The Jamaica Darts Association (JDA) has selected a 26-member training squad (16 men and 10 women) for the Caribbean Championships which will be staged in Barbados in July and August 2016.The squad will undergo a period of intense training after which a final cut will be made at the end of the first quarter of 2016. The team complement for the championships will be eight men and five women.The players selected were drawn from various teams now competing in the JDA RumBar Dart League. The next RumBar League match will be on January 10 at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.The training squad members are:MEN: Albert Bailey, Anthony Johnson, Colin Chandia, Damion Cheese, David Green, Dwight Smith, Evon Faulkner, Gairy Cowan, Glenmore Nembhard, Lynford Jonas, Mark Birthwright, Marco Walters, Ralph Clunie, Raymond Ferguson, Shawn Noteman, Winston FergusonWOMEN: Carol Cheese, Catherine Stewart, Collette Williams, Jennifer Reid, Loraine Nembhard, Mernel Brown, Norma Bowen, Princess Brown, Shavelle Graham and Tracey Tapper.
FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2018 file photo Carolina Hurricanes center Elias Lindholm celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. The Hurricanes have acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton as part of a blockbuster trade with the Calgary Flames at the NHL draft. Carolina got Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox from Calgary for Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)DALLAS — Having no picks in the first three rounds made it look as though it would be a quiet, boring and ineffective weekend for the Calgary Flames.Instead, they became one of the biggest winners at the NHL draft by acquiring 23-year-old forward Elias Lindholm and 21-year-old defenseman Noah Hanifin in a five-player trade with Carolina on Saturday. It cost the Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox, but they got younger and may have restored their lineup to its rightful order.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial After lifting the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals, Grubauer was traded to the Colorado Avalanche where he’ll initially split time with Semyon Varlamov but should take over as the starter after next season. Grubauer signed a $10 million, three-year contract in the biggest payday of his career.LOSER: NEW YORK ISLANDERSThey got strong value in first-round picks Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson, but didn’t agree to terms on a new deal with John Tavares before he could begin meeting with other teams Sunday. Tavares will host five teams in the coming days and could become a free agent July 1, which would be devastating for the Islanders.“I have no disappointment, no discouragement,” GM Lou Lamoriello said. “He’s earned every right to make whatever choice he has. The most important thing is that we hope in the end that he’s an Islander.”WINNER: BUFFALO SABRESADVERTISEMENT Lindholm is a natural center, but could be the perfect fit on Calgary’s first line alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Moving Hamilton will allow T.J. Brodie to slide back on to the first defensive pairing with Mark Giordano, while Hanifin could benefit from playing with those veterans on the blue line.“I think Noah is just scratching the surface,” general manager Brad Treliving said. “We’ve got some guys on the blue line who can produce. We also want guys who want to be in Calgary. Both players talking today, in Elias and Noah, they’re excited to get out there.”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 crownBeyond the Flames, here are some more winners and losers from the NHL draft:WINNER: PHILIPP GRUBAUER Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tactical changes get Nigeria’s World Cup back on track Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ View comments After years of wandering and floundering, the Sabres have a franchise defenseman in No. 1 pick Rasmus Dahlin. This was set in stone in April when Buffalo won the lottery, but the organization will get an up-close look at the Swedish playmaker at prospect camp and has every reason to be excited about the future.“He’s a young player, he’s 18 years old, there’s high expectations down the road,” GM Jason Botterill said. “But it’s going to be imperative to us to protect him, put him in and put him in the right situations so he can have success.”LOSER: ENTERTAINMENTThe only trades involving NHL players were the deal by Carolina and Calgary and the Capitals trading Grubauer and defenseman Brooks Orpik to Colorado. None of the top 10 picks changed hands, and most of the two days went off without drama.WINNER: ILYA KOVALCHUKThe Kontinental Hockey League’s leading scorer and Olympic MVP had plenty of suitors and wound up agreeing to a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings worth $6.25 million a season. The 35-year-old is returning to the NHL on the same deal Patrick Marleau got from the Toronto Maple Leafs a year ago, which is a coup for Kovalchuk.LOSER: MONTREAL CANADIENSRumors persisted about Montreal trading captain Max Pacioretty or even acquiring center Ryan O’Reilly from Buffalo. Neither move happened, leaving Marc Bergevin with a lengthy to-do list after already trading Alex Galchenyuk to Arizona for Max Domi. 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Former Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton has given Steve McClaren his full backing to remain in the St James’ Park hotseat, despite a poor start to the season.McClaren and members of his first team squad – notably captain Fabricio Coloccini – were reportedly involved in a training ground bust-up, with the former England manager blasting his players’ attitude.And Hughton, who is now manager of high-flying Championship side Brighton, is confident that although the Magpies are currently in the middle of a tough period, McClaren is the man to lead the club up the table.He told Drivetime: “There is no doubt there are difficult times at the moment.“Steve is a top quality coach and manager and probably when you are going into a job and you’ve got to change a fair amount of what you think is right there then sometimes that takes a little bit of time.“Sometimes you receive a few knocks along the way but ultimately, your aim is to get there and certainly, in Steve, they have the right person to do that.”
