Somalia marks 55 Years of Independence

first_imgIt is a nation that has witnessed the harshest consequences of internal conflict. Somalia has endured a torrid existence, with no formal government for more than two decades, as well as a continuing drawn out war against militant group Al Shabaab. But such major challenges are not stopping Somalis from celebrating fifty five years of independence Related Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence Somalia marks a year without Polio Somalia reopens US embassy after 25 yearslast_img

England six face France in boys’ international

first_img8 May 2019 England six face France in boys’ international Tags: elite golf, England teams, England v Spain, Junior Golf Six England players will take on France in an U18 boys’ international at Chantilly Golf Club this weekend.They are Enrique Dimayuga of Surrey (pictured), Dubai-based Josh Hill, Habebul Islam of Ipswich, Ben Pierleoni of Hertfordshire, Ben Schmidt of Yorkshire and Robin Williams of Northamptonshire.The match takes place on Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 May, and is being played on the course which will host the European boys’ team championship in July.The players are all members of the England Golf national boys’ squad:Enrique Dimayuga, 17, (Walton Heath) tied fourth in the stroke play stages of the French Boys’ championship and reached the last 16 in the match play. He was 10th in the Hampshire Salver.Josh Hill, 15, (Dubai) was in England’s winning team at the 2018 Boys’ Home Internationals and has started a busy schedule on 2019 events, mixing men’s and boys’ tournaments.Habebul Islam, 18, (Ipswich) was also in England’s winning team at the 2018 Boys’ Home Internationals. He reached the match play stages of the 2019 French Boys’ championship and had a top 20 finish in the Portuguese Men’s Amateur.Ben Pierleoni, 17, (Berkhamsted) was 10th in the Berkhamsted Trophy and reached the match play stages of the French Boys’ championship. He has successfully represented England at U16 level.Ben Schmidt, 16, (Rotherham) was third in last weekend’s U18 Fairhaven Trophies, having had top tens in the U21 Darwin Salver and the Portuguese Men’s Amateur. Last season he won the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions and the Lee Westwood Trophy.Robin Williams, 17, (Peterborough Milton) represented Europe in the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup. He was in England’s winning team at the 2018 Boys’ Home Internationals and sank the winning putt for GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy match against continental Europe.Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Ranney Robotics Club Competes in Top Tournament

first_imgTINTON FALLS – The Ranney School Robot­ics Club has been working hard all year to design, build and drill their robots for multiple competitions. All their hard work paid off recently when one of the Upper School robotics teams, led by Raymond Moser ’15 of Shrewsbury, had the opportunity to travel to Anaheim, Calif., and compete in the VEX World Robotics Championship.Members of the Ranney School Robotics Club.More than 15,000 people, including students, teachers, coaches and industry leaders attended the event, representing 24 countries. Approxi­mately 700 teams competed at the middle school, high school and college level.  Simply qualifying for the championship meet meant that the Ranney team ranked in the top 9 percent of all teams worldwide.The event was streamed live and part of it was shown during the April 18 Ranney School Lower School Science Fair on the RSPA Panther Hall and Roberts Stage screen.“The experience was extre­me­ly valuable because we learned many different methods of improving our robot’s speed, size and agility for next year,” said Noel Delgado, dean of students, who attended the competition with robotics team coach Raymond Moser. “With a larger robotics space planned for next year, a 2013-2014 robotics class offering, as well as several supporting gifts from families, our team will be larger, more enthusiastic, better equipped and superbly prepared for next year’s tournament. Our goal is to bring two of our teams to next year’s world championship.”last_img read more

