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Table Mountain to observe Earth Hour

first_img23 February 2010Table Mountain in Cape Town is among the world landmarks that will go dark from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on 27 March, as part of the Earth Hour initiative which calls on individuals, businesses, governments and communities to turn off their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change.The worldwide “switch off”, a global initiative of the WWF, aims to get billions of people in cities across the world to turn off their lights for one hour in a demonstration of support for determined international action on climate change.Earth Hour co-founder and executive director Andy Ridley said the actions shown by cities of the world and their inhabitants were crucial to leading a low-carbon resolution to climate change.“The C40 suggests that cities are responsible for up to 75% of the world’s carbon emissions, so their role in addressing what is unequivocally the greatest threat to the planet today is absolutely vital.“By turning the lights off their landmarks for Earth Hour, cities are reflecting the aspirations of their citizens as a community that has resolved to take action on global warming,” Ridley said.Iconic landmarksIconic landmarks around the world, including the CN Tower in Toronto, Grand Palace in Bangkok, and the world’s second tallest building, Tapei 101, will plunge into darkness.World-famous landmarks across the US, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, Mount Rushmore, and even the lights of Las Vegas will also switch off in a decisive display of climate action from one of the most significant nations on the climate landscape.In London, lights will dim on the world-famous London Eye as the Coca-Cola sign in Piccadilly Circus switches off, highlighting the resolve of its people, businesses and local governments to take action on climate change, while Hiroshima will become the first Japanese city to participate in the campaign.The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2-million people switched off their lights. In 2008, more than 50-million people around the globe participated.In 2010, Earth Hour aims to reach out to 1-billion people in 1 000 cities.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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McGregor paddles to eighth Berg victory

