first_imgFive veteran media personalities will be honoured by Superstakes title sponsors Burger King at Caymanas Park tomorrow for their contribution to the sport over the years.They are The Gleaner’s racing writer Orville Clarke, Lindy Delapenha, a former director of sports at Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation; radio racing analyst and Gleaner columnist Dr. Paul Wright; racing commentator Brian ‘Spuddy” Rickman and Karl Angell of the Racing Observer.All will be guests of the sponsor and promoters Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) in the Director’s Room during the meet and in addition to receiving awards, each will have a race run in their honour on the well supported 12-race programme, featuring the 38th running of the Burger King Superstakes over 2000 metres.The programme kicks off at 11.000 a.m. with the Orville Clarke Trophy over 1700 metres to be contested by nine starters (four-year-olds and up non winners of two). Top contenders are MINY LEE (Shane Ellis), HOMECOMING ((Anthony Thomas) and VESPERS (Javaniel Patterson).The second race over 1100 metres for the Brian Rickman Trophy for maiden three-year-olds has attracted 11 starters, the eighth race for the Dr Paul Wright Trophy to be contested by 14 starters, while race number 10 for the Lindy Delapenha Trophy will see 13 facing the starter and the closing race for the Karl Angell Trophy to be contested by a maximum field of 16.last_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa is to boost its renewable energy production capability. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bheki KhumaloDepartment of Energy spokesperson+27 12 371 8185 or +27 82 773 2388RELATED ARTICLES • New wind farm for SA • Top marks for SA energy policies• A power plant in your home • Wind power on SA’s national gridJanine ErasmusA new agreement signed by the South African government and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) is to prepare the way for a solar park in the North West province.Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters and CCI chair Ira Magaziner signed a Memorandum of Understanding in November 2009 which will initiate a study to determine the best location for this facility, taking into account factors such as land availability, radiation levels, job creation and cost of transmission.The CCI is the arm of the William J Clinton Foundation that investigates and drives solutions to the global problem of climate change. Johannesburg is a partner city in the initiative. The organisation is also working with the Indian and Australian governments on the development of similar solar projects in those countries.This announcement comes just ahead of the much-anticipated Copenhagen Climate Conference, which takes place in the Danish capital between 7 and 18 December 2009.The solar park would essentially be a huge solar energy installation that will tap one of South Africa’s most precious natural resources – its abundant sunshine. At the same time it would boost the country’s use of renewable power and, with more producers competing for business, may also result in reduced rates. This will be welcome news for hard-pressed consumers, who are dreading more electricity tariff hikes on the horizon.By embarking on more solar project South Africa would become a world leader in this field, said Magaziner.Adding extra powerSouth Africa derives most of its electricity from the burning of fossil fuels. Figures available on the website of the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre, a division of the US Department of Energy, reveal that in 2006 the country was the 13th worst carbon emitter on the planet, and the biggest culprit in Africa.In 2006 a staggering 88% of South Africa’s carbon emissions came from coal.Peters and Magaziner have indicated that the proposed park could add an initial 5 000 MW of power to the national grid. If survey and study data are positive, construction will begin around the end of 2010, with the facility coming online in 2012.While South Africa’s weather generally is conducive towards solar energy production, the North West province, with 300 days of sunshine annually, is the most likely location for the solar park.Much of the country receives, on average, over 2 500 hours of sunshine per year, according to the national energy department, with annual solar radiation levels ranging from 4 500 and 6 000 Wh/m2.Renewable energySouth Africa’s government strongly supports the concept of renewable energy and has set a target of 10 000GWh of energy to be produced from renewable energy sources – mainly biomass, wind, solar and hydro-electric on a smaller scale – by 2013.This is laid out in the white paper on renewable energy, which was approved by Cabinet in 2003. Achieving the target will bring considerable relief to the over-burdened national electricity utility Eskom, as well as bring in almost US$40.2-million (R300-million) revenue, and contribute to a cleaner environment because of reduced coal burning and water usage.Once the formalities are over, the solar park is expected to play a major role in reaching that target.Peters described the project as a sign of South Africa’s firm commitment to tackling climate change, adding that to sit back and do nothing about the global phenomenon is dangerous and that the solar park is the first of many initiatives.