Virtual marketing program creates new Indonesian markets for WA fresh produce WA fresh produce to feature in ‘Fresh Flavours of WA’ promotion in high-end Indonesian supermarkets Virtual marketing innovation takes advantage of opportunities created by new Free Trade Agreement to forge new marketsWestern Australian fresh produce will be featured in high-end Indonesian supermarkets over the next month, thanks to a new trade agreement and an innovative virtual marketing initiative.Locally grown Bravo apples, three varieties of table grapes and premium onions will be showcased in a ‘Fresh Flavours of Western Australia’ promotion in more than 10 stores across Greater Jakarta.The opportunity was leveraged from the new Indonesia – Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement signed in 2020, which has helped improve market access to WA’s fifth largest export customer for agrifood and beverages.The trade relationship was forged by a Virtual Business Matching Program, developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, supported by the WA Government office in Jakarta.The program overcame international travel restrictions by using digital communication platforms to engage with buyers, including live virtual tours of farms and packing and processing facilities, enabling participants to view local operations and ask questions in real time.This is the first time Bravo apples and table grapes have been exported to Indonesia, following successful shipments of carrots and onions last year, with the Virtual Business Matching Program signalling interest in growing further market opportunities.As stated by Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:“This marketing effort, born from the new trade agreement and the Virtual Business Matching Program, has led to the first ever shipments of premium WA fresh produce to Indonesia via importer PT Mulia Raya.“The local participants in this program, including WA Farm Direct, Fruitico and Patane Produce, have adapted to the new operating environment and pursued innovative channels to capture market opportunities.“This export success story really is a triumph of WA’s pioneering spirit over the global trade challenges created by COVID-19 pandemic.”As stated by State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook:“WA has been proactive in maintaining and enhancing export markets since the pandemic hit, pursuing unique and innovative strategies to grow our share of the global food market.“I am proud of what has been achieved here and look forward to seeing these marketing initiatives converted into new export trade relationships – helping to grow and diversify WA’s economy and create jobs.“The WA Government knows that Indonesia is an important market for WA exporters across a range of other sectors, including mining and METS, education and energy. We are committed to continuing our engagement with growing markets throughout Asia to strengthen our economic ties.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Asia, Australia, Australian, communication, Cook, environment, free trade, Government, Indonesia, Indonesian, Jakarta, participants, regional development, WA, Western Australia
WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By EH News Bureau on December 26, 2020 Related Posts COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution SystemCoWIN NetworkGrand Challenge COVID-19 Updates News Startups Comments (0) Rewards totalling Rs 3.85 crores from Grand Challenge launched by health, electronics & IT ministries, entries close on January 15To harness the talent and innovative ideas of new startups / new technology specialists, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Electronics and IT, launched Phase-I of a Grand Challenge to strengthen the COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN Network).Participating start-ups stand to access rewards totalling Rs 3.85 crores across the implementation pathway.The Grand Challenge opened for applications on December 22 and will close on January 15, 2021.The aim is that governments and healthcare organisations start to think beyond the existing CoWIN Network and devise cost-effective mechanisms using emerging technologies including AI and ML to manage COVID-19, to check for better monitoring of vaccinated patients and public in general.As per a release, this initiative may be further extended to Phase-II to find solutions with respect to different aspects of COVID-19 in the future.The Phase 1 problem statements provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare includes seven areas of focus and technology development for charting out an effective mechanism of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution System. The statements are followed by a detailed description and two examples of technologies which could solve this problem.The proposed Grand Challenge with seven pre-identified problem statements tries to tackle challenges relating to infrastructure, monitoring and management information systems, constraints of human resources-including technical capacities, gaps identified in cold chain and vaccine logistics management, massive vaccination of citizen, effective monitoring mechanism for vaccinated population (for adverse effects and appropriate COVID-19 behaviour).These identified parameters will holistically address the likely limitations associated with complete and effective vaccine distribution system (VDS) and administering across the country.Implementation mechanismIn the first step, the applications would be scrutinised initially. Based on the initial scrutiny, top 25 applicants from each thrust area will pitch their solutions before a Jury comprising experts in the area of IT and Health/ Immunisation etc. especially constituted to adjudicate the contestants.As a second step, the Jury would shortlist the top five applicants