first_img“The changes to the women’s rules are a huge step in the right direction, but maybe there are ways we can tweak the race structure to get the women more involved with the guys who paddle as fast as we do.” WomenMichele Eray 19:06.02Robyn Kime 19:26.00Jen Hodson 20:01.28Hillary Pitchford 20:22.54Jean Wilson 20:40.45 “I am super stoked,” said McGregor. “I have raced all over the world and there is no doubt at all that this is the toughest race on the planet.” McGregor started the 62 kilometre final stage from Zoutkloof to the coastal resort of Port Owen in Velddrif with a 10-minute lead and dominated a four-boat bunch that finished together to wrap up the victory. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material He finished 16th overall but, when combined with McGregor and Rabie’s podium finishes, it was just enough to get his team home against the potent Trueb Kitchens team and the Gauteng Veterans. “It was about time I had some good karma after the dramas of the first two days,” said a relieved King, who had finished second in the two previous editions of the race. “This was the toughest Berg I have ever been involved in,” he added. Lance King finished the four-day race on a high, mixing it up at the front bunch to wrap up third place, which helped erase memories of a nightmarish finish on day two when a mistake in the trees above Misverstand Dam saw his separated from his kayak and paddle, dropping him from second to a distant sixth. ‘He won it in style’“Hank didn’t just win it, he won it in style,” said Rabie, whose flawless race was a tribute to his determined training and diligent work scouting the river. RESULTS Raised the barPlettenberg Bay-based Olympian Michele Eray raised the bar of female Berg racing with a rampant 20-minute victory over two-time defending champion Robyn Kime. Inaugural winnersIn amongst the finishers were a number of paddlers from the inaugural race in 1962, including former champions Willem van Riet and Jannie Malherbe. Stellenbosch University student Pierre-Andre Rabie wrapped up the race of his canoeing career with a well-deserved second, and heaped praise on the eight-time champion. “I was out to see how far up the field [I could finish] against the men’s field that had the benefit of racing together in groups with paddlers of similar ability,” said Eray. 18 July 2011 The race’s 50th anniversary was celebrated by a record field of over 350 paddlers, and enjoyed four unseasonably warm clear days on a medium level river. Jen Hodson eventually finished well off the pace in third with a gutsy performance. She had entered the race only two weeks earlier after suddenly retiring from sprinting. “I played with the big girls and they beat me up!” she said. “Mich (Eray) was brilliant throughout the whole race,” said Kime. With three team members counting towards the lucrative team prize, the pressure fell on Mynhardt Marais, who was well off the front bunch’s pace. On each of the stages she started the day alongside Kime and lightning fast sprinter Jen Hodson before gradually dropping her adversaries and then, not unlike McGregor, racing away alone. Hank McGregor romped to a record eighth victory in South Africa’s Berg River Canoe Marathon on the weekend. Michele Eray dominated the women’s event to win her maiden title in the tough four-day race from Paarl to Velddrif in the Western Cape. Sweet victoryThe victory was particularly sweet for McGregor because, after asserting his authority on each of the first three stages, he elected to race away on his own to truly stamp his authority on the race when he would have been fully justified to paddle in a bunch and preserve his lead. The boat that won that inaugural race, dubbed “Kelkiewyn” was also successfully paddled to the finish by Lionel “Lonkie” Ekermans. Team raceThe team race was thrown wide open on the final stage with the sudden withdrawal of Hank McGregor’s team mate Marc Holtzhausen. The Durban stalwart, who paddled a heroic third stage, could not continue due to severe pain from the blisters on both hands. MenHank McGregor 16:59.25Pierre Andre Rabie 17:09.40Lance King 17:13.24Heinrich Schloms 17:19.29Jacques Theron 17:19.29Graeme Solomon 17:22.12Robbie Herreveld 17:26.10Edgar Boehm Jnr 17:40.47Tom Schilperoort 17:46.59Mike Stewart 17:51.36Donnie Malherbe 18:01.15Nick Longley 18:06.04Paul Marais 18:07.51Graham Monteith 18:13.32Ian Trautmann 18:20.02Mynhardt Marais 18:23.12Andrew Birkett 18:25.28Gert van Deventer 18:26.06Chris de Waal 18:28.38Ernst van Riet 18:28.43 “I guess I was out to prove a point by pushing it at the front,” said McGregor. “It wasn’t always like that. On the final stage I found myself 60 metres behind the guys, and they were pushing the pace, and I had to grind back onto the bunch.” “To win against the field of legends that has been assembled this year is a real privilege for me,” he added. “It’s right up there with the best of my wins.” SAinfo reporter ‘Really special’“The win is massive for me,” she continued. “I had set my heart on winning this race, and to do it in the 50th anniversary is really special. It was brilliant racing against such a strong women’s field, as well.” last_img read more

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South African fans’ guide to Rio 2016 – WEEK 2 (13-21 August)

