Bailey sees positives at Tennis Jamaica

first_imgTennis Jamaica’s president John Bailey has urged members of his association to move forward in a positive way after he was re-elected unopposed at a rescheduled annual general meeting on Thursday evening at Campion College. “We really want to focus on moving forward and not looking back,” Bailey told The Gleaner yesterday. “We can spend a lot of time talking about what went on in the past, but it is not going to help us. It’s just time to move on.” At last November’s AGM, where Bailey was challenged by John Azar, a disparity in numbers between ballots and eligible voters forced the association to declare the elections null and void. Aswad Morgan was returned as first vice-president, Llockett McGregor; second vice-president and Marcus James, the third vice-president. The treasurer is Charles Pennicook, while Leroy Brown remains the secretary of the association. The regional directors are Pierre Battaglia and James Samson, while the directors are Micola Bicknell, Paula Harris, Charmaine Chin-Loy, Nigel Casserly, Yussuf Migoko, and Steven Shirley. Bailey also revealed that plans to develop the sport include a new playing facility in St Ann, which he hopes will get off the ground in a few months. “The exciting thing is that we are looking to open a new facility in St Ann, Drax Hall in particular, and hopefully, in the next few months, that will start,” he stated. Bailey, who is in his second term as president,, reiterated that the main players in the tennis fraternity are turning their attention to the development of the sport. “The mood in the fraternity is very positive. We will press on and continue to develop the sport and look to Jamaica being on top in the region again in the next few years. So we are back on track, absolutely,” he insisted.last_img read more

4x800m mini-streak under threat

first_imgCalabar, St Elizabeth Technical, and St Jago High Schools have won the 4×800 metres at the last three renewals of the world-renowned Penn Relays. Alongside Kingston College, they will battle to extend that mini-streak when the boys run into action in Philadelphia on Friday. Resistance will come from a local school, Carlisle High.It’s hard to pinpoint the best Jamaican team. The STETHS pair of Rayon Butler and Javauney James went 1-2 in the Boys and Girls’ Championships Class One 800 in 1 minute 50.24 seconds and 1 minute 50.27 seconds. Kingston College beat STETHS at the Western Relays but lost to St Jago at the Gibson-McCook Relays. That’s where the boys from Monk Street set a Jamaican high school record of 7 minutes 32.76 seconds.Since then, St Jago has lost ace Keenan Lawrence to injury. In the meantime, the Calabar pair of Kimar Farquharson and Kevroy Venson bashed the Championship Class Two 800 and 1500 records with quick times of 1 minute 51.26 seconds and 3.55.38, respectively.The old Class Two 1500m mark belonged to Lawrence.CHANCE AT TITLEWhile St Jago will be without him in Philadelphia, Kingston College could add Aryamanya Rogers, the Champs 5000m winner, to the team that chased St Jago in vain at Gibson-McCook. If the Ugandan is back in prime 800 metre form, the purple-and-whites could battle for the title they last won 10 years ago.The rounded KC squad includes Tarees Rhoden, who ran 1.52.53 to be second to Farquharson at Champs; 1.52.62 runner Collin Rowe; and do-it-distance dynamo Kristoff Darby. They could win.During the US indoor season, Carlisle clocked 7 minutes 45.86 seconds in the 4x800m relay. Indoor tracks are generally 200m in circumference and, therefore, have tighter turns and shorter straights than the 400m tracks used outdoors. That alone could put Carlisle well below 7 minutes and 40 seconds this week at the Penn Relays.last_img read more

Business community anxiously awaits CCJ ruling on no-confidence case

first_imgBusinesses along Regent StreetGCCI President Nicholas BoyerThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is holding its stance on the state of business in Guyana as many entrepreneurs are still awaiting the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on the No-Confidence case.This is according to President of the Chamber, Nicholas Boyer during a recent interview with this publication.Back in February, the GCCI conducted a study following the passage of the December 21, 2018, No-Confidence Motion and found that the looming political uncertainty has caused some 64 per cent of businesses to register some sort of decline.“From the results, 64 per cent of respondents [or about two in every three businesses] experienced some form of decline due to uncertainty over the state of political affairs in Guyana. For those businesses which registered a decline in activity, approximately 85 per cent experienced a 25 to 50 per cent drop in the level of commercial activity. The remaining 15 per cent experienced 75 to 100 per cent decline in business,” the GCCI said.Against this backdrop, Boyer noted that there has been no improvement as business owners remain in suspense.“Right now we don’t see a major improvement yet because everybody is aware that May 9 and May 10 will be a hearing at the CCJ so in other words we know that there is a third round to this game and until you get a final decision [we are] still getting that effect from the No-Confidence Motion,” he explained.Furthermore, the Chamber’s President pointed out that this is likely to be the case because most persons are simply waiting on the ruling from the CCJ before making further decisions.“I think that right now businesses are still on a wait and see mode because clearly everybody is aware that on May 9 and 10 the Caribbean Court of Justice will hear arguments for and against whether the No-Confidence Motion was properly passed and then subsequent to that, make a decision,” Boyer said.He made reference to the fact that if the CCJ rules in favour of the Government to say the motion of No-Confidence was not passed then it means business as usual, however, if the court rules that the motion was validly passed to overthrow the Government then the entire country will be in uncertainty, given that the stipulated timeline for Regional and General Elections would have elapsed.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”.Meanwhile, 106 (7) goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.On March 22, a divided Appeal Court ruled that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass the No-Confidence Motion brought against the A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government last year.Government had subsequently asked the House to reverse the passage of the motion, but its Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, had declined the request and had advised that the court be approached. As such, Government had gone to the High Court to challenge the validity of the motion, saying that a 34 majority is needed for it to be successfully passed.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George had, in January, upheld the December 21, 2018, passage of the No-Confidence Motion, ruling that in Guyana’s 65-member National Assembly, a majority is 33. This, however, was appealed by Attorney General Basil Williams.While Justice Rishi Persaud dismissed the appeal and conferred with the ruling of the High Court, his colleague appellate judges allowed the State’s appeal.Both Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory opined that while 33 is the majority of the 65-member National Assembly, the successful passage of a No-Confidence Motion requires an “absolute majority” of 34, and not the “simple” majority of 33 that has been used to pass ordinary business in the House.last_img read more

