Govt kicks off ‘Coffee Week’ to market regional beans

first_imgTopics : “I sincerely hope that our trade representatives in Europe will give serious attention to Indonesian GI products, including Gayo arabica coffee, so that these and other products can penetrate the global market,” said Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto during a press briefing on Monday, adding that GI was an important means of increasing exports through branding and marketing.Indonesia and the EU already have an agreement to promote Gayo coffee through the ASEAN Regional Integration Support by the EU (ARISE) Plus program. The program has some 15 million euros (US$17.5 million) in funding and will last until 2023.Indonesia, the world’s fourth-largest coffee producer, exported $883.1 million worth of coffee last year, a 7.9 percent increase from 2018, according to the United Nations International Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade).This year, the pandemic has battered the global demand, leading Indonesian exports to fall 8.34 percent annually in August and nosedive by 4.62 percent from July, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data. At the same time, shipments of agricultural products rose 1.04 percent year-on-year to $340 million.Agus said he hoped the finalization of the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-CEPA), Indonesia’s largest bilateral trade negotiation to date, would boost Indonesian coffee exports to the bloc.Read also: Indonesia seeks to conclude trade negotiation with EU next year to bolster recovery“We are hopeful that the finalization of the I-EU CEPA will now enable this variety of our coffee and other GI products to be recognized and protected by the EU market,” he said.Indonesian officials have said they hope to secure the trade deal with the bloc next year.The EU was Indonesia’s fourth-largest trading partner in 2019, with trade worth US$26.9 billion.Kasan Muhri, the ministry’s director general of national export development, said the upcoming Gayo coffee harvest was expected to produce about 52,000 tons of coffee.“We will also facilitate virtual business matching between exporters and producers of Gayo coffee and buyers from Europe,” said Kasan.Kasan added that the ministry would promote other Indonesian GI coffee, such as the Java Preanger variety.Vincent Piket, the EU ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, said the bloc supported the protection of GI products like Gayo coffee because it promoted economic development, domestic innovation and foreign investment.“I wish to support the development of GIs by the government of Indonesia,” said Piket. “Geographic indications matter economically, they matter culturally, and they help create value for local communities through products that are deeply rooted in tradition, culture and geography.”center_img The Trade Ministry launched “Indonesia Coffee Week” on Monday to promote the nation’s beans and boost exports, especially to the European Union (EU), as trade lags during the pandemic.The event aims to market coffee varieties with a Geographical Indication (GI), a designation for products that have a specific region of origin and possess qualities or a reputation related to that region.Gayo coffee, which is grown in Central Aceh, was the first Indonesian GI coffee variety to be recognized by the European Union and was registered in 2017. The event, which is being held between Sept. 17 and 25, is set to coincide with the Gayo arabica coffee harvest in late September.last_img read more

Neymar hat-trick helps Brazil to 4-2 win over Peru

first_imgA hat-trick from Neymar helped Brazil to a 4-2 victory over Peru in a 2022 World Cup qualifier in Lima on Tuesday and moved the Paris St Germain forward second behind Pele on his country’s all-time goal-scoring list.Peru’s Andre Carrillo got his third goal in two games to put the home side ahead after six minutes with a crisp volley from outside the box but Neymar equalized from the spot in 28 minutes after he had been fouled.Peru went ahead again after 59 minutes when Renato Tapia’s 25-metre shot hit Rodrigo Caio before rolling into the net, only for Richarlison to equalise five minutes later. Neymar put Brazil ahead with another penalty with seven minutes left and, after Peru’s Carlos Zambrano was sent off, scored his 64th international goal when he stabbed home in injury time to make it 4-2.Only Pele, with 77 goals, has scored more for Brazil than Neymar.In Merida, Paraguay took the points with a 1-0 win over Venezuela, Gaston Gimenez scoring for the visitors with five minutes left.Brazil and Argentina top the group after winning both of their opening matches, while Paraguay, who drew with Peru in their opener, are third on four points.Peru’s point keeps them above Venezuela and Bolivia, who have lost their first two matches.The next round of games take place next month.The top four from the 10-team group qualify directly for Qatar with the fifth-placed side going into an inter-confederation playoff.Topics :last_img read more

