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In 1st extended time since NCAA tournament year ago, Cavalieri steps up in win

first_imgNEW YORK — Syracuse men’s lacrosse head coach John Desko didn’t see the similarities in Al Cavalieri’s sole two replacement performances in the past two seasons. For one, he said John Galloway could’ve come out for the second half Saturday if he needed to. And for another, this wasn’t an NCAA quarterfinal game.Still, watching Cavalieri dispose of shot after shot, his head coach couldn’t help but be impressed.‘I thought Alex (Cavalieri) was terrific today,’ Desko said. ‘He made some great saves from the outside, from the inside. … He definitely is a gamer.’With Galloway nursing his left thumb for the entirety of the second half, Cavalieri was thrust into extended playing time for more than 25 minutes in SU’s 15-7 victory over St. John’s on Saturday, almost equaling his entire playing time coming into the game.Galloway appeared to get slashed on the left arm after making a save with a little less than five minutes to play in the first half. He came up grabbing at the arm on the Orange’s clearance attempt. With SU holding a comfortable eight-goal lead at halftime over the Red Storm, Desko said he felt no need to risk anything.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe also said it was not likely to affect Galloway’s status for next weekend’s first round of the NCAA tournament.‘He just caught one in the thumb,’ Desko said. ‘With the score at 10-2 at halftime, we really didn’t see it was that important to get him in the second half and potentially take another one. So it was good to get him out, get healthy, stay healthy, rest and see who we’re going to play in the playoffs.’Cavalieri was playing in his first extended action since last season’s NCAA quarterfinal victory over Maryland, in which he stepped in and replaced a flu-ridden Galloway. In that game, he made 14 saves in his first career start, earning Nike/Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week Honors in the process.On Saturday, Cavalieri picked up right where he left off. St. John’s had 18 shots on goal in the second half, and Cavalieri took 14 them, stopping 11 shots and only allowing three goals in the span of nearly two quarters.‘I was seeing the ball well,’ Cavalieri said. ‘It’s a sunny day out. There are no bleachers in the background. So I just saw the shots, and that’s all there was to it.’The Red Storm came out firing out of the locker room, and Cavalieri had three saves in the half’s first three minutes.One after another, St. John’s seemed to find the openings it missed in the first half. First, it was Tyler Novotny, who was stonewalled twice by Cavalieri in the third quarter. Then, Brandon Ayers. Each time a Red Storm found a path, Cavalieri was there for a stop.‘We see that every single day in practice,’ SU longstick midfielder Joel White said of Cavalieri. ‘I’m not too surprised about it, but I’m glad he got a chance to get out there.’Though Desko isn’t worried about Galloway’s status for next weekend in the first round of the NCAA tournament, he said it’s still good to have the comfort in the back of his mind that he has a backup goalie who he considers good enough to start.‘We’re happy that he got some experience before the playoffs,’ Desko said. ‘Because you never know. Look what happened a year ago when we had to go with him against Maryland. Just having him there in his position is very comforting to our staff.’Up NextSyracuse will now wait for the deliberations of the NCAA selection committee, which will decide the NCAA tournament field on Sunday night.The Orange has been discussed as anywhere from the No. 1 overall seed to the No. 4 overall seed. Currently, SU is ranked fourth in the Inside Lacrosse RPI rankings. Three ACC squads — Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina — currently occupy the top three slots in the rankings.As likely one of the top four seeds in the tournament, Syracuse would host a first-round game next weekend against a lower-seeded team.But SU players and Desko alike aren’t caught up in worrying about where they’ll end up. To Joel White, it’s a matter of beating the elite teams on the path to a national championship seeded at any slot.‘My philosophy is that you have to beat everyone to win the national championship,’ White said. ‘You’ve got to beat the best to be the best. So I’m not too worried about what rank we are, and we can’t do anything about it now.’ Comments Published on May 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm bplogiur@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Former Packers DB rips team’s approach: ‘They expect Aaron Rodgers to just be magical’

