The JN Girlz are back

first_imgFollowing their absence last year, the JN Girlz will be back in the senior Florida Netball Classic next weekend.Josette Smith Scott, team manager, said that the squad of 17 will be at the Carter Park, Sunrise, on November 19 and 20, for the 2016 tournament, adding that the team has participated in the Florida classic three times previously. The JN Girlz is the representative team of the Jamaica-based Jamaica National Group.”This is a developmental experience for us,” Smith Scott said. “We have been improving our performance in Jamaica’s Business House Netball Association (BHNA) competition, and we are looking forward to the competition on this international stage.”More than 20 teams from across the world are expected to participate this year in the netball event in Florida.The 25th Annual Florida Netball Classic is at a new venue – Carter Park – this year, which can accommodate multiple courts as the interest from teams around the world grows. Apart from the consistent Caribbean participation, teams from Kenya, Australia, and New Zealand have also shown interest in participating.Many of the teams participating in the Florida Netball Classic are from Jamaica’s BHNA, and so the JN Girlz are also likely to come up against strong competitors from the local league.last_img read more

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It’s work, work, work for shuttle crew

first_imgBy Marcia Dunn THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven thundered into orbit Tuesday, setting off on the most challenging space station construction mission yet that will pave the way for the arrival of two science labs in a few months. NASA pulled off the on-time launch – the third one in a row – after determining that a small patch of ice on fuel tank plumbing posed no danger. Indeed, most if not all of the ice harmlessly shook loose when the booster rockets and engines ignited. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.With Discovery safely in orbit, NASA looked ahead to all the work awaiting the astronauts once they arrive at the International Space Station on Thursday. It is considered the most complicated mission in the nine years of station assembly in orbit. During their 1 -week station visit, the astronauts must install a live-in compartment that they’re bringing along, relocate a giant girder and set of solar wings, extend those solar wings and radiators, and test a thermal tile repair kit. In all, five spacewalks are planned, which will be the most ever conducted while a shuttle is docked at the station. The three space station residents face even more construction chores after the shuttle leaves, each one of them critical. NASA’s space operations chief, Bill Gerstenmaier, said the two crews face a tremendous series of challenges, “I can’t think of a better start to this mission than what we got today.” 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

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COUNCIL DIRECTOR OF SERVICE EXPLAINS CONSEQUENCES OF COUNCIL VOTE

first_imgCOUNCIL MEETING LATEST: Liam Ward, Donegal County Council Director of Service, later explained to councillors that a budget should have been struck tonight.He said the provisions of the legislation were that the council could meet again by January 13 if they wish.“Is there any point in coming back?” asked the Mayor.  COUNCIL DIRECTOR OF SERVICE EXPLAINS CONSEQUENCES OF COUNCIL VOTE was last modified: January 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

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GOVERNMENT WAS BULLIED INTO BAILOUT, SAYS DOHERTY

first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has called on Minister Michael Noonan to immediately release the Trichet letter which reportedly bullied the Irish Government of the time into the bailout programme.Deputy Doherty was speaking this evening after a letter from ECB President Mario Draghi to Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said that the Irish Government would have to consult with ECB if it wishes to provide the letter to the banking inquiry.Deputy Doherty said: “Minister Noonan has committed to releasing the Trichet letter to a banking inquiry. Yet here we are on the eve of the establishment of the inquiry and the ECB is trying to put a spanner in the works. “It has always been our view that the Minister Noonan should not have to wait for the establishment of a banking inquiry to publish the letter. He should publish it immediately.“The public has been waiting for this inquiry for six years and the minister should not allow the ECB to frustrate its work before it even begins.” GOVERNMENT WAS BULLIED INTO BAILOUT, SAYS DOHERTY was last modified: May 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:ECBPearse Doherty TDtrichet letterlast_img read more