Friendship firefighter completes certifications

first_imgFriendship, In. —Friendship Volunteer Fire Department member Brenden Jefferies has completed Firefighter certifications 1 & 2. The training includes familiarization with department structure, general orders, use of breathing equipment, protective clothing, knots, communications equipment, nozzles & hoses and search & rescue.last_img

Everton slip to costly defeat

first_img The shot that followed, though, was poor and it took until the 15th minute for Martinez’s side to muster a first shot on target, and even then Artur Boruc easily dealt with Deulofeu’s tame strike. Gallagher’s ignored appeal for handball against John Stones was all Saints had to show during the spell that followed their goal, although they were by now in control. Jack Cork got away a shot as an injury to Steven Naismith temporarily reduced Everton to 10 men, with the Scotland international returning just in time to see former Rangers team-mate Steven Davis miss a glorious chance after a fine Lambert cut back. The Toffees were getting little joy in attack, with Nathaniel Clyne particularly impressive in keeping Deulofeu quiet. Leighton Baines whipped in a threatening free-kick on the one occasion the Saints right-back lost the duel with the Barcelona loanee, although the cross evaded his team-mates and Saints capitalised. Not only adept at the back, Clyne is a fine attacking option and bombed forward before fizzing over a wonderful cross that was just too high for Stones to head clear, leaving the unsighted Coleman to helplessly direct into his own goal. Dejan Lovren powered a header at Howard soon after as Saints looked for a third, and after Lukaku directed over Boruc’s goal, referee Oliver rejected vocal handball appeals against Stones after the Everton defender handled an Adam Lallana cross. Naismith had handball appeals of his own waved away in first-half stoppage time and continued to prove a nuisance when play resumed, with Cork doing well to block wide his effort on goal. The Saints midfielder had an attempt of his own at the other end and Lallana struck at Howard, who was relieved to see a 25-yard Lambert free-kick clip the post and go wide. Substitute Leon Osman joined team-mate Gareth Barry in the book after being adjudged to have taken a tumble in the box under a challenge from Lovren, before fellow replacement Aiden McGeady’s cross was headed straight at Boruc by Lukaku. Referee Oliver was again the focus as Luke Shaw and Lallana saw penalty appeals waved away after apparent handballs by Coleman and Stones, before a rather relieved Boruc saw a Baines cross dip just wide. Everton were attacking in numbers in an attempt to reduce the deficit and had a spot-kick appeal of their own rejected after James McCarthy claimed he was impeded by Lovren, although their attacking mind-set was leaving gaps at the back. Lallana showed wonderful skill to burst to the byline but Lambert was unable to convert late on, while Howard did well to deny substitute James Ward-Prowse. The visitors were fighting an uphill battle after just 53 seconds at St Mary’s as a rusty-looking Alcaraz directed past goalkeeper Tim Howard, with Coleman following suit after 31 minutes to double Saints’ advantage. Everton attempted to claw their way back but few of their fans could argue with the result, which would have been worse was it not for wayward finishing and referee Michael Oliver waving away several penalty appeals. Rickie Lambert – one of several English players impressing in front of England manager Roy Hodgson – also clipped the post with a 25-yard free-kick as Southampton ended a three-match winless streak and handed Arsenal the opportunity to move four points clear of Everton with victory over Newcastle. The defeat brought Martinez’s men crashing down after last weekend’s 2-0 victory against Manchester United. That result saw their former manager David Moyes lose his job at the Old Trafford helm but also came at a cost for the Toffees, who lost key men Kevin Mirallas and Sylvain Distin to injury. Their replacements Gerard Deulofeu and Alcaraz are by no means slouches, but the latter’s rustiness cost his side with less than a minute on the clock. In just his fourth league start of the season, the Paraguay defender appeared flustered by the attention of Sam Gallagher and rather comically turned a Lambert cross past Howard. Alcaraz’s moment of madness was the worst possible start for Everton, yet they did not collapse and Coleman soon darted down the flank and crossed for Romelu Lukaku. Already a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, the Toffees arrived on the south coast knowing a fourth successive away win was required in order to keep their charge for Champions League qualification alive. However, first-half own goals from Antolin Alcaraz and Seamus Coleman cost Everton dear as Southampton secured a deserved 2-0 win that saw the club equal their best ever Premier League tally of 52 points. Everton’s hopes of a top-four finish look remote after a pair of own goals cost Roberto Martinez’s side at Southampton. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bigfoot statue stolen from Boynton Beach store

