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Carifta trials set to excite

first_imgTHE country’s top junior athletes will be in action today and tomorrow inside the National Stadium as they seek places on the country’s team to the Carifta Games, which is scheduled to take place in George Town, Grenada between March 26-28.Fans are in for a treat as with the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships just a few days away, top performances are expected in both the Under 18 and Under 20 categories.Today’s opening day will see the finals of the 100m in the Under 20 section with St Elizabeth Technical’s Nigel Ellis commanding most attention here. He is expected to compete in both the Under 20 100m and 200m events.While Ellis will start favourite the likes St. Jago’s Raheem Chambers, Waseem Williams of Jamaica College along with the Calabar duo of Xavier Angus and Fabian Hewitt will be hoping for a major upset.After dominating the sprints all season, Calabar’s young sprinters including Dejour Russell, Michael Stevens and Tyreke Wilson, will get their first big test this season when they face Kingston College’s outstanding sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson in the boys Under 18 100m.KC’ 400 metres standout Akeem Bloomfield will finally make his first appearance on the track this season.Bloomfield, the Carifta Under 20 champion has been absent all season but looks set to control the event here as there has not been any special performance so far in the event this season.An exciting battle looms in the Boy’s Under 20 400m hurdles as the likes of St. Jago’s, Tmor Barrett and KC’s Sherwayne Allen, who both have gone sub 53 seconds so far this season are expected to have their hands full as Calabar’s Akyeme Francis and the talented Jauvaney James of St. Elizabeth Technical should make it an interesting affair.Calabar’s Christopher Taylor should continue his great form this season and score an easy win in the Boy’s Under 18 400m.Undoubtedly, all eyes will be on the Girls Under 20 400m as Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical will square off with Tiffany James of the Mico University College and Shannon Kallawan of Edwin Allen.In the Under 18 Girl’s 100m, Kimone Shaw of St Jago and Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen will renew their rivalry when they clash in the event. At Central Championships, it was Shaw who drew first blood after defeating Clarke in a close finish and Clarke will be hoping to avenge that defeat.last_img read more

National parks, wilderness areas in California could expand under sweeping new bill

first_imgIn the largest land conservation bill passed by Congress in 10 years, vast areas of California’s desert are headed for new protections that would prohibit mining, roads and off-highway vehicles, and enlarge two national parks, Death Valley and Joshua Tree.The bill would designate 1.3 million acres of federal land across the American West as wilderness, the highest level of protection, establish four new national monuments, and set aside more than 600 miles of rivers from dams and other …last_img

AirAsia introduce a simpler way to fly internationally

first_imgAirAsia/AirAsia X  passengers who transit through the airline’s Fly-Thru hubs,  Kuala Lumpur (klia2) or Bangkok-Don Mueang (DMK) will now receive an onward flight boarding pass from the first point of check-in, be allowed to bypass immigration clearance and have all baggage checked through to the final destination.  With the exception of a few routes, AirAsia and AirAsiaX pasengers previously had to collect their luggage at Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok airports, clear immigration, collect their bags and then re-check in again and collect their next boarding pass. In another positive for the airline and its passengers, Fly-Thru guests are also able to enjoy guaranteed connection. In the event delays caused by the airline results in the missing of consecutive flights, AirAsia will automatically accommodate affected Fly-Thru passengers on the next available flight without any additional charges.AirAsia Berhad CEO Aireen Omar said, “The Fly-Thru service reflects our continuous effort to innovate and enhance our service offerings, presenting utmost convenience to our guests and making multiple-city flights easier and more efficient. Fly-Thru also allows guests to leverage on the strength of our network and connectivity to various destinations in Asean and beyond.”last_img read more

