HVFC for Scotiabank CONCACAF U-13 Champions League

first_img Mexico’s Toluca are the defending champions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League, having dismissed their Zone A El Salvador counterparts in the finals with a crushing 4-0 scoreline last year. One outstanding player from the Jamaican contingent at the last tournament was Kellijah Morgan, a community resident from Southern Cross Drive. In the one match they won, he broke away from his markers to receive a Rasheed Willis pass and slotted home after 14 minutes to hand his team a 1-0 lead. Morgan doubled the lead seven minutes later when captain Rojaughn ‘RoRo’ Joseph dissected the defence for him to waltz by the goalkeeper and score. Scotiabank signed on as the official bank of CONCACAF and the league’s first official partner in 2014 and title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League, and the Caribbean Nations Cup. DEFENDING CHAMPS Harbour View Football Club’s Under-13 team has been selected again to represent Jamaica at the second staging of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The east Kingston team will be one of 12 clubs playing in the championships scheduled to take place from July 23-30 in Mexico City. “Scotiabank has always been associated with developmental sports, and so we are excited to be exploring the possibilities in football through our CONCACAF affiliation,” said Yanique Forbes Patrick, Scotiabank’s vice-president of marketing. In the draw conducted to determine the groupings, Harbour View were selected to play in Group A against Mexican club Buhos de Hermosillo FC, Real EstelÌ from Nicaragua, and Jabloteh (Trinidad and Tobago). The draw sorted the 12 club teams, representing 10 CONCACAF nations, into three groups of four for round-robin play starting in July. “We are happy to be selected and we’re preparing to have a little more depth this year to see if we can go a little further than we did last year and advance from the zone,” said Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View FC. Group B consists of Menor Tijuana (Mexico), Comunicaciones FC (Guatemala), Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Costa Rica), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada). Pungarabato Guerrero, the final Mexican club in the competition, heads Group C and will compete with Sporting KC (USA), Chorrillo FC (Panama), and CD Santa Ana (El Salvador). At the last championship, hosted in Mexico City in August 2015, Harbour View finished third in Zone B with three points behind Canadian zone winners Montreal Impact (nine points) and second-placed Aguilas UAS of Mexico (six points). The team won one game against DC United USA (5-2) and lost two matches against Montreal Impact (2-3) and Aguilas (Mexico) (2-1).last_img read more

‘Plant a tree – save our planet’

