Rockets escape Warriors to even Western Conference Finals at 2-2 FILE – Mexican American boxer Eric Molina speaks at a press conference in London on November 4, 2016, ahead of his IBF World Heavyweight title fight against British boxer Anthony Joshua in Manchester on December 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISLONDON — American heavyweight Eric Molina was banned for two years for failing a drug test after losing to Anthony Joshua in December 2016, U.K. Anti-Doping said on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Molina tested positive for dexamethasone, a corticosteroid which is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency for in-competition use, in a routine test after the IBF heavyweight title bout at Manchester Arena.Molina, who was stopped by Joshua in the third round, did not deny taking the substance or contest the anti-doping rule violation, but he did question the length of the ban.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHe argued he did not intentionally set out to cheat. Dexamethasone, used as an anti-inflammatory, was contained in a vitamin B12 supplement he frequently used called Tribedoce DX. Molina admitted to being injected with the supplement, and acknowledged he did not check the ingredients or ask for any expert advice before taking it.The 36-year-old Molina was banned for two years by UKAD from the provisional suspension until Oct. 27, 2019. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations His scheduled fight on Friday against Mariusz Wach in Warsaw, Poland, was suspended.Molina has a 26-5 record. Three of those losses in the last three years include a knockout loss to Deontay Wilder in a WBC heavyweight title challenge in 2015.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls
Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES University of Santo Tomas’ big three of Eya Laure, Milena Alessandrini and Tin Francisco proved too much for University of the East in a 27-25, 19-25, 25-14, 25-20 win Tuesday in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam at Muntinlupa Sports Center.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judith Abil scored 15 for the Lady Warriors, who fell to 1-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NU stuns Thailand in ASEAN University games men’s volleyball Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom The three combined for 42 points led by Laure’s 15 while Francisco added 14 and Alessandrini had 13 on top of 13 digs to propel the Golden Tigresses to the finals.Despite advancing to the championship round, UST coach Kungfu Reyes said his team can still play much better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Our offensive transition still needs to improve. We had a lot of errors that we could have converted. We still have to polish our game,” said Reyes, whose squad committed 27 errors.UST arranged a championship showdown with University of the Philippines on December 20 at Mall of Asia Arena. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
Diamond Diagnostic Centre…as hospital operates on mere 25% staffA delegation from the Public Health Ministry recently conducted a tour of the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, which revealed that the hospital is currently operating at a mere 25 per cent of its nurses and midwives’ capacity.Urgent need for more nurses, midwives – Deputy CMOThis is according to Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO), Dr Karen Boyle, who also revealed that the facility is in dire need of more nurses and midwives to help to improve the efficiency of the hospital.“The hospital seems to be operating at 25 per cent of the midwives and nurses that they need so it’s really critical that we increase the nurses and midwives here,” Dr Boyle stated.Dr Boyle committed to addressing the matter with urgency and promised to meet with the Regional Health Services Department of Region Four to have discussions on the way forward.Notwithstanding the difficulties currently faced by the hospital, Dr Boyle expressed her overall satisfaction with the quality of services offered.According to the DCMO, the hospital currently has two Obstetrician-Gynaecologists (Ob-Gyn) operating Ob-Gyn services; however, more support staff is needed in order for the facility to be able to effectively provide a 24-hour service.“We need more nurses; however, to function in a number of areas as a 24-hour hospital we will certainly need more nurses and midwives and I think this is a problem that we are having countrywide. We are going to have to go back and to look and see how we can shift some nurses around because the truth of the matter is that every so often, countries from the north come in and they raise their flags and are able to attract some of our brightest nurses”.She added that there are serious challenges in terms of registered nurses and midwives. “So, this is a particular area that we will have to find out how we can shift nurses and midwives from various regions to lend services here at Diamond so that we can have 24 -hour deliveries; a shift system that must be in place for this Diagnosis Centre to really function the way that we envision to serve the East Bank corridor,” Dr Boyle expressed.With regard to the hospital’s capacity to meet demands, a concern of many residents, Dr Boyle stated that the Public Health Ministry has been receiving input from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) in an effort to address this issue.