New conservation practice could reduce nitrogen pollution in the Gulf of Mexico

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every summer, a “dead zone” forms in the Gulf of Mexico. Plumes of oxygen-robbing algae, fed by excess nitrogen coming in from the Mississippi River, kill off marine life and threaten the livelihoods of those who fish the Gulf. States bordering the Mississippi River are putting strategies in place to limit nitrogen from wastewater treatment plants, surface runoff, and agricultural fields. In a new study, University of Illinois scientists have estimated that a new conservation practice known as saturated buffers could reduce nitrogen from agricultural drainage by 5 to 10%.“It might not sound like much, given that agricultural drainage only represents a portion of the nitrogen getting into the Mississippi. But 5 to 10% is pretty good for an inexpensive, passive system that farmers can put in and forget about,” said Reid Christianson, research assistant professor in the Department of Crop Sciences at U of I and co-author of the study.Saturated buffers are vegetated strips of land — as little as 30 feet across — between tile-drained agricultural fields and waterways. Ordinarily, tile pipes carrying drainage water from the fields empty directly into ditches or streams. With a saturated buffer, the water is re-routed to a perforated pipe running below the surface and parallel to the stream. Water then flows through the soil of the saturated buffer into the stream. Along the way, soil microbes naturally remove up to 44% of the nitrogen.“Saturated buffers don’t take a lot of land out of production, and are fairly inexpensive at $3,000 to $4,000 to treat drainage from a field-sized area (roughly 30 to 80 acres). Farmers have to be willing to not farm right up to the creek, but in terms of edge-of-field conservation practices, I think saturated buffers fit easily with farming and provide additional benefits like wildlife and pollinator habitat,” said Laura Christianson, assistant professor also in the crop sciences department and co-author of the study.To arrive at their nitrogen reduction estimate, the Christiansons and doctoral student Janith Chandrasoma looked at publicly available digital maps of crop, soil, and stream types to estimate the total number of saturated buffers that could be installed across the Midwest: 248,000 to 360,000, which could treat up to 9.5 million acres of drained land. With other studies showing average nitrogen removal rates between 23 and 44%, this number of saturated buffers would reduce the total nitrogen load in agricultural drainage by 5 to 10%.Laura says the approach required a lot of assumptions. For example, there are no satellite images or maps for tile drainage systems across the entire Midwest, so the researchers made the assumption that corn or soybeans fields on soil characterized as “poorly drained” were most likely tiled. However, Reid notes tile drainage systems are installed under many corn and soybean fields in the Midwest, not just poorly drained ones.“Overall, our assumptions were relatively conservative. We probably underestimated our figures as a result,” he said.Saturated buffers are a new conservation practice, with the first Natural Resources Conservation Service standard published in 2016. So far, they have not been adopted on anywhere near the scale shown possible in the Christiansons’ study. For example, Laura estimates there are probably fewer than 50 saturated buffers currently operating across the entire Midwest region.“Adoption on the scale we estimated in the paper is likely a long way off,” she said, “but anything we can do to reduce nitrogen flowing to the Gulf, especially if it fits relatively easily with current on-farm management practices, warrants attention.”The paper, “Saturated buffers: What is their potential impact across the US Midwest?” is published in Agricultural and Environmental Letters [DOI: 10.2134/ael2018.11.0059]. Authors include Janith Chandrasoma, Reid Christianson, and Laura Christianson, all from the Department of Crop Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at U of I. The work was funded through the USDA Farm Service Agency.last_img read more

Alphabet Soup

first_imgAmbassador cars on Indian roads will be sporting a new, spacey look from August 2011 and will cost between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh.Belgian Shepherd dogs, known as Malinois, have been imported by the ITBP for anti-Naxal operations.Canada is concerned that a ship carrying illegal immigrants on the way,Ambassador cars on Indian roads will be sporting a new, spacey look from August 2011 and will cost between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh.Belgian Shepherd dogs, known as Malinois, have been imported by the ITBP for anti-Naxal operations.Canada is concerned that a ship carrying illegal immigrants on the way to its western coast has LTTE activists on board.Indian banks are owed Rs 755.45 crore as dues from forward trading in foreign exchange contracts.New Zealand, worried about security issues, has refused to put its athletes at risk during the CWG and may pull out of the Games.Potassium and sodium-rich foods are good for parents wanting a daughter, says new research.Subrata Roy, also known as Sahara Sri, will join as a volunteer for the Commonwealth Games 2010.Tiger Woods is in bad form and will not be playing at the US PGA Championship.UFOs were reportedly seen by Hong Kong residents during a lightning storm, says a local broadcaster.Wipro says that technology spending budgets remain low, though it posted a strong June quarter.last_img read more

