Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Best-selling author of hit children’s book “A Caribbean Journey from A to Y (Read and Discover What Happened to the Z)” embarks on his own Caribbean journey. by: – December 15, 2011 Caribbean author and New York resident Mario Picayo will (almost) follow the text of his popular and best-selling title “A Caribbean Journey from A to Y (Read and Discover What Happened to the Z)” as he travels from A (Anguilla and Antigua) to S (Saba, St. Thomas, St. John, St. Kitts, St. Vincent) on a month long trip through the islands. Picayo is presenting his book and donating other children’s titles by Caribbean authors to several libraries in the region.The journey will take him to a total of seventeen islands, where he will meet with librarians, educators, and members of the Ministries of Education. The final stop will be a return to his roots when the Cuban-born author joins hundreds of writers, and readers, at the Havana International Book Fair. This twenty-first edition of the Fair is dedicated to the nations of the Caribbean. “A Caribbean Journey from A to Y (Read and Discover What Happened to the Z)” has been a best-seller for the last four years, and among the top selling books on Amazon.com’s Caribbean Children Books category. It was selected as Commended Title by the prestigious Americas Award and a copy, dedicated to Sasha and Malia Obama, was presented to Michelle Obama by the First Lady of the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2009.Silvio Torres-Saillant, author of “An Intellectual History of the Caribbean” wrote in his review of the book: “A Caribbean Journey from A to Y describes insular portions of the Caribbean region in a manner that truly teaches and delights the child reader for whom the book is intended. . . I can think of no better book for children to begin the lifelong adventure of knowing the Caribbean.”Picayo explained that the main purpose of his trip is to introduce his book to new audiences, meet local authors and illustrators for possible publication, and donate a set of Caribbean children’s books published by the company he directs, Editorial Campana, to the National Libraries. The books are signed by each author and dedicated to the children of the respective island.The author and publisher also wants to speak about an ongoing literary project started five years ago in the U.S. Virgin Islands with great success. It involves the creation of high quality, fully illustrated children’s books by local authors, which are given to every school-age child on the islands at no charge to them.The initiative addresses, and tries to remedy, the lack of access to Caribbean literature for children in the region, the little opportunities available for local authors to publish their work, the difficulties of inter-island distribution, and the high price of books. “It’s been a dream of mine to do a trip like this”, Picayo expressed. “We need to exchange books so that Caribbean kids understand early on the historical, cultural and geographical bonds that unite us. I envision a near future where Caribbean children can access a large range of books written by authors and illustrators that understand them because they were once children on these same islands. We need to get to know each other better.”Picayo’s first stop will be his old home of fifteen years, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands where thousands of copies of “The Lesson Box” by Tregenza A. Roach and illustrated by Karen L. Samuel, will be given to the children of the Territory as a gift from the Office of the Governor. Picayo is the editor and coordinator of the publishing aspect of the project.Meet the author at the following free event:Children’s Reading & Caribbean Book presentation at the Roseau Public Library on 20th December, 2011 at 11am. Press Release Share 19 Views no discussions Tweet
Head coach of the Black Stars of Ghana, Charles Akonnor has praised in-form Ghanaian striker, Jordan Ayew.The Ghanaian has been on fine form for Crystal Palace in the English Premier League this season, contributing goals to the team.After a three month break from football due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, the 28-year-old goal poacher marked his comeback with a goal against Bournemouth.This takes his tally to nine goals in 29 games for The Eagles for in the Premier League this term, becoming the highest Ghanaian goalscorer in the English Premier League.The performance of Jordan has only earned him recognition in the sight of his coach who believes it is a good omen for the Black Stars.“I feel good and it’s good for us as a football nation and he is gradually growing to become a big name in the premiership and we are all happy,” Akonnor told Starr Sports.“I personally have some liking for him, the way he is growing, being a very young man and the way he is now maturing into a big player and somebody who always leads the attack, I think it’s a great thing.“I will encourage him to continue with his fine form, it’s a great thing and it will always help us.”
