Synthetic track for JC?

first_imgJamaica College (JC) could join Calabar High and Kingston College (KC) as locations for synthetic tracks for athletics. That’s the word from Ian Forbes, the chairman of the JC sports committee. Forbes said his school had been contemplating the acquisition of such a track for some time. Speaking in the wake of announced work by KC to install a synthetic track at its Melbourne campus. Forbes said: “It’s something we have considered over a long period of time and I think the will is there to do it.” He continued: “There’s nothing wrong with the natural surface, but as you know, the sport has moved rapidly and we must change with the time. “It’s certainly under consideration,” he reiterated. The Dark Blues’ spacious 189 Old Hope Road campus could comfortably accommodate a synthetic replacement for its existing 320-metre grass surface, he noted. “It’s just a matter of mobilising or completing the process of mobilising the requisite resources,” he estimated. FUNDS RAISED According to figures released last week, the KC track will cost $58 million. Calabar High School, the first high school to install such a facility, raised $55 million to complete the works earlier this year. In 2011, JC inaugurated an innovative five-runway jumps facility, which has helped the school to prominence in the long and triple jumps. Since then, the school has also built and equipped a top class gym. Forbes, who is the manager of the JC football and track and field teams, knows raising that amount of cash will be a challenge, but is confident. “It will always be a challenge,” he evaluated. “But you know we have a rich history and tradition, and we have a committed alumni as well. “It will have to be all hands on deck,” he said in a call to JC alumni and friends of the school. “It is possible, most definitely and it will happen.” Jamaica College, KC and Calabar have dominated the male section of ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships since it was first contested in 1910. Jamaica College last won in 2011 to bring its total of team titles to 21. Kingston College has been on top 31 times, with Calabar first on 26 occasions.last_img read more

‘Important Centerpiece’

first_imgFinance Minister, Amara Konneh has said that the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Power Plant is an outcome of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s bold leadership and an important centerpiece of her “Agenda for Transformation (AfT).”The government’s AfT is a five-year development plan that intends to put Liberia on the path to achieving the much publicized Vision 2030 Programs.The goal of Vision 2030, according to government sources, is to make Liberia a middle income country in 18 years (2012-2030). The government intends to achieve this through provision of affordable and reliable power; which would subsequently lead to the booming of economic and industrial activitiesSpeaking at the groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday January 25, Minister Konneh said that the occasion was an important step in bringing reliable and affordable power to more people across the country.The ceremony was held at the location of the plant in Harrisburg, Careysburg District, Montserrado County; approximately 21 miles from Monrovia. The Mount Coffee hydro plant lies on the Saint Paul River.”The ground-breaking for the Mount Coffee hydro plant is an important step in bringing power to more people across the country. The project is partly funded by significant investment from the Government of Liberia as a key element of its public sector investment strategy. This would provide a boost to businesses and light manufacturing industries, increasing employment opportunities,” the finance boss saidHe indicated that government had infused roughly US$45 million to the energy sector, which has been termed on many occasions as a “national emergency” by President Sirleaf.“It is very important that we do all we can to ensure that Mount Coffee becomes a success, even if we have to cut foreign travel, gas, scratch-cards and recurrent spending to save money and ensure that projects like this succeed,” Konneh pleaded with his fellow government colleagues.“For those of us who need to understand the extent to which this country was destroyed and the bold steps we are taking to revitalize our infrastructure, come to Mount Coffee and see,” he challenged.The cost to build the hydro plant during the 1960s was US$80 million; but renovating is estimated at between US$250-300 million dollars—evidence the project is an expensive one.The nation’s treasury boss also expressed gratitude to all partners who have contributed to not only the rehabilitation of Mt. Coffee hydro plant, but to other sectors within the economy at large.Germany’s Ambassador Ralph Timmermann said he was particularly excited by the initiative and its potential to benefit government’s revenue generation schemes as well as thousands of small and medium entrepreneurs.The Ambassador of Norway, Hege Hertzberg, said that the government and the people of Norway are impressed with the level of progress made by the government in ensuring that Liberia becomes a middle-income country by 2030.‘’Madam President, Norway is so impressed by your leadership and the dedication you have shown during this extremely difficult time of reconstruction, not only in Mt. Coffee but the entire Liberia,”“We are very proud to call ourselves your friends Madam President; therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to confirm Norway’s promise to support your endeavors in the energy sector, specifically the reconstruction of Mt. Coffee,” Ambassador Hertzberg said.The Project Director, Mr. Randal Enns, assured that by 2015, the hydro plant would be in full swing. He said its impact in the economy would be felt across the country. As President Sirleaf unveiled the hydro plant’s design, she assured Liberians that by December 2015 the Mount Coffee Hydro Power Plant would be fully completed and would impact them in a variety of ways.“So many people have worked hard to make this day a reality. The LEC folks, the Ministers, the workers that you see standing around you, the Legislators and our partners, have all worked tirelessly for us to be here. The fruits of their labor will allow us to start the process of the restoration of power through the Mt. Coffee Hydro plant,’’ she explained.The hydro plant, when fully rehabilitated, is anticipated to supply 60 Mega Watts of reliable and affordable electricity to residents and businesses of Monrovia and its immediate environs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Benzema hits twice as Real knock out Bayern to reach UCL final