Moussa Sissoko in action for Newcastle 1 Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham have expressed an interest in Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko.The France international has been at St James’ Park for four seasons, having arrived from Toulouse in 2013 in a £1.5m deal.He has impressed for the Magpies but is ready to leave the club after they lost their Premier League status.Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham, according to L’Equipe, have now all expressed an interest in signing Sissoko this summer.The trio believe they could land the 26-year-old for a cut-price fee as Newcastle look to raise funds following theor drop into the Championship.Sissoko is also attracting interest from Italy too, where AC Milan and Napoli have both made enquiries.
It’s Craig, Daniel Craig. The 37-year-old British actor, who starred in the quirky crime drama “Layer Cake” and was Paul Newman’s psychotic son in “Road to Perdition,” will be the new James Bond. The name of the actor who will take over from Pierce Brosnan in the next James Bond film, “Casino Royale,” will be announced today at a news conference in London, Sony Pictures said Thursday. Hopefully, British intelligence is better at keeping a secret. British tabloids and USA Today have already reported that the blue-eyed Craig, who would be the first blond Bond, would be cast in the role in “Casino Royale,” which is based on the 1953 Ian Fleming novel. Craig co-starred with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman in “Road to Perdition,” played poet Ted Hughes opposite Gwyneth Paltrow’s Sylvia Plath in “Sylvia,” and appeared in this year’s thriller “The Jacket” with Adrien Brody. He is also the tabloids’ dream Bond. He once dated headline-grabbing supermodel Kate Moss and has been linked to Sienna Miller, the on-and-off fiancee of Jude Law and Craig’s “Layer Cake” co-star. “Casino Royale,” the 21st Bond film, will be directed by Martin Campbell, who directed the upcoming “Legend of Zorro,” starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and also directed Brosnan’s first Bond outing, 1995’s “GoldenEye.” Other actors who were thought to be 007 contenders include Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gerard Butler, Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger and Eric Bana. The 52-year-old Brosnan played the suave British spy in the four most recent Bond films, including 2002’s “Die Another Day.” And although it grossed a respectable but not great $160.9 million, producers announced last year that they were seeking a replacement for the actor, knowing they faced challenges in keeping the franchise going. While Craig is among the least known of those who were in contention for the role, he should be more familiar to film fans when “Casino Royale” is expected to be released next year. Craig has a prominent role in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” about the terrorist attacks at the 1972 Olympics that is scheduled to come out during the holiday season, and he is currently filming “The Visiting” with Nicole Kidman, a sci-fi thriller about aliens. As for the Bond franchise, Craig will be part of the effort to bring another superhero into the 21st century. Earlier this year, “Batman” got an update with Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Returns,” and next year Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) will bring out “Superman Returns.” And what does the next Bond film need to do to again to hit the box-office highs? Probably to be shaken and stirred. The Associated Press 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!