Both players talked about heading to campus today to get treatment on their injuries, but neither knowing if they would be ready for the upcoming weekend trip to Arizona State and Arizona. And the absences of both players put pressure on UCLA’s youth. With Collison out, freshman Russell Westbrook played a career-high 32 minutes. He went 1 of 11 from the field and scored four points. With Mata out, little-used sophomore center Ryan Wright was used, and backup sophomore center Alfred Aboya played 26 minutes, equaling his second-most this season. “I want to play every game, but the best thing is to try and stay healthy for the near future,” Collison said. “I’m going to continue to do my rehab and treatment. I think the best thing was to stay out for this game.” Collison injured his shoulder in the second half Wednesday against USC, but wasn’t sure at what point. He tried to warm up, but was scratched before the game. Mata said he awoke with a sore hip. It loosened during pre-game warumps, but tightened up during the half. “He came in at halftime and said, ‘I can’t play,”‘ UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “In the middle of second half he said, ‘I can play again.’ I just elected not to use him.” Outspoken sectionWest Virginia has a notoriously volatile crowd, led by the student section. During a mid-week game against rival Pittsburgh, the crowd taunted Panthers center Aaron Gray, chanting a term that is derogatory toward gay men. So, 80 minutes before Saturday’s tip, Mountaineers coach John Beilein addressed the student sections. He told them the school has made positive strides in changing the reputation the last few years, and asked them to represent the school in a positive fashion. When the Bruins took the court for lay-ups prior to tip-off, there was a quick chant of “U-S-A, U-S-A,” an obvious reference to a UCLA team with four foreigners. Alfred Aboya and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute are from Cameroon, Ryan Wright is from Canada and Nikola Dragovic hails from Serbia. Eyeing Pitt. Following the loss, Bruins athletic director Dan Guerrero led a four-person contingent to the University of Pittsburgh’s Peterson Center to get a tour, then took in the Panthers game against Providence, as part of a discovery process for the renovation of Pauley Pavilion. Guerrero was joined by UCLA senior associate athletic director, external relations, Ross Bjork, chairman of the Pauley renovation leadership committee Richard Bergman, and his assistant, Joel Browning. The quartet already visited the University of Texas, Wichita State, Kentucky (which has new practice facilities) and Ohio State. Also on the agenda are the University of Virginia’s new basketball arena, Maryland, Missouri, and the headquarters of HOK Sport, which was selected to prepare preliminary designs to redo Pauley. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – UCLA starting junior center Lorenzo Mata limped toward the team bus, heavy jacket on to combat the frigid temperatures and an ice bag taped to his left hip. Bruins sophomore starting point guard Darren Collison sported a similar ice bag on his left shoulder, then explained why he didn’t play in No. 2 UCLA’s 70-65 loss to West Virginia on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.
0Shares0000Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring for Liverpool against FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League quarter finalsPORTO, Portugal, Apr 18 – Liverpool set up a mouthwatering Champions League semi-final against Barcelona on Wednesday after their superstar front three all scored in a 4-1 win away at FC Porto that saw them cruise into the last four 6-1 on aggregate.On a wet night at the Estadio do Dragao, Liverpool had to weather an early storm before scoring from their first attempt just before the half-hour mark, Sadio Mane prodding home for a goal given after a lengthy VAR review. Already in control of the tie after a 2-0 win at Anfield in the first leg last week, Liverpool had effectively killed off Porto there and then, but Mohamed Salah, substitute Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk added further goals after the break.Eder Militao scored a consolation for the hosts 21 minutes before the end, but this was another miserable night for them after they lost 5-0 to the same opponents on this ground a year ago.Liverpool now march on to a clash with Lionel Messi’s Barca, the first meeting of the clubs since a last-16 encounter in 2006/07 that Liverpool won on away goals.The dream of a Champions League and Premier League double remains alive for Liverpool and their supporters, whose spirits were not dampened by the dreary weather by the banks of the River Douro.Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane celebrate after scoring against Porto in a Champions League match on April 17, 2019This was their 17th game without defeat and their eighth straight victory, although Barcelona will offer a far tougher test than that provided by Porto.The first leg of that tie is in a fortnight, and in the meantime Liverpool will revert their focus to domestic matters, with games against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town up next.With the matches coming thick and fast, Klopp made three changes to his team here following Sunday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea. Firmino and Naby Keita, who both scored in the first leg, dropped out along with Jordan Henderson.They were replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Divock Origi, with the latter making his first Champions League start for the club. However, the Belgian only played the first half before making way for Firmino.