first_imgBut Benzema’s double in between, the first a header, the second a simple finish following a dreadful error from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, proved enough as Real hung on for a 2-2 draw, and a 4-3 win on aggregate.Benzema’s two goals here were another feather in the cap for coach Zinedine Zidane, who had decided to start the French striker, despite only one goal in his previous 12 games.It was another brave call from Real’s coach, who now stands on the brink of history himself, with Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley the only other managers to have ever won Europe’s premier competition three times.Liverpool or Roma will certainly offer a stern test in Kiev later this month but, having now seen off Bayern, the German champions, Paris Saint-Germain, the French champions, and Juventus, who sit top of Serie A, the feeling is that a 13th European success is now Real’s to lose.Zidane sprung a surprise by dropping Casemiro to the bench and bringing the more mobile Mateo Kovacic into midfield while Lucas Vazquez played in the unfamiliar role of right back.It meant no place again in the starting line-up for Gareth Bale, who was named as a substitute for the fifth time in six knock-out matches.Bayern, meanwhile, were without a host of star players, with Javi Martinez, Arturo Vidal, Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng, Kingsley Coman and Manuel Neuer all injured. Martinez was fit enough to make the bench.Kimmich had given Bayern the lead after 28 minutes at the Allianz Arena and here he did it in three, slamming home after Sergio Ramos poked Corentin Tolisso’s cross straight to his feet.Real were rattled, their fans tetchy, and if Bayern had held on for longer the pressure might have told. Instead, the home side were level by the 11th minute, Benzema peeling free of David Alaba at the back post and heading in.Marcelo and Toni Kroos both weaved their way into Bayern’s six-yard box, but failed to pick a final pass, while at the other end, Vazquez was enduring a torrid time at right back.After another ball was threaded inside the winger’s left shoulder, Robert Lewandowski unleashed and James should have scored but was unable to adjust his body to the follow-up.A breathless opening 45 minutes ended with Bayern wanting a penalty as the ball struck Marcelo on the arm but referee Cuneyt Cakir waved away the appeals.Real were certainly the more relieved to hear the half-time whistle but they were given a gift shortly after the restart.Tolisso’s backpass was misjudged and underhit but Ulreich still had the chance to clear. Instead, the keeper got his feet in a tangle and ended up in a heap on the floor, presenting Benzema with an open net.The game looked finished but Bayern came again and after 10 minutes of desperate Real defending, it was no surprise when they scored. James chased down his own rebound before beating Keylor Navas at the near post. The on-loan Colombian chose not to celebrate against his parent club.Bayern had 27 minutes to find a third and there were a handful of near misses. Thomas Muller was denied by Navas and Mats Hummels headed agonisingly wide in injury time, but Real held on for their fourth final in five years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Karim Benzema scored twice to send Real Madrid into their third consecutive Champions League final© AFP Christof STACHEMADRID, Spain, May 1 – Real Madrid are within touching distance of a third consecutive Champions League triumph after Karim Benzema scored twice to eliminate Bayern Munich on Tuesday and book their place in the final.Bayern, who trailed 2-1 following last week’s opening leg in Germany, looked capable of inflicting this season’s latest European comeback when Joshua Kimmich scored early and James Rodriguez levelled shortly after the hour.last_img read more