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Humboldt-Del Norte League officials approve realignment for 2018 football season

first_imgFerndale >> The Humboldt-Del Norte League Board of managers approved a proposal by the league’s athletic directors on Tuesday to realign the Big 5/Little 3 conferences for the 2018 football season.In an email released by H-DN Commissioner Jack Lakin, the board unanimously approved a proposal to realign the league’s eight schools with 11-man football based on competitive equity currently used in the CIF and North Coast Section. The email also states the realignment is an “attempt to develop …last_img

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Four reasons the Raiders scored only 16 points against NFL’s worst defense

first_imgCINCINNATI — One glance at the Paul Brown Stadium stands revealed how little this game mattered for either team. The crowd, despite being announced at over 44,000 (yeah, right) filled less than half the stadium. The product on the field, especially from the visitors, was equally uninspiring.The Bengals started a quarterback who can’t throw the ball accurately – Jeff Driskel tallied 19 incompletions compared to 14 completions – yet his offense still plastered 30 points on the Raiders. Against …last_img

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Moon’s Origin and Age Solved?

first_imgA number of popular articles are claiming the moon’s age is all but solved, until one reads below the headlines.When Nature published a new paper that added a piece of evidence to models that the moon formed by impact, and when John Chambers in Nature suggested that the new piece of evidence provides a “chronometer,” popular media took this to mean that the moon’s age has been “revealed” and a lunar mystery has been “solved” (see Space.com and National Geographic).  Apparently they didn’t take note of all the escape hatches in the original articles: abundant use of “probably,” “suggests” and “could be,” as well as mention of new puzzles the latest modeling creates.Space.com provided some historical context: a gallery of “5 Wild Lunar Theories” for the moon’s formation that were believed strongly in the past but became untenable in light of further evidence.  Charles Darwin’s son George, for instance, had championed the fission theory, Mike Wall says, but now, “Most scientists discount the fission hypothesis.”  The fact that the current leading impact theory is one of Wall’s “5 wild lunar theories” implies something about the state of the art.Exercise: Count the escape-clause words in the articles that allow future astronomers to prove that the current model is too “wild” to be credible.  How did the moon arise?  God made the lesser light.  When was it formed?  On the 4th day.  But it’s a free country; you can take your pick of the “wild lunar theories” if you are unwilling to believe the Eyewitness. (Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Sudafrikas Kunste und Kunsthandwerk

