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Knicks could try to deal Carmelo, but should they?

first_imgNew York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, left, talks to Carmelo Anthony during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony wanted New York and Knicks fans wanted him — if the price was right.The Knicks probably exceeded it when they acquired him six years ago this month, setting expectations Anthony was eager to face but is increasingly unlikely to ever meet.ADVERTISEMENT But Mark Jackson, a former Knicks guard and current ABC analyst, cautions the failure belongs to the Knicks, one of the NBA’s sorriest franchises of the last 15 years, and not Anthony.“You don’t win with just one person,” Jackson said. “He’s a great player, a future Hall of Famer, there’s no question about it. So to me, it’s been team-wise, they haven’t been successful overall. But what he’s done and what he’s been able to do should be acknowledged and recognized. He’s one of the great Knicks.”On Saturday, Anthony passed Earl Monroe, who was on one of the Knicks’ two championship teams in a four-year span in the 1970s, to move into seventh place on the franchise’s career scoring list. He’ll soon move into the top 25 on the NBA’s career scoring list, and with his collegiate and international championships, he should easily get into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.“Listen what he’s done in this game … national championship at Syracuse as a freshman, that’s hard. What he’s done with FIBA basketball, I said (earlier this season), the Olympics, world championships, how he represented our country, it’s fantastic,” said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, a Knicks assistant when Anthony was acquired. “He’s had a fantastic career. Still a heck of a player.”Opposing coaches agree, denying any slippage in Anthony’s game, even as his scoring and shooting percentage have fallen at 32. But President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson apparently isn’t convinced, with reports the Knicks have contacted the Cavaliers, Clippers and Celtics about an Anthony trade.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Chan Sun Jung makes UFC return, KOs Bermudez in 1st round Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown But if his time in New York is almost up, if the Knicks really are considering moving on without him, a word of warning.“He had 25 (points) in one quarter this year. Very recently,” LeBron James said. “So you tell me. How many guys do that?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnNot many, but that hasn’t stopped round-the-clock trade speculation over the last couple of weeks, with still a couple more until the NBA trade deadline.If Anthony is dealt, he will leave without leading the Knicks to a title, or even getting particularly close. For his many critics, that will make it easy to label him a disappointment, especially by those who never wanted him in the first place at the cost of three starters and a top reserve off a promising team. MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Anthony wants to stay in New York and he can, given his no-trade clause that allows him to veto any deal, but some supporters are ready to see him go.The boos were noticeable as Anthony’s shot was off in a recent game and again Saturday in a loss to Cleveland. One fan’s impatience was evident after a particularly bad shot.“Two more years of that, you’ve got to be kidding me!” he screamed.Anthony angered some fans before he ever arrived by pushing for a trade and a more lucrative contract. Anthony was set to be a free agent in July of 2011, but instead, he sought a swap that would allow him to sign a more profitable extension, and the Knicks ended up sending Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Timofey Mozgov to Denver.The deal paid off for a time. The Knicks made the playoffs the season Anthony arrived, their first appearance since 2004, and in 2012 won a postseason game for the first time since 2001, ending an NBA-record 13-game skid in the postseason. New York won 54 games and dethroned Boston to win the Atlantic Division championship in 2013, with Anthony winning the NBA scoring title as the Knicks reached the Eastern Conference semifinals.They’ve since returned to their losing ways, on pace to miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Maybe that makes it easier for Anthony to accept a trade to a contender, if Phil Jackson is able to find one.The Knicks have gone down that road before when they traded Patrick Ewing in 2000. Anthony, by just about any measure, has had the best Knicks career since.Soon it might be over.“He’s a great player and he can care less, he’s going out and getting the job done and I’ve seen teams push guys out and wish they had him back,” Mark Jackson said. “He’s the one guy with all due respect to everybody else that you have to as an opposition, that you have to game plan against, and he’s the one you highlight.” Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

Final viewing of the live performance of ‘Julius Caesar’ set for May 3

first_imgStudents writing English Literature at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) or those who are studying theatre arts or simply would like to experience a Shakespearean production can witness the theatrical production, “Julius Caesar” at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on Wednesday, May 3.The production is hosted by GEMS Theatre Productions in collaboration with The National School of Theatre Arts and Drama. The two have come together for the second time within the last three years to have such a production that will benefit secondary school students preparing to write the examination.Unfortunately, this is the last term secondary schools will be using the text. However, among the cast of over 40 actors are reigning Miss Guyana World Nurriyyih Gerrard playing “Portia” and Nirmal Narine as “Calpurnia”. Other actors playing the lead roles are Mark Luke-Edwards, Nickose Layne, Clinton Duncan, Jamohl Alexander, Paul Budnah, Randolph Critchlow and students of the National School of Theatre Arts and Drama.The show starts at 10:00h and will last for approximately three hours. Tickets for the show cost $500 for children and there are limited tickets for adults at a cost of $1000. Tickets are located at the National Cultural Centre Box Office and schools are asked to make contact through telephone numbers 226-0240, 225-3557, 617-0244 or 6299895 for ticketing information.last_img read more