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University senior Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) has been named a State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Good Neighbor Award recipient, the conference announced Friday, May 6.Bell, a school-record holder on the women’s track and field team, was one of 10 MVC student-athletes to earn the honor. In order to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition. Bell was the MVC Elite 18 Award winner during the 2016 indoor track and field season, a 2015 MVC Scholar-Athlete team member and a USTFCCCA All-Academic selection. In addition to owning the school record in both the indoor and outdoor triple jumps she has scored at every MVC Championship since 2014. This year alone, she has finished in the top three in 18 competitions. Outside of competition, Bell is equally decorated in the classroom. A psychology major, she is a member of Psi Chi, a psychology honors society. In 2015 she was named the psychology department’s outstanding junior and in 2016 was honored as the program’s outstanding senior. Bell has also been active in the community as a volunteer at Ruby Van Meter School, Children and Family Urban Movement and Sex Trafficking Awareness. Additionally, she is the chapter liaison for Stand for the Silent and the academic Liaison for the Coalition of Black Students.Bell joins women’s basketball’s Emma Donahue and men’s soccer’s Darrin MacLeod as Drake’s recipients of the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award in 2015-16.Print Friendly Version
Alexia Thrower led all scorers with 33 points and made 4-of-4 free-throws with 7 seconds remaining to break a tie and give the Humboldt State women’s basketball team a decisive lead en route to a 64-58 win over visiting Sonoma State on what was the opening night of California Collegiate Athletic Association play, Thursday night at Lumberjack Arena.Thrower, who played all 40 minutes, drove to the basket as the clock ticked down to single digits in the fourth-quarter looking to break a 58-58 …
A worker at the Royal Bafokeng Stadiumin North West, which is being refurbishedfor the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The SouthAfrican government is to spend millions oninfrastructure development, which is seenas crucial for job creation and turning theeconomy around.(Image: Hannelie Coetzee,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighAs the international economic crisis continues, South Africans are not going to be left out in the cold. Proposed interventions by a joint government, business and labour task team will help buffer individuals, industry and business against the worst effects and ensure the country is ready to take advantage of the next upturn.South Africa’s response includes a number of plans to avoid massive job losses. At a recent meeting of the Presidential Joint Economic Working Group, government announced its intention to pledge R10-billion (US$1-billion) over the next three years as part of an initiative to save jobs during the international economic crisis.A special national jobs initiative is one development on the cards. Led by the Presidency, it will bring together a range of new and revamped separately administered programmes.It will also bring together development finance institutions such as the Industrial Development Corporation and government departments such as Public Works, Labour and Trade and Industry. It will coordinate and fast-track financing of industrial and special employment and social measures to avoid job losses.Parties committed to a jobs strategy that would respond to any contemplated large retrenchments (defined as more than 50 employees) through a mixture of support measures from the Trade and Industry Department and other government agencies.Training and skills development is listed as a top priority. Employers would be encouraged to avoid retrenchments and retain people who could lose their jobs. Skills development opportunities would be offered to workers who would ordinarily face retrenchment. These programmes will be introduced in such a way as to keep people in employment, but reskill them as an investment for future economic recovery.The Expanded Public Works Programme has also been identified as an important tool to provide employment to those who are not currently absorbed into the labour market. With Phase 1 of the programme having already created 1-million jobs, Phase 2 is expected to create an additional 2-million full-time jobs.The task team document also suggests that 1million unemployed youngsters and women be employed in public employment programmes such as home-based care, school cleaning and renovation, tree planting and school feeding.In an attempt to create stable employment, government will also be discouraged from outsourcing and using casual labour.Sanlam chief economist, Jac Laubscher, said other measures to avoid retrenchments such as job sharing, longer leave and salary cuts are valid proposals. In fact, such measures have been introduced elsewhere in the world with great success. However, he said implementation could be more difficult as it will be a matter between employers and employees.The task team report also recommended a macroeconomic response. Measures include using the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) forum to enter into discussions with the Reserve Bank on the interest-rate regime and ways of lowering the cost of capital.Labour, business and community stakeholders have also tabled proposals to introduce tax relief for low-income workers, the poor and companies in distress. These plans and their implications will come under discussion soon.