– Early onslaught –Indeed, he had hardly touched the ball during a Porto onslaught in the opening stages, sparked by a Jesus Corona shot just over the bar in the first minute.They had 13 attempts on goal in the first 25 minutes, but would regret not scoring while on top.When the away side finally made it into the box at the other end, Salah — his every touch jeered by the Porto support who felt he should have been sent off in the first leg — rolled the ball into the six-yard area for Mane to get his 22nd goal of the campaign.Porto defender Pepe reacts after their loss against Liverpool in a Champions League quarter final on April 17, 2019While the offside flag came up, the longer Dutch referee Danny Makkelie spent conferring with his video assistants the more obvious it became that the goal would stand.Porto knew their chance was gone, with their fans cursing Mane again — he had scored a hat-trick in Liverpool’s big win here in the last-16 tie last season.The match opened up after the interval, with Trent Alexander-Arnold releasing Salah to run through and beat Iker Casillas on 65 minutes.Porto got their consolation shortly after when Militao — who will join Real Madrid next season — rose to head in from an Alex Telles corner, finally giving their support something to cheer.They will be glad to see the back of Liverpool, however.Mane missed the target after rounding Casillas, but Henderson set up fellow substitute Firmino to head in the visitors’ third on 77 minutes and Van Dijk nodded in from a corner to round out the scoring.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)
OMAHA, Neb. – Chilling surveillance images released Friday show a shaggy haired, bespectacled Robert Hawkins taking aim at holiday shoppers, and his hand-scrawled suicide note offers compassion for his friends and only contempt for his victims. “I know everyone will remember me as some sort of monster, but please understand that I just don’t want to be a burden on the ones that I care for my entire life,” he wrote. “I just want to take a few pieces of (expletive) with me.” The 19-year-old gunman left the note at the suburban house where he lived Wednesday before going to Omaha’s Westroads Mall with an AK-47 and opening fire on the midday holiday shopping crowd, killing eight people before turning the gun on himself. Three still images taken from surveillance video of the attack show Hawkins initially walking into the mall unarmed, wearing glasses, a black zippered sweat shirt over a black T-shirt with a white logo. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Six minutes later, he returns and strides through an entrance decked with holiday decorations, an apparent bulge under his clothing. In the last image, he is shown with his sleeves rolled up, aiming the AK-47 to fire in front of a store mannequin. The photos appear to contradict earlier reports that the gunman had a military-style haircut and entered the mall wearing a camouflage vest. Also, the note made no mention of widely reported broadcast reports that he wrote he wanted to “go out in style.” Hawkins was a troubled teenager who spent four years in a series of treatment centers, group homes and foster care after threatening to kill his stepmother in 2002. He had recently broken up with a girlfriend recently and lost his job at a McDonald’s. “I’ve just snapped. I can’t take this meaningless existence anymore I’ve been a constant disappointment and that trend would have only continued.” Hawkins added, “I love you mommy. I love you dad,” and expressed love for several other people. He told them to remember the good times they had. “Just think tho I’m gonna be (expletive) famous,” he wrote. Also Friday, those who knew Hawkins most recently in suburban Bellevue said they tried to warn police about his behavior but got no response. A man who lived nearby said he went to police a month ago to report his and other parents’ concerns that Hawkins and his friends had easy access to guns, sold drugs and smoked pot with an adult. Bellevue police said the house where Hawkins lived is in an unincorporated part of the city and not in their jurisdiction. Police Chief John Stacey would not talk about Harrington’s complaint, but said normally officers pass complaints from that neighborhood onto the Sarpy County Sheriff. Sheriff’s officials said they never received the complaint. Kevin Harrington, 45, said he told police in Bellevue about a month ago that one of Hawkins’ friends offered to sell Valium to his 13-year-old son. Harrington said he also told police that Hawkins had previously shot at a car during a drug deal gone bad. “We told them about the drugs, we told them about the guns, and nothing was done,” Harrington said. Harrington said his 16-year-old daughter used to hang out with the group of teens in the neighborhood at the home of Debora Maruca-Kovac, the 50-year-old woman Hawkins lived with. Maruca-Kovac told the Omaha World-Herald that Hawkins showed her a rifle on Tuesday, but that she thought it was too old to work. Harrington said he wished someone had listened to the warnings. He called police again Thursday after his