first_imgRandall explained that the Packers may have wanted to go a different direction since Brian Gutekunst took over in January as the team’s new general manager. “The GM that drafted me (Ted Thompson) was no longer there,’’ said Randall. “So the guy that came in (Brian Gutekunst) felt they wanted to go a different direction. I’ve got nothing but respect for him. Just tell him thank you. I don’t know what they were doing, but it is what it is.”The Packers fired McCarthy on Sunday after the Packers fell to the Cardinals, 20-17. McCarthy went 125-77-2, won a Super Bowl and took his team to the playoffs nine times in 13 seasons at the helm. Related News Packers allow ex-coach Mike McCarthy to speak to team one last time Packers QB Aaron Rodgers addresses relationship with former coach Mike McCarthycenter_img Randall, who was traded in March to the Browns in exchange for DeShone Kizer, gave credit to McCarthy for being a “great, great coach” and indicated he doesn’t think McCarthy was the reason the team has a losing record this season. “I’ve got nothing but the utmost respect for him. I just wish him the best. I don’t know why they fired him,” Randall said. “He’s definitely a good, good guy, and he’s a great coach.’’ Former Packers defensive back Damarious Randall ripped the team’s approach and their decision to fire coach Mike McCarthy after falling to a 4-7-1 record. “They traded away all their good players and they expect Aaron Rodgers to just be magical,” Randall said Thursday, per cleveland.com. “The magic hasn’t been so magical lately. But other than that, I don’t know.’’last_img read more

Semenya early Olympic 800m favourite after winning in Doha

first_imgDOHA, Qatar (AP): Caster Semenya made herself the early Olympic frontrunner by easily winning the women’s 800 metres in the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday. Semenya decimated the field in a season’s best 1:58.26 seconds, almost nine-tenths of a second better than second-place Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia, 1:59.14. It was her second standout result to start the Olympic year, after announcing her ambition last month with an unprecedented hat-trick of 400m, 800m, and 1,500m titles at the South African championships. They were all the more remarkable because she’s hardly featured since her 2012 Olympic silver medal. She still hasn’t come close to the 1:55.56 she set in winning the 2009 Worlds’, when news leaked that she would be subject to gender testing. Semenya improved on her 800m time in Stellenbosch at Doha and was delighted. “I feel very good this year. I am focused on what I am doing,” she said. “My preparation has gone really well, but I can’t say there have been many changes in my training or my attitude.” Not so happy were Dafne Schippers, the World 200 champion, who was pipped in the 100m by American Tori Bowie, and the home favourite in the men’s high jump, Mutaz Essa Barshim. Barshim, who has jumped as high as 2.43 metres in setting the Asian record, could not do any better than 2.26, and was seventh in a competition won by American Erik Kynard at 2.33. “It’s all part of the plan. This being an Olympic year, I’m taking things slow,” Barshim insisted. “Last year, I peaked early, and by July, I was practically dead. I’m not going to repeat that mistake.” Bowie, the 100 bronze-medal winner at the Worlds last year in Beijing, said: “I gave the race my everything, and the win was mine. This being an Olympic year, I’m eagerly looking ahead at the outdoor season. I feel I’m a much better runner now than I was last season.” The women’s 3,000m featured two World champions in a fascinating duel. World champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia prevailed against World 10,000 champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya. Ayana was pushed to clock a season’s best 8:23.11. Cheruiyot was fourth. The men’s 200m was won by American Emir Webb in a meet record of 19.85s. He was the only person to break 20 seconds. Kenyans swept the 1,500m and 3,000m steeplechase. Asbel Kiprop led Elijah Motonei Manangoi and Silas Kiplagat to the podium in the 1,500m in 3:32.15, and Conseslus Kipruto won the steeplechase. DISAPPOINTED WITH LOSSlast_img read more

