BOGOTA, Colombia – Juan Valdez is retiring. Long live Juan Valdez! Colombia’s coffee ambassador to the world, Carlos Sanchez, is finally quitting after four decades of playing the role of Juan Valdez. And the national federation of Colombian coffee producers is searching for a man to inherit his poncho – as well as his trusty mule, Conchita. Sanchez has promoted Colombian coffee since 1969 with a leather bag, bushy mustache and straw hat typical of rural Colombia. He inherited the role from Jose Duval, a Cuban, who became the first Juan Valdez in 1959. The Juan Valdez trademark has become one of the most recognizable in the world, the fictional figure of one of the most famous Colombians of all time. Juan Valdez even made it to Hollywood, sharing a scene with Jim Carrey in the film “Bruce Almighty.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Colombians have been thankful to Valdez for presenting another side of their country, which often is seen abroad as a haven for drug traffickers and terrorists. “I feel like a flag. I feel like I’ve represented the country,” Sanchez said Tuesday at a news conference where he struggled to hold back tears. “There is a big sense of gratitude from Colombians abroad for this.” Sanchez, 71, said his advancing years made it hard to keep up a strenuous schedule traveling the globe promoting coffee. Coffee is the national product of this South American nation and was crucial in the country’s early economic development. It’s rare to find a Colombian who does not start his or her day with a shot of tinto, heavily sweetened black coffee. The bean also is used to make alcoholic drinks, candy and soft drinks. The new Juan Valdez has a lot of selling to do: Colombia’s coffee industry has taken a beating during the global glut of the past decade. In 2005, coffee exports were about $1.4 billion, or $100 million less than those of a decade earlier. In searching for a replacement, the federation sent teams across the streets, farms and – of course – cafes in the country’s western coffee region. With the help of U.S. consultants, it narrowed the field from 400 contenders to 10. The new Juan Valdez, the third incarnation, will be announced by June 30. “Of course he must have a mustache,” joked Gabriel Silva, the general manager of the federation. Sanchez nodded in approval and stroked his own impressive mustache. “This is not a beauty contest,” Silva said. Images of the casting call showed dozens of mustached men, some with notable paunches, doing their impressions of Juan Valdez. Asked what he wants to do now that he’s retired, Sanchez said “paint like a madman.” For his part, Conchita, the mule, will remain alongside the future Juan Valdez. “We’ve had to change Conchita a few more times than our Juan Valdez,” Silva said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
zoomImage Courtesy: Intermarine Ocean transportation and marine logistics services provider Intermarine and its affiliates, Industrial Maritime Carriers (IMC) and Industrial Terminals, Management, have transferred the leasehold ownership of their terminal assets to Watco Companies.As informed, the parties have entered into a long-term agreement “for continued and future use” of Industrial Terminals, a project cargo port.Intermarine inked the deal with Watco for the provision of stevedoring and terminal services as Industrial Terminals is directly adjacent to Watco’s Greens Port terminal on the Houston Ship Channel. Under the deal, Intermarine staff will remain located at Industrial Terminals.Combined, the two properties are comprised of 746 acres, seven berths and more than 5,000 feet of dock space.“Our ocean carriage business has evolved with the changes in the market and the transaction with Watco will allow us to seamlessly and efficiently continue operations at Industrial Terminals, while focusing on our core liner and worldwide chartering services,” Michael Dumas, President of Maritime Holdings and CFO of Intermarine, said.“We are very excited to add the Industrial Terminals assets to the Greens Port Industrial Park and enter into a long term agreement with IMC. The combined assets will allow us to expand the service offerings,” Bill Kinzeler, Vice President of Network Strategy for Watco Terminal and Port Services, commented.