Apple’s Steve Jobs unveils new Macs featuring Intel processors

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple Computer Inc.’s historic shift to Intel Corp. microprocessors came months earlier than expected Tuesday as CEO Steve Jobs unveiled desktop and notebook computers based on new two-brained chips from the world’s largest semiconductor company’s. The first Macs to deploy Intel’s Core Duo processors will be the latest iMac desktop, whose circuitry is all built into the display, and the MacBook Pro laptop. When it announced the switch in June, Apple said it expected to begin making the transition by mid-2006. On Tuesday, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs was joined at the Macworld expo by Intel CEO Paul Otellini to unveil the new jointly designed computers. Intel, on the other hand, has been focusing on developing chips specifically tailored for notebooks. In 2003, it launched its Centrino notebook technology with a processor that boosted a longer battery life by minimizing its power demand without a major hit to performance. During last week’s International Consumer Electronics Show, Intel unveiled the latest generation, the Core Duo, which features two computing engines on a single piece of silicon. It was that chip that the Apple decided to fit into the new iMac. The new iMacs will have the same all-in-one design as previous models and will be available with 17-inch and 20-inch screens for $1,299 and $1,699. Jobs claimed the new models are two to three times faster than the iMac G5, based on an IBM chip. “With (the) Mac OS X (operating system) plus Intel’s latest dual-core processor under the hood, the new iMac delivers performance that will knock our customers’ socks off,” said Jobs. The MacBooks Pros start at $1,999. The Core Duo chip’s low energy requirements are expected to enable ever-smaller computers, including some built right into television sets as the industry gears its machines more toward multimedia use.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Otellini came onstage wearing a clean room suit that the chip company has famously used in its ad campaigns — and that Apple once lampooned in its ads of its own. For years, Apple shunned Intel, which has provided chips that power a majority of the world’s PCs, along with Windows software from Microsoft Corp. In the late 1990s, Apple even ran TV ads with a Pentium II glued to a snail and others with a toasted clean room suit. But Apple, looking for faster, more energy-efficient chips, became increasingly frustrated in recent years as its chip suppliers, IBM Corp. and Motorola Corp.’s spinoff, Freescale Semiconductor Inc., failed to meet its needs. Of particular concern was IBM’s apparent inability to develop a G5 chip that would work well in notebook computers.last_img read more

QPR back to prepare for Fulham clash

first_imgThe QPR squad have arrived back in England following a five-day visit to Portugal.Manager Mark Hughes was keen to take his players for a break in the sun ahead of the all-important run-in to the season.Rangers, who are two places above the relegation zone, face Hughes’ former club Fulham in a west London derby at Loftus Road on Saturday.Recent signing Samba Diakite, who met his new team-mates during the trip, is expected to make his R’s debut.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