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Ye … Kevin Durant was apparently so protective of controlling the news of his free-agent decision that he didn’t bother telling the Nets he was signing with them.Or maybe he really wanted to surprise them?In reasons known only to him, without talking to Brooklyn’s front office, Durant chose to break the news to everyone that he was leaving the Warriors for the Nets via an Instagram post on June 30.In a world where texting a loved one in the next room is accepted, that seemed strange.
Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s allotment of sunshine outstrips that of most other countries, says Eskom. The national electricity supplier has decided that it’s time to put that sunny source of power to good use, and has launched a programme that will incentivise consumers to increase their use of solar power to heat water.The solar radiation that South Africa receives, according to statistics, ranges from around 1450 kWh/m2 to about 1950 kWh/m2 per year (compared to Europe which on average receives 910kWh/m2 per year). This freely available resource is about to be tapped, as Eskom has stepped up its Demand Side Management (DSM) programme – one component of which is the solar water heating programme.The current demand from the whole of South Africa is around 35 000 MW – a demand that often exceeds supply as Eskom battles to keep up. In recent weeks South Africans have been inconvenienced and enraged by a spate of planned power interruptions on a rolling basis that have plunged areas of the country into darkness, affecting traffic lights, restaurants, shops, and even hospitals.In order to address this situation Eskom is currently refurbishing some of its older power stations which were taken out of service – it has also received the green light to build new power production capacity. However, as it takes years to build a power station Eskom is meanwhile promoting other viable alternatives for effective management of available power. One of these is DSM.The prime objective of DSM is efficient use of electricity. This is achieved by monitoring usage of electricity and encouraging consumers to modify their patterns of electricity usage, including the timing and level of electricity demand. If the demand for electricity is less during peak times, the supply will be more consistent. The DSM programme aims to save some 3 000 MW of electricity by 2012 and up to 8 000 MW by 2025.Why solar power?Many reasons have been mooted for the increased use of solar power. The main reasons are environmentally related, as solar power is clean power and does not negatively influence climate change or encourage global warming. Says Dr Steve Lennon, MD of Eskom’s resources and strategy division, “This will not only assist with the capacity situation, but will also reduce environmental impacts and take costs out of the economy.”For homeowners, solar water heaters are cost effective and reliable. For homeowners in South Africa, with its abundance of sun, solar geysers are an extremely effective and reliable form of heating, especially in light of Eskom’s warning that South Africans could face power shortages for the next five years.The goal of the solar water heating programme is to save, in both monetary and energy terms. Switching to solar power will enable consumers to decrease their reliance on coal- or nuclear-generated electricity, as their water will be heated by a renewable energy source (renewable energy is energy obtained from sources that are essentially inexhaustible, such as water, wind or the sun). Energy consultants say that water heating accounts for between 30 percent and 50 percent of household electricity consumption.Consumers will also receive a discount directly from the supplier of the system – provided the product and supplier are registered with Eskom and a registered service provider performs the installation. Once the system is up and running and a certificate of compliance has been issued, the supplier can then claim back the discount from Eskom’s facilitating auditors as a rebate.Eskom’s DSM website provides comprehensive information for those wishing to know where to begin. So far only one supplier is listed but it is expected that more names will be added to the list in coming weeks.Saving by using solar powerThe website gives a figure of approximately R13 000 for a system that will support a family of four. It estimates that solar heating systems will pay for themselves over periods ranging from four to nine years, because solar radiation varies between areas. However, optimal use will reduce this period, and an average annual savings of about R1 000 can be expected.Eskom cites three prime reasons for the implementation of its solar heating programme. The first is that