first_img26 August 2008The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry is calling on all South Africans to join in celebrating this year’s Arbour Week, starting on 1 September, by planting trees in their communities to help mitigate the effects of climate change.Tree planting remains one of the most cost-effective ways of addressing climate change, as trees and forests play a vital role in regulating climate, since they absorb carbon dioxide. Deforestation, by contrast, accounts for over 20% of the carbon dioxide humans generate, rivalling emissions from other sources.Trees also play a crucial role in providing a range of products and services to rural and urban populations, including food, timber, fibre, medicines and energy as well as soil fertility, water and biodiversity conservation.Arbour Week – themed “Plant trees: save our planet” – will set the stage for events around the country which will see government departments, non-government organisations, schools and communities planting trees.The campaign aims to promote improved knowledge of trees, particularly indigenous trees, and highlight the vital roles they play in the natural environment. It will also emphasise the role that ordinary South Africans in greening the country, just by planting and taking care of trees.SA’s million tree campaignThe week will also see the start of this year’s Plant a Million Trees Campaign, an initiative launched by President Thabo Mbeki and Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Lindiwe Hendricks in GaRankuwa, north of Pretoria last year.A total of 681 749 trees have been planted since the campaign was launched, with the Mpumalanga province having planted the most trees – 129 314 – to date.The department’s Arbour Week manager Tebogo Mathiane said that Arbour Week had become a huge success in recent years, with more and more people showing an interest in planting trees in their neighbourhoods.Billion tree campaignThe Billion Tree Campaign, launched by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Agro-forestry Centre in 2006 as a response to the threat of global warming has already reached double its original target.The campaign, which can count of the patronage of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Kenyan Green Belt Movement founder Wangari Maathai and Prince Albert II of Monaco, has since planted two billion trees in 18 months. This year, the target has been raised to seven billion trees.Regional and national governments organised the most massive plantings, with Ethiopia leading the count at 700-million, followed by Turkey (400-million), Mexico (250-million), and Kenya (100-million). In terms of geographic distribution, Africa is the leading region with over half of all tree plantings.“Having exceeded every target that has been set for the campaign, we are now calling on individuals, communities, business and industry, civil society organisations and governments to evolve this initiative on to a new and even higher level,” said UN Environment Programme director Achim Steiner.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Wet year leads to long harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The soggy truth? Ohio had a really wet year.After an exceptionally rainy fall in Ohio, the state is on track to have its third wettest year ever, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with Ohio State University Extension and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.Early September the remnants of Hurricane Gordon moved across Ohio triggering upward of 8 inches of rain in southern Ohio. While October rainfall was closer to average, in November, umbrellas came out again — and often.With a high rainfall count heading into winter, even if December winds up with average or even below average rain, total rainfall for 2018 likely will be the third highest on record, Wilson said.“Ohio is not an anomaly,” he said. “It fits the trend toward increased precipitation that we’ve seen across the Midwest and the Northeast.”Temperatures are getting warmer, and a higher amount of water vapor is in the atmosphere, leading to increased precipitation, Wilson said.“We’re seeing more intense rainfall events and more overall annual precipitation,” he said.Autumn’s wet weather kept farmers’ combines inside. Showers led to delays in harvesting corn and soybeans, which is typically wrapped up by early November yet was still in process last week in some parts of the state.Neither corn nor soybeans can be harvested easily when they’re wet. If they are, they need to be dried before they’re stored or sold, which takes additional time and expense.“There was a window to harvest, but the window closed and it didn’t really open again for a lot of farmers,” said Laura Lindsey, a soybean specialist with OSU Extension.Some farmers had to wait until the ground was frozen to harvest.“At this point, the frozen soil is preferable to wet soil,” Lindsey said.During the last week of November, about a half million acres of soybeans still had to be harvested across the state.“There were guys who were harvesting last week,” she said.The poor quality of some soybeans will affect the quality of seed that comes from them for the 2019 planting season. Whatever seed growers buy, they need to be sure not to overlook the percentage of seeds that are expected to germinate. If the percentage of germination is slightly lower than usual — say, 90% rather than 95% — a grower will want to compensate by planting more of that seed.The average yields of both soybeans and corn are projected to beat the state’s previous record highs. Soybeans, which are estimated to average 60 bushels per acre, are expected to top last year’s average by 19%, and the 190 bushel-per-acre average for Ohio corn is up 11% from 2017’s average, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.This year’s high yields are largely because most Ohio farmers were able to plant at the ideal time, in late April and early May, Lindsey said. For soybeans, the No. 1 factor influencing yields across the Midwest is the planting date, she said.The one region of the state that planted later was north-central Ohio, where soybeans went in the ground in June. “That’s because they got a lot of rain,” she said.last_img read more