first_img4 August 2016The Summer Olympic Games begin on 5 August, with South African track starand official flag-bearer Wayde van Niekerk leading the South African team of 137athletes into the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the openingceremony.Over two weeks, a worldwide audience of more than 30 million will have tonavigate wall-to-wall sport action, and for any patriotic South African sport fan, it’svital to have the all the details of when athletes from the national team arefeatured.Here is a guide to important Olympic events featuring participants from TeamSouth Africa at Rio 2016. You can also check out the South African athletes’ socialmedia profiles to stay up to date with their preparations and send them some goodluck.Please note the time differences between Rio and South Africa – South Africa is five hours ahead of Brazil. All times in this guide are local South African times.Times and events are subject to change. Consult the official Rio Olympics 2016website or the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) website for moredetails about events and participants.Also check your television service provider for detailed schedules.You can follow all the South African Olympic action on Sascoc’s social mediaplatforms:Facebook,Twitter,andYouTube.Week 2Saturday, 13 AugustMen’s football. Quarter-finals01:00-05:00: Athletics. A big day as one of South Africa’s biggest hopefuls, multiple record-holder Wayde van Niekerk is in action in the heats for the men’s 400m. Long jumpers Stefan Brits, Luvo Manyonga and Rushwahl Samaai vie forposition in the men’s long jump heats.Rushwell samaai jumps another RIo qualifier, 8,34 to lead long jump. @SPORTATSABC pic.twitter.com/rhJEhA1xEs— UdoCarelse (@udocarelsesa) April 16,2016Alyssa Conley and Carina Horn run the women’s 100m heats, up against theworld’s best including the US’s English Gardner and London 2012 gold medallistShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica.Tweets by AC_Speedy 03:00-04:30: Swimming. The 100m butterfly final may feature Chad le Closagain, up against the US’s Michael Phelps. 14:00-18:00: The athletics afternoon session features Justine Palframan andTsholofelo Thipe running the women’s 400m heats, and Henricho Bruintjies, AnasoJobodwana and African 100m record holder Akani Simbine in the men’s 100m,challenging big guns Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, both from Jamaica. The men’s 100m final, the pinnacle of the Olympic athletics competition, takeplace on Monday, 15 August from 01:00.Sunday, 14 August01:00-05:00. Athletics. Today is jam-packed with most of the semi-final eventstaking place, including Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m semi-finals. Also happeningare the long jump finals and the men’s 800m finals, featuring Kenya’s DavidRudisha.South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka is in the men’s 10km track marathon, whileChristine Kalmer, Diana-Lebo Phalula and Irvette van Blerk (Van Zyl) participate inthe women’s road marathon. 