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Second chances don’t come too often, that’s why Calvin Abueva is grateful to be included in the 14-man Gilas Pilipinas team that will go up against Australia in the second window of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers in Melbourne on Thursday.“It’s like my world was turned upside down,” said Abueva after he was initially dropped from consideration by national team coach Chot Reyes due to absences in practices.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Filipino-American big man and Gilas cadet member Abu Tratter will also join the Philippine team, which is missing injured big men Troy Rosario and Mac Belo. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dealing with personal matters that also affected his performance with PBA team Alaska, Abueva vowed to make up for his shortcomings and has since appeared in every Gilas Pilipinas’ practice.“I’m glad that I’m given this opportunity again,” he said. “I promise that whatever I’m showing in my game, they can expect the same, or even more.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeading Reyes’ lineup, announced on Sunday night, are naturalized Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo.Also part of the squad which left for Melboune on Monday are Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz and Kiefer Ravena. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES 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
With the MAX22505 ±40V high-speed USB fault protector from Maxim Integrated Products, designers can now eliminate USB port damage from all faults, including ground potential differences, up to ±40V without the tradeoffs required by competing solutions. It protects data and power lines from industrial equipment powered at 24VAC and 40VDC, while also reducing solution size by more than 50% for industrial voltage applications.Industrial environments continue striving to reduce solution footprint to increase productivity and throughput while demanding system robustness and increased uptime. As a result, there has been a trend to adopt USB vs. RS232 on automation equipment due to a much smaller connector size. As industrial environments adopt USB to provide faster communication for applications such as real-time diagnostics, programming/service ports on programmable logic controllers, or supporting camera vision systems, USB ports require fault protection from overvoltage and ground differences while balancing the need to support high-speed data rates up to 480Mbps. Damage to both the host and device side can occur in these systems, requiring a unique solution that achieves high levels of fault protection. Existing USB fault protection solutions on the market today compromise either USB operating speed or voltage/current limit protection on a device’s data and power lines. Consequently, current solutions on the market are costlier and incapable of providing fault protection at high-speed USB performance.The MAX22505 answers this market need as the industry’s only solution that combines high-speed USB fault protection (480Mbps) for industrial voltages, while being flexible enough to support either host or device applications including USB On-The-Go. It protects equipment from overvoltage or negative voltage on power and data lines, as well as ground potential differences between devices. It reduces solution size by more than 50% compared to competing solutions and ensures robust communications in harsh environments cost-effectively in a simpler design. Housed in a 24-pin 4 x 4mm TQFN package, it operates over the -40 to +105°C temperature range. Applications include building automation, industrial PCs, PLCs, and diagnostic USB ports. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ROHM: highly integrated PMIC optimized for NXP i.MX 8M applications processorNext Lanner introduces V3 series of fanless, rugged vehicle gateway controllers
Prime Minister Simpson Miller will use this opportunity to further strengthen the friendship and cooperation between Jamaica and Japan, one of our long standing diplomatic partners. During her visit, the Prime Minister will attend and address the Inter American Development Bank’s Japan-LAC (Latin American and the Caribbean) Conference -Shaping the Future between Japan and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Prime Minister will also meet with Marubeni, Nippon Light Metals, and UCC, all major investors in Jamaica with interests in electricity, Minerals and Blue Mountain Coffee. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, left the island yesterday (November 2) for a three day working visit to Japan.The Prime Minister is accompanied by the Hon. Philip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Mining and Energy; Ms. Onika Miller, Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister; Ambassador Paul Robotham, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; her support staff and security team.During her visit, the Prime Minister will meet with His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino, as well as the Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo Abe.Prime Minister Simpson Miller will use this opportunity to further strengthen the friendship and cooperation between Jamaica and Japan, one of our long standing diplomatic partners.During her visit, the Prime Minister will attend and address the Inter American Development Bank’s Japan-LAC (Latin American and the Caribbean) Conference -Shaping the Future between Japan and Latin America and the Caribbean.The Prime Minister will also meet with Marubeni and UCC, all major investors in Jamaica with interests in electricity, Minerals and Blue Mountain Coffee.The Prime Minister will return to Jamaica on the 9th November, and in her absence, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, Minister of Finance and Planning, will be in charge of the Government.
The Government is to review Jamaica’s foreign affairs and foreign trade policy to strategically align them to the country’s growth and development targets.Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the disclosure today (July 26) to members of Jamaica’s diplomatic community in London at Jamaica’s High Commission in the United Kingdom.The Prime Minister was en route to begin an official working visit in Singapore.Mr Holness told the Jamaican foreign officers that the country’s foreign policy must be taken from a more utilitarian approach.“At the end of the day, the foreign policy must support the economic and social developments of the country. For too long our foreign policy has just been for foreign policy sake. We must get something out of foreign policy. So we have to take a strategic view on who we seek to strike up relationships with,” he explained.He says that the government must go out into the global market of countries and build strategic relationships that will complement the activities in the country.