Prime Minister Andrew Holness is appealing to farmers in general to integrate science and technology into everyday practices

in order to mitigate the effects of global warming.
“I don’t think I need to convince anyone that climate change is a real phenomenon that is affecting us in real ways,” he said.

“I have had an opportunity to review our rainfall data and there has been a change in rainfall patterns. Most of our rain would fall in the north-eastern ends of the island but in the last year there is more rainfall in the more western ends of the island, but not as much as it would rain in the north-eastern side.

“The rain pattern has shifted and that is causing all kinds of problems because areas that do not have the utility water supplies, meaning that they are not supplied by the National Water Commission (NWC), could rely on the routine of rainfall but now they can’t and so we are having a drought of severe magnitude,” Holness said.

He then made it clear that he had no intention to request patience but instead wanted to appeal to farmers to innovate and integrate science and technology into farming practices and for the citizens at large to play their part in reducing the effects of global warming.

Glen Simmonds founder of Atlanta jerk fest has died

His wife told reported that they were planning for this year’s event when Simmonds suffered a heart attack at home. She said paramedics failed to revive him and he was pronounced dead at WellStar Cobb Hospital.

In 2013 in an interview he said he started the jerk festival in 2006 in “somebody’s backyard.”

It grew to become a staple on Atlanta’s West Indian calendar, attracting thousands of fans and top artistes. This year’s show is scheduled for September 1 at the Southeast Athletic Complex in Lithonia, a city just outside of Atlanta.

A graduate of York Castle High School in St Ann, Simmonds migrated to the United States in 1986. He attended Morehouse College.