04:00: Swimming marathon. Michelle Weber swims in the women’s 10Kmarathon this morning. Monday, 15 August01:00-05:00: Athletics. Men’s 400m and 100m finals, plus women’s 400m semi-finals. Depending on their success, South African athletes could feature in theseraces, including Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m final.14:00-17:00: Athletics. Godfrey Khotso Mokoena looks to start his campaign foranother Olympic medal in the men’s triple jump. He won a long jump silver medalat the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Tweets by mokoenajumper1 Wenda Nel is in the 400m hurdles heats.Thanks for helping me make my #RoadToRio such anexciting journey! Grateful for all the support! @NEWTONAGENCY @hpcRSA @NSWZA @Nike— Wenda Nel(@Wenda400mh) July 23,2016Tuesday, 16 AugustWomen’s football: Semi-finals01:00-04:00: Athletics. African Championships and African Games goldmedallist Antonio Alkana is in the men’s 110m hurdle heats.Thefamily of Antonio Alkana (26) who will be representing SA in the Rio Olympics sayshe’ll always be a champion. pic.twitter.com/C4bfiwfuba—Newsbreak (@Newsbreak_Lotus) July 18,201613:00: Open water marathon. Chad Ho looks to improve his 2008 Beijing ninthplace in the gruelling 10km swimming marathon. He is the current World Aquaticschampion in the 5km race, and is also the only South African Olympian withoutofficial sponsorship. He is being crowdfunded through online donations from fans. 14:00: Athletics. Anaso Jobodwana and Akani Simbine participate in the men’s200m.Wednesday, 17 AugustMen’s football. Semi-finalsSA’s javelin queen @Sunette_Viljoen is in fine shapeahead of the Rio Olympic Games.Read the @SaturdayStar tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/9rMykp3nNO—Sam Naik (@SamNaik01) June 17,201601:00-05:00: Athletics. Sunette Viljoen throws in thewomen’s javelin heats,looking to improve on her London 2012 fourth place and add an Olympic medal togo with her African Championships and Commonwealth Games golds.Lynique Prinsloo competes in the women’s long jump qualifiers, the first SouthAfrican to compete in the event since 1992.#LyniquePrinsloo believes in going for gold: https://t.co/OErP1nktp6 pic.twitter.com/gTAngJOnJ5—Varsity Sports (@varsitysportsSA) March 1,201612:00:Golf. Paula Reto and Ashleigh Simon tee off in the first Olympic women’sgolf tournament, which takes place over the next four days. 14:00: Athletics. Willem Coertzen competes in the men’s decathlon.Totally overwhelmed,cant describe the joy I am feeling right now!Rio herewe come!!!!— Willem Coertzen (@WillemCoertzen) July 14,2016Later in the afternoon, South Africa’s most promising medal hopeful, CasterSemenya (a silver medallist in London in 2012), begins her Olympic campaign in thewomen’s 800m heats.I’mfighting to be the best @nike #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/5SvVAwyuSz—Caster Semenya (@caster800m) July 23,2016She is coming off a highly successful season, becoming the first runner to winthe 400m, 800m and 1 500m titles at the South African National Championships, aswell as setting a new national record for the 800m in July.18:00: BMX racing. While London 2012 trailblazer Sifiso Nhlapo might have lostout on a place in the Rio team this year, Kyle Dodd is more than qualified to take upwhere he left off. As current South Africa champion, Dodd aims to bring home agold. He rides in the first round of races today, with the finals starting on Friday, 19August.Riois drawing closer and closer, excitement is definitely kicking in!!! #teamSArise— Kyle Dodd #216 (@Kyledodd211) July 24,201622:00-05:00: Athletics, including women’s long jump final, women’s 200m finaland men’s 200msemi-finalThursday, 18 August16:00: Triathlon. Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman participate in the swim,ride and run event.Dayin , day out , @Rio2016_en calling. #teamSArise#Sworks just under4weeks left . pic.twitter.com/0roVfEjLEU— Richard Murray (@RD_murray) July 22,2016Mycustom Rio @swiftbike #HyperVox is readyto roll in the streets of Copacabana !! ?? @Olympics ? James Garaghty pic.twitter.com/4r2DI6e6fH—Henri Schoeman (@H_Schoeman) July 25,201622:00-05:00: Athletics, including women’s javelin final (possibly featuringSunette Viljoen), women’s 400m final and men’s 200m finalFriday, 19 AugustWomen’s football. Gold medal match13:00: Athletics. The men’s 50km walk marathon featuring South African MarcMundell. Anel Oosthuizen competes in the women’s 20km walk later in the day, at19:30.Trying out my new @saucony Type A6 shoes on my 18kmtraining session!Extremely satisfied! #road2rio @SauconySA pic.twitter.com/txuPWpWqa0—Anel Oosthuizen (@anel_oosthuizen) July 20,2016Saturday, 20 AugustMen’s football. Gold medal match16:00-19:00: Women’s triathlon, featuring past Olympic veterans Mari Rabie(Beijing 2008) and Gillian Sanders (London 2012).Hey everyone it’s #OlympicDaytoday! Join mein getting out there & getting active ??? pic.twitter.com/SQAOCRcaaN—Gillian Sanders (@gillcurrsanders) June 23,20168thplace for @marirabie at @worldtriathlon Hamburg! Could notbe prouder of our Stellenbosch ambassador! pic.twitter.com/Cvx6cKBCrC—S’Bosch Ambassadors (@SboschSA) July 16,2016Sunday, 21 AugustThe final day ofcompetition01:00-05:00: Athletics. A big highlight today is Caster Semenya possibly in thewomen’s 800m final. Other athletics events wrapping up today are the men’s 5000m final and the men’s marathon, perhaps featuring South Africans Lusapho April,Lungile Gongqa and Sibusiso Nzima.Tough long time trial this afternoon for @LusaphoApril ahead of a big trainingweek. #RoadToRio @teamsa16 @adidasZA pic.twitter.com/HMfoCNe5BQ—Team Lusapho (@teamlusapho) July 16,2016Lungile Gongqa of @Nedbank_RC finishing strong in 1stplace ???prep 4 Rio#DonLockMemorial #CrampNOT #RoadtoRio pic.twitter.com/94c7fEbNOw—Best 4 Sports (@best4_sports) June 5,[email protected]_Nzima confirms he is ready forOlympics after his CGA 10km cross country victory at 29:16 #CGA #xcountry pic.twitter.com/3l3Xk5gJvt—CGauteng Athletics (@CG_Athletics) July 2,2016The trio will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of Josia Thugwane, SouthAfrican marathon gold medal winner at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.17:30-20:00: Mountain biking.Alan Hatherly and James Reid have the last opportunity to add to South Africa’smedal tally when they both ride in the men’s cross-country event.This event was a particularly exciting highlight at the London Games in 2012where the late Burry Stander had South Africans on the edge of their seats with hisdynamic progress up the leader board during the race. While Stander could only geta hard-fought fifth place in the end, it was a great example of South Africansporting spirit.Hatherly and Reid will no doubt have Stander in mind during the race and gofor the gold in his honour. “Dreams do come true sometimes”Thanks toeveryone involved in every small part of this ?… https://t.co/CPUnzFF6B8 pic.twitter.com/ZGGgrycpGZ—James Reid (@james_reid01) July 14,201601:16: Closing ceremonyAppropriately the Rio Olympics closing ceremony begins at 20:16 in Rio, 01:16South African time, once again at the Maracanã stadium, where Brazil officiallybrings the Games to an end and hands off to Japan, which will host the 2020 Gamesin Tokyo.But not before Rio hosts the companion Paralympic Games, which begin on 7September.Source: Official Rio Olympics 2016 websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.infomateriallast_img read more