BCCI to oppose Decision Review System at ICC meet

first_imgBCCI secretary N Srinivasan will attend the ICC CEC meeting in Hong Kong starting on Sunday.A day before the world gangs up to pressurise the Indian cricket board to accept the contentious umpires’ decision review system (DRS), a top ranking official said on Saturday that India would oppose it again.The official said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would not succumb to the pressure when the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives’ committee (CEC) takes up the issue at the start of the five-day ICC annual conference on Sunday in Hong Kong.”We will oppose the DRS at the meeting. It so happens that we have a bit more influence in the ICC – and we are no more a [British] colony,” the official told Mail Today, referring to several foreigners who hold key positions in the Sharad Pawar-headed ICC. The BCCI has all along maintained that Hawkeye, which tracks the ball for leg-before wicket decisions, is not fool proof. “They [London-based Hawkeye officials] came to India and wanted us to take a leap of faith and accept the DRS; we said we won’t take the leap,” said the official.BCCI secretary N Srinivasan is attending the ICC CEC meeting on Sunday and Monday while president Shashank Manohar will be present at the ICC executive board conclave on Tuesday and Wednesday.The role of umpires will be reduced if the decision review system is made mandatory.DRS, which has been sporadically used worldwide since 2009, can’t be implemented until the boards of the two competing teams of a series agree to it. The BCCI opposed the system for India’s ongoing Test series in the West Indies as well as the series in England starting next month.Interestingly, Sachin Tendulkar is in DRS’s favour while captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not.advertisementThe rest of the nine ICC full members, however, have accepted the DRS. The BCCI official suspected that someone in the world body has a vested interest in implementing the DRS. “I have a feeling that someone in the ICC has a link with the company that provides the technology,” he said, and pointed out that the company hardly has any competition globally.The Clive Lloyd-headed ICC cricket committee had last month “unanimously” recommended that the DRS should be used not just in all Test matches, but in One- day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals as well. Interestingly, the votaries included Gary Kirsten, who guided India to the World Cup triumph in April, and Ravi Shastri, who attended as a media representative.The DRS drastically lessens the role of the on-field umpires, especially with assistance from Hot Spot and Snickometer.It is one of the reasons that the BCCI cites while opposing it. “If you want to reduce the role of umpires, you might as well install a lamppost with red and green lights,” said the official sarcastically.The official said India would oppose the system until it becomes fool-proof. “We will have to navigate through these troubled waters,” he averred.Asked how long he expected the board to do that, he said: “Only time will tell.” Under the DRS, which was controversially implemented during the recent World Cup, each team has two unsuccessful opportunities to ask for a review of the decisions given by on- field umpires. The BCCI is convinced that this too is not fair. “It is a lottery,” he said.The cost of implementing the DRS has to be borne by the home country broadcasters, and this is another reason that the BCCI gives for not embracing the system.Using the DRS, including the Hot Spot and Snickometer aids, for one day cost about $55,000. Can smaller Test playing nations like Bangladesh afford to pay that kind of price? Hot spot also has a security problem in India. Since the technology used in this is perceived as a security threat, it is not allowed inside the country. “Last year, Hot Spot equipment came to India for the Champions League T20, but it couldn’t be used as the government didn’t allow it to come inside the country and it returned from the airport,” said a source.The ICC too faces a few impediments, like the existing broadcast contracts of its member countries, to overcome before it can enforce the DRS across the board. It will have to explore a common ground for the home broadcasters all 10 Test countries to move ahead. But the BCCI will have to be convinced first.last_img read more

Black Sabbaths Geezer Butler Supports NYS Declaw Ban

first_imgGeezer Butler, founder and bassist of the classic heavy metal band Black Sabbath, has voiced his support for the NYS Declaw Ban.A.1297/2.5084 would make New York the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats.Butler issued the follow statement:“New York is one of Black Sabbath’s favorite states to perform in because New Yorkers are smart, open-minded, and compassionate. I am particularly delighted to be coming back to the Empire State after learning from my friends at The Humane Society of the United States that there is a bill before lawmakers that, if passed, would ban the practice of declawing cats.“Many know me as one of the founding members of Black Sabbath, but fewer likely know that I am what you might call a “crazy cat person.” My wife and I have many rescued cats and we have never dreamed of putting them through an elective, convenience surgery such as declawing. Can you imagine having your fingers chopped off at the last bone? That is what the equivalent is for cats who are declawed. It is dreadfully inhumane! A surge of veterinarians throughout New York support legislation to put declawing in the trash bin of history.“I urge lawmakers to remain steadfast in those characteristics I admire most about New Yorkers and support the bill to ban the declawing of cats.”last_img read more