first_imgBigfoot is at large!Boynton Beach Police say someone made off with an 8-foot, 300-pound statue of Sasquatch.It used to stand in front of “Mattress Monsterz” on East Boynton Beach Boulevard.The store owner said he did not discover the theft immediately becauseBigfoot stood among multiple decorations on display for Halloween.There is no surveillance video of the theft, which is believed to have taken place during the week of Oct. 6-13.But the store hopes someone spots Bigfoot and calls the police.The statue is worth about $3,000.“If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.” “You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.”last_img

VIDEO: Student attacks substitute teacher at Miami Central High School

first_imgMiami-Dade County Public Schools officials are conducting an investigation after a video made its way online showing a student attacking a substitute teacher at Miami Central Senior High School.The cellphone video was posted all over social media on Monday.The footage shows the female student throwing punches at the substitute teacher, and then you can see the teacher grabbing the student’s hair and pushing her head down. Students in the background can be seen recording the incident on their phones and laughing.Miami-Dade County Public Schools officials said the student involved was not supposed to be in that classroom, and the teacher has not been identified.M-DCPS spokesperson Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said Miami-Dade Schools Police is investigating.last_img

Joe Biden Finally Grants an Interview, to Cardi B

first_imgRap singer and former stripper, Cardi B, scored a major scoop by landing an interview with the Democrat pick for their presidential nominee Joe Biden.The “interview,” which adhered to social distancing guidelines via Elle, was published Monday.“I have a whole list of things that I want our next president to do for us. But first, I just want [President] Trump out,” she told the former vice president.Cardi went on to get more specific, touting her wish for Medicare-for-all to be passed through Congress as well as her support for tuition-free colleges and universities and police reform.“What I want is free Medicare. It’s important to have free [health care] because look what is happening right now. Of course, I think we need free college,” the “WAP” artist told the presumptive Democratic nominee. “And I want black people to stop getting killed and no justice for it. I’m tired of it. I’m sick of it. I just want laws that are fair to black citizens and that are fair for cops, too.”Without getting into specifics, Biden argued that there was “no reason why we can’t have all of that,” before referencing Cardi’s favorite president, Franklin D. Roosevelt“I don’t want someone to lie to me and tell me that it’s okay not to wear a mask, that everything is going to be okay,” Cardi, who also called for healthcare reform during the discussion, said. “I want a president to tell me what the steps are for us to get better, to tell me, ‘This is why it is taking so long, this is why other countries are doing better than ours.’”It’s the remix! Presenting Cardi B and Joey B—the collaboration you didn’t see coming. In an exclusive interview for our September issue, @iamcardib sits down with @joebiden to discuss Medicare, free college tuition, and the fight for racial justice.— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) August 17, 2020 In response, Biden stated there is “no reason” why Americans can’t have “all of that.” He also shared his assessment of the job of president as one rooted in responsibility to the people.“I understand one of your favorite presidents is Franklin Roosevelt,” he said “Roosevelt said the American people can take anything if you tell them the truth. Sometimes the truth is hard. But right now, we’re in a position where we have an opportunity to make so much progress. The American public has had the blinders taken off.”Cardi highlighted ongoing protests in support of social justice, telling Biden “it’s simple” what is being demanded here.“We are asking for fairness, and we are asking for justice,” she said. “That is all. I feel like everything people are asking for is getting interpreted in a very different way. No, it’s simple: We just want justice. We want to feel like Americans.”Biden said he is inspired by the actions of younger generations, including Cardi’s.“You’re the smartest, the best educated, the least prejudiced, and the most engaged generation in history. And you’re going to change things,” he said, adding that recent developments regarding, for example, the removal of Confederacy-praising eyesores is all part of a game of division that benefits Trump.Watch the full discussion, which also sees Biden touting “free education” for anyone with a family making less than 125K and free community college for all, and free Medicare for all.“I just want Trump out,” Cardi B said in her Elle interview with Joe Biden. “I don’t want to be lied to — we’re dealing with a pandemic right now, and I just want answers.”— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 17, 2020last_img read more

