Hetmyer, Klautky named GBTI Brand Ambassadors

first_imgGBTI this week created much excitement as it took its Brand Ambassadors cricketing star Shimron Hetmyer and national hockey and tennis champion Sarah Klautky on a familiarisation meet-and-greet at its Georgetown and Berbice branches.At the Regent and Water Streets branches, customers, fans and staff were excited to meet the young stars and engaged them briefly, offering words of encouragement and using the opportunity also to request autographs and photos.For both Hetmyer and Klautky, it was the first time taking time off to meet and interact with fans. They expressed gratitude to the banking institution for believing in them and throwing its support behind them.“It’s good because young people don’t always have the support from (large companies) and parents can’t always afford to finance their children’s sportsNational hockey and tennis champion Sarah Klautky, one of GBTI’s Brand Ambassadors, meets with customersgoals,” Hetmyer said, noting that the interactions have been “fantastic”.Klautky shared similar sentiments, observing that field hockey and tennis were not very popular sports locally, but she intended to popularise them.Meanwhile, GBTI is proud to have these two young sports personalities represent its brand and looks forward to working with them to change lives and provide opportunities in Guyana.“Sports and culture help define us as Guyanese and we see Guyanese for who we are. It is only fitting, therefore, that we support what fosters love and unity and what makes us Guyanese,” the financial institution noted.Customers and fans in Berbice were also given the opportunity to meet and interact with the star Guyanese cricketer before he joins the West Indies squad for the upcoming England tour in the Caribbean.last_img read more

Stag Beer, Survival Group of Companies show support

first_imgGuyana Softball Cup 2018…The Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) has this past week officially launched its tournament – the Guyana Softball Cup 2018 – which is slated to be played under floodlights during the period October 26-28 at venues in Georgetown and the East Coast of Demerara.Ansa McAl’s Faris Mohamed making a point during the launchDeemed one of the biggest softball tournaments in the world — bigger than the Orlando Cup, the Fort Lauderhill Cup, the New York Cup and the Canadian Cup — the tournament has attracted the support of beverage giant Ansa McAl through its Lucozade, Stag and ICool Water brands.At launch of the 2018 tournament, Ansa McAl’s Faris Mohamed said the company is very privileged to be on board, as this year will now make it the seventh since partnering with the Guyana Softball Cup.Mohamed also said the tournament has taken the beverage giant places across the Caribbean, and even overseas; and that is why it continuously attracts support from ANSA.Another noted sponsor is the Survival Group of Companies, which has been a continuous sponsor of this tournament.Mark DeFreitas, the company’s Assistant Manager, said, “The Survival Group of Companies has been a continuous supporter of the GFSCA and the Guyana Softball Cup for the last seven years, and we are proud that we have made the right decision to support the Softball Cup to this level, and that it has been getting bigger and better every year.”DeFreitas promised that as long as the tournament continues, Survival will continue to sponsor it in bigger and better ways.DeFreitas encouraged fans to come out and support their teams, as prizes are going to be given out at the finals; such as a trip for three lucky couples to the majestic Kaieteur Falls and Orinduik Falls, compliments of Survival Travel Agency.Throughout its existence, sponsors have been integral to the successful staging of this tournament, and to its evolving into being the kind of prestigious tournament it is today.Some of the sponsors on board the staging of this tournament are: Ansa McAl, Mike’s Pharmacy, Rubis Guyana, Trophy Stall, Survival Group of Companies, A and R Jewanram Printery, Rohan’s Auto Spares, Steve’s Jewellery, Ramchand’s Auto Spares, Clear Water, Busta, WJ Enterprise, and Nand Persaud & Company Limited.last_img read more