New Owner Editor Publisher More Vital Than Ever

first_imgNielsen closed E&P, along with sister publications Kirkus Reviews, last month after it announced the sale of eight media/entertainment brands—including Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter—to e5 Global Media, a new company formed by private equity firm Pluribus Capital Management and financial services firm Guggenheim Partners.The newspaper industry’s dramatic decline, Duncan said, is what made saving E&P so important. “When do you need a magazine like Editor & Publisher more? When everything is going great or in a tie of crisis,”he said. “It’s more vital now than ever.”OK. But how is a newspaper magazine going to mesh with his stable of boating publications?  “Maybe I’m not cerebral enough to worry about things like that, but I don’t think it will be a problem,” said Duncan.”The back end, in terms of production, IT and Web, is the same regardless of the publication. As long as I have separate ad staffs and separate editorial staffs, everything else is the same. We think we can supply all the support services for it, we can bring it into a structure with a much lower overhead, and make it viable.”In terms of editorial direction, Duncan said E&P is and has been right on course, producing best practice-type content for publishers. He said he has no immediate plans to change the magazine’s monthly frequency or circulation.”The magazine has a great staff and we were lucky enough to keep about 80 percent of them,” he said. E&P’s former editor-at-large, Mark Fitzgerald, will now serve as editor, replacing former editor Greg Mitchell, who is no longer with the magazine. Charles McKeown will continue as publisher.This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a big b-to-b player shutter a magazine, only to be contacted by a smaller publisher who wants to acquire it. Last April, Reed Business Information shuttered all but one of the magazines published under its Associated Construction Publications Group, which consisted of 14 regional construction titles. John White, the original co-owner of the ACP titles, then reaquired the licenses and relaunched them gradually before the end of the year. The fate of 126-year-old Editor & Publisher is no longer drifting in uncertain waters. The shuttered newspaper magazine was acquired Thursday evening by Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc., the Irvine, California-based publisher of Boating World, Sea Magazine and The Log newspaper.Wait, what? Why in the world would the publisher of boating magazines want to buy a big-name property that covers the newspaper industry?”I published newspapers when I first got into this business and have been reading Editor & Publisher on and off for more than 30 years,” Duncan McIntosh told me over the phone today. “I heard about its closing and thought to myself, ‘That can’t be.’ I started sending e-mails to Nielsen until someone would finally talk to us. And, now, here we are.”last_img read more

Recording Academy Helps Bring New Tax Incentives For Music Scoring To Tennessee

first_img Email New Tax Incentives For Music Scoring In Tennessee recording-academy-helps-bring-new-tax-incentives-music-scoring-tennessee Twitter Facebook In conjunction with the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, Academy members helped shape state rebate program to attract soundtrack projectsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 20, 2018 – 9:29 am New incentives to bring music scoring business to Tennessee were announced on Nov. 20 by the Tennessee Entertainment Commission and the Recording Academy, offering some enticing reasons to soundtrack your next film in the Volunteer State. For projects above a professional cost threshold, qualified expenses can receive rebates of 25 percent.”As the home to so many talented working music creators, this new incentive further emphasizes Tennessee’s dedication to music and the composers who create some of our favorite soundtracks,” said Daryl Friedman, the Academy’s chief industry, government & member relations officer.As detailed at the TEC website, this new grant refund program applies to projects that spend more than $50,000 in primary markets or more than $25,000 in the state’s many secondary markets, using qualified TN vendors. Leaders from the Recording Academy’s Memphis Chapter and Nashville Chapter worked with the Commission to ensure that these parameters would serve their professional purpose.”It only makes sense for us to leverage Tennessee’s unparalleled concentration of music talent and production services to attract additional music scoring projects,” said Bob Raines, TEC’s executive director. “As Tennessee attracts more scoring projects through TEC’s new program, it will allow our creative class and content creators to showcase their superb quality to audiences across the globe.”center_img Tennessee has the highest concentration of music professionals in the U.S. and the second highest concentration of sound engineers. Nearly 1,100 businesses in Tenn. employ more than 6,725 recording industry workers.”Scoring has been a growth sector of Tennessee’s music industry in recent years,” said Raines. “It is our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 destination for these types of media projects.” As digital media expands and diversifies, soundtrack work has expanded beyond movies and TV shows to video games and new forms of digital media.While this is the first music-focused incentive of its kind for the state, TEC and the Recording Academy are in partnership advocating for new worthy programs.”We have state-of-the-art studios, producers, engineers, composers, arrangers, and players,” said John McBride, the owner of Nashville’s Blackbird Studio. “This city has world-class production capability and we need to show the world.” His statement applies to first-class facilities, expertise and talent across the state as well.With more scoring business attracted by these new incentives, the next few years should bring plenty of new recording projects for Tennessee to boast about. How’s that for running up the score?’Score’: Soundtracks take us on an emotional rideRead more Recording Academy Helps Bring New Tax Incentives For Music Scoring To Tennessee News last_img read more