Debate rages over intensive oil palm farming in Gabon

first_imgBanner image of tropical forest in Gabon by Axel Rouvin via Flickr (CC BY-SA-2.0)This article was first published in French on 9 October 2019. Article published by terna gyuse Nearly 88 percent of Gabon is covered in forests, but NGOs fear that the development of oil palm plantations threatens this viable resource.Local communities accuse SOTRADER, a public-private partnership between the government and the multinational Olam, of land grabbing.Its defenders say that the project respects the environment and community social commitments.In September, the government of Gabon signed an agreement allowing the sustainable management of its high carbon stock forests. Nearly 88 percent of Gabon is covered in forests. As the country seeks to diversify its economy, including developing agriculture and commercial plantations, can it continue to protect this important resource for local communities and biodiversity? Numerous NGOs are worried by the industrial cultivation of oil palm by the multinational Olam and have launched a campaign to raise the government’s awareness of the risks plantations pose to communities and the environment.In 2015, under the framework of a programme called  GRAINE (Gabonaise des réalisations agricoles et des initiatives des nationaux engagés – Gabonese Initiative for Achieving Agricultural Outcomes with an Engaged Citizenry), the Gabonese authorities formed a public-private partnership with the firm Olam Palm Gabon for the development of a tract spanning 58,500 hectares (144,600 acres). The company, known as Société gabonaise de transformation agricole et développement durable (SOTRADER – Gabonese Company for Agricultural Transformation and Sustainable Development) set up operations in Ndendé, in Ngounié province.People living in the area, in the villages of Ferra and Nanga, had initially welcomed the project in light of their precarious economic situation. But now they are accusing the company of running a counter-productive policy. These communities want to continue to enjoy their traditional rights to use the forest for farming and harvesting, and to ensure their food sovereignty.Added to this is anger among dissatisfied young people in these villages, who are critical of the insecurity of the jobs the company has created. “The average agricultural worker’s salary, which fluctuates between 100,00 and 150,000 CFA francs per month” — about $170 to $250 — “ is difficult to achieve, even working full time, while according to management’s reports, the firm itself is seeing turnover soar exponentially,” said Mouity Kombila Dimitri, an Olam employee in the department of Dola, speaking to Mongabay by telephone.Ladislas Ndembet, chair of the NGO Muyissi Environnement, who closely monitors the multinational’s conduct, sees enormous risks for nature, communities, plants and animals. “It is in everyone’s interests that the authorities, who have ceded several thousand hectares to Olam, review their land allocation policy,” he said. “This will avoid them being booed, as has just happened to Brice Laccruche Alihanga, the president’s chief-of-staff in Mouila; residents did not want to hear him praising Olam, who they accuse of depleting the soil and running a counter-productive policy.”On September 21, the International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, a coalition of residents of the affected areas and civil society groups from across West and Central Africa launched a petition against the expansion of plantations and land grabbing.The Ngounié River in Mouila, Gabon. Image by Vincent Vaquin via Flickr (CC BY-3.0)Defenders of the projectBut Olam also has its supporters in Gabonese civil society. Hervé Omva, chair of Initiatives Développement Recherches Conseils Africa (Development Initiatives Research Councils Africa, or IDRC Africa), an NGO working to support local groups for the protection of biodiversity and increasing the value of non-timber forest products, does not agree. When asked about the growth of Olam’s plantations, he sees Olam’s activities as among those carried out in the country with due care. “I am for the sustainable development of RSPO-certified oil palm plantations,” he said. “Since its arrival in this region, Olam is to be congratulated for its work in terms of respect for the environment, basic community social commitments and especially regarding the creation of sustainable jobs.”In a press release, the NGO Croissance Saine Environnement also rejected the allegations against the project: “It is important to remember that the concession which is implicated (SOTRADER Ndendé) in the aforesaid petition has been the subject of development which is 100% compliant with zero-deforestation principles; no forest in the concession has been touched. Furthermore, no development could have taken place without the consent and approval of the communities (through FPIC [free, prior and informed consent]), including those of Nanga and Ferra, communities which actively participated in the process of protection of their ancestral lands”.According to Croissance Saine Environnement, thousands of hectares have been put under conservation as a consequence of Olam’s project. The NGO points to the social contracts that have been agreed to with the communities in the south: “Beyond even those commitments, the Olam group has developed numerous additional programmes, particularly to guarantee improvements in the living conditions of inhabitants through the implementation of revenue-generating activities”.Yvon Martial Nzantsi Miyagou, coordinator of ROSCEVAC Ngounié and an active member of Croissance Saine Environnement, tells Mongabay that the intervention of his NGO is based on a regional study of several Olam sites carried out in partnership with the Institut National Supérieur d’Agronomie et de Biotechnologies (National Higher Institute of Agronomics and Biotechnology).Marc Ona Essangui, a long-time environmental defender and the executive secretary for the NGO Brainforest who won the Goldman Prize in 2009 in recognition of his work against deforestation, does not understand these interventions. “Muyissi Environnement is an independent NGO which is criticizing Olam’s activities in the Ngounié; without even waiting for the company’s reaction, it’s Croissance Saine Environnement which is all over the newspapers,” he told Mongabay. Brainforest is a signatory of the petition alongside Muyissi Environnement.Ndembet, while not entirely opposed to Olam’s activities which he says can, to a limited extent, create wealth, settle populations, and improve their well-being, is opposed to the government’s ambition to make Gabon the leading African producer of palm oil in the very near future. “My fear stems from the fact that Olam cannot meet its commitments to the villages for whom land is fundamental. The multinational has signed social contracts which have no force without legal value, which rather resemble a fool’s bargain aimed at enriching Olam to the detriment of rural communities,” he said.Since 2000, the government of Gabon has created 13 national parks, one of which is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In September, Gabon signed an agreement aimed at sustainable management of its high carbon stock forests. The agreement will reward the country with payments amounting up to $150 million, based on results for the protection of high conservation value areas and maintaining its vast forest cover.Gabon is home to nearly 60 percent of the forest elephants remaining in Africa. Image by Ngangorica via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-4.0) Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Agriculture, Conservation, Defaunation, Environment, Forests, Land Grabbing, Palm Oil, Rainforests, Tropical Forests last_img read more