Anderson slams unbeaten 128 as Rose Hall Town Pepsi clinch title

first_imgBCB/Shimron Hetmyer 2019 Intermediate Tournament…West Indies under-19 selectee Kevlon Anderson showed his class and demonstrated why he is widely regarded as Guyana’s best youth batsman when he stroked a majestic 128 not out to lead his team, Rose Hall Town Pepsi, to a 19-run victory over Albion in the finals of the Shimron Hetmyer/Berbice Cricket Board Intermediate tournament on Saturday last.Seon Hetmyer handing over the Championship Trophy to RHT Pepsi captain Shawn PereiraPlaying in front of a sizeable crowd at the Port Mourant Ground, Anderson used his feet well to tackle the all-spin Albion bowling attack, which comprised Kevin Umroa, Beesham Surujnarine, Devindra Latchman, Gourav Ramesh, Sarwan Chaitnarine, Kandasammy Surujnarine and Ramesh Kasinauth.Having won the toss, Rose Hall Town elected to bat on a dry pitch. They lost the attacking Kevin Sinclair for five in the second over, when off-spinner Surujnarine trapped him in front after he missed a sweep shot.Anderson, batting at the crucial number three position, joined fellow national junior player Junior Sinclair, and they repaired their team’s innings by adding 95 crucial runs in 20 overs before Sinclair was caught off left-arm spinner Gourav Ramesh for a well-crafted 35, which included three boundaries.Surendra Kissoonlall and Anderson continued the repair job by adding another 55 runs for the third wicket, before Kissoonlall (18) sacrificed his wicket by getting involved in a mix-up with Anderson.The winning RHT Pepsi team pose with Seon Hetmyer and BCB officialsFormer Berbice Under 19 all-rounder Keith Simpson then joined Anderson, and they took the score to 173 before Simpson was seemingly unlucky to be given out caught at the wicket by Ritesh Umroa for 07.Anderson reached his century with a single to extra cover in the 38th over, before opening his arm to score 28 off the last nine balls of his innings (128 not out), which included ten boundaries and two massive sixes.Former National Under 15 batsman Jonathan Rampersaud was the other unbeaten batsman on two.Bowling for Albion, Beesham Surujnarine, Gourav Ramesh and Sarwan Chaitnarine each took one wicket: for 31, 34 and 23 respectively.Needing to score 207 from 240 deliveries, Albion lost Jetendra Outar (00) and captain Kandasammy Surujnarine (01) to find themselves reeling at 12 for 2 in the 3rd over.Former National Under 19 pacer Sylus Tyndall, in a fiery opening spell, had Outar caught behind by Kevin Sewraj, while Surujnarine’s wickets were sent flying. National Under 17 batsman Sarwan Chaitnarine and Berbice Under 17 player Reyad Karim struggled to get the ball away in a 3rd wicket partnership before Karim threw away his wicket to off-spinner Junior Sinclair for 21.Kevin Sinclair then dismissed Chaitnarine for 09, Ritesh Umroa and Ramesh Kasinauth added 31 runs, but left-arm spinner Keith Simpson broke the partnership when Kasinauth was caught at the wicket with Albion on 84 for 5 in the 22nd over. Big hitting Anthonio February joined Umroa, and together they took the attack to the Rose Hall Pepsi team before leg-spinner Shawn Pereira had February caught by Keith Simpson for 26, and then Kevin Sinclair dismissed Umroa for 56.Albion eventually were dismissed for 187 off 39.3 overs to suffer a 19-run defeat despite a quick-fire 26 by Devendra Latchman batting at No 9. Bowling for the champions, Sylus Tyndall took 2 for 15 (5 overs), Kevin Sinclair 2 for 53 (8 overs), Junior Sinclair took 3 for 18, Shawn Pereira took 2 for 31 (8 overs), and Keith Simpson took 1 for 29 as the successful bowlers.Anderson was named Man of the Finals, while the champions and runners-up took home $100,000.00 and $50,000.00 respectively along with trophies.BCB President Hilbert Foster praised both teams for playing a final game of the highest order, and for doing so in an atmosphere of friendliness.Rose Hall Town and Albion, as the top two clubs in Berbice, have a duty to lead by example, and Foster has hailed the relationship that the clubs currently enjoy.The BCB boss also expressed gratitude to West Indies player Shimron Hetmyer for his sponsorship of the tournament, which serves as a bridge between Second and First Division players. Foster has said that at the end of his twenty-two-month term in December, a record 58 tournament would have been completed at the schools, U13, U15, U17, U19, U21, female,second division, double wickets, intermediate, internal zone and first division levels. He said he is very pleased when cricketers assist administrators to develop the game, and hailed Hetmyer as a true Berbician for remembering where his career started.last_img read more