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Ohio’s agritourism immunity law extends to many farm-based activities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramWhen you think of “agritourism,” corn mazes and hay rides may first come to mind. While those activities can fall under Ohio’s definition of agritourism, you may be surprised to find that farm markets, you-pick operations, farm tours, wineries and other types of farm-based activities can also fit into the legal definition of “agritourism” in Ohio. This definition is important for purposes of Ohio’s agritourism immunity law, which can protect agritourism providers from liability for harm incurred during agritourism activities. The law shifts the risk of liability from agritourism operators to the participants who willingly choose to engage in agritourism activities on a farm.It’s important to understand that in order to receive the law’s liability protection, each of the following conditions must exist. Conditions for immunity from liabilityQualify as an “agritourism provider.” The law specifically protects only those who are “agritourism providers,” which means someone “who owns, operates, provides, or sponsors an agritourism activity, or an employee of such a person who engages in or provides agritourism activities, whether or not for a fee. An important term within this definition is ‘agritourism,’ which means ‘an agriculturally related educational, entertainment, historical, cultural or recreational activity, including you-pick operations or farm markets, conducted on a farm that allows or invites members of the general public to observe, participate in, or enjoy that activity.’” This definition can include a broad range of activities, such as wine tastings, educational classes, corn mazes and other recreational activities, farm tours, and farm festivals. Note, however, that the agritourism definition requires that the activity be on a “farm,” which the law further defines as:At least 10 acres of land (composed of tracts, lots, or parcels), that is used for “agricultural production,” which means the land is used for “commercial aquaculture, algaculture, apiculture, animal husbandry, poultry husbandry; the production for a commercial purpose of timber, field crops, tobacco, fruits, vegetables, nursery stock, ornamental shrubs, ornamental trees, flowers, or sod; the growth of timber for a noncommercial purpose if the land on which the timber is grown is contiguous to or part of a parcel of land under common ownership that is otherwise devoted exclusively to agricultural use; or any combination of such husbandry, production, or growth; and includes the processing, drying, storage, and marketing of agricultural products when those activities are conducted in conjunction with such husbandry, production, or growth”Or, less than 10 acres of land if there is an average yearly gross income of at least $2,500 from “agricultural production” on the land.Post required signs. Every “agritourism provider” must “post and maintain” warning signs in order to receive the law’s liability protection. The purpose of this provision is to inform participants that they are voluntarily assuming the risks of many of the harms that are inherent to being on a farm. The warning signs or sign templates are available through Ohio State University Extension South Centers and Ohio Farm Bureau. Each sign must:Be placed in a clearly visible location at or near each entrance to the agritourism location or at the site of each agritourism activity;Contain the following statement, in black letters measuring at least one inch high:WARNING: Under Ohio law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if that injury or death results from the inherent risks of that agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, but are not limited to, the risk of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals as well as the potential for you as a participant to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity. Immunity from what?The agritourism immunity law states that an agritourism provider is immune, or protected from liability, in any civil action for an injury to a person participating in the agritourism activity as long as that person was injured due to a “risk inherent in an agritourism activity.” An “inherent risk” is a “danger or condition that is an integral part of an agritourism activity,” that would be difficult for an agritourism provider to completely minimize. According to the law, “inherent risks” include:The surface and subsurface conditions of the land;The behavior or actions of wild animals not kept by or under the control of an agritourism provider;The behavior or actions of domestic animals other than vicious or dangerous dogs;The ordinary dangers associated with structures or equipment ordinarily used in farming or ranching operations;The possibility of contracting illness resulting from physical contact with animals, animal feed, animal waste, or surfaces contaminated by animal waste;The possibility that a participant may act in a negligent manner, including by failing to follow instructions given by the agritourism provider or by failing to exercise reasonable caution while engaging in the agritourism activity that may contribute to injury to that participant or another participant.If a participant in an agritourism activity is harmed and sues the agritourism provider for injuries caused by any of the above situations, the law protects the provider from any liability or monetary responsibility for those injuries. In addition, the law specifically states that an agritourism provider is not required to eliminate such inherent risks on the property. Exceptions to immunityAlthough the agritourism immunity law provides civil immunity under certain circumstances, the immunity is not absolute. The law also states that an agritourism provider could be legally responsible for injury to a participant if the agritourism provider:Fails to post and maintain signs (discussed above)Acts with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of the participant,Purposefully causes harm to the participant,Acts or fails to act in a way that constitutes criminal conduct that causes harm to the participant,Has or should have actual knowledge of an existing dangerous condition that is not an inherent risk, and does not make the dangerous condition known to the participant. Use the agritourism law to your advantageAgritourism activities can provide many benefits, such as additional income and diversification opportunities for farmers, unique cultural and recreational experiences for farm visitors and education about agriculture. But there are always liability risks to having people on the farm, which can impact a farmer’s risk exposure. Take advantage of the agritourism immunity law by ensuring that the operation qualifies for its provisions and does not fall within any of the exceptions from immunity protection. Even with this liability protection, however, operators should continuously assess the property for safety risks to minimize the possibility of visitor injuries.The agritourism immunity law is in Ohio Revised Code section 901.80. For further information, see our Agritourism Law Bulletin and a previous post, which also explain the agritourism law’s protections from county and township zoning for agritourism operations.last_img read more