daughter got a phone call from Hawkins’ best friend, 17-year-old David Horvath. After the shootings, Horvath left Shelby Harrington a voicemail message, threatening to “cap” her if she didn’t stop saying bad things about Hawkins, Harrington said. Shelby Harrington had posted a critical comment about Hawkins on an Internet site after some of Hawkins’ friends defended him. Horvath was charged Friday in Sarpy County Court with intimidation by phone call. And Thursday evening, while his daughter was filming an interview with TV’s “Good Morning America,” she got a threatening text message from another friend of Hawkins. A 16-year-old boy was cited for disturbing the peace in that incident, Bellevue police said. Meanwhile, one of the first funerals for Hawkins’ victims was announced. A vigil for Janet Jorgensen, a 14-year Von Maur employee, was scheduled for Sunday evening in Omaha, with a funeral Mass on Monday. Jorgensen’s family members gathered to pray for the victims and their families – including Hawkins’ family. “They’re not vindictive people,” family friend Paul Huntimer said Friday to a gathering of reporters at the Jorgensens’ Omaha home. “It was important to Ron that prayers go out to the suspect’s family.” — Associated Press writers Eric Olson, Josh Funk, Oskar Garcia, Timberly Ross and Amy Forliti contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Carvalho, along with several other players, wants his deal terminated after the squad was attacked by supporters at the training ground last month.If the 26-year-old wins his case then he will be a free agent and interest in him will be very high.The Toffees’ have already touched base with Carvalho’s agent but, according to Tuttosport, Inter Milan are chasing him too.The San Siro club are closely monitoring his situation in case he can be snapped up for free.Everton’s new boss Marco Silva previously managed Carvalho during his season in charge at Sporting, hence why links have arisen regarding a potential move to Goodison Park.West Ham pulled out of a deal to sign the midfielder last summer, citing concerns over the player’s fitness as the reason.Carvalho will have the chance to prove his credentials on the world stage shortly, as he is a member of Portugal’s 23-man squad for the World Cup this summer. Inter Milan are keeping tabs on Everton target William Carvalho.The midfielder is currently trying to get out of his contract at Sporting Lisbon and his case is being considered by the Portuguese FA. Carvalho played under Marco Silva at Sporting
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – For the first time, Rio Hondo College will offer classes during January, when the college would normally be closed for spring break.The new spring intersession will offer intensive, short-term courses from Jan. 3 to 26. Such spring-break programs are popular at other community colleges but had not been offered at Rio Hondo until now, officials said.Intersession classes, to be held from 8:30 to 11:35 a.m. weekdays with the exception of holidays, will cover the same amount of material in four weeks that regular classes cover in a semester.The time frame fits perfectly for students in the University of California system, allowing them to complete an extra class while on school break, said , Rio Hondo’s dean of planning and development.“It gives us the flexibility to offer short-term classes and still be able to maintain the regular semester length,” he said. Intersession courses will cost about $26 per unit – the same as regular-semester classes.Among the classes so far being offered are basic economics, English, art, counseling, sociology, Mexican culture, music appreciation and a class in emergency response for fire technicians.Rio Hondo sophomore Marleni Quintanilla, 19, of Whittier said the intersession courses sound like a good way to pick up credits during spring break, but the fast-paced program might be a bit too intense for her.“Having classes Monday through Friday is cool, but only if they were two hours long or something along those lines,” she said.“I was going to take astronomy, but they say that class is kind of hard. And then you add the fast pace and I know I won’t make it. I want to make only A’s in my classes, no B’s or C’s.”Also next year, Rio Hondo’s spring semester will begin Jan. 30, but the semester will end about the same time in May.For more information on the intersession program, call (562) 908-3445 or visit www.riohondo.edu. Andy Howard Tracy.Garcia@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051
Many African countries have active space agencies, whose earth-observation satellites help find natural resources, monitor elections, track weather, plan agriculture, deliver services, and support disaster relief and military security. Space tech may soon also connect hundreds of millions of Africans to the internet. A view of the southern part of Africa from the International Space Station. The distinctive shape of South Africa’s Cape peninsula can be seen at bottom right. (Image: Nasa)Scott Firsing, research fellow, Monash UniversityMost do not associate Africa with the high-tech sphere of space. But in recent years many countries on the continent have woken up to the potential and usefulness of space technology. In sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria and South Africa lead the charge.Both countries have recognised the usefulness of satellites for