Website to provide early warning signals to paddy and vegetable producers

The website would provide better understanding on paddy crop in each district. The Socio Economic and Planning Centre of the Department of Agriculture has launched a new website for Sri Lankan farmers, which aims to provide updated information in order to educate them to make productive decisions regarding their crops.This website is a very useful information source for -farmers, consumers, agricultural producers and food processing institutions as it provides information harvest of paddy, vegetables and other field crops, the Policy Development Office of the Prime Minister’s office said. In terms of the information provided in the website, there would be a glut in pumpkin production during the period from January to March 2019 and it is anticipated that there would be a price drop in comparison with the price of later period of December 2018.The 2018/19 Maha Paddy crop is expected to be massive. This information could be accessed through and use “public” as the Username and Password. Further, by providing an early warning system for vegetable growers, it would encourage the farmer community to mitigate wastage and price fluctuations due to glut and thereby to produce for the requirement of the country. read more

Firefighters battle to save Englands oldest hotel

first_imgRoyal Clarence Hotel Clark Gable stayed at the hotel during the war. Credit:Science & Society Picture Library/Science & Society Picture Library He followed in the footsteps of some of the world’s most notable characters, which have included Thomas Hardy, who stayed at the hotel with his second wife in 1915, and Beatrix Potter, who visited in 1892 and reportedly looked out of her window and said “what a fine view this is”.During the Second World War, when the Americans were based in Exeter before D-Day, both Clark Gable and Gary Cooper stayed at the Royal Clarence Hotel.  Gary Cooper stayed at the Royal Clarence Hotel during the war.Credit:Rex Features/Rex Features Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has declared it as a major incident.The hotel had already been evacuated as a precaution before the fire spread and no one is believed to have been injured.A spokesman for the hotel, which is currently known as Abode, said: “Following the fire in the building next door all our guests and safe were evacuated and are all safe and accounted for.”We are continuing to monitor the situation and send our sympathies to our neighbours and all those affected by the fire.”Last year the prestigious hotel played host to David Cameron while he was campaigning in the city.Mr Cameron and his team were some of the first guests to stay in the hotel after it reopened following a major refurbishment last year. Firefighters tackling a blaze at Royal Clarence Hotel in ExeterCredit:PA/PA Fire on Cathedral Green in Exeter @BBCDevon @BBCSpotlight— Harriet Bradshaw (@BradshawHarriet) October 28, 2016 Clark Gable Most notably Lord Nelson dined at the venue in 1801 and gave a speech to reporters on his views following the Battle of the Nile.A few years later, in 1820, the Duke of Kent, father of the future Queen Victoria died while visiting the area and was taken to the hotel and embalmed in preparation for transportation to his funeral which was held at Windsor.Last night celebrity chef Michael Caines MBE, who launched his first Michael Caines Restaurant at the hotel in 2000 before ending his association earlier this year, wrote on Twitter: “Gutted to see the Royal Clarence on fire. Real loss to Exeter. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Michael Caines “Heart goes out to the firefighters who are doing their best to contain it.”The fire had started at the Castle Fine Art Gallery next door to the hotel at 5am on Friday.Crews initially thought they had it under control but later it has spread to other venues on the Cathedral Green – including the historic Royal Clarence.A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “It started in an art gallery and the fire then spread through the roof space. The damage to the hotel has been very extensive. The roof has gone, it has spread through all four floors and the flames are in the ground floor.” Scenes from on top of Exeter Cathedral @BBCDevon @BBCSpotlight— Harriet Bradshaw (@BradshawHarriet) October 28, 2016 Built in 1769 in Exeter, Devon, it became the country’s first hotel after its French landlord Pierre Berlon, published an advert referring to it as a hotel rather than an inn.Over the years its esteemed guests have included Clark Gable, Beatrix Potter and Thomas Hardy among many others. Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter Last night the fire had destroyed the roof and ripped through all four floors of the historic building which has played host to the stars. Gary Cooper This is awful. The fire on Cathedral Green in #Exeter has now spread to The Royal Clarence Hotel.— James Vickery (@jsvickery) October 28, 2016 “What is so particularly heartbreaking about this loss is that these buildings escaped the Blitz of 1942 when so much of Exeter was destroyed.”We have so little left and hopefully the fire will be contained and not spread further.”The 18th century coaching inn, which is now called the Abode Hotel, is part of the Andrew Brownsword group and has stood on the same spot for 300 years . Britain’s oldest hotel – which has hosted Lord Nelson, embalmed the Duke of Kent’s body and hosted Hollywood stars ahead of D-Day – has been significantly destroyed in a fire.More than 100 firefighters battled for hours to try to save the the 300-year-old Royal Clarence Hotel, which is famed for being the first hotel in the country 10th August 1878: Passengers boarding a coach outside the Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter. Credit:Otto Herschan/Getty Images/Otto Herschan/Getty Images Chef Michael Caines MBE questioned whether enough was being done to protect Exeter’s historic buildings after hearing of the fire at the hotel where he honed his craft. Credit:APEX/APEX Dr Todd Gray, an historian at the University of Exeter, said the hotel has always been at the heart of the city.”For 2,000 years this area has been the focus of the city’s religious and commercial life,” he said.”The Royal Clarence is in the heart of what was not just the Medieval city but within the precincts of Roman Exeter.”The ground and first floors of the hotel are medieval and the upper floors were added in the late 1700s when the building was renamed a hotel.”It has been long known as the first inn in England to rebrand itself in this way. “It was the place to be. It was where the anti slavery people met in the 1700s and 1800s, this is where they planned abolition.last_img read more

