REALLY HAPPY “It (silver medal) means the world to me. The focus was to qualify for the Olympic Games. I never expected that to translate to a World silver medal, so I’m really happy about that,” Knight-Wisdom told The Gleaner from Brazil yesterday. Knight-Wisdom returned to log 459.25 points in the final, to finish behind gold-medal winner Rommel Pacheco (Mexico), who scored 504.40 points, with the United States’ Kristian Ipsen tallying 362.05 points. “The qualifying spot was what I was aiming for, and once that was over, I was a lot more relaxed and so everything after that was a bonus. I was very relaxed going into the semi-finals and even more so in the final,” said Knight-Wisdom. Still, the youngster isn’t getting ahead of himself and is expecting the competition to be far tougher when the Olympics begin. He is, however, also hoping for improvement as he prepares to take on the world in Rio. “At the Olympic Games everyone will be at their peak and it will of course feature other divers that didn’t compete in this event, so it will probably be a harder competition. But I am also looking forward to getting even better as well,” Knight-Wisdom said. The Leeds-born diver booked his spot at the Olympic Games after finishing 17th in the preliminary round with a score of 397.90 points. firstname.lastname@example.org Jamaica’s Olympics-bound diver Yona Knight-Wisdom says winning the three-metre springboard silver medal at the FINA Diving World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a welcome bonus after his historic qualification to the Olympic Games. Knight-Wisdom scored 427.40 points in Monday’s semi-final to finish 11th in the 18-man field, before surprising the competition in the medal round of the competition, which was being used as a Rio 2016 test event at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center. The 20-year-old Britain-born diver pointed to his approach in the later rounds, noting that he was much more relaxed going into the semi-finals and final after already meeting his main objective of becoming Jamaica’s first Olympic qualifier in a diving event.
Many of the participants in the Florida International Trade Conference and Expo (FITCE 2019) that are small manufacturers of sauces, cosmetics and other products which require US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in order to enter the US market met with Kim Prenter, a senior official of the Administration.FDA executive Kim Prenter and Wesley Kirton, President of the Guyanese American Chamber of Commerce (GACC)The invitation was extended to Prenter by Wesley Kirton, President of the Guyanese American Chamber of Commerce (GACC).During visits to the various booths, Prenter discussed with the exhibitors the standards which their products need to meet in order to be legally imported and sold in the United States.While many of the products can find markets in the US, it was pointed out that the labelling needs to be improved, in some cases to include ingredients and nutritional facts; caps need to be properly sealed, in cases where colouring is added, this needs to be stated; claims of benefits of the use of lotions and soaps either need to be medically proven or removed from the packaging, exporters need to be registered with the FDA in both Guyana and the United States and the processing/production process needs to be certified.Quite a few companies have shown interest in some of the products from Guyana and impressed with the quality of especially the pepper sauces, green seasonings, bar-b-que sauces, soaps and coconut oil. Many were not too familiar with the cassareep and achar and information on their use were provided.On Thursday, the Guyanese manufacturers, many of them small enterprises owned and operated by women, will participate in an FDA workshop that will include the agency’s legal team.The FDA has agreed to prepare and provide to the GACC a number of documents regarding import guidelines which the Chamber will share with Guyanese manufacturers, as well as with Chamber of Commerce and the Private Sector Commission in Guyana.Kirton also discussed with the FDA the possibility of hosting in workshop in Guyana for the manufacturers, as well as visit to their operations with a view to having these certified by the agency.