World’s top surfers line up for Mr Price Pro

first_img12 May 2014Entries are pouring in from around the globe for South Africa’s Mr Price Pro Ballito, which takes place on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast from 30 June to 6 July. By the weekend, 68 of the top 96 surfers in the world had confirmed their entries for the ASP Qualifying Series (QS) event.The Mr Price Pro carries a prize purse of R2.7-million and 11 of the world’s top 34 surfers have already signed up for it.Highest rankedWorld number nine Miguel Pupo of Brazil is the highest ranked competitor entered so far. Renowned for his lightning-fast, above-the-lip prowess, Pupo is a proven performer with three major QS victories under his belt.South Africa’s Jordy Smith weighs in as the second highest ranked surfer, one place below Pupo in the standings. A former Mr Price Pro Ballito champion (2010), Smith has three World Championship Tour (WCT) and six QS victories to his name and is a firm favourite in Ballito.Joining them are 2001 world champion and tour veteran CJ Hobgood (USA), as well as WCT stalwarts world number 18 Adam Melling (Aus), world number 33 Alejo Muniz (Bra) and two of the tour’s best back-handers, world number 21 Adrian Buchan (Aus) and world number 26 Matt Wilkinson (Aus).Triple Crown of Surfing champOn-again off-again WCT campaigners, world number 21 Jadson Andre (Bra) and world number 26 Aritz Aranburu (Esp) will have extensive experience surfing the QS four- man heat format on their side, while 2012 Triple Crown of Surfing champion Sebastian Zietz (Haw) will surf with the confidence of being a proven performer in everything from three to 10 foot (one – three metre) surf.Current world number two on the WQS ratings, Australian Matt Banting, leads the field as the highest ranked QS surfer. Banting has won one six-star event on the QS this season, taking down veteran Nathan Hedge (Aus) with a pair of near perfect scores in Australia earlier this year.Hedge comes in as the second highest rated surfer with a win at a one-star event and a second place at the six-star in Australia this season.Thomas Hermes (Bra) and former Mr Price Pro champion Patrick Gudauskas (USA) are other top-10 ranked QS competitors expected to excel in the powerful waves of Ballito.Entries will remain open until 3 June when the organisers expect all 90 places to be filled.WildcardsThe Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) will award three wildcards to the highest ranked non-qualifying surfers in the region, while Mr Price will select two surfers of their choice. The sixth wildcard will go to the winner of the trials held prior to commencement of competition on 30 June, thus completing the 96-man field.Beach festivalRenowned as one of the biggest beach festivals on the African continent, the Mr Price Pro Ballito is expecting approximately 100 000 fans to soak up the non-stop entertainment over the seven days.While the surfers ride the ocean waves by day, spectators will once again be rocked by sound waves at night when Mr Price and the KwaDukuza Municipality present free music concerts at Salt Rock on 3 and 4 July.Thursday, 3 July 3, sees a night of Kwaito, Afro-pop, hip-hop and house, while Friday, 4 July, caters to more of a pop, rock and dance themed audience.On 1 and 2, the event will also incorporate a Food and Wine festival, bringing mouth- watering flavours to the beach and building on the lifestyle event that proved to be so successful last year.CSI programmeThe RedCap Foundation has been selected as the event’s Corporate Social Investment program as RedCap has been actively involved in the region since 2010 with their health and education programmes impacting low-income communities in KwaDukuza.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio livestock and poultry farmers support Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Poultry Association and the Ohio Dairy Producers Association announced their support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) recently. The announcement comes amid budget discussions to dramatically decrease funding for the GLRI.The livestock and poultry groups issued the below statement regarding their support of the GLRI:“Improving the quality of the Great Lakes has, and will, remain a top priority of ours today, and for generations to come. In order to be successful in our efforts of restoring the lakes, and preventing further damage, we recognize the progress made by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and see value in continuing to support the effort and build-off the momentum. Our farmers have reassured their commitment to restoring the lakes, and in doing so, supporting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative launched in 2010 with the following areas of focus: cleaning up the Great Lakes Areas of Concern, preventing invasive species, reducing nutrient runoff and restoring habitat to protect native species. Last year, GLRI-funded projects totaled more than $154 million — more than $13 million of those funds were directed specifically to Ohio. With the areas of focus in mind, these projects were directed towards education, research and outreach.“While some of the GLRI-funded projects counterbalanced our farmers’ efforts, we recognize the significant benefit of those programs that enhanced farmers’ work to protect to the lakes. For example, Ohio livestock and poultry farmers worked closely with GLRI-funded projects to identify the means to better implement conservation systems, and utilize nutrients more wisely and efficiently. What’s more, state and federal agriculture-related agencies, like the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Ohio Department of Agriculture, have relied on the GLRI’s resources when strategically targeting the most serious threats to the Great Lakes.“In closing, we encourage federal elected officials to remain focused on improving the Great Lakes, and urge them to support funding for the GLRI in the coming Fiscal Year. Through continued funding of programs like the GLRI, we hope to remain good stewards of the Great Lakes, and promote cleaner, safer, water for our families, friends and neighbors.”last_img read more

How long can a corn seed hold its breath?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Andy Westhoven, AgriGold regional agronomistAt this point in the calendar, undoubtedly, there are many corn fields planted around the area. Just as undoubtedly, planting conditions will be like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears — some will be too cold and wet, some too hot and dry, and some just right. The role as an agronomist usually travels down the road of the first two situations in Goldilocks’ tale — less than ideal planting conditions. Somewhere in the eastern Corn Belt, after a corn field has been planted, a torrential rainfall will occur and/or there will be a cold period where a grower might wonder, “What is to become of the corn seed I just planted? How long can it last in the soil before rotting and dying?”Last season almost gave growers a false impression of corn emergence when most fields emerged in about 8 days. This is certainly not the norm. Most growers would average close to 12 to 14 days for corn to emerge year in and year out. It is a general understanding that corn seed treatments can last 3 weeks give or take. This is also the answer to the title question: How long can corn seed hold its breath? The answer is 3 weeks. The best way to improve upon a more rapid and uniform emergence is to plant into a warming trend.Easier said than done, right? From the time of planting the seed until emergence, the best defense a corn seed has is the seed treatment, as it does not have any natural defenses. Typical corn seed treatments consist of fungicide and insecticide protection. The fungicides usually play the larger part during the “hold my breath” moment.With temperatures in the mid to low 60s, field saturation, and cloudy weather are the perfect environment for slow to little corn seed growth and development. When a corn seed is not developing, pathogens — namely Pythium and Fusarium — could potentially attack a vulnerable seed. Once an infection occurs, it still could take up to several weeks to know the consequences. If the corn seed germinates and emerges, the disease could still ultimately kill the plant before it can “outgrow” the pathogen. In this case, the best advice is for warmer and drier weather for a period where the balance of power can be swayed back into the corn seed’s favor for rapid growth. Rapid growth is really the best medicine for a disease-infected corn seed or seedling.In addition to the disease threats, many insects prey on vulnerable seeds. During a prolonged emergence period, insects such as white grubs, wireworms, and seed corn maggot are the most common culprits to feed on corn seeds. While most seed treatments provide excellent protection in this arena, it is not uncommon to find hotspots in a field based on a variety of different reasons.Ironically enough when you consider a seed holding its breath, oxygen in the soil is another factor one must consider about seed viability/longevity in the soil. Any practice that reduces oxygen or pore space in the soil profile can also cause seed germination/emergence issues. Obviously, a wet, saturated field would qualify here. Outside of weather conditions, though, compaction can be a large threat.Compaction could be caused from heavy equipment. But, if one dives deeper, there is often planter compaction caused from too much down pressure. This is the pressure that is placed by the actual row unit being either too heavy and/or having too much pressure applied. Most of these can be reduced by planter settings, but still can be a hidden problem.In that ideal world, most would simply hit repeat of the 2018 spring season. Unfortunately, there is no easy button here and each year, farm, and field present unique challenges that keep all operators on their toes. Let’s hope that everyone finds that warming trend!last_img read more