Today’s primaries

first_imgSome of the key state races to watch in today’s elections: IOWA GOVERNOR: Secretary of State Chet Culver competes against former Economic Development Director Mike Blouin for the Democratic nomination. The winner will face Republican Rep. Jim Nussle in November. Gov. Tom Vilsack did not seek a third term, saying only that he wanted to do something different. But Vilsack is the focus of speculation that he may run for president in 2008. HOUSE: Nussle’s decision to run for governor leaves his House seat open, and each party has three candidates seeking a place on the fall ballot. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2MONTANA SENATE: State Auditor John Morrison and state Senate President Jon Tester lead the race for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Conrad Burns, whose poll numbers have sagged because of his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Burns was expected to prevail easily over several GOP challengers. ALABAMA GOVERNOR: Republican Gov. Bob Riley faces a challenge from former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was ousted after he defied a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse. On the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley competes against former Gov. Don Siegelman, who is on trial in federal court on bribery charges. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: George C. Wallace Jr., son of the former Alabama governor, is running in the GOP primary for lieutenant governor against two political newcomers. CHIEF JUSTICE: Tom Parker, an associate justice who says state courts can ignore U.S. Supreme Court precedents, is running for chief justice against the man who was appointed to fill Moore’s post. Three other Supreme Court candidates hold similar views on the precedent issue and are challenging GOP incumbents. GAY MARRIAGE: Voters are expected to approve overwhelmingly a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. NEW JERSEY SENATE: Tom Kean Jr., son of a popular former New Jersey governor, is expected to prevail against political newcomer John Ginty in the Republican primary. On the Democratic side, Sen. Robert Menendez faced little opposition from challenger James D. Kelly, a mental patient who has never held office. Menendez, a former congressman, was appointed in January to serve out Sen. Jon Corzine’s term after Corzine was elected governor. HOUSE: In the race to fill Menendez’s House seat, former state House Speaker Albio Sires is expected to win the Democratic primary against Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas. Sires also is running against Democrat James Geron in a special election to fill the final two months of Menendez’s term. SOUTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR: Democrats Jack Billion and Dennis Wiese compete to determine who will challenge Gov. Mike Rounds, a Republican, in the fall. Rounds is heavily favored to win another term. MISSISSIPPI CONGRESS: State lawmaker Chuck Espy is one of two Democrats seeking to unseat six-term Rep. Bennie Thompson. Espy’s uncle, Mike Espy, was elected to the seat in 1986, becoming Mississippi’s first black congressman since Reconstruction. Mike Espy left the House in 1993 to become President Clinton’s secretary of agriculture. NEW MEXICO SENATE: Three Republicans are competing for a chance to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman in the fall.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Portugal v Spain: World Cup 2018 preview, predicted line-ups, plus more