LSU looks to extend streak vs A&M

first_img Associated Press February 27, 2020 STEPPING UP: The Aggies have been led by Josh Nebo and Savion Flagg. Nebo has averaged 11.6 points and 5.9 rebounds while Flagg has put up 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The Tigers have been anchored by Skylar Mays and Trendon Watford, who have combined to score 29.8 points per outing.MIGHTY MAYS: Mays has connected on 36.1 percent of the 108 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 7 for 17 over his last five games. He’s also made 84.1 percent of his free throws this season.ASSIST RATIOS: The Aggies have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Tigers. LSU has an assist on 35 of 78 field goals (44.9 percent) across its past three matchups while Texas A&M has assists on 43 of 72 field goals (59.7 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The disruptive Texas A&M defense has forced opponents to turn the ball over on 23 percent of all possessions, the 30th-best rate in the nation. LSU has a forced-turnover percentage of only 17.1 percent through 28 games (ranking the Tigers 304th among Division I teams).___For more AP college basketball coverage: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTexas A&M (14-13, 8-7) vs. LSU (19-9, 10-5)Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Saturday, 12 a.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: LSU looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Texas A&M. In its last five wins against the Aggies, LSU has won by an average of 9 points. Texas A&M’s last win in the series came on Feb. 4, 2017, an 85-73 victory.center_img LSU looks to extend streak vs A&M ___This was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

‘Racism is real’, Sammy urges governing bodies to do better

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has urged cricket’s governing bodies to treat racism more seriously and pay it the same attention they give to upholding the integrity of the game.Athletes across the world have spoken out about racism in sport as part of the Black Lives Matter protests after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.Sammy, who led West Indies to two Twenty20 World Cup titles, has been at the forefront of the movement in cricket and wants those who run the game to do more.“We’ve made the recommendations. You know racism is real. It is not something that we can hide,” Sammy told Reuters from Trinidad, where he is playing in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).“So I urge them (to give racism) the same emphasis they put on protecting the integrity of the game. Why not protect the integrity of human beings?“If you’re able to raise awareness in the game, where every person, every human being is treated equally, regardless of the colour of their skin, I think that is the way the world should be.”Sammy, who led the St Lucia Zouks in the CPL final against Trinbago Knight Riders later yesterday, travels around the world with his former West Indies team mate Chris Gayle to play in numerous domestic tournaments as Twenty20 freelancers.Both have complained about facing racial abuse in the past.Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was slapped with a four-match ban last year for a racist remark aimed at South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, while England’s Black fast bowler Jofra Archer was abused on social media.England joined West Indies in wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ logos on their shirts during their recent Test series and also took the knee as part of the protests against racism.“It’s amazing to see the lack of conversation in the cricket circle from certain parts of the world when it comes to social injustice and racism and all these things,” Sammy added.“Yes, we saw West Indies play England, so it was bound to happen, the show, the support for Black Lives Matter. But what about the other boards? What about the other territories? I have not heard a statement from a few of the other boards.“If you do care about the integrity of the game and don’t take a stance against racism, or social injustice against people of colour, then to me you’re really not doing your job.”Sammy caused a stir when he made an allegation of racism against his former Sunrisers Hyderabad team mates over a Hindi nickname he was given when he was part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise from 2013 to 2014.West Indies later accepted a former team mate’s explanation and now hopes the issue can be used to educate players about racism.“My focus now is to educate people on certain slurs that is inappropriate to people of colour,” added Sammy, who felt his T20-related travel had helped him better understand the culture and different backgrounds of players across the world.“That’s where I will always use my voice to advocate change for the better.”‘Racism is real’, Sammy urges cricket to do betterlast_img read more

Video: Jim Boeheim press conference after No. 1 Syracuse’s first loss of season

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