Don’t like to mix captaincy and batting: Mandhana ready to lead India in Harmanpreet’s absence

first_imgA small goal already achieved, Indian women’s team opener Smriti Mandhana has now set her sights on winning a World Cup title with the national team.Mandhana became the number one ODI batter in the ICC Women’s Rankings last month following her exemplary run of form.Mandhana, who will lead India women in the three-match T20 series against England starting here on Monday, said her goal now is to stay at the top and win a World title.”As a kid when you start playing, you always think of winning the World Cup. Obviously, there are individual targets like, getting to ICC world no.1 spot. And reaching there was really pleasing but now I have to work even harder. To stay there is much more important than getting there,” said Mandhana, who replaced injured Harmanpreet Kaur as the T20 captain.”As a batter the most important thing is to reach the ICC world no.1 position. Definitely it was one of the small goals for me, but my major goal is definitely to win the World Cup,” she added.The upcoming series will provide Indian women’s team a chance to finalise a core group of players ahead of the T20 World Cup early next year but Mandhana said their primary aim is to win the series, which in turn will throw up new players.”Definitely we are looking to win the series and not just trying out new faces. We really have a very exciting team. It is important for us to believe that we are going into the series to win it rather than experimenting,” the skipper said.advertisement”Captaincy and batting are completely different aspects. I don’t like to mix the two as it complicates things,” says @mandhana_smriti in her first media interaction as Captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team. #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/abQVbDp1kBBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 3, 2019″First goal is to win the series and if we can achieve that we will definitely be able to find new faces for the World Cup. It would be much easier rather than thinking the other way.”The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will be held in Australia from February 21 to March 8 next year.Mandhana said they have already started their preparations for the T20 World Cup and a fair bit of idea about the composition of the side will come in next 6-8 months.”Me and Raman sir (coach WV Raman) have spoken about the things which we lacked in New Zealand tour and the way our batting order will be shaping for the next World Cup.”So, it’s a really exciting time because we have such a young side. We will have to wait for 6-8 months to see where all the players are,” she said.Asked about all-rounder Harleen Deol, who replaced Harmanpreet in the squad, Mandhana said: “I think it was a selectors’ decision but I think she is a brilliant player and for T20 format she is a perfect all-rounder.”She can bowl that 2-3 crucial overs and gives a lot as a batter. She is also a brilliant fielder. Definitely, she will have a huge role to play in T20s for India in the future.”Mandhana said on the personal front her approach towards her game won’t change much after becoming captain.”The preparation won’t change because as a vice-captain for the last 2 years I have been attending all the meetings of strategy. I know already what we are going to do before the match when I was not the captain. But I will make extra effort to speak to bowlers,” she said.”I have been playing under a lot of captains in the last 4-5 years and I have tried to learn everything from them. I don’t really like to mix captaincy and batting…as it will complicate me more,” she added.Mandhana praised the BCCI for taking the matches to smaller venues as it attracts more crowd, which according to her is a must for the development of women’s cricket.We got an amazing reception when we landed in #Guwahati. All the players are very happy with the response we are getting here: @mandhana_smriti #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/ZhL09lso07BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 3, 2019″It’s a brilliant initiative. The time we have landed in Guwahati the reception has been really amazing. All the players are really happy with the kind of response people are giving to us. This will help women’s cricket in a big way,” she said.advertisementAlso Read | Smriti Mandhana to lead India in three-match T20I series against EnglandAlso Read | Smriti Mandhana retains top spot in ICC Women’s ODI rankingslast_img read more

Lobby Continues for Support of Wage Restraint

first_imgMinister with responsibility for the Public Service, Hon. Horace Dalley, says efforts are continuing to lobby support for the public sector wage restraint agreement by unions not yet on board.The three-year agreement, which was signed earlier this month, will see the island’s civil servants forgoing major wage increases for the period 2013 to 2015.This forms part of the stipulations outlined by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the Government of Jamaica to fulfill, in their efforts to conclude a four-year IMF Extended Funding Facility (EFF), to support the country’s economic programme.To date, unions representing over 80 per cent of the public sector workforce have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing this arrangement.Responding to questions about a possible timeframe in which the remaining unions are anticipated to sign the agreement, Mr. Dalley said the Ministry will continue discussions with them in the hope that “the national interest will prevail and that they will understand the need to come on board.”Regarding unions deemed to be “sticking to their ground” and not wanting to endorse the agreement, Mr. Dalley said based on the prevailing developments, “there is no group that can receive any increase in wages during this period.”“The eighty-odd per cent of the public sector workers who have agreed to sign on…to the call from the government, to help in this difficult period, we (greatly) appreciate, and that sacrifice is monumental. (However) no other group can, or will be treated differently,” he stated. By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Pau Gasol Sees UNICEFs Work In Chad