Columbus Catholic girls basketball blasts Granton

first_imgDons improve to 5-1By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic girls basketball team thoroughly dominated Granton on Thursday night, beating the Bulldogs 57-13 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division matchup at Columbus Catholic High School.The Dons led 28-5 at halftime and doubled their advantage in the second half.The Dons forced 31 turnovers and held Granton to 18 percent shooting (5 of 28).Kendra Baierl had 13 points, and Morgan Albrecht added nine points and five steals for Columbus (5-1, 3-0 Cloverbelt East).The Dons have a week off before returning to action Friday, Dec. 9, at Owen-Withee.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 57, Bulldogs 13Granton 5 8 – 13Columbus Catholic 28 29 – 57GRANTON (13): Alaina Strey 2-8 1-2 5, Cassidie Pontratz 1-2 0-0 2, Jaden Gardner 0-0 0-0 0, Makayla Kleiman 0-2 0-0 0, Rhiannon Reimer 1-5 0-0 2, Kayla Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Walfer 1-10 2-3 4. FG: 5-28. FT: 3-5. 3-pointers: 0-4 (Strey 0-1, Reimer 0-3). Rebounds: 18 (Walfer 6). Turnovers: 31. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: none. Record: 0-2 overall and Cloverbelt East.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (57): Taylor Tolppi 0-2 0-0 0, Annika Brown 0-2 0-2 0, Morgan Albrecht 4-8 0-0 9, Hailey Roehl 2-5 1-4 5, Baylie Neider 3-5 0-0 6, Maren Seefluth 0-2 2-2 2, Kendra Baierl 6-10 1-2 13, Addison Baierl 1-1 0-0 2, McKenzie Hansen 2-6 0-0 4, Katie Hall 1-2 1-2 3, Natalie Pospyhalla 0-6 1-2 1, Zoe Stratman 1-4 2-2 4, Marissa Immerfall 4-8 0-0 8. FG: 24-61. FT: 8-16. 3-pointers: 1-6 (Albrecht 1-1, Neider 0-2, Pospyhalla 0-3). Rebounds: 27 (Stratman 5). Turnovers: 9. Fouls: 8. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-1, 3-0 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

IRS Proposes Increased User Fee for Offers in Compromise (NPRM REG-108934)

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe IRS has proposed an increase in the user fee for processing a taxpayer’s offer in compromise. The current user fee is $186 and the IRS proposes to increase the fee to $300 for offers submitted on or after February 27, 2017. However, no fee is charged if the offer is based solely on doubt as to liability, or made by a low-income taxpayer.The actual cost of an offer as of 2015 was $2,450, and although agencies are ordinarily required to charge full cost, an exception applies in the case of offers in compromise. The increase is an attempt to recover more of the actual cost of processing the offer.Comments must be received by November 28, 2016. Submissions should be mailed to: Internal Revenue Service, CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-108934-16), Room 5203, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044. Submissions may also be hand-delivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-108934-16), Courier’s Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, D.C. 20224 or sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov (indicate IRS and REG-108934-16).A public hearing is scheduled for December 16, 2016, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Main IR Auditorium of the Internal Revenue Service Building, 1111 Constitution Ave NW., Washington, D.C. 20224.Proposed Regulations, NPRM REG-108934-16, 2016FED ¶49,715Other References:Code Sec. 7122CCH Reference – 2016FED ¶41,120BTax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC IRS: 42,100last_img read more

Stunning close-up of Saturn’s moon, Pan, reveals a space empanada

first_imgStunning close-up of Saturn’s moon, Pan, reveals a space empanada Astronomers have long known that Pan, one of Saturn’s innermost moons, has an odd look. Based on images taken from a distance, researchers have said it looks like a walnut or a flying saucer. But now, NASA’s Cassini probe has delivered stunning close-ups of the 35-kilometer-wide icy moon, and it might be better called a pan-fried dumpling or an empanada. Pan orbits Saturn in a gap in the planet’s rings and pulls material from them, so the ridge around it likely started accumulating soon after the moon formed, researchers say. The new images are only hours old, so scientists haven’t yet had time to estimate how wide and tall the ridge is. If material in the ridge is still loose, rather than somehow fused together, the ridge can maintain its steepness only because the moon’s gravity is so low. The latest pictures were obtained as Cassini conducts its final (and riskiest) flybys past Saturn’s moons and rings before it blazes into the planet’s atmosphere later this year. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Sid PerkinsMar. 9, 2017 , 1:30 PMlast_img read more