SIT arrests IAS officer BM Vijayshankar for taking Rs 15 cr bribe

first_imgDeputy Commissioner of Bengaluru (Urban) BM Vijay ShankarTwitterThe Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the multi-crore IMA ponzi scam arrested the Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru (Urban), BM Vijayshankar, on Monday (July 8) on charges of taking a bribe of Rs 1.5 crore from the firm.Vijayshankar, an IAS officer, allegedly took the bribe from the scam kingpin Mohammed Mansoor Khan for preparing a favourable report on the fraudulent company. The IAS officer submitted the report to the Karnataka government. He had also approved a clearance certificate submitted by the North division ACP for revenue, LC Nagaraj, after he conducted a probe based on the Reserve Bank of India’s queries.  ACP Nagaraj was arrested on Friday for taking a bribe of Rs 4.5 crore from Khan for issuing a no-objection certificate (NOC) to the IMA group, allowing the firm to raise a loan. He had concealed the facts on IMA’s dealing and approved the NOC.According to the reports, the deputy commissioner accepted the bribe in April 2019 through a village accountant, identified as Manjunath. He was taken from his office on Monday for interrogation by the SIT team led by superintendent of police S Girish. Vijayshankar was questioned till evening and arrested thereafter for his involvement in the IMA scam.DC Vijayshankar has been arrested under Karnataka Protection of Interests of Depositors in Financial Establishments (KPID) Act, 2004. He is the third government official to be arrested in connection with the multi-crore fraud after ACP Nagaraj and BDA executive engineer PD Kumar Nayak.Nayak was also accused of taking Rs 4 crore bribe from Khan. The SIT sleuths also raided his JP Nagar residence and recovered documents pertaining to disproportionate assets and seized Rs 2 lakh.last_img read more