first_imgThe 2018 World Cup is under way and the games are coming thick and fast, and it’s now time for the first blockbuster clash as Portugal play Spain in Group B.Both sides are favourites to progress to the knockout stages having been drawn with Morocco and Iran, but the two teams will want to register a win to start the tournament.  Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup Good times SUPERSTITION You’re the one Pure class Portugal players celebrate scoring in a pre-World Cup 2018 friendly against Algeria Fallon d’Floor LU BEAUTY diamond geezer 3 misery NO JOY Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers 3center_img talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Meanwhile Spain will be hoping their manager swap, which saw Fernando Hierro replace Julen Lopetegui at late notice after the latter signed a deal to become the Real Madrid boss, doesn’t hurt them too much.The tie is being played at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, with the match kicking off at 7pm and you can hear it live on talkSPORT.What the managers and players are sayingJoao Moutinho (Portugal)“Portugal is among the candidates to take this cup home. It is normal to have other favourites given all they have achieved. We are European champions but that doesn’t give us the right to be favourites.“We have a young and focussed team and an ambitious team that is aiming high.” Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Latest World Cup news Spain legend Fernando Hierro is presented as the head coach to replace Julen Lopetegui. Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Fernando Hierro (Spain): “Our goal is to fight for the World Cup trophy and that is what I have told them [the players]. It [the coach replacement] will not serve as an excuse.“I told the players that we have an exciting challenge ahead of us and we cannot think of anything that will keep us from [achieving] our dream.”Key PlayersPortugal:  No one but Cristiano Ronaldo could be named Portugal’s key player, even though the nation’s greatest ever international success – winning the Euro 2016 final – occurred with him on the pitch for just 25 minutes. Santos’ cautious approach means Ronaldo must take on a majority of Selecao’s attacking play, and goals will be hard to come by if he is not playing. He netted 15 times in qualifying, almost 50 per cent of Portugal’s entire goal haul, but he does spread them around; he found the net in seven of the nine games in which he played.Spain: There are a number of goalscorers in Spain’s squad, but finding a reliable striker has been hard since the 2014 World Cup. Alvaro Morata was left out of the squad, meaning Diego Costa will likely lead the line for La Roja. Costa has finally established himself as an important player for Spain having struggled following the change of his international allegiance in 2013. He was their joint top scorer in qualifying, with five goals in five games, and he has netted seven times for Atletico Madrid since joining them in January. One of the hardest strikers in the world to defend against, Costa brings a consistent goal threat to Spain, and he’ll also alleviate the pressure on the attacking midfield players such as Isco, David Silva and Andres Iniesta, allowing them more time and space to express themselves in the final third.Predicted XIsPortugal: Rui Patricio; Raphael Guerreiro, Jose Fonte, Pepe, Cedric; Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, William, Bernardo Silva; Cristiano Ronaldo, Goncalo GuedesSpain: David De Gea; Jordi Alba, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Nacho; Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara; Andres Iniesta, Isco, David Silva; Diego Costa Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches 3 Shy guy Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho talks ahead of their World Cup 2018 match with Spain. Where can I stream Portugal v Spain?The fourth game of World Cup 2018 in Russia will be live on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you commentary from 7pm.You can listen live by clicking this link – Portugal v Spain. Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup last_img read more

FALCARRAGH ARTIST’S COLLECTIVE TO ILLUMINATE DONEGAL SKIES ON ALL-IRELAND WEEKEND