Sprucing up your home? Let Charlie make it a 5* job!

first_imgAs the summer season comes closer, there’s no better time to give your home a quick makeover with a little bit of property maintenance.Whether it’s a beautiful garden you’ve always dreamt about, an exterior to impress the neighbours or internal repairs, Charlie Doherty can do it all. As the owner of his Donegal property maintenance company, Charlie prides himself on delivering a five star service every time.Leave the hard work to Charlie as he looks after your painting and decorating, spraying, fencing, landscaping, powerwashing and more. All you have to do is enjoy the results.With over 10 years of experience, in landscaping and property maintenance, Charlie’s 5 Star property maintenance is a one stop shop for all your property needs.Charlie DohertyHail rain on snow, they work through it all, only using top quality materials to ensure customers get peace of mind, that any job will be able to out stand all weather conditions.Charlie’s 5 Star Property Maintenance offers a full property and maintenance service, interior and exterior, including landscaping, home repairs, DIY, garden services, fencing, painting and powerwashing.  With the many services he offers, you can finally make use of that garden this summer. <spandata-mce-type=bookmark style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=mce_SELRES_end></span>Need a repair done fast or an emergency job on your property? Charlie’s 5 Star Property Maintenance offers a 24 hour call out service, available no matter how small the job, including storm/wind damage repair. They also cater for domestic and commercial cleaning, household rental, retail and private all cleaning services to a high standard finish. Get your property in shape or give your property that makeover, or a repair on your home, they cover it all to achieve a 5 star look.For your free quotation today, call Charlie – 0861020347. Visit http://www.5starpropertymaintenance.net“Prices will not be beaten for the quality of work we do.” Sprucing up your home? Let Charlie make it a 5* job! was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Charlie Doherty five star property maintenanceDIYfencingGardeninghome repairslandscapingpainting and decoratingpowerwashingsprayinglast_img read more