first_imgSudafrikas Bewohner stellen eine beachtliche Auswahl Kunsthandwerk her, wobei sie auf den Gehwegen und Markten der großen Stadte bis zu tiefen landlichen Enklaven in jeder erdenklichen Form des traditionellen Kunstwerks arbeiten – und nicht nur das.Es gibt viele neue Arbeiten in traditionellen Medien, mit Kunstlern, die standig das Repertoire afrikanischen Handwerks erweitern. Dies erstreckt sich uber hubsches Tafelgeschirr, Weihnachtsbaumdekorationen und prachtigen gestickten Tuchern bis hin zu einfachsten Gegenstanden wie Schlusselanhanger und Kerzenhalter.Mit ihrem charakteristischen Einfallsreichtum haben Sudafrikaner jedes nur mogliche Medium an einen Markt angepasst, der Einheimische wie auch Touristen futtert.Zusatzlich zu den Standardmaterialien wie Perlen, Gras, Leder, Stoff und Lehm werden Stucke aus Telefonleitungen, Plastiktuten, Benzinkanistern und Flaschenverschlussen hergestellt – sogar Nahrungskonservendosenetiketten werden verwendet, um leuchtend bunte Pappmacheschalen zu kreieren.An vielen sudafrikanische Straßenecken werden aus Draht hergestellte Objekte verkauft, von Weltkugeln uber Autos und Motorrader – die sogar beweglich sind – zu Spaß-Handys und funktionierenden Radios.Geschafte, Markte und gemeinschaftlicher Handel mit afrikanischem Handwerk gedeihen prachtig, sorgen fur dringend benotigte Arbeitsplatze und Einkommen in Gemeinschaften wie der Fugitive’s Drift in KwaZulu-Natal mit einer riesigen Auswahl an Korbwaren, oder die Nordkap Schmidtsdrift Community heimatvertriebener San Menschen, die Bilder malen, welche eine einfallsreiche und sehr farbige Erweiterung der uralten Felsenkunst darstellen.Volkskunst, hohe KunstSudafrikanische Volkskunst dringt auch in die westliche “hohe Kunst” ein. Die Arbeiten der Topferin Bonnie Ntshalintshali mit ihrem schier traumhaften Detail gehen weit uber die Grenzen traditioneller afrikanischer Tonwaren hinaus – trotzdem konnen ihre Werke nach wie vor am Esstisch verwendet werden.Der Bildhauer Phutuma Seoka ist ein weiterer Kunstler, der eine traditionelle Form genommen hat und ihr seinen personlichen Stempel aufgedruckt hat. In seinem Fall werden beim Schnitzen der Figuren die innewohnenden Windungen und Gabeln von Baumzweigen, die in der Venda Region verbreitet sind, genutzt um einen ganzen Schwung exzentrischer Charakteren zu erschaffen.Einige sudafrikanische Kunstler der Volkskunst haben sich Ideen von ganz weit her geholt – wie der verstorbene Chickenman Mkize, welcher (jetzt sehr geschatzt) unechte Straßenverkehrszeichen aus billigem Material machte und sie mit exzentrischen Nachrichten schmuckte.Die Tatsache, dass Mkize Analphabet war und von anderen geschriebene Worter abschrieb, ohne die Stellen zwischen den Wortern zu beachten, erhoht den Zauber seiner Arbeiten. Eine erklart “NODRUNK ENBUMS [KEINEBETRUNKEN ENENPENNER]”; eine anderer fragt sachdienlicherweise “BUTISI TART? [ABERIST ESKUNST?]”Der Ndebele Tradition der Hausmalerei, Teil der weit verbreiteten afrikanischen Praxis, die Außenseiten der Hauser zu streichen oder zu dekorieren, spross erstaunlicherweise mit dem Aufkommen kommerzieller Farben hervor.Es ebnete auch den Weg fur Kunstler wie Esther Mahlangu, die ihre Version der unverwechselbaren grellbunten geometrischen Ndebele Muster auf alles, von Autos bis Flugzeugen, anpasste.Als erleuchtenden Kontrast, ebenso wie ein rein visuellen Fest, gibt es viele Ndebele Dorfer in den Limpopo und Mpumalanga Provinzen zu besichtigen – und der charakteristische Ndebele-Stil ist wunderbar auf Perlenarbeiten ausgeweitet worden.Von traditionell bis kommerziellEin hohes Fertigungsniveau wird in die Herstellung der Arbeiten eingebracht, die lange Teil der afrikanischen Gesellschaft waren und jetzt neuen kommerziellen Absatz finden.Sudafrikanische Perlenarbeiten, einst ausschließlich konigliche Stammesabzeichen, findet man heute mit einer riesigen Palette von Anwendungen, von Hullen fur alles mogliche, von Flaschen bis Streichholzschachteln – und die Kopie der roten Aids-Schleife in der Form kleiner Zulu Perlenarbeiten, bekannt als Zulu Liebesbriefe.Korbwaren und Keramik sind naturlich vor langer Zeit in der traditionellen sudafrikanischen Gesellschaft bis zur Vollkommenheit ausgereift, und die Auswuchse dieser Formen zieren heutzutage genausooft Galerie Plinthen wie sie ihren Platz in den Regalen der Vororte finden.Es gibt mehrere wichtige Sammlungen von afrikanischer Kunst in Sudafrika, wie die Standard Bank Sammlung in der Gertrude Posel Galerie an der Wits Universitat in Johannesburg, oder die Durban Kunstgallerie, die Arbeiten von historischer und anthropologischer Bedeutung beherbergt.Es kann ein paar andere Stellen in der Welt geben, wo Sie diese Vielfalt an afrikanischem Kunstgewerbe sehen konnen, ob es nun Masken sind, in einem der vielen Stile des Kontinents hergestellt, oder geschnitzte Stuhle oder bestickte oder applizierte Stoffe.Auf dem Rooftop Markt im Johannesburg´s Rosebank Einkaufszentrum und auf seinem afrikanischen Handwerksmark konkurrieren die Arbeiten aus dem ganzen Kontinent um die Kauferaufmerksamkeit. Viele Kaufleute und Organisationen verkaufen Kunsthandwerk online: Schauen Sie sich die Links auf der rechten Seite an.SAinfo reporter, mit Material von South African Tourismlast_img read more