from each thrust area who will be provided the CoWIN APIs for showing the efficacy of their respective solutions for possible integration with the CoWIN platform. Each shortlisted applicant for the activity will be rewarded with Rs. 2 lakh each for covering their logistical needs.Third, the solutions as integrated with the CoWIN platform through open APIs will again be assessed by the Jury. Prior to this, STQC and iCERT will be entrusted to perform functional/ scalability/security testing of the solutions.In the fourth step of the implementation process, after the successful migration of the solution on the cloud on which the CoWIN is hosted, in addition to it being successful integration with CoWIN the Jury will select the top two contestants from each thrust area.The top two contestants from the initial six areas will be rewarded with Rs. 30 lakh and Rs 10 lakh respectively and for the seventh thrust area, (which entails the development of a logistics management information system for end to end logistic, supply chain and inventory management of vaccine) the top two contestants will be rewarded with Rs. 50 lakhs and 25 lakhs. Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Add Comment Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Startups challenged to improve CoWIN network The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share Read Article
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreUS shoppers hungry for Black Friday deals came out in droves, spending at record levels.“We were expecting Black Friday openings to be very strong, (but no one) expected that they were going to be this strong,” a National Retail Federation analyst told ABC.This is welcome news for the nation’s overall economy and for Wall Street, where stocks soared on Monday Morning.226 million people shopped during the 4-day weekend pumping $52 billion into the coffers of retailers — an increase of 14 million shoppers over last year. The average amount spent also increased by about ten percent to almost $400 per shopper. One interesting note: 44% of those shoppers surveyed said they were buying for themselves over the weekend. The rest of the gifts have yet to be purchased.(READ the story from ABC News)Photo by cohdra via MorguefileAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) has announced three finalists from the bid process to host Ironman Canada 2013. The three are:Kelowna, British Columbia (BC);Huntsville, Ontario; andWhistler, BC.The selection of the three Canadian communities was based on criteria as set out in WTC’s bid process that closed last week, on 24 September. WTC has reported that there were seven communities in Canada that submitted bids.As part of the next phase in the selection process, Ironman staff will conduct in-depth visits to each finalist community. Ironman expects to announce the host for the 2013 Ironman Canada, as well as additional event-related details, by mid-October.As reported last week, a number of applications have been in the pipeline to bring back Ironman Canada in 2013.The long-awaited entry of The Challenge Family into North America, and the launch of Challenge Penticton in Canada, saw Challenge’s new Penticton event effectively replace the Subaru Ironman Canada event as the long-distance race of choice for Penticton in British Columbia.Further details on the future home of Ironman Canada 2013 to follow as they become available…www.ironman.com Related
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A former Somali minister and outspoken government critic was on Monday arrested by security forces for treason, the security ministry said on Monday.A spokesman for Internal Security Ministry Abdiasis Ali said that Abdirahman Abdishakur – a candidate in February’s presidential election won by Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed – was arrested on a decree from the Ministry of Internal Security and the office of the attorney general.“The former minister was legally arrested by decree from the attorney general and internal security minister. He was accused of treason. His guards fought the security forces,” Reuters quotes Abdiasis to have said.There are reports that the clashes between security forces and Abdishakur’s bodyguards led to some deaths, but Abdiasis declined to give further information on this.Attorney general Ahmed Ali Dahir described Abdishakur’s house as a hub for the opposition and a gathering point for people “who want to collapse the government.”“We also warn those who meet at hotels,” he added.Many Somali officials including lawmakers live in fortified hotels for the security they offer.
LocalNews WEATHER: A low level trough is affecting the area by: – March 15, 2017 Share 445 Views one comment Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share The Weather Outlook for Dominica and the Lesser Antilles, issued at 12PM on Wednesday 15 March 2017, indicates that a low level trough is affecting the area.“Cloudiness and scattered showers are expected mainly across the central and southern portions of the island chain during today. Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks should be vigilant and exercise caution. Moderate seas are expected during the next 24 to 48 hours with waves peaking near 8.0 feet. Small craft operators and sea bathers are advised to exercise caution,” the advisory indicates. Forecast for this Afternoon: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers.Forecast for Tonight: Partly cloudy to occasionally cloudy and breezy with a few scattered showers.Wind: East north easterly to East south easterly @ 20 to 40 km/h .Sea Conditions: Moderate in open water.Waves: 2.0 to 2.5 meters or 7.0 to 8.0 feet.Warning/Advisory: Small craft operators and sea bathers are advised to exercise caution.Sunrise: 6:13 AMSunset: 6:16 PMLow Tide: and 12:30 PMHigh Tide: 5:52 AM and 6:31 PM