it is mandated by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to implement energy efficiency measures that will optimise usage of available electricity in the country. Thus, in order to meet the growing demand for electricity, Eskom is pursuing energy and demand savings on a large scale to alleviate excessive strain on the country’s electricity supply.Secondly, Eskom is aiming for compliance with the requirements of the South African government’s White Paper on Renewable Energy, which was issued in 2003. The White Paper sets a target of 10 000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy to be produced by renewable means by 2013. A study conducted by the Department of Minerals and Energy shows that solar energy could contribute as much as 23% towards this target.The White Paper lists several benefits that will be realised by achieving the target:An extra 1.667MW new renewable energy capacity, with a net impact on gross domestic product as high as R1 071 billion annually;Additional government revenue of R299 million;Additional income that will flow to low-income households by as much as R128 million, creating just over 20 000 new jobs; andContribution to water savings of 16.5 million kilolitres, which translates into a R26.6 million saving.Lastly, Eskom’s efforts in getting the solar power programme up and running will result in reduced emission of greenhouse gases because of a decreased need to burn coal.Quality assuranceWith regard to the suppliers and installers of solar heating systems, selected criteria have been put in place to ensure that both the consumer and the industry are protected and that installations meet quality standards. These checks will take several forms:Valid South African Bureau of Standards test certificates (showing that solar geysers have been checked and meet required standards) must be produced;Suppliers applying for registration will be audited to ensure they are genuine and are not suddenly jumping on the bandwagon;Selected installations will be checked;Eskom will ensure that installations are performed in accordance with the National Building Regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.In addition, products also have to meet a host of strict criteria, some of which are that the system must be high-pressure, it must be installed with a timer or load management device, it must have a comprehensive five-year guarantee, and it must comply with South African national standards for thermal and mechanical performance and safety.Useful links:EskomEskom’s Demand Side Management programmeDepartment of Minerals and EnergyNational Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa)
Professor Beric Skews, right, receiving his honorary fellowship from Raes past-president, Captain David Rowland. (Image: Flow Research Unit) Dr Hulda Swai has joined the co-ordinating committee of the European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership. (Image: CSIR) Dr Fisseha Mekuria and Professor Etienne Barnard have found favour with Google. (Image: CSIR)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialA number of South African academics have earned recognition from international organisations in recent months for their outstanding work in their respective fields.Professor Beric Skews of Wits University’s engineering faculty has been awarded an honorary fellowship of the London-based Royal Aeronautical Society.Leading tuberculosis researcher Dr Hulda Swai of South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been elected to an international advisory committee of African professionals drawn from the fields of HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis.Then, two CSIR researchers were awarded research grants to the value of US$143 000 (R1.2-million) by Google Research.Rare honourAdmittance to the Royal Aeronautical Society as an honorary fellow is a singular honour, and one that is regarded as the ultimate acknowledgement for aerospace engineering. The society has more than 19 600 members worldwide and of this number, only 47 hold honorary fellowships.Skews’s achievement puts him in the same illustrious company as famous American test pilot Charles “Chuck” Yeager (admitted in 2006), Baroness Platt of Writtle, retired president of the Cambridge University Engineers Association (admitted in 1994), and Admiral Sir Raymond Lygo, member of the board of British Aerospace (admitted in 1989), among others.The professor, who specialises in shock waves, gas and fluid dynamics and flow visualisation, is one of the most distinguished members of South Africa’s engineering community. In the 1960s he developed the aeronautical engineering course at Wits University, a qualification which is still the only internationally recognised formal degree offered in South Africa