Hundreds of thousands march for unified Spain

first_imgPro-unity supporters take part in a demonstration in central Barcelona. ReutersHundreds of thousands of supporters of a unified Spain filled Barcelona’s streets on Sunday in one of the biggest shows of force yet by the so-called silent majority that has watched as regional political leaders push for Catalan independence.Political parties opposing a split by Catalonia from Spain had a small lead in an opinion poll published on Sunday, the first since Madrid called a regional election to try to resolve the country’s worst political crisis in four decades.Polls and recent elections have shown that about half the electorate in the wealthy northeastern region, which is already autonomous, oppose secession from Spain, but a vocal independence movement has brought the current crisis to a head.Spain’s central government called an election for Dec. 21 on Friday after sacking Catalonia’s president Carles Puigdemont, dissolving its parliament and dismissing its government. That followed the assembly’s unilateral declaration of independence in a vote boycotted by three national parties.The regional government claimed it had a mandate to push ahead with independence following an unofficial referendum on Oct. 1 which was ruled illegal under Spanish law and mostly boycotted by unionists.Waving thousands of Spanish flags and singing “Viva España”, protesters on Sunday turned out in the largest display of support for a united Spain since the beginning of the crisis-underlining the depth of division in Catalonia itself.“I’m here to defend Spanish unity and the law,” said Alfonso Machado, 55, a salesman standing with a little girl with Spanish flags in her hair.“Knowing that in the end there won’t be independence, I feel sorry for all the people tricked into thinking there could be and the divisions they’ve driven through Catalan society.”SLIGHT UNIONIST LEADThe poll of 1,000 people by Sigma Dos for newspaper El Mundo showed unionist parties winning 43.4 percent support and pro-independence parties 42.5 percent.The survey was taken from Monday to Thursday, just as the central government prepared to take control of Catalonia.Madrid said on Saturday that secessionist politicians, including Puigdemont, were free to take part in the election. The hardline CUP has been unclear if it would.The deposed Catalan government will soon have to make difficult decisions, Puigdemont’s former deputy Oriol Junqueras said on Sunday in an editorial in online newspaper El Punt Avui. He stopped short of saying his ERC party would take part in the election.“We need a shared strategy … it’s important to weave solid alliances with those who are willing to build a state that serves its citizens,” he said, possibly alluding to a rumoured alliance between the ERC and the Catalan arm of the anti-austerity Podemos party.Such an alliance could put the independence movement in difficult position as it would mean a main secession supporter joining forces with parties that reject Madrid’s hard line but do not support separatism.With weeks to go before the election, the poll showed the CUP, kingmaker for the pro-secessionists in the dismissed 135-seat parliament, would win seven seats, down from a current 10.The pro-independence coalition Junts pel Si, which held 62 seats previously, was split into parties PDeCat and ERC for the poll as they are unlikely to run on a single platform. The two would win between 54 and 58 seats in total, the poll showed.At Sunday’s rally, former European Parliament president Josep Borrell called for unionist voters to turn out in December to ensure independence supporters lose their stranglehold on the regional parliament.“Maybe we’re here because many of us during elections didn’t go and vote. Now we have a golden opportunity. This time, nobody should stay at home,” Borrell said to cheering crowds.DAMAGE TO CATALONIAPuigdemont called on Saturday for peaceful opposition to Madrid’s takeover. But he was vague on precisely what steps the secessionists would take as Spanish authorities move into Barcelona to enforce control.European countries, the United States and Mexico have also rejected the Catalan declaration of independence and expressed support for Spain’s unity.But emotions are running high and the next few days will be tricky for Madrid as it embarks on enforcing direct rule and putting officials in administrative roles. National police were accused of heavy-handedness during the Oct. 1 referendum.Officers of the regional police force, called the Mossos d’Esquadra in Catalan, were stationed in main public and government buildings on Sunday.But the force is believed to have divided loyalties. The central government has removed the Mossos’ chief, Josep Lluis Trapero, and said units could be replaced if warranted.In an open letter on Sunday, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido praised the Mossos for their work and urged them to accept temporary direction from Madrid.The main secessionist group, the Catalan National Assembly, has urged civil servants not to follow orders from the central government and to mount “peaceful resistance”, while the pro-independence trade union CSC has called a strike.Puigdemont, Junqueras and their advisors left the Catalan government offices on Friday, newspaper La Vanguardia reported on Sunday, effectively handing the building over to Madrid and making a forced eviction on Monday less likely.Since the return of democracy in the late 1970s Spain has suffered several traumatic episodes, including an attempted military coup in 1981, a violent Basque separatist conflict, and more recently an economic crisis. The Catalan issue is however the biggest challenge to the territorial integrity of what is now a progressive European Union nation.The chaos has prompted an exodus of businesses from Catalonia, which contributes about a fifth of Spain’s economy, the fourth-largest in the euro zone. Tourism to Barcelona has been hit and markets have darted up and down on the fast-moving developments.European leaders have also denounced the push, fearing it could fan separatist sentiment around the continent.last_img read more

Israel air force hits Gaza after rocket fire

first_imgPalestinians stand near a crater at the area that was reportedly hit by an Israeli strike according to the Palestinian health ministry spokesman, in Beit Lahia in northern Gaza strip on December 12, 2017. AFPIsrael’s air force hit the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers early Wednesday after Palestinians fired at southern Israel on Monday, the army said.Late Tuesday night the military said that an undefined “projectile” was fired from Gaza towards southern Israel.A spokeswoman told AFP that it was “very probably” a rocket but that it was not clear where it fell.Palestinians in the coastal territory have recently fired both rockets and mortar rounds into the Jewish state.On Wednesday an army statement gave Israel’s reply to the latest fire.“In response to the projectile fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel earlier, the Israel Air Force targeted a Hamas military compound in the southern Gaza Strip,” it said, without elaborating.There were no reports of casualties on either side.A wave of rocket fire follows US President Donald Trump’s statement on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.last_img read more