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‘Switch off to prevent winter outages’

first_img23 April 2013Eskom has called on South Africans to partner with it to prevent power outages as the state company prepares to tackle long-deferred maintenance this winter in order to protect the country’s longer-term electricity supply.Addressing the media in Pretoria on Monday, Eskom CEO Brian Dames said that higher levels of planned maintenance were urgently required to ensure that the country’s ageing fleet of power stations could perform more reliably on a sustained basis.This meant that the country’s power system would be “very tight” over the next few months, Dames said, particularly during the evening peak from 5pm to 9pm when people get home from work and switch on lights, heaters, cookers and other electrical appliances.“This winter is different,” Dames said. “We cannot and will not defer essential maintenance work. We are taking action to ensure that our power stations can improve and sustain their performance, so that they can meet South Africa’s long-term need for a secure supply of electricity.“We have kept the lights on for the past five years and we remain committed to keeping the lights on. But as Eskom we cannot do it alone,” Dames said, urging South Africans to “partner with us” by switching off geysers, pool pumps, non-essential lighting and all other non-essential appliances during the evening peak from 5pm to 9pm.South Africa has two new coal-fired power stations – Medupi in Limpopo province and Kusile in Mpumalanga – due to come on line in 2014 and 2017 respectively.In the meantime, however, almost two-thirds of Eskom’s power stations are past the mid-point of their expected operating lives and therefore require higher levels of planned maintenance work – something the company has found difficult to do while meeting demand this year.Imports from Mozambique’s Cahora Bassa power station were reduced by 900 MW because of flood damage to a transmission line in February, Dames noted. The line was finally returned to service on Monday.The unplanned outage of unit 1 of Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station in Cape Town reduced capacity by a further 900 MW, Dames added, while the performance of Eskom’s other power stations had been “extremely volatile”, further constraining capacity. Koeberg’s unit 1 was expected to come back on line this week.Continuing to meet demand by deferring essential maintenance was unsustainable, Dames said, and Eskom was now implementing a five-year plan that would ensure a reliable electricity supply in the longer term.The plan requires that a 10% average planned maintenance ratio is sustained over the next five years.Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, also addressing Monday’s media briefing, said that Eskom had taken a number of steps to help it balance supply and demand this winter.Approximately 2 000 MW of capacity had been signed up from independent power producers and municipalities; Eskom’s demand management programme had resulted in savings of more than 3 500 MW; and coal handling and coal quality had been improved, with coal-related production losses showing an improving trend.Nonetheless, the upcoming winter maintenance meant that the country needed more than ever before “a partnership in keeping the lights on … A significant behavioural change is required by everyone in the country,” Gigaba said.“No effort is insignificant in this regard – every little bit helps.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Thoughts from CTTC: When to terminate cover crops?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Experts of all sorts were found at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference this past week at the McIntosh Center on the campus of Ohio Northern University in Ada.Not only is it a great event each year to learn about the latest in farming and conservation, but also a good place to ask questions about practices already in action.One of those common questions we’ve found recently is the search for the best time to terminate cover crops come planting season. With some saying they prefer to plant into a burned down field, while others taking a more green approach and planting into still growing cover.Speakers Dave Brandt, Bill Lehmkuhl, and Bret Margraf each take on the question in this video with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood.last_img read more

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