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How to Create Pretty URLs for CouchDB Websites (Video)

first_imgHosting websites out of CouchDB from Max Ogden on Vimeo. klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… CouchDB developer Max Ogden explains how he uses vhosts and rewrites in CouchDB to serve up his blog with pretty permalinks instead of long, ugly URLs.If you want to know more about what Ogden is doing with CouchDB, you can check out our two part interview with him. Tags:#hack#How To Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts last_img

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Battle for top 2 ends here

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Both the Gin Kings and the Beermen will actually tie the Hotshots at 9-2, but Star lost to both squads in the elimination round and will end up having the inferior quotient in the tiebreaker.And Ginebra coach Tim Cone is making it no secret that they’re going to go for it—and that they’re not about to give the Hotshots a free ride.“Needless to say, we really want that top seed,” Cone said. “[But] that doesn’t mean that just because we want it, we’re going to get it. You’re never given anything in our league. You have to earn it, and we’ll have to earn it with our execution and hard work.“Nothing comes easy in the PBA,” he said.Finishing 1-2 will do a lot of good, as it could mean an extended rest while they await their quarterfinal foes.ADVERTISEMENT And in a playoff format this long, that will come in handy.GlobalPort is playing a lot better with its retooled lineup and a new import in Justin Harper, and coach Franz Pumaren knows how critical this outing is in the Batang Pier’s own drive to make the playoffs.An upset would give GlobalPort No. 6 seeding and put them in a best-of-three series against No. 3, while a loss would see the Batang Pier clashing with Phoenix Petroleum in a KO match for No. 8 for the right to play the No. 1 team, which it will then need to beat two straight times to advance.A GlobalPort victory would also make defending champion Rain or Shine the seventh seed.“For us to compete, we need to play our best game. Collective effort will be the key to our success,” Pumaren said.Victories by Ginebra and San Miguel would not only make Star No. 3 but it would also make Alaska the No. 7 seed—and San Miguel’s quarterfinal foe.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alberto eyes repeat Superbikes win LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games The script couldn’t have been written better than this one.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds The top two places in the playoffs of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup will be decided when the final horn of the elimination round sounds on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao as sister teams San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra and idle Star hog the limelight.A critical twinbill pitting the Beermen against GlobalPort and the Gin Kings versus Mahindra will be played, with the Hotshots’ twice-to-beat fortunes hanging by a thread even though the last day of classification starts with Star on top of the heap.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Miguel battles the Batang Pier in the 4:15 p.m. contest and Ginebra slugs it out with the Floodbuster with the finalists in the Philippine Cup bagging the quarterfinal bonus with victories while relegating the Hotshots into a much tougher best-of-three series as No. 3.Ginebra will emerge as the No. 1 team with a win, while San Miguel will nab second seeding with a victory of its own.center_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

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Doping: Sports minister to meet NIS doctor for evidence

first_imgSports minister Ajay Maken has called Sajib Kumar Nandi, a junior scientific officer with the Sports Authority of India (SAI), for a meeting on Thursday, a day after the latter was allegedly assaulted by the security staff at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala.Ajay MakenThe security personnel at the NIS, Patiala, allegedly assaulted Nandi, who is credited for blowing the whistle on the systemic doping of athletes.He said he was manhandled when he attempted to enter the sports complex to meet Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal, who is probing the issues related to the positive dope cases of eight Indian athletes.He said that the security personnel prevented him from entering the premises. The security personnel told him that senior SAI officials had directed them not to let Nandi enter the premises.Nandi claims that he has evidence which could help Mudgal in his investigation but the NIS; Patiala staff denied him a meeting with the former chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.”At around 3 pm today, I tried to go inside the campus to seek an appointment with Mukul Mudgal. I had a presentation to make before him which can help him in his investigation into the doping scandal in Indian athletics,” Nandi said.”I was pushed and one security guard held my hand. They said that they had orders against my entry into the NIS premises. I asked them to show me the orders after which they assaulted me,” he alleged.However, Maken has called him for a meeting on Thursday and the sports minister will look into the evidence that Nandi claims to have.advertisementNandi blew the lid off SAI’s role in facilitating doping at its various centres across the country and claimed that organised doping was taking place over there in which SAI officials, federations and coaches were also involved.Nandi has neither been suspended nor dismissed but since 2005, he is not on the payroll of the SAI and stays out of the premises of NIS Patiala, where he was appointed in 1990.Sonia’s ‘B’ Sample PositiveMeanwhile, shot putter Sonia’s ‘B’ sample has also returned positive and she now faces a two- year ban.Sonia tested positive for the anabolic steroid methandienone.The chairman of the anti-doping disciplinary panel will now fix a date for her hearing where she will put forth her defence.Long jumper Hari Krishan Muralidharan’s ‘B’ sample report is expected to be out on Thursday.last_img read more