CEO to NGSA students No time to rest or poverty will

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNGSA starts tomorrow, CEO confident of improved performancesMarch 27, 2018In “latest news”Sterling Products rewards successful NGSA studentsJuly 29, 2019In “latest news”‘Never lose focus or your passion or purpose in life’ – CEO Hutson to Region 4’s top performing teachers, studentsDecember 6, 2017In “latest news” In another motivational speech to students receiving awards from Sterling Products Limited (SPL) for their outstanding performance at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations this year, Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson urged them to focus heavily on education now so that they can reap the benefits of a good career later.SPL CEO, Ramsay Ali, Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson, other officials, parents and children at the Bursary Awards CeremonyHutson has been a key speaker at SPL’s Annual Bursary Awards for the past several years, dating back to when he first served as Deputy Chief Education Officer.Speaking to students and their parents at a ceremony held at SPL’s Providence East Bank Demerara office last Thursday, Mr. Hutson said, “You have to be very wise. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”He told the students gathered that now is the time to work hard and focus, particularly on English Language and Mathematics, so that they can matriculate. “It means that you would now be equipped with the subjects to move to a higher level of studies and advance in the world of work,” he said.The Chief Education Officer also urged parents to play a meaningful role in their children’s education, reminding them that they do not have to be the holders of Diplomas and Degrees to effectively do so.Mr. Hutson told the students and parents gathered that they must view the monetary award provided by SPL as a seed to be planted for future harvests.Each child received sixty thousand dollars.SPL’s Chief Executive Officer Ramsay Ali, in his remarks, said the company takes pleasure in conducting this annual exercise and urged parents to use the monetary token to help provide for their children’s educational needs, as they enter the new school year in September. “I want to congratulate the young people, and of course the parents. We hope that the money we are giving you is used wisely and towards the start of the secondary level to help you buy the right things for the child to start school,” Ali said.The CEO pointed out that SPL is looking at ways to help ensure the monies are used specifically for this purpose which could see an arrangement being made with an entity that sells a wide range of school supplies partnering with SPL for this purpose.The children and their parents also received timely words of encouragement from General Secretary of the Clerical and Commercial Workers’ Union (CCWU), Ann Anderson. She congratulated parents for their hard work and dedication, pointing out that some parents would have spent many sleepless nights preparing their children for exams. “Anything you want to be, you can be. The only thing is that you have to work towards that…Some of you may not have received the school you wanted to, but that is not a downfall, you can use that as your stepping stone,” she told the students.Those awarded this year are; Naomi Persaud, Isaiah Shaw, Heimarajie Jaipaul, Racheal Mohitram and Mario James.SPL provides the children of employees each year with this token. The event was coordinated by Human Resources Manager, Yvette Fiedtkou. read more