“The most important thing that government can do is provide macroeconomic stimulus,” he said, adding that such measures have already been put in place in the budget.Furthermore, he said that a reduction in interest rates is another important way to stimulate the economy. South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni and the monetary policy committee are expected to cut interest rates by a full percentage point for the second time this year, reducing the repo rate to 9,5%. The cut is likely to come when the committee meets in mid-April; they may even cut it sooner at an unscheduled meeting.Professor Harry Zarenda from the School of Economics and Business Sciences at Wits University agreed that the budget expenditure directed at infrastructure and social upliftment is substantial.“My argument is that the slowdown in the world economy represents a breathing space for South Africa to get its house in order and take advantage of the turnaround when it occurs,” Zarenda said.He added that South Africa is in a good position to respond to the economic crisis: “South Africa can take these measures to protect our economy and the poor because in previous years we handled our finances with discipline. We saved money when our economy was doing well.” As a result, South Africa can increase spending on public services without hurting the economy.Another major concern is the threat of de-industrialisation. To avoid this, the task team has proposed industrial and trade policy measures. Sector-specific strategies will be introduced to help vulnerable sectors that are facing major job losses and company closures.Strategies will include a plan of action for sectors with declining competitiveness and performance. Some of the vulnerable sectors indentified include clothing, textiles and footwear, mining and the auto sectors, agriculture, private services and construction. According to the document, the Department of Trade and Industry will finalise proposals with labour and business in these sectors to provide a rescue package to the affected industries.Doret Els, an economist with the Efficient Group, said although construction is one of the smaller sectors in South Africa, it is receiving significant support through local infrastructure development. Els said the auto sector is a large export product and its performance and production will largely depend on how the international economy recovers.Laubscher pointed out that support for specific industries must be approached with caution given the fact that the budget already provides significant fiscal stimulus. Rescuing industries that are perhaps not running their business properly could be dangerous.“The size of our fiscal stimulus is one of the biggest. If you add the decline in interest rates, there will be a lot of stimulus in the economy,” he said.He added that the current contracting economic climate is a necessary part of the economy as it will put a stop to inefficiencies created during better economic periods.A number of other interventions have been proposed: one of them is getting tough on illegal imports into South Africa to help local companies retain jobs and stay afloat through the slowdown.Industries can also capitalise on the negative effects of climate change by developing strong capacity in green technologies and industries. This includes a plan to develop and invest in a programme to create “green jobs”. Government will be tasked to develop a proposal for greening of existing manufacturing and service activities.The electrical and electronics, engineering and building material industries, already identified as showing early signs of distress, will also be assisted.The report suggests that development finance institutions would need to play a significant role alongside government in order to save jobs and keep the South African economy buoyant.The joint committee mandated development finance institutions to place rescue package proposals to government and the task team within four weeks.Laubscher suggested that the issue of credit provision needs further discussion.“South Africa’s banking system is still working even though they have tightened their lending standards,” he said. There is a danger that companies who can’t obtain finance from banks could get finance from development finance institutions instead, even if the business is not viable.Zarenda added that he is somewhat skeptical about how the interventions will be financed and the ability and capacity of the working group to successfully implement them. But he said the plan is interesting because it is similar to those presently adopted in the US and Europe in terms of its protectionist bias.“Given the present climate in the world economy it will be more readily accepted in principle,” he said.Els said that although the plan is not that detailed, government should be commended for interacting with business and labour about the economic crisis.“It is a step in the right direction for South Africa,” she said.Useful linksNational Treasury South African Reserve Bank