in this field.He is currently the director of the Flow Research Unit at Wits University. His scientific papers, over 200 of them, have been written in collaboration with colleagues from all over the world, including Japan, Russia, Israel, China and Australia.Skews is an esteemed researcher who earned the National Research Foundation’s highest accolade – an “A” research rating. This classes him as an international leading scholar who is unquestionably recognised by his peers for the consistently high quality and influence of his research. South Africa has fewer than 100 A-rated researchers.He edits the scientific journals Shock Waves and the Journal of Engineering Physics and Thermophysics, and holds membership of a number of local and international organisations, including the International Shock Wave Institute.Fighting infectious disease in AfricaDr Hulda Swai of the CSIR has joined a number of her peers on the independent advisory body, the Developing Countries Coordinating Committee of the European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).Originally from Tanzania, Swai did her doctoral studies at the University of London. She is the only South African representative on the panel, made up of African scientists working to address the poverty-related diseases of malaria, HIV/Aids, and tuberculosis, and was elected in March 2009.Swai’s expertise lies in the CSIR’s nanotechnology-based tuberculosis drug delivery research programme, and her extensive experience and expertise will be an asset to the advisory group.The cutting-edge programme is currently in the pre-clinical trial phase, which involves in vivo and in vitro testing to gather initial data on efficacy, toxicity and the body’s interaction with the technology. Nanotechnology allows for a more finely targeted drug delivery and nano-particles, being smaller than human cells, can easily move around in the body.The EDCTP was established in 2003 in order to help accelerate the development of new and improved drugs and other strategies against the triple scourges of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV, which affect sub-Saharan Africa more severely than anywhere else. The prevalence of the deadly, yet in many cases preventable, diseases not only causes untold deaths but also contributes to poverty and impedes economic development.Every drug must first be tested extensively in clinical trials, and here the EDCTP’s focus is on phase two and three trials, where drugs in development are tested on larger groups of patients than in earlier phases. Phase two is the make-or-break stage for a drug in terms of efficacy and safety. If a drug or device passes this stage it progresses to phase three, which may involve up to 3 000 subjects and is considered the definitive assessment phase.The coordinating committee facilitates the interaction between the numerous partners of the EDCTP such as governments and international organisations, on matters relating to clinical trials and vaccine development for the thousands of Africans who suffer from infectious diseases.Their strategies include the promotion of programmes for clinical trials in African countries; the creation of an interactive African forum of relevant experts; gathering and sharing of advice between scientists; and liaising with national health authorities, the World Health Organisation, and others.Top echelon of researchersProfessor Etienne Barnard, a scholar in the field of human language technologies, and Dr Fisseha Mekuria, an internationally renowned expert on wireless and mobile communication platforms and systems, have joined an elite group of researchers who can claim to have received Google research grants.Barnard, currently based at North-West University, is developing a voice-based information access system that circumvents the problem posed by indigenous languages using tone to distinguish between words. Voice recognition systems, such as those available via telephone, can only accommodate tonal languages if a pronunciation dictionary is available, the development of which is the subject of Barnard’s project.He plans to use his grant to give a full-time student the opportunity to assist him for two years on the project, and to travel with the student to the US where they will work with researchers there as well as attend conferences.Mekuria, formerly professor of Wireless Communication Systems at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, relocated to South Africa in 2009 to join the CSIR. His area of expertise involves secure mobile computing platforms and systems in the context of information security.Mekuria believes that one of the key factors in economic growth and job creation lies in the establishment of a viable industry providing local mobile content and services. His project addresses the fast-growing mobile sector on the African continent through a study programme for mobile computing and application developers.Once ready for roll-out, the course will be offered at a number of African universities, starting with his alma mater. An associated network of researchers and universities will ensure the sustainability of the project.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesTB vaccine in SA clinical trial SA-Uganda science agreement Google with South African flair Useful linksFlow Research UnitRoyal Aeronautical SocietyNational Research FoundationCSIRTreating tuberculosis with a nano drug delivery systemGoogle Research