Miss Earth South Africa: Rooted to the people

first_imgMiss Earth SA, Ashanti Mbanga, with fashion designer Sonwabile Ndamase, who created the national costume she will wear at Miss Earth in the Philippines. (image: Generation Earth) Ashanti Mbanga’s eco dress made of old Archie comic books. In Manila, Mbanga will create awareness on rhino poaching and conservation of wetlands in South Africa.(image: Shamin Chibba) MEDIA CONTACTS • Georgina Cost  Operations manager: SA Fusion  +27 11 680 6650  +27 82 505 0664 RELATED ARTICLES • Climate Reality Project • Cities combat climate change • Green buildings sprouting in SA • How to build a green economy • SANParks teaches conservationShamin ChibbaCurrent Miss Earth South Africa, Ashanti Mbanga, is a people person. She can engage anyone in the room like a veteran socialite. But it is not her friendliness or intelligence that draws people to her; her attractiveness comes from her humility and the respect she shows others.It is perhaps these traits that won her the crown in 2013. For someone who is constantly reminded of her beauty and who, for the last year, has been attending events as a VIP, she remains grounded mainly because of those traits, instilled in her from childhood.Born in the rural town of Butterworth in the Eastern Cape, Mbanga saw how people living in poverty did not have access to clean water and food, and suffered from a lack of housing and healthcare. This experience shaped her views on environmental sustainability and its social impact.Since she won Miss Earth South Africa, the 24-year-old transport economics student has been determined to use her position to improve the lives of the less privileged and make the world aware of South Africa’s environmental problems. And she will start spreading her message at the international leg of Miss Earth to be held in Manila, the Philippines, on 7 December.Mbanga will be in the Southeast Asian country for three weeks, during which she will raise awareness of rhino poaching and challenge misconceptions about rhino horn. Many Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai people believe powdered rhino horn can cure cancer and malaria. And since the theme of this year’s Miss Earth is water cooperation, Mbanga will also propose ways to conserve wetlands, a source of clean water for animals, plants and humans.“I will make people aware that the planet must come before profit,” she said. “Because we are living in a material world we are making profits at the cost of the environment.”In Manila, Mbanga will join 115 other women from around the world who are working to create awareness of the environmental issues affecting their countries. During her stay she will travel throughout the Philippines, visiting schools and communities, and meeting dignitaries and environmental bodies to promote her environmental cause. Causes and advocacyMbanga is passionate about devising efficient ways to move people and freight while reducing the impact of transport and logistics on the environment. In fact, she hopes to implement her solutions as a transport minister someday.“Our wildlife is being affected by transportation,” said Mbanga. “For instance, a wetland doesn’t need to be destroyed for a road to be built. We can build bridges over the wetland instead. And though it may be costlier, we will save in the future because we’ll have better quality water.”A transport economics student at the University of Johannesburg, Mbanga knows her chosen industry is one of the biggest culprits in environmental degradation. Vehicles pollute the air and roads are built over sensitive ecosystems. But Mbanga knows there are solutions that can balance the needs of transport and the environment.Mbanga maintains that many transport companies are looking to adopt sustainable practices. “Transport companies are for the environment,” she said. “They want environmentalists to know they want to help.”When she started studying, Mbanga was unaware of the effects transport had on the environment. But her interest was sparked when she won Miss Earth South Africa.After a few months of work in the sustainability world, she came up with her own approach to tackling environmental issues. She believes people can make a number of small changes that build up to one huge impact. “When I started reading about these issues in the newspapers and engaging with more people, my focus slowly became about all the small changes people can make.” Wearing her heritageFashion designer Sonwabile Ndamase was tasked with designing the national costume Mbanga will wear at the international Miss Earth, and he had just one thought in mind. “When I sat down with her I said she should dress to show where she is coming from, not where she is going to.”Ndamase, who designed the brightly coloured “Madiba shirt” for Nelson Mandela, wanted to create an outfit that would represent both her South African identity and her traditional heritage.Mbanga is from the Eastern Cape, so Ndamase created a traditional Xhosa outfit: a blue and green mbaco (wraparound skirt), a white ncebetha (apron) and a black iqhiya (headdress). “The inspiration for this dress came from me wanting to take my Xhosa tradition with me,” said Mbanga. “I chose the South African colours for the isigcina [beaded necklace]. The green and blue wraparound skirt contains the colours of the Earth.”Mbanga’s second dress was designed by Redhill High School pupil Suzanne Bell. Miss Earth rules stipulate that contestants must wear an eco-dress at the event, made from responsibly sourced, sustainable and upcycled materials.Bell created the dress from recycled Archie comic books she found in her house. To get the desired effect she used a technique called “napkin podge”, which plastered the comic book pages to scrap material. The dress was made as part of a project run by the school’s Generation Earth council, a platform for young volunteers wanting to work on environmental issues. Miss Earth a leadership programmeIn choosing Miss Earth South Africa 2013, judges were looking for a woman with leadership qualities who could also relate to all people, from children to politicians. Mbanga, with her approachable quality and her ideas about sustainable public transport, was the perfect candidate.According to Miss Earth South Africa founder, Ella Bella Constantinides, the initiative is more a leadership programme than a beauty pageant. It aims to empower women and make them ambassadors of environmental sustainability.The South African programme does this through three projects, focused on energy efficiency, water management and food security. “The programme is unique in that for one night it is a beauty pageant and for seven months it’s all hard work,” said Constantinides. “We provide a leadership programme so we are not just taking the face value of the ladies – we are challenging them too.”For Mbanga, the idea of being an ambassador is emphasised by the use of the word “delegates” instead of “contestants”. “Everyone has this misconception that Miss Earth is a beauty pageant when it really isn’t. It is actually a leadership programme.”Her impeccable social skills and her ideas for a cleaner planet may make Mbanga just the right delegate to win Miss Earth in Manila. “We have no doubt Ashanti will do us proud,” said Constantinides. “She knows what it takes to go all the way, to compete for a title that represents everything she believes in.”last_img read more