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Cabinet to Review National Seed Policy

first_imgStory Highlights The National Seed Policy, which is now a White Paper, is to be submitted to Cabinet for review, says Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw. The goal of the policy is to establish a sustainable seed system that ensures consistent and reliable supply of clean, affordable and accessible seeds, in support of agricultural production, productivity, food security and biodiversity. Addressing a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) for the refurbishing of the Bodles Research Station’s seed laboratory and storage facility on April 25 at the Ministry, in New Kingston, Mr. Shaw said there have been some positive developments in the area. The National Seed Policy, which is now a White Paper, is to be submitted to Cabinet for review, says Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw.The goal of the policy is to establish a sustainable seed system that ensures consistent and reliable supply of clean, affordable and accessible seeds, in support of agricultural production, productivity, food security and biodiversity.Addressing a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Ministry and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) for the refurbishing of the Bodles Research Station’s seed laboratory and storage facility on April 25 at the Ministry, in New Kingston, Mr. Shaw said there have been some positive developments in the area.“Through the Clean Seed Development Programme, we have made some strides with the production of clean seeds for both Irish and sweet potato, using biotechnology. The seed programme also currently produces Scotch bonnet pepper, pumpkin, corn and sorrel seeds, which are sold to our farmers,” the Minister informed.He added that the initiative is at the forefront of the Government’s push to boost agricultural production, and that further expansion is needed.“Building on those achievements, our proposal is to strengthen the capacity of the Bodles Station and to embark on a comprehensive redevelopment programme there, so that the research and development arm of the Ministry can be revitalised to better serve the needs of the agricultural sector,” the Minister said.He pointed out that this growth thrust will require more seeds and seedlings, so farmers can have what they need to expand their production and productivity.The Minister anticipates that the Research and Development Division, through its seed production and storage programme, will deliver these.The objectives of the National Seed Policy are (a) to facilitate development, evaluation and maintenance of pest-resistant high-yielding varieties that are adaptive to given local agroecological zones and challenges posed by climate change; (b) increase availability and access to clean seed to meet production requirements; (c) improve regulation and monitoring of the seed industry to ensure adherence to quality standards; (d) improve the sustainable marketing and distribution of seeds; and (e) protect national plant genetic resources.last_img read more

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ACV launches 2019 Canada Collection appoints newest ASM

first_img Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Share ACV launches 2019 Canada Collection, appoints newest ASM Tags: Air Canada Vacations, New Hires MONTREAL — The latest news from Air Canada Vacations includes a new Area Sales Manager in Quebec as well as the debut of the company’s 2019 Canada Collection.The new collection features 91 vacation packages, which include flight and hotel accommodations, options for stays ranging from three to fifteen nights, and the ability to combine two or more regions.“When we dream about our next vacation, we often think of adventures in far away places,” says ACV’s Managing Director Nino Montagnese. “Our goal with our Canada Collection is to highlight our country’s charm through well-designed, convenient travel packages that let Canadians experience untamed tundra and city flair found in their own backyard.”The Canada Collection has been enhanced to include 10 of the greatest ski resorts in Western Canada and three in Quebec, he adds, plus options for non-skiers like snowmobiling, dogsledding and wildlife adventures.It also offers up golfing, camping, cruises and urban getaways as well as Fly & Drive and Fly & Rail vacation options. Packages come with possible inclusions for ski mountain transfers, lift tickets, train tickets or complimentary camping gear, among others.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAir Canada Vacations has also partnered with Trafalgar to offer additional guided tours.All packages come with roundtrip flights from 63 Canadian cities aboard Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge, as well as hotel accommodations and options for guided tours, activities and car rentals. Clients can benefit from free seat selection, a $100 future travel credit and 2,000 bonus Aeroplan Miles per couple.Meanwhile, in Quebec, ACV is welcoming Mary-Gina Mercier as its newest Area Sales Manager – Quebec. Mercier will cover Downtown & South Shore Montreal, as well as the regions of Estrie, Lanaudiere and Mauricie.Mary-Gina MercierMercier joins ACV’s Quebec Sales team with 14 years of marketing and sales experience. The team also includes Veronica Di Ruocco representing the regions of North Laval and Montreal, the Laurentians, Outaouais, and Ottawa, and Dave Boudreau representing the region of Montreal, South Laval, Quebec City, Estrie and East of Quebec. The Quebec sales team is led by David Côté.More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsMercier can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

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