first_imgCos‡n Glas artists who will exhibit in the exhibitions.It’s not just the thousands of Donegal supporters with their ‘Welcome home Sam’ bonfires that will (hopefully) illuminate the Donegal skyline on All-Ireland weekend.An Cosán Glas, a Gaeltacht based artists collective, promise to get the All-Ireland weekend off to a bright and luminous start by offering the Donegal public a chance to view their beautiful, illuminated sculptures on the Friday night before the game.As part of the nationwide Culture Night festival, the group will host two separate exhibitions in Donegal: the ‘Loinnir’ sculpture trail which will take place in Letterkenny Town Park as part of Letterkenny Culture night; and a smaller, more intimate illuminated sculpture exhibition to be held in a factory unit in Falcarragh as part of the Gaeltacht Culture Night. Over 20 Donegal artists will participate in the exhibtions. This is the fourth year in a row that the ‘Loinnir’ exhibition will be held in the Letterkenny Town park. The exhibition proves to be the highlight of the Letterkeny Culture Night every year and attracts over 2,000 people to the park.The 2013 Loinnir Sculpture TrailAs in previous years, a number of illuminated sculptures and installations will be littered throughout the park, creating a trail that the public can follow. It promises to provide a magical, sumptuous and breath-taking atmosphere (more subdued than Croke Park, perhaps, but equally inspiring!).Donegal County Council’s Cultural Services Department who co-ordinate Culture Night in Letterkenny are delighted that the Loinnir exhibition is returning to the Town Park yet again this year. Expressing his delight, the Council’s Arts Officer, Traolach Ó Fionnáin had this to say:“The Cosán Glas exhibition in the town park promises to be yet another spectacular and it is sure to enthral audiences, especially as this will be the first large scale public showing of this particular body of work. We have organised a number of exciting events in Letterkenny for Culture Night and this undoubtably will be the centrepiece of the night. With another Cosán Glas exhibition taking place in Falcarragh, the group are going to set the tone for what promises to be a very colourful and exciting weekend in Donegal” For the Gaeltacht Culture Night, An Cosán Glas embark on a new venture, selecting sculptures from previous outdoor shows and exhibiting them within a new context, in the darkened space of an empty factory building, thus creating a different magical ambience.Gaeltacht audiences are very familiar with An Cosán Glas’s work; the Gaeltacht based group hold a large night-time exhibition on Magheroarty beach every summer, where a sculpture trail is created over a 4km stretch of the beach .This huge production is always well received with thousands of people attending the event. Although much smaller in scale to the Magheroarty production, Annjo Nic Ghiolla Cearr of An Cosan Glas believes that the Culture Night exhibition in Falcarragh will be as equally appealing to audiences as the Magheroarty exhibition.Miss Nic Giolla Chearr said “The Culture night exhibition in Falcarragh is different from what we normally do. It is being held indoors and it is on a smaller scale. However, it will offer audiences a more intimate experience, offering them a different perspective and understanding of our work. It is certain to possess its own dynamic and will have its own unique atmosphere. I believe it will be as equally enthralling and magical as our other exhibitions have being to date and I’m sure the Donegal public will love it. And, the tranquil atmosphere might be the perfect way to calm the nerves before the big match!!”Local musicians and artists will perform in Falcarragh on the night, something that is sure to add to the flavour of the occasion. Culture Night in the Gaeltacht is being organised by Ealaín na Gaeltachta, the organisation responsible for the development of the arts in Gaeltacht. A host of other events are being planned, including a magical mystery arts and crafts bus tour, where the public will be brought to the workspaces of artists and craftspeople and will have an opportunity to see them at work. Both exhibitions will be held on Friday 19th September. The Letterkenny event will take place in Letterkenny Town Park from 6pm – 10pm while the Falcarragh event will be on from 8pm to 10pm. This exhibition will also be open on Saturdy evening. Both events are free, so, this might be the best way to ‘ignite’ your All Ireland Weekend.FALCARRAGH ARTIST’S COLLECTIVE TO ILLUMINATE DONEGAL SKIES ON ALL-IRELAND WEEKEND was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:artistsdonegalFalcarraghilluminatelast_img read more

