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‘We should be informed’ – Blake concerned athletes not reporting to camp on time

first_img Previous success in China BEIJING, China: President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, seemed less than pleased with some high-profile late arrivals to the team’s training camp in Tottori, Japan, ahead of the IAAF World Championships. In spite of this, he is looking forward to a fruitful return to Beijing, China, where the championships will unfold this weekend. Several top-name athletes such as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and other members of MVP did not arrive until late last week, citing documentation issues. Usain Bolt, who was expected to join last Friday, was reportedly allowed to meet his teammates in Beijing instead. The entire team expected to be in the city today. This comes as JAAA continues to insist on the mandatory nature of the camp. “Ideally, it would have been great if all the athletes, from all the training groups, saw it as their duty, their national duty, to come to the camps on time. In fact, most of the athletes did turn up at the camp, but others didn’t come at the start, for various reasons, and some of these reasons I feel could have been avoided,” Blake said, without pointing to specific situations. “We still use the term ‘mandatory’ and we still insist that if they are going to be coming in late, for any reasons then we should be informed, and we should have discussions so that an amicable agreement can be reached, and not just ignore the camp totally,” he added. “To just ignore the camp and our wishes, as an association, would create problems.” Blake suggested that the situations with Bolt and the MVP group’s late arrivals were communicated to the management team. Meanwhile, at the 2008 Olympic Games, which was also hosted in the Chinese city, Jamaica underlined its place as a giant in the track and field arena with an impressive 11-medal haul, which included six gold, three silver and two bronze-led by a virtuoso performance from Usain Bolt, who broke three world records and went on to become the face of the sport. Blake, who arrived in Beijing after 8 p.m. on Monday (7 a.m., Monday, Jamaica time), along with JAAA general secretary, Garth Gayle, said he expects the Jamaicans to have similar success. “Beijing is where our recent successes in track and field started,” said Blake. “I know the foundations were laid long ago, but we really burst on to the world scene in a really strong way in 2008. “So we have been looking forward to coming back to Beijing and we expect good results as we did in 2008,” said Blake, who was also quick to point to the team’s more diverse look this time around. “One of the thrust of this administration has been to broaden the scope of participation in these events, and I am quite happy to see that, especially in the field events, where we have placed a great deal of effort, that we have had significant successes,” he added. “We have three male discus throwers qualifying, a male shot put thrower, a female discus thrower and two triple jumpers, and I think we are doing pretty well in the field events.” The World Championships get underway on August 22 and ends August 30.last_img read more

RED Two for electricity delivery

first_img8 August 2005South Africa’s second Regional Electricity Distributor (RED) is scheduled for launching in Gauteng province early in 2006. The first, known as RED One, was signed into operation in Cape Town in July.Plans are to set up six such distributors across the country, combining the distribution function of power utility Eskom with that of 187 municipalities already distributing electricity in the country.RED Two will service Ekurhuleni, Motheo District Municipality, Mangaung, Matjabeng, Maluti-A-Phofung, Metsimaholo, Sol Plaatjie, Gamagara and Dikgatlong Local Municipalities.This is according to EDI Holdings CEO Phindile Nzimande, who briefed the National Members Assembly of the South African Local Government Association (Salga) in Cape Town on Friday.“The target is to launch the second RED towards early 2006,” Nzimande said. “The sequencing is being finalised and an announcement will be made by the Department of Minerals and Energy.”EDI Holdings is a public entity set up by government to oversee the establishment of the distributors.“The establishment of REDs needs to be done in a way that will ensure service delivery in an efficient and sustainable manner,” Nzimande added.The distributors are established primarily to provide competitive electricity tariffs and offer an efficient service.They comprise Eskom’s distribution and local authorities. The latter will buy electricity from power generators such as Eskom at wholesale prices determined by the National Electricity Regulator.Explaining progress made thus far in the establishment of the other REDs, Nzimande said that 33 municipalities had signed cooperative agreements as at January 2005, with 25 still in negotiations.In his 2004 State of the Nation Address, President Thabo Mbeki said the process of establishing these structures would be completed by January 2007.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Nutrient management events