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While in Chad, Pau Gasol spent three days in the capital, N’Djamena, and three days in Kanem, where he saw UNICEF projects in Mao and Miouh, a small village where a feeding center has been opened, a water well has been installed, schools are supported by training teachers and supplies are distributed. In addition, hygiene habits are being promoted while providing supplies and practical information to prevent diseases such as cholera.“It is very important to reach places like Miouh, where families have problems that could not be addressed without the support of organizations like UNICEF,” said Pau.As an example of the scope of support, he referred to one of the girls he has met on this trip, Fatime, who was treated for malnutrition at a treatment center in Mao. “She lives 60 kilometers away from the center, in a village in the middle of the sand, without roads, but thanks to a network supported by UNICEF and other organizations, is now recovering. Stories like this are repeated. “
 
In Mao, Pau also visited a UNICEF program aimed to promote hygiene habits among children. He refereed a football game and made sure that the children washed their hands after finishing, since this practice prevents deadly diseases. In the same school, he shared a few hours with children attending ‘resit’ courses for pupils who have failed to complete the course due to the nutritional crisis.Besides FAO and WFP, he also visited a wadi, an oasis-like area in which the implementation of a simple system of irrigation and seed distribution contributes to the survival of thousands of families.In N’Djamena, Pau Gasol met with ministers of the Government of Chad to share the idea that sport is “an exceptional tool for the promotion of values, for the development of children and to contribute to the development of their countries.”While attending an event organized by UNICEF, the Government of Chad and the basketball federation and league, Pau delivered this message and joined several youth teams matches.Source:UNICEF Pau Gasol, Silver Medalist at the 2012 Olympics, two-time NBA champion and a UNICEF Spain Ambassador since 2003, recently visited several areas in the Kanem region in Chad, where thousands of families are affected by the nutritional crisis in the Sahel.After seeing firsthand the work of UNICEF with 71 partners and affected communities, Pau ended his trip to Chad noting that “thanks to everyone’s help many lives are being saved, only in Chad half of the children affected have been treated for malnutrition, but we must not forget that in the whole Sahel region there’s still hundreds of thousands of children who need this treatment, we have to keep the work and momentum going.”UNICEF has reached more than 335,000 children with nutritional treatment in the Sahel region so far this year. The goal is to reach 700,000 in the coming months to address the consequences of this crisis affecting 18 million people in nine countries in this African region.The crisis has its causes in extreme poverty, drought, rising food prices and conflicts.last_img read more

Workers fall ill on set of new WWE movie

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook The knockouts were all too real on the set of a wrestling movie filming in the Lower Mainland last month.A worker on WWE Studio’s The Marine 5: Battleground fell unconscious from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning during a shoot in an underground parkade, according to a recent WorkSafeBC incident report.The crew was using a fog machine, two motorcycles and a 1984 Chevy 3500 pickup truck in a Surrey parkade on June 10 when “a significant number of workers reportedly felt unwell.” The parkade’s ventilation system had been turned off to eliminate noise during filming, the WorkSafeBC report notes. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment One worker felt ill and tried to leave the parkade before falling unconscious. Two other workers went to hospital the next day after experiencing “ill health effects.”last_img read more

Budget 2016 Will higher FDI cap in stock exchanges help BSE get

first_imgIn line with its efforts to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Monday in his Budget for 2016-2017 that the foreign investment limit in Indian stock exchanges has been raised to 15 percent from the current five percent.It could pave the way for the listing of the Bombay Stock Exchange, Asia’s oldest stock exchange. “Investment limit for foreign entities in Indian stock exchanges will be enhanced from 5 to 15% on par with domestic institutions,” said Jaitley during his budget speech.Foreign investors in the BSE include Deutsche Börse AG, Singapore Exchange Ltd, US billionaire George Soros’s hedge fund Quantum’s Mauritius investment arm Quantum (M) Ltd, Canada-based investor Thomas Caldwell’s Caldwell India Holdings Inc. and US fund Argonaut Private Equity.”BSE welcomes the proposal to increase the stake a foreign exchange can hold in an Indian exchange from 5% to 15% to bring it on par with Indian entities. This will also help attract more investments in India by creating stronger links with the best foreign exchanges,” Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE, said in a statement.In January this year, Indian capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had relaxed some of the clauses pertaining to the listing of bourses. The BSE has been making efforts since 2012 to get listed when it hired 14 banks to advice it on the modalities. The BSE would engage the same set of firms now also for its IPO, the Mint had quoted a source familiar with the development as saying on condition of anonymity.The BSE was established on Jul. 9, 1875, at Dalal Street, and was one of the many places hit during a series of bomb blasts on Mar.12, 1993.last_img read more