Cycads to be saved by DNA

first_imgCycads growing wild in the forest ofthe Rain Queen Modjadji.(Image: South Africa Tourism) MEDIA CONTACTS • Philip RousseauUJ Dept of Botany and Plant Biotechnology+27 11 559 3477 or +27 73 545 7056• Herman EsterhuizenUJ media relations+27 11 559 6653 or + 27 72 129 0777Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s rare and sought-after cycads are to be protected by a new DNA barcoding initiative that will help clamp down on illicit trade in the endangered plants.Botany masters student Philip Rousseau, under the guidance of Professor Michelle van der Bank of the Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), initiated the project in January 2010. His aim is to preserve the ancient plants, which are often sold illegally to eager collectors in the US and Far East.The database will focus specifically on plants from the Encephalartos genus, as these are native to Africa, with 39 species occurring in South Africa alone. The country also is home to one species from the genus Stangeria, S. eriopus.The name Encephalartos comes from the Greek words en (within), kephali (head), and artos (bread). This refers to the traditional use of the pith of the stem as a starchy food, a practice reflected in the Afrikaans name broodboom (“bread tree”).“This project forms part of a global initiative, known as TreeBOL, to DNA barcode all the trees of the world within the next five years,” said Van der Bank. “UJ will generate a library of reference barcoding sequences for all cycad species, which will enable researchers and custom officials to identify specimens.”UJ is driving the African section of TreeBOL.According to the regulations South Africans need a permit to own a cycad, with one permit issued for every plant. Although the country’s laws are among the tightest in the world where cycads are concerned, officials have a difficult time with smugglers transporting valuable plants under the name of a less endangered species.In great demandNow modern technology is set to stop thieves in their tracks. The barcode library will deter illegal trade in cycads by preventing unscrupulous dealers and buyers from presenting rare plants as more common species. As visual identification is almost impossible once the leaves have been stripped for transport purposes, DNA will provide conservation officials with a foolproof way of identifying seized cycads.Plants are regularly stolen from protected areas and botanical gardens or simply dug out of their natural areas. In one such case, in January 2008, 103 extremely rare specimens with a value of US$1.3-million (R10-million), were plucked from the Lillie floral reserve in Limpopo province.Ruthless buyers, who are willing to pay $13 500 (R100 000) or more for cycads, ignore the fact that the plants take up to 800 years to grow tall stems, and that they are endangered in their native habitats because of excessive demand.Encephalartos cerinus, for example, was only described in 1989, but subsequent demand and poaching of the plant led to it tottering on the brink of extinction mere months after its discovery. Other species may have been wiped out before they were even discovered.Several cycad species are now extinct in the wild, while the numbers of others have dwindled alarmingly. In South Africa three of the 38 indigenous species are extinct in the wild – they are Encephalartos woodii, E. brevifoliolatus and E. nubimontanus. The cycad specialist group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified 12 more as critically endangered, and a further 13 as threatened.According to Dr John Donaldson of the IUCN cycad specialist group, South Africa has a disproportionately high number of critically endangered cycads. “We certainly are on the cusp of extinctions. We have a lot of rare plants that are down to less than 100 individuals in the wild,” he said.In recent years botanists have implanted microchips, which can only be read with a scanner, into rare cycads. This enables authorities to identify stolen plants and trace their rightful owners. The technology has proved effective on a number of occasions, although some canny thieves try to extract and get rid of the transponders. The DNA technology will overcome this hurdle.Plants of myth and legendThe palm-like cycads are the oldest seed plants on earth, with fossils dating back to the Early Permian period, about 280-million years ago. This puts the leafy specimens on the scene even before the Jurassic period when dinosaurs flourished.Just over 300 species have been described to date, falling into 10–12 genera and two or three families (the number of genera and families varies according to the taxonomic viewpoint).Cycads are found in the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, America and Australasia. They have given rise to many myths and intriguing stories, and whole cultures have developed around them.One of the most famous is that of Ga-Modjadji, a rural community of over 150 villages near Tzaneen in Limpopo province, ruled by the Rain Queen Modjadji of the Lobedu people.The Modjadji dynasty is some 400 years old, but since the sixth Rain Queen, Makobo, died in 2005 at the age of 27, no heir has been chosen. The Rain Queen is always succeeded by her eldest daughter and Makobo did give birth to a daughter, now almost four years old, but as her father was a commoner it is said to be unlikely that the Royal Council will accept her as the next queen.The Rain Queen is believed to have special powers, including the ability to control clouds and rain. Farmers in the area are particularly respectful of her abilities. The annual rainmaking ceremony takes place at the royal compound in Khetlhakone village in November each year, at the start of the rainy season.The Modjadji cycad forest is a well-known tourist attraction which has been tended by the Balobedu for centuries. Here the Modjadji cycad, Encephalartos transvenosus, grows in abundance. The then-reigning queen passed stewardship of the 305ha forest to the South African government, who subsequently proclaimed it as a protected area in 1979.last_img read more