Bordeaux reject Newcastle bid for star striker

first_imgBordeaux have rejected a bid from Newcastle for striker Diego Rolan.The Magpies’ bid of £13million, plus Remy Cabella on loan, has been knocked back by the Ligue 1 side, who are desperate to keep hold of their prized asset.Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has widened his search for a new striker, as he is still to meet QPR’s valuation of Charlie Austin and Anderlecht striker Alexander Mitrovic is stalling on a move to St James’ Park.The Uruguay hitman scored 15 league goals last season and is keen on a move to the Premier League after two years in France.The 22-year-old striker featured for his country in the Copa America, including the quarter-final defeat to Chile. 1 Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan last_img


first_imgEight Donegal players have been named on RTE’s Sunday Game Team of the Year.The players are Paul Durcan, Neil Magee, Frank McGlynn, Karl Lacey, Mark McHugh, Neil Gallagher, Colm McFadden and Michael Murphy.Michael Murphy was named as today’s Man of the Match. The Sunday Game’s over Player of the Year Award was given to Karl Lacey. DONEGAL TEAM CLEAN UP ON SUNDAY GAME TEAM OF THE YEAR was last modified: September 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:karl laceyMichael MurphyRTESunday Gamelast_img read more

Maytag approves sale to Whirlpool

first_imgNEWTON, Iowa – Maytag Corp. shareholders on Thursday approved the company’s sale to rival appliance-maker Whirlpool Corp., marking the end of independence for the iconic home appliance maker that failed to overcome cheaper competitors and a waning of its trademark image for dependability. If authorized by the government, Whirlpool will buy Maytag, founded in 1893 by farm tool maker Fred Maytag, for about $1.79 billion in cash and stock. The Maytag brand was a television fixture for decades in commercials featuring “Ol’ Lonely,” the repairman with nothing to do because the company’s appliances were so dependable. Preliminary totals show that of 80.3 million outstanding shares, 54.98 million shares, or 68.5 percent, approved the merger. The company said 97.8 percent of voted shares approved the deal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Maytag shareholders will receive $21 a share, payable half in cash and half in a fraction of Whirlpool stock, depending on the value of Whirlpool shares when the deal closes. Fred Maytag’s wooden-tub washing machine was introduced in 1907. His innovative designs swept the nation and the company has remained a home-appliance leader for a century. The vote was a grim result for longtime Maytag workers and retirees. “I feel like I attended a funeral today,” said Judy Mulbrook, of Milford, Iowa, who retired from Maytag in 2003 after 32 years. “I feel like the death happened in the past year and this is putting everything to rest.” Ed Trost, 79, of Newton, said the merger is the only future for the company. He said Maytag was slow to react to the softening appliance market and increased foreign competition. “It’s heartbreaking,” said Trost, who worked for Maytag for 35 years before retiring in 1988. “You go through life thinking it’s going to be here forever, but that’s not materializing now.” In recent years, however, Maytag’s profitability has languished as competitors outsourced parts and moved production to low-cost factories. Maytag was slow to adopt cost-saving measures and fell behind as competitors wooed consumers away with new appliance designs and features. Some shareholders were bitter about Maytag’s declining performance. Lonnie White, who retired from Maytag and as a UAW union representative, said managers focused on cutting costs and jobs instead of the quality and dependability traits that were the company’s trademark. “If they had concentrated on that … we wouldn’t be here today,” White said. Maytag, the nation’s third-largest appliance manufacturer, became the target of a bidding battle when a New York-based investment group offered to buy the company for $1.13 billion in May. In June, Chinese appliance-maker Haier America stepped in with a $1.28 billion offer, but it was withdrawn when Whirlpool offered $1.37 billion. Whirlpool increased its offer three times until Maytag agreed to consider the deal. Whirlpool, based in Benton Harbor, Mich., also will assume Maytag’s debt of $977 million. Maytag CEO Ralph Hake credited employees and loyal customers for more than a century of success for the company. He said if regulators approve the merger, Maytag as a company will cease to exist. “We have to have an ending to have a new beginning,” he said. Whirlpool CEO Jeff M. Fettig said merging the two companies will benefit consumers, trade customers and shareholders. “We believe this transaction will result in better products, quality and service, as well as efficiencies, which will enhance our ability to succeed in the increasingly competitive global home-appliance industry,” he said. A representative of the International Association of Machinists from Chicago attended the meeting. Christina Nedrow said it’s wrong that Hake will leave Maytag with more than $10 million in bonuses and benefits after poorly managing the company. “The community lost, the shareholders lost,” she said. “Every stakeholder lost – except for Ralph Hake and other top management.” The machinists’ union represents line workers in Maytag factories in Iowa and Illinois. Shares of Whirlpool rose 29 cents to close at $84.17 on the New York Stock Exchange, where Maytag shares gained 33 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $19.10.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgGardai at St Johnston post office during a previous raid. Pic by Northwest Newspix.There has been yet ANOTHER attempted robbery at St Johnston post office.A man entered the premisses this afternoon and demanded money.The man threatened staff and tried to kick in an interior door in the post office but failed. He fled on foot.It is understood the man was acting alone.Nobody was hurt during the attempted raid and no money was taken.Gardai have been notified of the incident and are investigating. It is the latest robbery attempt at the post office which has been hit a number of times in recent years.LONE RAIDER ATTEMPTS ‘KICK AND GRAB’ AT DONEGAL POST OFFICE was last modified: July 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalGardairobberySt JOhnston Post officelast_img read more

