CRICKET: Scorpions fall for 56

first_imgJamaica Scorpions were dismissed for 56 in their Digicel WICB Four-day Tournament cricket match at Sabina Park tonight.The Robert Samuels-coached aggregation were bowled out shortly after tea.Earlier in the low scoring match, Scorpions fast bowler Jerome Taylor claimed five for 31 to help dismiss the Hurricanes for 71 in their first innings, giving them a lead of 15.Openers Shacaya Thomas and Chadwick Walton, made one and 12, respectively, Jermaine Blackwood, two, Andre McCarthy, 13, Brandon King, six, Rovman Powell, eight, and Jerome Taylor, one.Fast bowlers Gavin Tonge, four for 16, and Jeremy Louis, four for four, were the destroyers for the visitors.The game got underway today after rain and a wet outfield forced an abandonment of Friday’s scheduled opening day.last_img

49ers depth chart: Burning questions approaching NFL draft

first_imgQUARTERBACKStarter: Jimmy … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Almost every 49ers position group was addressed in some capacity the past month — except quarterback and tight end where Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle reign.Free agency still could bring in more competition, and next month’s draft surely will, especially with the No. 2 overall pick.Time to measure up each position’s depth and reveal a burning question:last_img

Full text of cabinet appointment

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma delivering hisinauguration speech at the Union Buildingsin Pretoria on Saturday 9 May 2009.(Image: BuaNews)The following is the full text of President Jacob Zuma’s statement on the appointment of South Africa’s new cabinet on 10 May 2009. Members of the media,Good afternoon and thank you for joining us.We have since the launch of the ANC Manifesto indicated the type of new administration we envisaged in terms of size, shape and political focus.We went into an intensive process through the ANC’s National Executive Committee to discuss the type of government structure that would best serve our goals. We wanted a structure that would enable us to achieve visible and tangible socio-economic development within the next five years.It should be a structure which would enable us to effectively implement our policies.The structure of Cabinet and national departments has therefore been re-organised to achieve better alignment between the structure, our electoral mandate as per our election Manifesto, and the developmental challenges that need to receive immediate attention from government.In summary, some of the changes in the structure of government are the following:Following extensive research on international models on how governments in other parts of the world plan and monitor performance, we have decided to establish a National Planning Commission which will be based in the Presidency.The NPC will be responsible for strategic planning for the country to ensure one National Plan to which all spheres of government would adhere.This would enable us to take a more comprehensive view of socio-economic development in the country.We have also created a monitoring and evaluation competency in the Presidency, to monitor and evaluate the performance of government in all three spheres.There will therefore be two Ministers in the Presidency, one responsible for the NPC and the other for Monitoring and Evaluation as well as administration in the Presidency.Other changes are the following:The Department of Minerals and Energy will be split into two separate departments of Mining and of Energy, each with a MinisterThe Department of Education will be split into separate Ministries, one for Basic Education and the other for Higher Education and Training.The Department of Housing will be called the Department of Human Settlements to take on a more holistic focusThere will be a new department of Rural Development and Land Affairs, which are part of our key priorities for the next five yearsThe Department of Water affairs and Forestry becomes the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs.A new Department of Economic Development has been established to focus on economic policymaking. The implementation functions will remain with the Department of Trade and IndustryA new department of Tourism has been createdAgriculture becomes Agriculture, Fisheries and ForestryThe Department of Provincial and Local Government becomes Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.A new Ministry has been created for Women, Youth, Children and People with Disability, to emphasise the need for equity and access to development opportunities for the vulnerable groups in our society.The Cabinet that will fulfill our objectives is composed as follows:The Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa will be Mr Kgalema Petros Motlanthe.The rest of Cabinet in alphabetical order is as follows:1. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister: Tina Joemat-PetersonDeputy Minister: Dr Pieter Mulder2. Arts and Culture Minister: Lulu XingwanaDeputy Minister: Paul Mashatile3. Basic Education Minister: Angie MotshekgaDeputy Minister: Enver Surty4. Communications Minister: Siphiwe NyandaDeputy Minister: Dina Pule5. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister: Sicelo ShicekaDeputy Minister: Yunus Carrim6. Correctional Services Minister: Nosiviwe Mapisa-NqakulaDeputy Minister: Hlengiwe Mkhize7. Defence and Military Veterans Minister: Lindiwe SisuluDeputy Minister: Thabang Makwetla8. Economic Development Minister: Ebrahim PatelDeputy Minister: Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde9. Energy Minister: Dipuo Peters10. Finance Minister: Pravin GordhanDeputy Minister: Nhlanhla Nene11. Health Minister: Dr Aaron MotsoalediDeputy Minister: Dr Molefi Sefularo12. Higher Education and Training Minister: Dr Blade Nzimande13. Home Affairs Minister: Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-ZumaDeputy Minister: Malusi Gigaba14. Human Settlements Minister: Tokyo SexwaleDeputy Minister: Zou Kota15. International Relations and Cooperation Minister: Maite Nkoana-MashabaneDeputy Minister (1): Ebrahim Ismail EbrahimDeputy Minister (2): Sue van der Merwe16. Justice and Constitutional Development Minister: Jeff RadebeDeputy Minister: Andries Nel17. Labour Minister: Membathisi Mdladlana18. Mining Minister: Susan Shabangu19. Police Minister: Nathi MthethwaDeputy Minister: Fikile Mbalula20. Public Enterprises Minister: Barbara HoganDeputy Minister: Enoch Godongwana21. Public Service and Administration Minister: Richard BaloyiDeputy Minister: Roy Padayachie22. Public Works Minister: Geoff DoidgeDeputy Minister: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu23. Rural Development and Land Reform Minister: Gugile NkwintiDeputy Minister: Dr Joe Phaahla24. Science and Technology Minister: Naledi PandorDeputy Minister: Derek Hanekom25. Social Development Minister: Edna MolewaDeputy Minister: Bathabile Dlamini26. Sport and Recreation Minister: Makhenkesi StofileDeputy Minister: Gert Oosthuizen27. State Security Minister: Siyabonga Cwele28. Minister in The Presidency (1) National Planning Commission: Trevor Manuel29. Minister in The Presidency (2) Performance Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Administration in the Presidency: Collins Chabane30. Tourism Minister: Marthinus van SchalkwykDeputy: Thozile Xasa31. Trade and Industry Minister: Rob DaviesDeputy Minister (1): Thandi TobiasDeputy Minister (2): Maria Ntuli32. Transport Minister: Sbusiso Joel NdebeleDeputy Minister: Jeremy Cronin33. Water and Environmental  Affairs Minister: Buyelwa SonjicaDeputy Minister: Rejoice Mabhudafhasi34. Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities Minister: Noluthando Mayende-SibiyaWe stated clearly during the campaign that we want an efficient, caring and effective administration, which will be accessible and responsive to the needs of the people.We reiterate that we will not tolerate laziness and incompetence, and that we will emphasise excellence and achievement from the Cabinet and the public service.With these objectives in mind, I am confident that the new structure of government will enable the state machinery to speed up service delivery.Civil servants will not lose their jobs as a result of these changes. This is a matter of principle in terms of the country’s labour relations dispensation.I however want to stress to our public servants that the era of hard work has begun. Public servants who do their work diligently and efficiently have nothing to worry about.I wish the new team all the best with their responsibilities.We request the South African public and all key sectors of our society to support them in their national service.Let me also take this opportunity to wish all South African mothers well on Mother’s Day today.Mothers are the backbones of our families, communities and our nation.We truly appreciate their role in our society, in both the public sphere and within families.I thank you.Source: The Presidency – Republic of South Africalast_img read more