Pirates claim back-to-back PSL titles

first_imgThe University of Pretoria lifted the National First Division (NFD) title to secure a spot in the PSL next season. Chippa United and Thanda Royal Zulu, after finishing second and third respectively in the NFD, will face Santos in playoff matches for the remaining PSL place. Orlando Pirates secured back-to-back Premier Soccer League (PSL) titles on Saturday, when they preserved their two-point lead at the top of the standings with a 4-2 victory over Golden Arrows at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Jomo Cosmos continued the club’s yo-yo existence of winning promotion and immediately being relegated as they won only two of their 30 games whilst drawing 13 times. They finished eight points lower than the second bottom club, Santos. Gavin Hunt again did wonders with SuperSport United as the club finished third, four points behind Pirates and ahead of big money clubs Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, after they closed the season with a 2-1 victory at Bloemfontein Celtic. QuitThe Brazilian quit at the beginning of April after being suspended in March. The club’s comment at the time was that Leal had said he “could not see a way forward”. The Cape Town club managed a 1-0 win over Cosmos on the last day of the season, but when Black Leopards beat Ajax Cape Town 3-1, Santos was consigned to the playoffs for a place in the PSL next season. Augusto Palacios was appointed to take over from Leal and Pirates responded while some other teams faltered as the season headed towards its climax. Change of fortuneFor Swallows, it was a remarkable season considering how they had narrowly avoided relegation in the 2010/11 season. PSL CHAMPIONS Much of that had to do with Igesund’s ability to get the best out of striker Siyabonga Nomvethe. At the age of 34, Nomvethe produced 20 goals, far and away the leading mark in the league, with Eleazar Rodgers of Santos finishing second with 12 goals to his name. Only one team, Moroka Swallows, had a chance to catch Pirates when the final round of matches began, but Pirates’ victory prevented the Birds from snatching the title on the final weekend. Swallows, though, did all they could do, defeating Maritzburg United 1-0 away from home to finish only two points behind the Buccaneers. 2011/12: Orlando Pirates2010/11: Orlando Pirates 2009/10: SuperSport United 2008/09: SuperSport United 2007/08: SuperSport United 2006/07: Mamelodi Sundowns 2005/06: Mamelodi Sundowns 2004/05: Kaizer Chiefs 2003/04: Kaizer Chiefs 2002/03: Orlando Pirates 2001/02: Santos 2000/01: Orlando Pirates 1999/00: Mamelodi Sundowns 1998/99: Mamelodi Sundowns 1997/98: Mamelodi Sundowns 1996/97: Manning Rangers 21 May 2012 At the time, the Soweto giants were lying second in the league, but had lost in the preliminary round of the Caf Champions League and had been beaten in the last-16 of the Nedbank Cup by Free State Stars. Despite the fact that they repeated as champions, it was far from a smooth season for Pirates. Club owner Irvin Khoza’s very questionable decision to part ways with coach Ruud Krol after Pirates’ won three titles the previous season came back to haunt him when Krol’s replacement, Jairo Leal, failed to get the results the Buccaneers were capable of. DisappointingFor a club with the financial resources of Sundowns, finishing fourth was a disappointing season. For supporters of fan favourites Kaizer Chiefs, a fifth place finish was even more disappointing and that fact was underlined by the dismissal of coach Vladimir Vermezovic in April with seven matches remaining in the season. Poor seasonOn the subject of Ajax Cape Town, it was a poor season for the team which had gone into the final fixture of the previous season two points clear of Pirates, but ended up missing out on the title on goal difference. This time around they managed only ninth place, winning 11 matches, drawing seven and losing 12 times. The club’s change of fortune began the previous when Gordon Igesund, a winner of league titles with Manning Rangers, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Santos, was hired and helped Swallows avoid relegation. Given a full season in charge, Igesund lifted the Birds to second in the league as they became the highest scoring team in the PSL. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

USDA announces proposed rule to modernize swine inspection

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced its continued effort to modernize inspection systems through science-based approaches to food safety. USDA is proposing to amend the federal meat inspection regulations to establish a new voluntary inspection system for market hog slaughter establishments called the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS), while also requiring additional pathogen sampling for all swine slaughter establishments.The proposed rule also allows innovation and flexibility to establishments that are slaughtering market hogs. Market hogs are uniform, healthy, young animals that can be slaughtered and processed in this modernized system more efficiently and effectively with enhanced process control.For market hog establishments that opt into NSIS, the proposed rule would increase the number of offline USDA inspection tasks, while continuing 100% FSIS carcass-by-carcass inspection. These offline inspection tasks place inspectors in areas of the production process where they can perform critical tasks that have direct impact on food safety.“FSIS is excited to continue modernizing inspection practices, while allowing opportunities for industry to innovate and streamline food production,” said Carmen Rottenberg, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. “There is no single technology or process to address the problem of foodborne illness, but when we focus our inspections on food safety-related tasks, we better protect American families.”In this proposal, USDA would also amend the regulations that apply to all establishments that slaughter swine. The new requirements would ensure that establishments implement measures to control enteric pathogens that can cause foodborne illness. Specifically, all swine slaughter establishments would be required to implement appropriate measures to prevent contamination throughout the entire production process in their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (Sanitation SOPs), or other prerequisite programs. The new requirements would ensure that both USDA and the establishment have the documentation they need to verify the effectiveness of these measures on an ongoing basis.There will be a 60-day period for comment once the rule is published in the Federal Register.To view the proposed rule and information on how to comment on the rule, visit the FSIS website at fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/c17775a2-fd1f-4c11-b9d2-5992741b0e94/2016-0017.pdf?MOD=AJPERES.last_img read more