“Setting targets is important but all countries need to begin to act,” she said.Many opportunitiesThe country’s national energy regulator implemented a feed-in tariff system for wind energy in March 2009, becoming the first African country to do so and beating major developed countries such as the UK and US to the punch. The tariffs are guaranteed for 20 years.This means that both small- and large-scale producers of renewable energy may sell their energy to the power utility at prices above normal market level. Even householders may feed their excess renewable energy into the national grid, and be paid for it. This is aimed at encouraging wider production and use of renewable energy sources.Of the four categories of renewable energy, the other three being wind, small-scale hydro, and landfill gas, the tariff for concentrated solar power is the highest.The solar park would encourage independent power producers to set up shop in an area that is optimised for that particular industry, with infrastructure in place, support facilities available, shared generation licensing, and environmental impact studies already completed.It would create many jobs, said Magaziner, not only during the construction and later operation, but also through opportunities at nearby component manufacturing plants.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest They are getting worse. Maybe it was the dry fall, but as I was harvesting I saw more pod feeding that I have ever seen before. I don’t think we scout much after about mid-July so we probably missed the increasing levels of these late season insects on soybean. Late season insects I saw were grasshoppers, bean leaf beetle and (more widespread than I have ever seen) the brown marmorated stink bug.Check these pictures of bean leaf beetle pod damage and of the adult brown marmorated stink bug to see if these images remind you of what you saw at or just before harvest. I had them crawling on the combine and on other surfaces around soybean harvestDisease?Variety and hybrid selection matters — choose a variety with excellent protection from disease. Did you see frogeye in soybeans this year or gray leaf spot in corn? Comb through your company seed trail yield data and look through the seed catalogs. And as quickly as it is posted look through any unbiased yield data you can find, including OSU’s corn and soybean performance trials. Watch for the print edition of the trials here in the OCJ later this year or online in the C.O.R.N. newsletter at http://corn.osu.edu.Did Soybean cyst nematode hurt yields this year? Probably, as we have been conducting the soybean surveys across Ohio the past three years, we have found more SCN than you expected. So from Anne Dorrance and Terry Niblack our OSU Plant pathologists we get these suggestions from a recent C.O.R.N. newsletter: http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2015/2015-34/sampling-for-soybean-cyst-nematode-2013-it2019s-time.This year’s early harvest provides the perfect opportunity to take a look at the SCN populations in your fields.  We know that the state is now “polluted” with SCN, fortunately most of those fields are at very low levels, which is where they should be kept. However, there are some surprising locations where individual fields are getting or have gotten into trouble with very high populations.SCN is picky about what it feeds and reproduces on, but it does like a few weed hosts and cover crops as well as soybeans. If you have SCN in your fields, it is important to also control winter annuals such as purple deadnettle, but also avoid cover crops such as several of the clovers, cowpea and common and hairy vetch.So it is time to sample! We recommend sampling in the fall because in most cases this is what the population will be in the spring.  With the warmer weather this year and hopefully no frozen ground, there should be ample time to collect and process the samples in plenty of time for spring planting. Processing of samples does cost time and money, so here are a few thoughts on how to sample or how to target your sampling to get the best information for your money. Through funds from the soybean checkoff, we have completed several targeted surveys over the past five years. My group tended to target those fields where yields were stuck or below 30 bushels per acre. Or when we sampled we hit those pockets in the field where the soybeans tended to be shorter or where they matured earlier and always yielded less that the rest of the field. We were able to detect SCN in almost all of these situations, so these are the ones that should have the top priority for sampling.last_img read more