Kharghar police hunt for conman who targets builders

first_imgA conman who is on bail in a June 2018 case appears to have got back to doing what he is best at: cheating builders.Kharghar police are on the lookout for a Milind Lavate, who cheated a Pune builder of ₹31.5 lakh, promising him a bank loan of Rs. 100 crore for his project.In June 2018, Mumbai police had arrested Mr. Lavate on charges of cheating various builders by promising them hefty loans for their projects. The accused was on bail in that case.According to police, he impersonated as a senior bureaucrat and moved around in high-end cars bearing VIP passes and fake stickers of government departments.Mr. Lavate has finished Class XII and had earlier worked as a loan processing agent for a private bank from where he got the idea of cheating people in the name of offering hefty loans.In the case registered with the Kharghar police, Naresh Agrawal (50), a builder from Hadapsar, Pune, wanted to construct a building on a 250-acre lot in Solapur. In 2017, he had met one Suraj Singh from the construction fraternity, who told him he could help him get a loan and introduced him to Mr. Lavate.Mr. Agarwal met Mr Lavate, who claimed to be the owner of Paryay Finances, at Hotel Three Star wherein Mr. Lavate asked him for ₹10.5 lakh as fees, which he paid. Later, Mr. Lavate demanded ₹15 lakh and then ₹6 lakh as processing fees.Many months later, Mr. Agarwal asked Mr. Lavate to pay back the money, following which he gave him a cheque which bounced.Mr. Agarwal also contacted Mr. Singh, but met with no success. He then registered a case with the Kharghar police. “We are on the lookout for the accused, who was not available at his residence. The Mumbai police has more than 30 cases against him,” said police inspector Mahesh Patil from Kharghar police station.last_img read more

2009 X-Blades National Youth Championships preview

first_imgOver 1,500 players and spectators will converge on Port Macquarie for the four day event which showcases the top under 18’s talent in Australia. The championships have returned to the traditional Under 18’s format after the inclusion of the Under 20’s division in 2008, with 36 teams competing at the tournament.The event is Port Macquarie’s second national Touch Football tournament this year, after the National Touch League was hosted at the stadium in March.QSST’s Boys and Girls teams will both be looking to again take a clean sweep of the Under 18’s titles after their dominance at the 2008 championships, but will face tough competition from NSWCHS, NSWCCC, SQBD Sharks and Brisbane City Cobras in both divisions. Local hopes will be high after the Northern Eagles fifth placing in the Under 18’s Girls last year, and the experience of their coach – Australian Women’s 20’s player, Stephanie Halpin, will be of great benefit to the team. The Under 18’s Boys team will be looking to improve on their result of 14th at the 2008 championships with the help of the talent Port Macquarie brothers, Nick and Matt Bale. The round games will be played from Wednesday to Friday, before the semi finals and finals are played on Saturday. To keep updated on scores and news throughout the tournament, please visit the National Youth Championships website: http://www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comlast_img read more