Radiant-Floor Heating

first_imgBefore explaining why radiant-floor heating is a poor choice in new construction, let me describe what I like about it. The heat is distributed over a large surface area, so it is delivered at a relatively low temperature. It’s uniform, and it warms people directly, rather than having to heat the air. This means that radiant heat can provide comfort at a lower air temperature than is required with forced-warm-air or baseboard hot water heat. You might be able to keep your thermostat lower — say 65 degrees—and be perfectly comfortable with radiant-floor heating, while 68 or even 70 degrees would be required with other systems.Most people with radiant-floor heating absolutely love the warmth underfoot; you can walk around barefoot even in the middle of winter. If we’re used to drafty old houses, there’s nothing nicer than a floor that’s warm underfoot and gently radiates heat upward. Radiant heat also tends to have less of a drying effect than does forced-air heat. And because there aren’t baseboard radiators, furniture can fit right up against the wall.So, what’s wrong with radiant-floor heating?I have two concerns, both of which apply only to very energy-efficient — superinsulated — houses. First, in a highly insulated house (and I’m talking about a really tight house with at least R-40 walls, an R-50 ceiling, and triple-glazed low-e windows), such a tiny amount of supplemental heat is needed that a radiant floor needs to be kept no more than a few degrees above the air temperature—or else overheating will occur. If a concrete-slab or tile floor surface is maintained at 72 or 75 degrees, it will likely feel cool underfoot—since it’s at a lower temperature than your feet. So you may not get that delightful benefit of a warm floor surface. And, if you’re delivering heat to the floor during the nighttime, and then have significant passive solar gain during the daytime, overheating is likely to occur. In short, radiant-floor heating just isn’t a good fit with superinsulated houses.My second issue with radiant-floor heating has to do with economics. Radiant-floor heating systems, with tubing embedded in a concrete slab, multiple pumps for different zones, and sophisticated controls, will easily cost $10,000. I’d rather see someone spend that $10,000 on better windows, more insulation, and so forth — then recoup some of that extra cost by spending less on the heating system. Homes built to the rigorous German Passivhaus standard (which I’ll describe in a future column) can be heated with, literally, a few incandescent light bulbs in each room. In a more typical superinsulated house, we can provide the desired comfort with one or two through-the-wall-vented gas space heaters or a few lengths of inexpensive electric baseboard heating element.Again, these arguments apply to highly insulated houses — usually new construction — when you can pull out all the stops and far exceed typical insulation standards for New England. In existing houses or in new construction when fairly standard energy details are being used, radiant-floor heating makes lots of sense. In a house with a relatively large heating load, and especially in a drafty house, a radiant-floor heating system is a great option.If you’re thinking about radiant-floor heat for your current house, the challenge is that these systems are not easy to install in existing houses. I like to benefit from the thermal mass of a slab floor with embedded radiant tubing, and that’s a difficult retrofit project. Some people use light-weight gypsum-concrete slabs that are poured over existing floors; others attach the radiant tubing underneath a wood floor or subfloor.One last point: if you do install a radiant-floor heating system, be aware that it should be controlled differently than other central heating systems. The set-back thermostats I described in last week’s column aren’t effective. This is because these systems take a long time to warm up and cool down and are thus typically operated to maintain near-constant temperature day and night. RELATED ARTICLES All About Radiant Floors Goodbye Radiant Floor Is Radiant Floor Heat Really the Best Option?Should I Turn Down Radiant-Floor Heat at Night? Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated House Radiant-Floor Heating: When It Does—and Doesn’t—Make Sense Occasionally I wonder if I have some sort of masochistic streak — somehow enjoying the grief I get when bursting people’s favorite bubbles. I’ll brace myself for such a response to this column, when I point out why radiant-floor heating systems don’t make sense for new, energy-efficient houses.Radiant-floor heating is a way of delivering heat through the floor — usually with hot-water tubing embedded in a concrete slab. It’s a very popular heating system advanced by zealous proponents. If you want to pick a fight in the building industry, simply criticize such sacred cows as radiant-floor heating or ground-source heat pumps (stay tuned on that one).Don’t get me wrong. Radiant-floor heating makes a lot of sense for the right applications. In fact, I think it’s a great heating system…for lousy houses. But with new construction, if the house is designed and built to be highly energy-efficient (something I always encourage as the number-one priority), it doesn’t make sense.last_img read more