Is the Fruit from Darwin’s Tree Edible?

first_imgDarwin’s “Tree of Life” fruit stand found an upbeat salesman in John Roach at National Geographic this week.  In his update on the “Assembling the Tree of Life” (AToL) project, he reported cheerfully that “New cures, supercrops, and secrets of evolution may emerge from the fast-growing branches of the ‘Tree of Life,’ scientists say.”    As more animal genomes get sequenced, the task of organizing them into ancestral trees becomes more complex.  There is more hope than accomplishment at this stage: “In trying to figure out how species are related to one another, it immediately becomes clear this is a very large problem that doesn’t have an end in sight any time very soon,” said one researcher.  The enormous task of determining who is related to whom is not a trivial undertaking, nowhere near to completion.    This means the fruit is not yet ripe for the picking, either.  Researchers hope that predictions can be made once the structure of the tree takes root in scientific consensus.  “For example, [James] Collins [NSF] says, if scientists want to find an organism that has properties useful in the cleanup of oil spills, they would first turn to microbes that have known beneficial properties and then examine the microbes’ nearest relatives for good matches.    To help engineer new crops, agricultural researchers might study genetic traits that make crops drought resistant.    [Michael] Donoghue, the Yale biologist, says scientists can use the tree to understand where emerging infectious diseases originate and to search for organisms that have evolved resistance to the diseases in question.  Such clues can lead to the development of new drugs, he says.    “Applications are everywhere,” he said.Yet these promises beg the question whether they depend on the Tree of Life project for fulfillment.  Scientists were making headway on these questions long before the AToL program started.  The article also begs another question: whether Darwin’s tree is the only paradigm fitting the data and providing the benefits.  Artificial selection has a long history preceding Darwin himself, let alone his tree analogy or this new AToL project.  Also, since creationists acknowledge a nested hierarchy picture of classification without the necessity for common ancestry, why wouldn’t that structure provide the same heuristic for scientific research, and the same benefits, without the Darwinian baggage?  Don’t count your fruit before it ripens.  Darwin’s tree has already dropped so many bad apples (08/23/2006),* some of us would rather look in a different orchard.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA author wins best world children’s book award

first_imgKiki, the big-haired hero of Anita Poupouroulis’s award-winning children’s book, ‘Oh, What a Tangle!’ (Image: By Anne Taylor26 November 2013South African author Anita Pouroulis has won a top international award at the China Children’s Book Fair in Shanghai for her picture book, Oh, What A Tangle! The book is illustrated by Monika Filipina Trzpil.The book fair, the first to be held in China, was held over two days in Shanghai earlier this month, and was attended by some of the biggest names in children’s publishing. Published by UK company Digital Leaf, Oh, What a Tangle! was awarded the Golden Pinwheel prize for best International original Picture Book.“These days there are many challenges facing small presses and it was a great thrill to show the rest of the world what we’ve achieved.” – Neil Jeffries, publisherA spokesperson for the Golden Pinwheel Awards said the prize was founded to encourage excellence in children’s publishing and promote cultural diversity and international exchange “while at the same time showcasing the leading edge of the children’s publishing industry, spreading the latest international children’s reading materials and raising the overall quality of children’s reading materials”.The story is about a young girl called Kiki, who has beautiful hair. “But she’s not really into brushing it and prefers to do more fun things like draw on her shoes or paint designs on her hands,” Pouroulis writes on her blog. “And so the usual tangle develops … But the things that happen as a result of this tangle are highly unusual and rather funny!”Digital Leaf, a children’s digital publisher, was formed in 2011 by Neil Jeffries and Dustin Brooks. It only started publishing books last year.Pouroulis grew up in Johannesburg, but now lives in Spain with her family. Oh, What a Tangle! has been translated into Spanish and Catalan.Oh, What A Tangle! has also been developed as an animated interactive app and is available from  iTunes and the Google Play store.last_img read more