Shubhankar becomes youngest Indian to win Asian Tour Order of Merit,Shubhankar becomes youngest Indian to win Asian Tour Order of Merit

first_img× Published on COMMENTS COMMENT SHARE Shubhankar Sharma SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img December 08, 2018 Shubhankar Sharma on Saturday became the youngest Indian to clinch the Asian Tour Order of Merit after a ground-breaking year of achievements. He won it even before the finish of the last two events of the 2018 season.Sharma, who has led the Habitat for Humanity Order of Merit from February this year kept his nose ahead all the time.After finishing tied sixth at the Hong Kong Open, which was his 11th start in a row and 15th in 16 weeks from the Open de France in June-July, Sharma skipped the Queen’s Cup, Mauritius Open and the South African Open, despite a late challenge being mounted by South African Justin Harding. This week as Harding missed the cut, any chance of him overtaking Sharma also ended and the Indian added another feather to his well-adorned cap.Sharma, 22, became the fifth and the youngest Indian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit. He joins Indian golfing legends like Jyoti Randhawa (2002), Arjun Atwal (2003), Jeev Milkha Singh (2006 and 2008) and Anirban Lahiri (2015).None of the previous Indian winners of the Asian Tour Order of Merit were below 30 when they reached the top, while Sharma is just 22. Jeev is the only one in the list to win the Merit honours twice.“The Asian Tour Order of Merit was something very significant for me, as were many of the other milestones, but with this I have followed in the footsteps of golfers like Jyoti Randhawa, Arjun Atwal, Jeev Milkha Singh and Anirban Lahiri, all of whom I look up to and who have been very encouraging to me,” said Sharma. Sharma is due to make his final start of 2018 at the BNI Indonesia Masters next week in Jakarta, where he will also be officially crowned as Asian Tour’s No. 1. The latest success rounds off a superb year for Sharma, who followed up his first Asian — European Tour win at Joburg Open in mid-December, by winning the Malaysian Championships in February. The young golfer, who at one time led both Asian and European Tour Order of Merits, went on to achieve his career-best World Ranking of 64 by finishing tied ninth on his WGC debut in Mexico and then finishing tied seventh at Hero Indian Open. Sharma’s cheque of USD 500,000 from Malaysia gave him a headstart in the merit race. He went on to play all four Majors, as he was invited by the Augusta National Golf Club, and qualified for other three Majors, and also played all four WGC events. He also topped the race for the European Tour’s Rookie of Year and won the Sir Harry Cotton Award. During the year, he was also honoured with the Arjuna Award, presented to him by the President of India. Sharma’s highlights of the year included the win in Malaysia, Top-10s in WGC-Mexico (T-9); Hero Indian Open (T-7); CIMB Classic (T-10) and Hong Kong Open (T-6). golf Shubhankar Sharma 0last_img read more

Have We Been Putting Our Careers At Risk Since The Recession Hit?

first_imgWhen I talk with people who are looking for work I get the sense that it is not just the change of employment status that is causing their anger and confusion. It is the sense that the entire way the employment contract works has been radically shifted on them. Many of our fathers and mothers worked for the same company for a long time, retiring after committing themselves to a lifetime of loyal and faithful service. That has somehow flipped into hoping we can get a contract job with a 30-day separation clause.Over the past 20 years we have grown our economy by buying stuff we don’t need with money we don’t have from companies we don’t like. We bought cheap clothes at warehouse stores while bemoaning the loss of textile jobs in the south and Wal-Mart’s labor practices. We grabbed the latest deal on electronics at the local Best Buy while feeling robbed of solid high-tech jobs that were being shipped overseas. And many of us (me included) have participated in cost-cutting exercises at work only to feel a nervous shiver through our spine when we think about our children’s future.As consumers we have demanded that things be cheaper, faster, better and more accessible. But as employees we are experiencing first-hand the consequences of those demands. It is what might be called a “total bummer”: Can’t I buy what is cheap, available and makes me feel good and forget all the other stuff?Yes, we can do that. And then we can watch our jobs go overseas. When that happens the key question we have to ask ourselves is “What jobs will stay here?” Fortunately there is plenty of opportunity for hope. We are still the most creative and innovative country on earth. The world still looks to us to define cultural and technical trends. Our iPods may be made in China, but they are designed in the U.S.But being a part of the team that designs the next iPod, or comes up with a new internet solution, or thinks of a better way to create clean energy requires something different of us as job seekers and talent – We have to be willing to change the way we think about work.Finding work with meaning, doing what you love, bringing fun to work and being comfortable, or even taking advantage of ambiguity and unexpected change are all critical parts of being successful in this century. They are not HR flights of fancy. In fact, I feel confident in guaranteeing that if you can’t answer what your dream job is, if you don’t know what gets you up in the morning, and if you don’t know what makes your work fun and enjoyable that your career is at risk.last_img read more