first_imgNapoli Napoli must rediscover form after Champions League exit – Mertens Gill Clark Last updated 1 year ago 07:43 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dries Mertens - Cropped Getty Images Napoli UEFA Champions League Feyenoord Feyenoord v Napoli A nightmare week for the Italian club ended with elimination from the European competition, after being knocked off the Serie A summit by Inter Dries Mertens acknowledged that Napoli are going through a bad patch after they were knocked out of the Champions League following a 2-1 defeat to Feyenoord on Wednesday.The result left Maurizio Sarri’s men in third place in Group F, behind winners Manchester City and runners-up Shakhtar Donetsk, who both progress to the knockout stages.Napoli, meanwhile, will now drop into the Europa League and Mertens says the team need to improve, having also lost to Juventus in Serie A on Friday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We are in a difficult period and we didn’t manage to play our usual football,” he told UEFA’s official website.”During every season you have to face a spell like this, but we want to return to our usual standard as quickly as possible.”It was not easy tonight after hearing the score from the other game, but we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and try to understand how to start playing our best football again.”We are a solid group and I’m sure we will do it.”Marek Hamsik echoed his team-mate’s comments and said it was a tough defeat to take, with Napoli having gone ahead after just two minutes courtesy of Piotr Zielinski’s goal before an equaliser from Nicolai Jorgensen.Feyenoord were then reduced to 10 men late on when Tonny Vilhena was sent off but still managed to sneak the win thanks to Jeremiah St. Juste’s stoppage-time header.1 – Jeremiah St Juste is the first to score a Champions League goal for @Feyenoord as a substitute since Mariano Bombarda in Nov 2002. Supersubs. pic.twitter.com/qPRkjJwMBf— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) December 6, 2017″We were not watching what was happening in the other game in Ukraine, we were just focused on our game,” he said.”It’s painful to lose with a late goal but we had to do better earlier in the game, we had to play with more pace in midfield.”The defeat at Shakhtar made everything complicated for us from start in this group. We are still eager to do well in Europe and we will try to do it in the UEFA Europa League instead.”last_img read more

first_img Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaica is currently “undertaking efforts towards ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty”.The landmark Treaty which regulates the international trade in conventional arms, from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships, was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on April 2, 2013. According to the UN, the treaty will foster peace and security by putting a stop to destabilizing arms flows to conflict regions; prevent human rights abusers and violators of the law of war from being supplied with arms; and will help keep warlords, pirates, and gangs from acquiring these deadly tools.In her address to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, earlier Saturday, September 28, Mrs. Simpson Miller welcomed the treaty while hitting out against transnational organized crime.“Transnational organised criminal enterprises wreak havoc on economies and challenge the capacities of states to deal with these threats. No country is immune to the direct or indirect effects of the scourge of transnational crime,” she said.The Prime Minister contended that increased collaboration is necessary in confronting such threats to human development.“To this end, we welcome the recent opening for signature of the landmark Arms Trade Treaty in June of this year which represents one of the many steps that the international community must take towards defeating terrorism, crime and violence,” she said.Mrs. Simpson Miller further pointed out that bilateral and regional cooperation through information sharing, capacity building and assistance are integral in dealing with crime and violence and security issues.The Prime Minister expressed condolences to the families of those killed in the recent Kenya mall attack; and concern for the suffering of the people of Syria. She joined the international community in condemning the use of chemical weapons.“We welcome the recent positive steps taken by the United Nations Security Council,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said, and emphatically stated Jamaica’s firm commitment to “a just, lasting and peaceful solution to the situation in the Middle East.”In the meantime, the Prime Minister also reiterated a call for an end to the embargo against Cuba and “extra-territorial measures which target third world countries.”She noted that the trade and economic embargo against Cuba has caused untold hardships to its people and has no place in the 21st century. Story Highlights Mrs. Simpson Miller welcomed the treaty while hitting out against transnational organized crime. The treaty will foster peace and security by putting a stop to destabilizing arms flows to conflict regions. The Prime Minister contended that increased collaboration is necessary in confronting such threats to human development.last_img read more