earth observation, telecommunications and advancing space science. They have funded and overseen a number of launches.Nigeria’s space agency, the National Space Research and Development Agency, flies several multimillion-dollar satellites. South Africa launched its first satellite, Sunsat, in 1999. A second, SumbandilaSat, was launched from Kazakhstan in 2009. A year later, South Africa formed its National Space Agency, Sansa. In 2013, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology launched South Africa’s first CubeSat – a type of nano-satellite, known as Zacube-1.And in early 2015, the Kondor-E satellite built for South Africa in Russia was launched into orbit. It provides all-weather, day-and-night radar imagery for the South African military.Earth observation satellites can collect data on areas of importance to a country’s economy and well-being such as agriculture, natural disasters and elections. Nigeria has used its satellites to monitor the oil-rich Niger Delta. Its satellites have also been used in election monitoring, providing crucial information about voters who may otherwise have been overlooked by poll workers.Satellites have also proved useful in the fight against extremist groups such as Boko Haram. In 2014, Nigeria used its SatX and Sat 2 to monitor the group’s movements and to help find the 273 girls it had abducted.There are limits to how useful satellites can be in these situations. Finding those kidnapped proved difficult because the satellites only have a 2.5-metre resolution. This means that you cannot trace individuals’ movement – you can only get maps of some locations at some particular times.Also, because satellites move from one location to another, it means that it can take up to four days for one to get into position to take a particular photograph.Amnesty International has pioneered the use of satellite images for human rights research and advocacy over the past six years using imagery from GeoEye and DigitalGlobe. It has also used satellite imagery to collect information about Boko Haram’s activities. Satellite photos taken in January 2015 showed the scale of the group’s atrocities after they attacked the towns of Baga and Doron Baga.Satellite image of housing in Doro Baga in Nigeria taken in January 2015 after a Boko Haram attack. The inset image highlights the level of destruction of most of the structures in the town. The red areas indicate the remaining healthy vegetation. (Image: Amnesty International)South Africa has harnessed earth observation satellite capability to do human settlement mapping. This has enabled it to monitor urbanisation by examining the growth of settlements and the transformation of housing. It provides useful data for service delivery projects and town planning.As the largest space agency in southern Africa, Sansa frequently provides disaster monitoring and post-disaster assessment for South Africa and the region. Fires and floods are the most common natural disaster. It also monitors space weather effects and forecasts, which are crucial for aviation.Other African nations are getting involvedOther growing sub-Saharan African countries have recently begun space programmes. Ghana launched its Space Science and Technology Centre in 2012. Kenya started its space programme in 2012. Kenya’s geographic position on the equator makes it ideal to launch satellites into geostationary and other orbits.Oil- and mineral-rich Angola plans on launching its first satellite, AngoSat-1, into orbit by 2016. It is being built by a Russian consortium.North African nations have their own share of satellites. Algeria, which established its space agency in 2002, launched five disaster monitoring microsatellites in the 2000s, and an earth observation satellite in 2010. The latter was launched from Chennai, India.Egypt, like South Africa, now has its own military satellite thanks to Russian assistance. Egypt launched its first satellite in 2007 for scientific research, but has run into recent concerns over human and financial resources.Along with Sudan, Egypt has been at the forefront to establish a African space agency to combat some of the monetary and skills issues. The African Union Working Group on Space recently approved a draft African space policy and is currently developing a comprehensive space strategy.However, even if African resources and skillsets are combined, an operational African Space Agency appears to be at least five to 10 years away. Countries are focused on growing their own space agencies first. The project will also undoubtedly depend upon political relations between continental powerhouses Nigeria and South Africa, which are at a low.Its effectiveness will depend on an African country developing domestic satellite launch capability, which is a huge necessary step forward in space exploration. Nevertheless, continued collaboration – such as SANSA working with the Zambia Remote Sensing Centre in a research project using satellite earth observation data for drought, soil and vegetation monitoring – will assist in speeding up the process towards a true continental space alliance.Government space agencies aside, satellites over rural Africa can help provide internet connectivity to hundreds of millions of African citizens. In June 2014, only 44% of the 410 million people who live in sub-Saharan Africa were living within 25km of an operational fibre optic network node. Facebook has reportedly been talking to satellite operator Avanti – which owns two broadband satellites over Africa – to help in this endeavour.There is no question satellites and space exploration have socioeconomic benefits. Satellites can help find mineral resources. Satellites helped uncover an underground aquifer in Kenya’s driest region. The plethora of possible benefits is combined with other crucial hard to quantify advantages. These projects inspire youth, increase national pride and advance education.But, space endeavours require capital. And for most African countries, capital is a limited commodity.Scott Firsing is research fellow in international relations at Monash University.