Honda Cars sales decline 23% to 15,567 units in Oct

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 2 (PTI) Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) today reported 22.8 per cent decline in domestic sales at 15,567 units in October this year.The company had sold 20,166 units in the same month of last year, the automaker said in a statement.HCIL last month sold 535 units of small car Brio, 3,011 units of premium hatchback Jazz, 4,009 units of compact sedan Amaze, 498 units of MPV Mobilio and 6,378 units of mid-sized sedan City.The company also sold 1,070 units of its new compact sports utility vehicle (SUV), BR-V.Besides, it sold 41 units of SUV CRV and 25 units of recently launched Accord Hybrid. In addition, it exported a total of 289 units during the month.HCIL President and CEO Yoichiro Ueno said strong demand during the festival period led to the companys highest monthly retail sales of 2016 in October. PTI MSS SRK SAlast_img read more

AFC Asian Cup: Kyrgyzstan-Myanmar postponed

first_imgAsian Cup Qualification Match between India’s Group A rivals Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar postponed Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 08:30 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() AFC logo AFC Asian Cup Qualification Kyrgyz Republic v Myanmar Myanmar Kyrgyz Republic India India is set to take the field for their Asian Cup qualifier later today but the other Group A game has been postponed… The AFC Asian Cup qualifier between Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar in Group A has been postponed, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced on Monday.The match, which was scheduled to take place later today in Bishkek, has been decided to move to a later date due to increased security concerns as advised by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to the nation’s football federation.”The AFC has decided to postpone the match following this advice to protect safety and security which can never be compromised and will now discuss the situation with the relevant AFC Committees.” read a statement issued on the official website of the AFC. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The shift in date means that India’s game against Macau will be the only Group A qualifier today. Myanmar and the Kyrgyz Republic are yet to face each other in Group A and the game in Myanmar is scheduled to take place on October 10 at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.India tops the Group A table with a 100 percent record after two games following wins over Myanmar and the Kyrgyz Republic.Myanmar and the Kyrgyz Republic, meanwhile, sit three points adrift tied for second place due to their wins over India’s opponents for the day Macau, who hasn’t been able to register points on the board yet.last_img read more

Trade Development Workshop Kicks Off Blue Mountain Coffee Festival

first_imgThe second annual Blue Mountain Coffee Festival kicked off on Friday (March 1), with a trade development workshop for farmers, processors and retailers at the University of Technology (UTech) campus in Papine, St. Andrew.The session featured several seminars and networking sessions facilitated by representatives from the Tourism Linkages Network (TLN), Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), Newport- Fersan Jamaica Limited, among others.Chair of the Gastronomy Tourism Network, Nicola Madden- Greig, said the objective was to improve the skills, knowledge and ability of industry stakeholders to keep producing the best yields and the highest quality of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee.Giving an overview of the three-day coffee festival, being held at New Castle, St. Andrew, Mrs. Madden-Greig, said the event is part of a strategy to promote Jamaican gastronomy both locally and internationally.“This is our second year having this event. Last year was our first endeavour and we plan to make this an annual event to showcase Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee…[and to] showcase how tourism and agriculture as linkages can work together, as well as manufacturing and the other sectors in the industry,” she said.“This weekend promises to be very interesting in terms of interacting with all the persons who make Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee special – those who produce it, process it and those who take it to the consumer,” Mrs. Maddden-Greig added.Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Peter Thompson said that although the industry has faced challenges from disease, weather, among other things, Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee remains a high-demand product globally.“Over the years, we have seen a decline in the industry, specifically the Blue Mountain brand, and even lowland coffee… but what I want to tell you is the Blue Mountain Brand is alive. It is here to stay. What we need to do is to improve on our productivity,” he noted. “We have a very good brand and we want to promote it. I am hoping that through this (festival) we can diversify our markets, so that we can realise the true potential of this brand,” Mr. Thompson added.The Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival will showcase the rich tradition of coffee production in the Blue Mountain region, and will feature Blue Mountain Coffee and coffee-related products, food stalls, tastings, demonstrations and workshops.last_img read more