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest First, let me say that I get it.I understand that the farmers in the Lake Erie Watershed were listening to the science and doing what everyone told them. It was once common knowledge that phosphorus did not move in the soil and that reducing tillage was the answer to the algal woes of Lake Erie because phosphorus attached to the soil.Farmers did what they thought they were supposed to do. With less tillage reducing erosion, phosphorus could be applied when most convenient in the most convenient way. Lake Erie got better and the problem was solved. But it wasn’t.Unfortunately, the science used to develop the recommendations for those practices had not taken all of reality into consideration. With this compliant shift toward conservation, broadcast phosphorus in reduced tillage situations started to concentrate on the surface and not attach to soil particles. This led to issues with surface runoff of small amounts of very potent dissolved phosphorus after big rains. When broadcast in the fall and winter or early spring on bare soil before big rains, the problems were compounded.The result, even after doing what they had been told to do, left farmers squarely in the crosshairs of the public blame game when Lake Erie’s ugly algae problems again bloomed. Farmers were frustrated and felt they had done their part, but the public was not pleased and there was plenty of data to support agricultural blame.So, late last month I sat in a room at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo with numerous stern-faced urban/suburban/environmental journalists in formal dress for a visit from Hillary Clinton later that day. They sat and listened to the summary from OSU researcher Elizabeth Dayton clearly stating:Agricultural soil phosphorus levels are holding steady or trending downward in at least 80% of Ohio counties from 1993 through 2015.Soil nutrient testing is vital to determining the right amount and type of fertilizer needed for crops.Incorporating fertilizer into the soil through banding or injecting has the potential to reduce the concentration risk of phosphorus in runoff up to 90% under certain conditions.Tile drainage is an effective filtration system that can reduce soil erosion and prevent the loss of nutrients. In general, phosphorus concentration from tile runoff is less than in surface runoff.Current guidelines for phosphorus levels in soil established by Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations appear to be on the right track.Nearly three-quarters of phosphorus in surface runoff is attached to and travels with eroded soil sediment, making erosion control a key to phosphorus runoff control.All of the journalists in that room heard this information, and maybe they even understood it. It is quite possible they know that farmers want to do what is right but also must balance the challenges of weather, logistics, economics, and countless other factors when making farm management decisions. They heard that farmers care about clean water, but do they get it? I’m not sure. And if the journalists do not get it, do you think the general public will?Agriculture I know you are trying to do what is right for the environment and for your farms. But in today’s ever increasing demand for accountability and traceability in all levels of our society, you not only have to do what is right but you also have to demonstrate that you are doing things right in a way people who do not get what you are doing can understand. And now, courtesy of big investments in terms of time, money, collaboration and research, there are some fairly concrete answers on what needs to happen in agriculture to address water quality.I get that: budgets are tight, time is limited, resources are stretched thin, prices are low, inputs are high, questions are numerous, trends are headed in the right direction, ag is not the only contributor, and there are plenty of “ifs” and “buts.” The general public and the stern-faced journalists, however, do not really seem to care. They care about clean water and I know you do too.The dry conditions in 2016 led to less runoff and, as a result, a smaller algae bloom in Lake Erie. Because of that, the issue was somewhat out of the spotlight this year, but we all know the algae issue has not gone away. And while there are still many questions, those in row-crop agriculture who want to address problems with water quality and costly nutrient loss now have some fairly clear guidelines to follow and plenty of help from Ohio farm organizations and agribusiness to help implement and showcase those efforts. The answers are as simple and simultaneously complex as the 4Rs.In what will surely be an ongoing battle with nutrient loss in agriculture, we finally have some answers. Now we all need to make sure we are acting on them. Do you get it? I sincerely hope that you do.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday warned Pakistan that India will not hesitate to stop water of rivers flowing to that country if Islamabad does not end its support to terrorism.“The Union government is already making a road map to stop water of rivers flowing from India into Pakistan,” he said at a campaign rally in Amritsar.The Minister said that the government is planning to build six water dams in Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan and this step would solve the water problem enormously.“There was a water treaty between India and Pakistan in 1960 and its basis was peaceful relations, but if the present face of terrorism is not changed, in such circumstances, India wouldn’t take much time to take the harsh decision of stopping river water to Pakistan,” the BJP leader said.Excess waterHe said that the excess water will be given to Punjab and Haryana to address shortage in agriculture.On river water distribution between Punjab and neighbouring Haryana, he said that the issue has to be sorted out without disturbing the water available to Punjab. Mr. Gadkari said that the Modi government did what was not done in the last five decades.