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 10-6-17A very interesting set up to finish the week here in Ohio (side note: if you hear a meteorologist describe the weather as “interesting” 9 times out of 10, it’s not an exceptionally good thing!). Rain coverage geographically was fairly close to expectations yesterday, but the top end of the rain totals range far exceeded our expectations. Still, we see less moisture coverage in the short term, today and tomorrow. But, we do still have a strong batch of rain and thunderstorm action coming to finish the weekend, and unfortunately this morning we have to also raise the specter of feeling the effects of a tropical system early next week. The long and short of it all is that we have “plenty” of rain coming…much more than we need as we find ourselves in harvest season. Let’s break it down for you this morning.Today we have moisture limited to the far northern part of the state. We had been talking about US 30 being a southern boundary for the showers today, but in all actuality, it may be a good 30-40 miles farther north of there. But, let’s not get too cute with it. We are dropping rain totals to .05”-.3” north of US 30 with coverage at 70%. South of there we see mixed clouds and sun. Saturday should feature partly sunny skies with gusty winds and surging warmth. There should not be any significant rain action before evening.Saturday evening things get kicked up a notch. A strong front, the final kicker to this system we have been dealing with for several days, will sweep through. Rain and thunderstorms from 6PM Saturday night through 6AM Sunday can total .25”-1.5” with coverage at 90% of the state. We all should see some kind of rain. Storms can be strong to severe, but the magnitude of any strong storm will ultimately be capped by when it moves in. This will be a very “spring-like” thunderstorms set up. The map above shows rain potential through Sunday midday.Sunday clearing will try to work in over the northern half to two thirds of the state. However, Sunday we also have Tropical Storm (or likely at that time minor Hurricane Nate) hitting the gulf coast. It is projected that front that sweeps through Saturday night (which will be just to our south and east Sunday afternoon) as a superhighway to truck the storm north-northeast. That can bring more rain back into the state from the south, perhaps getting into far southern OH by late Sunday afternoon. The rains develop further and spread dramatically Sunday overnight through Monday into early Tuesday. If the track of the storm remains come right across us, we can see rain totals from Sunday night through Tuesday morning at .5”-3” and coverage 100%. But the key here is that where the storm make landfall along the gulf coast will ultimately play into where the remains start to go and the track they have. The best we can tell you this morning is to prepare for lots of rain, and then check in with us again Monday morning for the latest. The map here shows model projections for Nate’s track.The rest of the week should be dry over most of Ohio. We are taking rains out of NE Ohio for midweek, instead looking at just clouds. Our thought is that the strength of the remains of Nate will take any lingering moisture from the atmosphere and drag it off to the northeast. So, no rain statewide from Tuesday through Friday. Early Saturday we may have to deal with a few showers in NW Ohio bringing up to .25”, but the rest of the state misses out, and we should see a fairly dry Sunday too in all areas.The extended period is getting some better definition this morning and is also getting wetter. We have a front that is taking its own sweet time developing and stretching out over areas to our west next week finally moving in for the 16th into the 17th. It should bring .25”-1” over 100% of the state, and then a second strong front around 20th and 21st that can bring another .25”-1.5” of rain over 80% of the state. Those two systems in the extended period can bring two stages of cooler weather in, and we may be looking at some potential first frost temperature levels after the 21st.