When is the best time to apply N to wheat?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For any N application the question to ask is, “When does the crop need N?” Wheat does not require large amounts of N until stem elongation/jointing (Feekes Growth Stage 6), which is the middle or the end of April depending on the location in the state and spring temperatures. Ohio research has shown no yield benefit from applications made prior to this time period. Soil organic matter and/or N applied at planting generally provide sufficient N for early growth until stem elongation.Nitrogen applied prior to rapid utilization has the potential to be lost and unavailable for the crop. Nitrogen source will also affect the potential for loss. Urea-ammonium nitrate (28%) has the greatest potential for loss, ammonium sulfate the least, and urea would be somewhere between the two other sources.Ohio research has shown that yield losses may occur from N applied prior to green-up regardless of the N source. The level of loss depends on the year (losses would be smaller if the ground is not frozen or snow/ice covered). This same research did not observe a yield increase from applications made prior to green-up compared to green-up or Feekes Growth Stage 6 applications.  Keep in mind that green-up is a descriptive, relative term and not a definable growth stage. Our definition of green-up is when the new growth of spring has covered the dead tissue from winter giving the field a solid green color – thus, growing plants.There is a legitimate concern that wet weather may prevent application of N at early stem elongation. Ohio research has shown a yield decrease may occur when N application is delayed until Feekes Growth Stage 9 (early boot). Thus a practical compromise is to topdress N any time fields are suitable for application after initial green-up to early stem elongation. There is still a potential for loss even at green-up applications. To lessen this risk a producer may want to use a N source that has a lower potential for loss such as urea or ammonium sulfate. ESN (polymer-coated urea) would be another option but it needs to be blended with urea or ammonium sulfate to insure enough N will be available for the crop between Feekes GS 6 – 9. The source of N becomes less important as the application date approaches stem elongation. The percentage of urea and/or ammonium sulfate would need to be increased with ESN for application times closer to Feekes GS 6.A split application of N may also be used to spread the risk of N loss and to improve N efficiency; however, Ohio State University research has not shown a yield increase from this practice. The first application should be applied no sooner than green-up. A smaller rate should be applied with the first application since little is needed by the crop at that time and the larger rate applied closer to Feekes GS 6.In summary, a producer may get away with applying N prior to green-up on wheat. However university data has not shown a yield advantage for these early applications, but results have shown in certain years a major N loss and yield reduction from applications prior to green-up. Why take the risk, just wait until green-up; the wheat does not need most of the N until April and May anyway.last_img read more