Managing phosphorus for yield and reduced edge of field losses

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Greg LaBarge, CPAg/CCA, Ohio State University ExtensionA new factsheet highlights eight steps to reducing edge of field P losses while maintain soils for increase crop production. The Phosphorus Nutrient Management for Yield and Reduced P Loss at Edge of Field-AGF-509 ( highlight practices that can be used to reduce edge of field losses of P. There are eight field specific steps to considered.Control erosionIdentify surface inlets to tile and use appropriate practices to reduce surface lossesConsider ground and weather conditions prior to application of fertilizer and manureTake a representative soil testUse soil test as screening tool to meet crop production and water quality goalsWith a soil test P value of 40 PPM Mehlich III or less, you can reduce risk of crop yield losses with nutrient application for crop yield.• A soil test P value of 20 PPM defines the critical level. At 20 PPM or less, the risk of yield loss increases. Annual in-season P nutrient application recommended. Recommendations to build soil test P value to critical level are available.• The maintenance STP range is 20 to 40 PPM. The recommended rate of P is equal to P removed in harvested crop. Annual application is not required. Risk of yield loss is low with flexibility to delay application one (or more) growing seasons, if needed. The greatest risk for event P losses occur when nutrient application is followed by runoff-producing rainfall. Use the following steps to reduce P loss risk at application for water quality.• Use an agronomic rate of no more than two years’ worth crop removal as recommended in the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations. • Time fertilizer applications so predicted rainfall 12 hours after application is less than a 50% chance of more than 1 inch of rainfall. • Time organic nutrient applications so predicted rainfall 24 hours after application is less than a 50% chance of more than 0.5 inches of rainfall. • Subsurface placement reduces losses over surface application. 7.  With a soil test P value above 40 PPM Mehlich III, response to fertilizer is highly unlikely for improving crop yields.• Do not apply additional fertilizer due to lack of economic return. • Organic applications should be determined using P content from testing the organic source and not exceed P crop removal rate for the next two (and no more than three) crops in the rotation. • Consider in-crop application to a nitrogen-using crop to reduce purchased N, maximizing economic return to organic application. • Where in-crop application is not used, incorporate organic nutrients.In terms of water quality, the risk of P loss increases with STP values over 40 PPM, with greater risk after 150 PPM. Do not apply additional fertilizer due to lack of economic return and do not make organic applications when STP is greater than 150 PPM. Follow NRCS 590 site and rate criteria between 40 to 150 PPM. Time organic applications so predicted rainfall 24 hours after application is less than a 50 percent chance of more than 0.5 inches of rainfall. Use the Ohio P risk index, field scale hydrology/water quality models, or monitoring to evaluate site risk for P losses and need for further site BMPs. See step 8. 8. BMPs for high risk P loss sites: Monitor fields for P loss using the Ohio P risk index and field scale hydrologic and water quality models. For sites with predicted high P losses, consider one or more of the following water management practices based on fitness and cost effectiveness for field site:• Production practices that increase soil organic matter to retain water on site • Drainage Water Management (NRCS 554) • Nutrient removal wetlands (NRCS 656) • P Precipitating Filter • Saturated Buffer (NRCS 604) • In-field water storage or detention basins.last_img read more

TCI Tourism Minister gets CTO industry Award Stewart wins too

first_img Related Items:#AdamStewart, #magneticmedianews, #MinRalphHiggs, #TCItourismministergetsCTOindustryaward Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, June 8, 2017 – New York – Turks and Caicos wins in Tourism rolling in this week, as former Tourist Board director and current Tourism Minister, Hon Ralph Higgs will today be bestowed a special honour at the CTO Awards Luncheon in New York.   Minister Higgs will be presented with the Allied Award.  Established in 2005, the Allied Award is presented to an individual among the CTO family who has done an extraordinary job of contributing, in a tangible way, to the sustainable development not only of his or her country, but of the region. The North Caicos MP will today get the prize at the Wyndham New Yorker, where the event is set for noon to 2pm.  Another honoree is no stranger to the Turks and Caicos; it is Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resort International who will get the Jerry Award, for demonstrated passion in the development of the region through time, energy, financial, and other personal and professional resources.  It is Caribbean Week in NY.#MagneticMediaNews#TCItourismministergetsCTOindustryaward#MinRalphHiggs#AdamStewart Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Tourism Minister gets CTO industry Award, Stewart wins toolast_img read more

The Association of Black Psychologists Fades and Fellowship

first_imgThe Association of Black Psychologists presents Fades and Fellowship on August 28th. The reception begins at 6 p.m. Showtime starts at 7:30 pm. Kaiser Permanente is the sponsor. Visit for more information about this event.last_img

Heavy drinking may lead to breathing problems

first_imgDrinking too much alcohol may disrupt the healthy balance in the lungs and impact your breathing, a new study has warned. In the study, adults who drink excessively were found to have less nitric oxide in their exhaled breath than adults who do not drink.  The finding were published in the journal ‘Chest’, and is significant because nitric oxide helps protect against certain harmful bacteria that can cause respiratory infections.“Alcohol appears to disrupt the healthy balance in the lung,” said a researcher. Nitric oxide is a colourless gas produced by the body during respiration. The researchers examined data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Examination Survey (NHANES).  It conducts interviews and physical examinations to assess the health and nutritional status of Americans.For the study the researchers have examined data from 12,059 adults who participated in NHANES between the years 2007 and 2012. Excessive drinkers were defined as heavy drinkers (more than one drink per day on average for women and more than two drinks per day for men) and people who binge drink at least once per month (four or more drinks per occasion for women and five or more drinks for men).In the sample population researchers examined, 26.9 percent of the participants weto be excessive drinkers.  The researchers found that exhaled nitric oxide levels were lower in excessive drinkers than in adults who never drink, and the more alcohol an excessive drinker consumed, the lower the level of nitric oxide.In an asthma patient, the amount of exhaled nitric oxide in a breath test provides a good indication of how well the patient’s medication is working. “Excessive alcohol consumption might complicate the results of such tests. “Lung doctors may need to take this into consideration,” the researcher said.last_img read more