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University ExtensionThe Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Exam Training program, sponsored and delivered by the OSU Agronomic Crops Team, will be offered at the Shelby County Extension Office, Sidney, Ohio on Jan. 9 and 10, 2019 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the 9th and adjourn by 5:00 p.m. on the 10th.The price for the Pre-Exam preparation class is $250. Secure on-line registration via credit card, debit card or check is available at: http://go.osu.edu/Reg2019class.Register early; due to class interaction, we keep it small. This is an intensive two-day program somewhat directed toward the local exam – to be used as a reminder on what best to study in preparation for the CCA exams.What we cover in the class:Nutrient Management Concepts– Soil pH and Liming– Primary Nutrients– Secondary Nutrients– Micronutrients– CEC– Nutrient deficienciesSoil and Water Management– Soil Properties– Soil Water– Surface and Ground Water– Soil & Wind ErosionPest Management– Weeds– Insects– DiseasesFertilizer & Pesticide MathCrop Management– Crop Production– Photosynthesis– Crop Physiology– Variety SelectionCourse contact:Harold Watters, CPAg/CCA Ohio State University Extension 1100 S. Detroit St Bellefontaine, OH 43311 Phone 937 604-2415 cell, or by email: email@example.com for more information.We will provide at the program on Jan. 9 and 10 the following publications in addition to lectures:The new Ohio Agronomy Guide Ohio, Indiana & Illinois Weed Control Guide Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide or equivalent Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations and Modern Corn & Soybean Production Q & A, practice questions, and many handouts Meals, snacks, drinks will also be provided at the site during the class.Not covered directly in the class is the international exam. We recommend this very good study resource for the international exam, “Preparing for the International CCA Exam” available for purchase from IPNI. The 2018 edition is available: https://store.ipni.net/products/preparing-for-the-internationalcertified…. This guide is divided into the four categories of the exam: Nutrient Management, Crop Management, Pest Management, Soil/Water Management with subject matter and questions/answers at the end of each chapter. This manual is an excellent study guide for the International Exam.For more information on the Certified Crop Adviser program see http://certifiedcropadviser.orgThere are four steps to certification; the steps below are simply an overview of the process of becoming a CCA. Anyone interested in becoming certified is encouraged to review the detailed documentation in the Credential Information Workbook before starting the process. The steps to certification are:1. Pass two comprehensive exams (International and Local Board). CCA exams will be given twice in 2019, the first Friday in February and in August. Register for the February exam at http://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/exams, at least six weeks before the next exam on February 1st.2. Meet the experience requirementsHave at least two years of experience with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree in an agronomy related field, (the number of CCAs with at least a Bachelor of Science Degree is greater than 70%). Have at least three years of experience with an Associates Degree in an agronomy related field, Or have at least four years of experience with no degree. 3. Apply for the CCA Credential.4. Document education and crop advising experience (including transcripts and supporting references). Sign and agree to uphold the CCA Code of Ethics (included in application).Once Certified you must earn 40 hours of continuing education (CEU) every two years and pay an annual renewal fee.Already a CCA and want to up your value?Current CCAs can take additional exams to show their specialization. You must already be a CCA but can sit for one of the specialty exams at the same time the regular exams are given.Specialty Certifications https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/examsPrecision Agriculture Specialty (PASp) Certification Resistance Management Specialty (RMS) Certification Sustainability Specialty (SSp) Certification 4R Nutrient Management Specialty (4R NMS) Certification One other specialization that doesn’t require a further exam beyond the CCA is the CPAg – Certified Professional Agronomist. This requires documenting more years of experience than the CCA, and an agronomy degree with strong education in both crops and soils. See the Certified Crop Adviser website for more information: https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/cpag.