BOSTON, MA — The following Wilmington students have been named to Emerson College’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester:Allison DaniliukSamantha MacDougallThe requirement to make the Dean’s List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher that semester.About Emerson CollegeLocated in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has 3,750 undergraduates and 750 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 80 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its study and internship programs in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., the Netherlands, London, China, and the Czech Republic. A new, permanent facility on Sunset Boulevard for its L.A.-based program opened in January 2014. The College has an active network of 39,000 alumni who hold leadership positions in communication and the arts. For more information, visit www.emerson.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Emerson College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Allison Daniliuk Named To Dean’s List At Emerson CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Allison Daniliuk Named To Dean’s List At Emerson CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”
Anushka Shetty.PR HandoutThe fans of Anushka Shetty have been sending ‘get well soon’ messages to her following the reports which claimed that she suffered an injury on the sets of her Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, but the actress has responded to it by stating that she is fit and fine.”I am hale, healthy and happy shooting in Seattle Love You All,” the actress wrote on her Instagram account to clarify the rumours. Anushka Shetty is working on her other project Silence, which stars Madhavan.Prior to her formal clarification, reports stated that she has informed her associates to clarify the rumours and a WhatsApp conversation apparently with the director and the actress had surfaced online.Although there is no authenticity on the purported screen shot of the conversation, her online fans club are sharing it on social media sites. Now its officially confirmed ?Thanks @hemchandINC anna for sharing this ?❤Now Dear Media’s Please Stop this rumor #Sweety is absolutely fine officially confirmed by (Her) #AnushkaShetty ?❤ pic.twitter.com/fVo0sqquSf— Anushka Shetty™ (@TeamAnushkaFC) June 26, 2019Earlier, there were reports that Anushka Shetty got her leg fractured after suffering the injury during the shooting of Mega Star Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. She was taking treatment and had maintained secrecy over the development, reports said.Indeed, some reports had claimed that Anushka Shetty was in bed rest and not attending the shooting of Silence. This came as a worrying piece of news to fans, who prayed for her quick recovery.Anushka Shetty, who is the rumoured girlfriend of Prabhas, will be seen as an NRI businesswoman. As per the rumours, she is a deaf and dumb in the multilingual flick. Hemant Madhukar of 125 KM and Vastadu Naa Raju fame is directing the film which is funded by People Media Factory.
India features very high on Belarus’ agenda. The country considers its ever expanding trade and economic cooperation with India as an important contribution to ensure long-standing traditionally friendly and constructive comprehensive ties.India is one of Belarus’ most important partners in Asia. Both the countries have considerably increased the volume of their bilateral trade. Belarus had previously contributed significantly both to the trade and economic component of the Soviet-Indian relations, supplying Belarus tractors, large capacity dump-trucks and other high-tech machinery to India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Today, the volume of bilateral trade in 2012 increased nearly 2.7 times compared to 2007 and totals $494.4 million. Export of Belarusian products to the Indian market increased over 2.6 times. Among Belarusian goods exported to India are potash fertilizers, large capacity mining vehicles, synthetic cord, acrylic fibers, tyres, bearings, transmitting and receiving equipment, leather, electronic integrated microcircuits and other products.The major Belarusian product supplied to the Indian market are potash fertilizers which are very important for increasing productivity of Indian agriculture and ensuring food security. There is also a dynamic increase of Indian import to Belarus. In 2012, the total volume of Indian goods delivered to the Belarusian market amounted over $ 230 million. India is the biggest supplier of medicine and pharmaceutical substances to Belarus. Among other imported goods are raw tobacco, tea, sea products, spices, nuts, vegetable oils, chemical products, cotton yarn, transformers. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSince 1998, the Intergovernmental Belarus-India Commission for Cooperation in the Fields of Economy, Trade, Industry, Science, Technology and Culture has been functioning. The Commission plays a decisive role in working out the consolidated approach of both the parties to cooperation in the above mentioned fields.Another effective tool to expand bilateral mutually beneficial business ties is the Business Council “Belarus-India” which functions under the aegis of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Eight sessions of the Council have been organized so far. The visit of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus to India on November 13- 14, 2012 gave a new stimulus to the development of bilateral relations, including in trade, economic, investment and industrial fields. In November 2012, over 60 enterprises, organizations and institutions of Belarus took part in the National Exposition of the Republic of Belarus at the 32nd Indian International Trade Fair in New Delhi. It provided a good opportunity to establish new business contacts between Belarusian and Indian companies.However, there is still a lot of work to do in the sphere of development of trade, economic and industrial cooperation and increasing of turn-over between our two countries. A wide unexplored potential exists in the sphere of technical and industrial cooperation and creation of Belarus-India joint ventures for production of agricultural machinery, engines, cargo vehicles, including high capacity mining trucks.Both the countries have vast perspectives of cooperation in pharmaceutical sphere. Belarus is very much interested not only in buying Indian medicine and pharmaceutical products but also to attract Indian upgraded technology in this field for the expansion of production of pharmaceutical goods and to contribute to the strengthening of the national health security. Belarus is an attractive and safe destination for foreign investments. The country has adopted a well-elaborated investment legislation aimed to encourage investment activities and protect the investors’ rights in its territory. Six free economic zones (FEZs) function in Belarus providing preferential terms of activities to their residents.Among the advantages of doing business in Belarus are favourable economic and geographical location along the eastern boundary of the European Union provides Belarus with an opportunity to serve as a strategic platform for foreign investors to start their business in the promising CIS markets. With the entry into force of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia and the formation of the Unified Economic Space, foreign investors enjoy a smooth access to a huge common market of the three states; political, social, and economic stability, low crime and corruption rate, absence of conflicts; highly skilled manpower makes the country’s labour market particularly attractive. Highly developed industrial and scientific potential has made the Belarusian economy an export-oriented one.
Kolkata: In view of decreasing PLF of the thermal generating stations, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) is relooking the current two-part tariff structure and seeking feed back from stakeholders to replace it with a three-part tariff structure. This in turn could encourage signing of long term PPAs by the state owned power distribution companies as it may decrease some of the stress in the power sector for units unable to complete the project or remain idle due to lack of long term power demand agreements, an utility company official told PTI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDue to low demand, coal based power plants are running at a PLF of around 60 per cent. PLF in 2017-18 was 59.68 down from 77.5 per cent in 2009-10, while the government forecasts the same to go lower to 56.50 by FY22′.Consequently, the states have not been coming forward for long term power purchase to avoid fixed cost liability and they have been resorting to short term power purchase to meet their demand, the CERC said in its latest tariff consultation paper. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe two-part tariff system structure is suitable when the demand for power ensures utilization of capacity or around the target availability, CERC has said in its new 2019-2024 tariff consultation paper.Two-part tariff operates well in power deficit scenario.The CERC seeks feedback on three parts tariff-fixed charge (for recovery of fixed cost consisting of depreciation for repayment, interest on loan and guaranteed return to the extent of risk free return and part of operation and maintenance expenses), variable charge (incremental return above guaranteed return and balance operation and maintenance expenses) and energy charges (fuel cost, transportation cost and taxes, duties of fuel). The recovery of fixed component could be linked to target availability, whereas variable component could be linked to the difference between availability and dispatch. Fuel charges could be linked with dispatch, it said.CERC consultation paper on ‘2019-2024’ tariff will remain open for comments and suggestions till July 15.The CERC has also mooted consultation on increasing extension of useful life for very old thermal power plants which is now restricted at 25 years, giving a new lease of life to several power units.”It is to be noted that performance of a unit does not necessarily deteriorate much with age, if proper O&M practises are followed,” the regulator said.Extension of useful life is one of the options among others like phasing-out, renovation and replacement with super critical plants.According to central electricity authority, the capacity of coal based thermal power plants more than 25 years old is about 37,453 MW, out of which around 35,506 MW capacity pertains to state/central sector, as on March 2016.