Energy companies led a broad slide on Wall Street early Friday as the price of U.S. crude oil tumbled to its lowest level in more than a year. Traders are worried that a slowing global economy could hurt demand for oil. A slide in financial stocks also weighed on the market. Retailers were seeing small gains as shoppers look for deals on Black Friday.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 8 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,641 as of 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 92 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 24,372. The Nasdaq composite added 9 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6,982. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 5 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,482.Trading volume could be light with the markets open for only a half day after the Thanksgiving holiday.OIL SLUMP: Crude oil prices tumbled amid worries over rising production, record output from Saudi Arabia and mounting doubts that OPEC will cede to U.S. pressure and elect to cut production at the oil cartel’s meeting next month.The benchmark U.S. crude contract slid 6.1 per cent to $51.30 per barrel in New York. That is the lowest in over a year. The contract gained $1.20 on Wednesday. Brent crude, the international standard, lost 4.3 per cent to $59.88 per barrel in London. It lost 88 cents the day before.Experts say the U.S. is increasing pressure on Saudi Arabia and OPEC to not cut production, as the Saudis had indicated they would, at their meeting on Dec. 6. U.S. President Donald Trump may have some leverage by not sanctioning Saudi Arabia over the death of a dissident writer. With oil supply already ample, that could push prices down further.The slide in oil prices weighed on energy stocks. Marathon Oil dropped 3.2 per cent to $15.88.SHOCKER: Tesla fell 1.6 per cent to $332.63 after the electric auto maker said it intends to cut prices for its Model X and Model S cars in China to make them more affordable.BLACK FRIDAY: Traders had their eye on retailers as Black Friday, the traditional start to the crucial holiday shopping season, got underway. Amazon rose 0.8 per cent to $1,528.80. Gap added 0.2 per cent to $25.86.BOND YIELDS: Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held at 3.04 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 112.76 yen from 113.06 yen late Wednesday. The euro weakened to $1.1352 from $1.1388. The pound strengthened to $1.2833 from $1.2788.MARKETS OVERSEAS: Major indexes in Europe declined as traders weighed the latest developments in Britain’s desired exit from the European Union. Both sides were finalizing the terms of the divorce Friday and expected to sign off on the deal Sunday, though it’s unclear whether the British parliament will pass the deal. Germany’s DAX index slid 0.3 per cent, while France’s CAC 40 dropped 0.4 per cent. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares lost 0.5 per cent.Earlier in Asia, South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.6 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped 0.4 per cent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 bucked the trend, gaining 0.4 per cent. Shares fell in Taiwan and rose in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.Alex Veiga, The Associated Press
Melbourne: A self-proclaimed spiritual leader from India has been arrested and remanded in custody in Australia for allegedly assaulting two women who invited him to their homes for prayers in Sydney. Anand Giri, 38, was arrested from the western suburb of Oxley Park in Sydney early on Sunday and was subsequently charged with two counts of committing an act of indecency on two women on separate occasions, the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) news website reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportHe was due to fly overseas on Monday after completing a six-week spiritual teaching tour. According to the New South Wales police, the man attended a house in Rooty Hill to participate in Hindu prayers on New Year’s Day in 2016 where he met a 29-year-old woman and allegedly assaulted her in a bedroom. “While in the bedroom of the home, the man has allegedly indecently assaulted the woman,” police said in a statement. It was also alleged that the accused man also attended a home in Rooty Hill in 2018 where he met a 34-year-old woman in the lounge room of the home for prayers and indecently assaulted her. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsPolice said that officers from Mt Druitt Police Area Command were notified and commenced investigations. After being denied bail over concerns that “more women victims could be at risk if released”, he was remanded in custody. He will appear at Mt Druitt Local Court on June 26. Both the complainants were known to the ‘yogi’, police said. Giri hails from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. According to his website, the primary objective of his life is to “provide life solutions to people and to be a change agent in the society”. He organises several spiritual teaching lessons and yoga classes throughout the year in India and abroad. He is a graduate and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Yoga Tantra, according to his website.
CAIRO – An Egyptian court will try 23 Islamists under a newly passed law banning unauthorised demonstrations, a judicial source said Tuesday.Supporters of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, ousted and arrested by the military in July, regularly hold demonstrations around the country calling for his return.Egypt’s military-installed authorities have cracked down on the protests, and more than 1,000 people have been killed and thousands others arrested since mid-August. The judicial source described the 23 accused as members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, and said they had been detained ahead of their case.The group was arrested in the Qaliubiya governorate north of Cairo, according to the source, who did not say when they had been detained.They would go on trial Sunday on charges of “demonstrating without authorisation,” “disrupting traffic” and “disturbing public order,” the source added.The protest law, passed on November 24, requires organisers to seek authorisation three days ahead of any planned demonstration. Requests can be denied if the protest is deemed a threat to national security.Three activists who took part in the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak are currently on trial under the law, and another is awaiting trial on the same charges.Activists say the ban is hypocritical as the army justified Morsi’s overthrow as a response to mass demonstrations across the country against his turbulent single year in power.