Latest Facebook Scare: The Cure May Be Worse Than The Disease

first_imgIt’s seems like every virus produces a list of capitalistic charlatans. During the Bubonic plague, thousands spent their hard earned savings on worthless talismans in the hopes of avoiding the Black Death. The song “Ring Around the Rosy” even documents the myth that a “pocket full of posies” could ward off the disease. Today’s modern day talisman comes in the form of a fake anti-virus software. According to John Leyden’s recent Register article, fake software is being peddled to users who believe their systems are infected with the Facebook Fan Check Virus.It’s unclear as to whether or not the Facebook Fan Check Virus actually exists. It’s entirely possible that concerned forum members are simply laying the bait for malware scams. Only one thing is certain, sites claiming to protect against the virus are being used to trick users into offering up their credit card information. dana oshiro The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Says Sophos’ Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluely in a blog post, “The bogus warnings look near identical to previous fake anti-virus software attacks that we have seen in the past – with a scrolling green progress bar and a list of alleged threats found on your computer displayed in a dramatic red colour scrolling up.”Phishers are designing site pop ups that mimic system anti-virus warnings in order to lure users into giving up personal information and in some cases, downloading malware. According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group more than 9000 scareware packages have been in circulation since late 2008. For a list of some of these potential issues, check out ReadWriteWeb’s Top Online Security Threats for 2009 or visit the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team site for industry updates. Tags:#Facebook#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Who is Francesca Marino Italian journalist who exposed Pakistans coverup on Balakot

first_imgTwitterFrancesca Marino, an Italian journalist, has exposed Pakistan’s cover-up on the Balakot airstrikes by reporting that the Indian Air Force had indeed killed Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, unlike Pakistan’s version that there were no deaths or damage to buildings. This report has brought one question to everyone’s minds – who is Francesca Marino?Meet Francesca MarinoFrancesca Marino is an Italian journalist who writes for Il Meesagero, a daily publication, and L’Espresso, a weekly. She also freelances for India’s Firstpost.The Italian journalist initially came into limelight after she interviewed Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafeez Saeed in March 2010. The interview is also included in her book – Apocalypse Pakistan – Anatomy of the most dangerous country in the world. The book explored Pakistan’s fight against terrorism with the Western world but at the same time, Marino also accused the country of housing wanted and dangerous terrorists.This book led to Marino being named on a Pakistan list of unwelcomed journalists in the country. Marino learned this the hard way when she landed in Karachi and was detained by the Federal Intelligence Authorities (FIA) overnight in a cell without a lawyer or phone call rights.The next morning, Marino was advised to leave the country immediately. She was told that if she decides to stay back in Karachi, the government will not be responsible if she came in harm’s way.What did Francesca write about the Balakot airstrikes?Francesca’s detailed report has eyewitness accounts that around 130 to 170 terrorists were killed in the airstrike. Balakot reportedly had the biggest JeM training camp in Pakistan.In her report, the Italian journalist had also explained that the killed terrorists included 11 trainers. JeM leaders had visited the families of the terrorists who were killed and offered them money in exchange for their silence.”Despite Pakistan’s efforts to deceive the world on the Indian airstrikes on the Jaish-e-Muhammad camp, small details of what happened in Balakot in the wee hours of February 26 and thereafter have kept trickling in from my source,” Francesca wrote.India had conducted the surgical strike during the early hours of February 26. The airstrike took place a week after the Pulwama attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in which over 40 CRPF jawans were killed. JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack.last_img read more

Nazrul exponent Sudhin Das dies

first_imgNazrul exponent Sudhin Das passes awayProminent Nazrul exponent Sudhin Das died at a city hospital on Tuesday. He was 87. The singer breathed his last at Apollo Hospitals Ltd around 8:20pm, said family sources. Sudhin Das was taken to a private clinic at Kalyanpur in the morning after he caught fever and vomited. He was later admitted to the Apollo Hospitals, reports UNB. The body will be kept at the Central Shaheed Minar from 11:00am on Wednesday so that people from all walks of life can pay their last respects to the prominent singer. Meanwhile, cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor expressed deep at the death of Sudhin Das. In a condolence message, he prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family members.last_img read more