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Field days on the best ways to use nutrients on farms are set for late July in northwest and western Ohio.Both events aim to help farmers maximize yields of their crops while minimizing nutrient runoff from their fields, said co-organizer Greg LaBarge, an agronomic field specialist with Ohio State University Extension.Successfully doing that, he said, can lower input costs, raise profits and limit water quality threats such as harmful algal blooms.‘4R’ principlesParticipants at both events, which will have similar agendas, will learn “how the ‘4R’ principles of the right rate, timing, placement and source of nutrients can be used for sustainability in production and can address environmental concerns,” LaBarge said.Both events will have field activities, field demonstrations and talks by experts from the college. Keeping track of and managing nitrogen, phosphorus and water quality will be covered. The field demos will show various fertilizer and manure application equipment being used.Participants at either event also will receive enough training for certification under Ohio’s agricultural fertilization law. The law requires individuals who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres to be certified by Sept. 30, 2017. Educators with OSU Extension’s Fertilizer Agricultural Certification Training program, or FACT, will provide the training.The main point shared at both field days, LaBarge said, will be “how to utilize nutrients in crop production settings to reach a field’s potential but limit the exposure to losses off-site that affect water quality.”Harmful algal blooms, for instance, are partly caused by the runoff of phosphorus. In recent years, such blooms have plagued western Lake Erie, Grand Lake St. Marys and other bodies of water.July 21, 28The Western Nutrient Management and Placement Field Day is from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on July 21 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 S. Charleston Pike in South Charleston in Clark County.  The Northwest Nutrient Management and Placement Field Day runs the same hours on July 28 at OARDC’s Northwest Agricultural Research Station, 4240 Range Line Road in Custar in Wood County.Registration for either event is $15 and includes lunch and all activities, including the certification training.Program details and a registration link for the Western event are at go.osu.edu/westernnutrientday and for the Northwest event at go.osu.edu/nwnutrientday. The deadlines to register are July 18 for the former and July 22 for the latter.The contact person for the Western field day is OSU Extension’s Harold Watters, [email protected], 937-604-2415. LaBarge is the contact for the Northwest event at [email protected], 419-460-0600. Both are members of OSU Extension’s Agronomic Crops Team.The field days’ co-sponsors are OSU Extension, OARDC, the Ohio Soybean Council, the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, and the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program.last_img read more

The UN, Habitat for Humanity Ramp Up for World Habitat Day

first_imgWhen it comes to assessing housing problems that accompany overpopulation, natural disasters, political conflicts, and economic failure, Habitat for Humanity and the United Nations probably have as realistic a perspective on the situation as one can get.UN studies indicate that more than 100 million people worldwide are homeless and millions more occupy shelters in neighborhoods without adequate sanitation, utility services, or security. Just as alarming as the squalor of these communities is the rate at which these housing deficiencies are expected to grow. The UN estimates that more than 2 million housing units will be needed each year for the next 50 years to solve the present worldwide housing crisis. But even that won’t keep pace with the actual housing needs of the global population as it expands at predicted rates: by 2060 there still may be a need for an additional 1 billion houses.On Monday, October 5, the UN and Habitat for Humanity will be calling attention to the world’s housing crises with World Habitat Day, an annual observance that was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985 and has been marking progress and setbacks in the international community ever since.The theme for World Habitat Day 2009 is “Planning Our Urban Future,” which is pegged to the fact that more than half the world’s population lives in urban areas, and, on average, a third of those people live in slum-like conditions.For those motivated to improve this situation, Habitat for Humanity offers a few suggestions:1. Let your representatives in Congress know that you want them to make affordable housing a priority. Habitat for Humanity International has a Web page (click here) featuring a prewritten message that voters can send to their representatives in both the House and Senate.2. Become an advocate for affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization in your community. On online resource is Habitat’s Shelter Report 2008 (click here), which details the problems of “insecure tenure” – the lack of title to one’s home or land – and its connections to poverty. More generally, the organization also offers an overview of paths to community improvement on its World Habitat Day 2009 resources page (click here).3. And, of course, you also can support Habitat for Humanity’s programs through donations (click here to reach its donations page).last_img read more

A Plague of Bad Energy-Saving Tips

first_imgAlthough I usually only publish one blog a week, I can’t resist posting a rare Saturday blog to rail against bad advice to homeowners from the Federal government and a national green building organization.On December 8, I received an e-newsletter, “Energy Newsbriefs,” a usually reliable weekly publication from the Washington State University Extension Energy Program Library. The newsletter advised me to check out “Heating and Cooling Your Home,” described as “four-page 2009 fact sheet for consumers from the Federal Trade Commission [that] assists the homeowner in making decisions about home heating and cooling systems which may need replacement.” So I did.Published by the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, the document includes an unusually high number of energy-saving tips that won’t save any energy. Included in the brochure’s “Tips for Lowering Your Monthly Energy Bill” are the following gems:The list included so much bad advice that I e-mailed it to Michael Blasnik. In response, he sent me a link to another appalling list — this one published by no less an authority than the United States Green Building Council.The USGBC’s list of tips is called “16 Ways To Green Your Home.” The list includes the following two items:As Blasnik noted in his e-mail, “It’s one thing for a government publication to give bad advice, but it’s even more inexcusable for it to come from a ‘green’ organization that is supposed to be a technical body.”For more information on energy myths and Michael Blasnik’s efforts to debunk them, see More Energy Myths. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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