South Africa’s Ubuntu awards: winners

first_img15 February 2016“Today we honour those who hold our beautiful flag high, and who contribute to not only telling, but demonstrating the good story of the Republic of South Africa,” said President Jacob Zuma at the second Annual Ubuntu Awards held on 13 February in Cape Town.“The men and women that have been honoured here today are inspirational examples of this. In their various industries they have truly excelled, thus promoting a positive image of our nation across the globe.”The aim of the awards is to recognise organisations or individuals who have, through excellence, innovation, creativity, inventiveness, social responsibility or patriotism, distinguished themselves as true ambassadors of South Africa.Nkoana-Mashabane: #UbuntuAwards is about I am because you are. The human qualities of compassion and humility. Community above self-interest— carien du plessis (@carienduplessis) February 13, 2016Best lessons are learnt in this word… What are we without one another? #UbuntuAwards pic.twitter.com/p7tDMbEu7z— J’Something™ (@jsomethingmusic) February 13, 2016WinnersUbuntu Economic Diplomacy Award: Standard Bank and DiscoveryUbuntu Arts and Cultural Diplomacy Award: DJ Black Coffee and musician Hugh MasekelaUbuntu Social Responsibility Award: Rescue SA and the Motsepe FoundationUbuntu Sport Diplomacy Award: Runner Wayde van NiekerkUbuntu Youth Diplomacy Award: Former Miss Earth, LeadSA executive and Play your Part ambassador Catherine ConstantinidesOR Tambo Lifetime Achievement Award (Minister’s Award): Agnes Msimang and the late Johnny Makhathini for their contribution to the anti-apartheid struggleUbuntu Ambassadorial Excellence Award: Ambassador Bene L M’pokoCongratulations to all the #UbuntuAwards winners. We are because you are! Continue showing Ubuntu – Botho – humanity pic.twitter.com/wuDthc17XN— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) February 13, 2016Upon receiving his award, Masekela urged the audience to never forget the late Miriam Makeba, the award-winning songstress and icon. She “made everyone know about South Africa”, he said, when she performed in foreign countries during the days of the struggle.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Bafana in Morocco, looking to Chan

first_img8 October 2013Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund plans to use the friendly international match against Morocco on Friday to assess the talent available to him for the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan).The match will mark the opening of the Agadir New Stadium in Agadir City, a ground that will host the Fifa Club World Championships at the end of this year, as well as the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.South Africa travelled to Morocco on Monday evening without Kamogelo Mokotjo and Kagisho Dikgacoi, but with the late addition of striker Kermit Erasmus.Mokotjo, who has been based in The Netherlands since 2009 and is currently with PEC Zwolle, withdrew because of an injury as did Dikgacoi, who is with English Premier League club Crystal Palace.Late inclusionAfter their withdrawals, Igesund put in a late plea to Orlando Pirates for Erasmus; Pirates’ players were not previously selected for the match because of the Buccaneers’ CAF Champions League commitments. Pirates, however, agreed to release him for Friday’s match.Igesund has included five uncapped players in his squad for the clash with the Atlas Lions: goalkeeper Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), defender Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough FC), midfielders, Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren FC) and Keagan Dolly (Ajax Cape Town FC).South Africa and Morocco have played only four times previously, with South Africa winning twice and the two most recent matches, in 2004 and 2013, being drawn.‘A two-pronged approach’“Half of the team I selected will represent us in the Chan (African Nations Championships) while the other will feature in the qualifiers, so it’s a two-pronged approach,” Igesund said at the announcement of the South African squad last week.Chan 2014 will be only the third edition of the event, which features national teams composed of players who play their football in their home countries.South Africa did not make it to the first Chan finals in 2009, losing 3-0 on aggregate to Zimbabwe in the qualifiers. Hosted by the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo became the first ever winners of the Championship, defeating Ghana 2-0 in the final.2011 ChanIn 2011, Bafana Bafana edged past Botswana and Zambia, both on 2-1 aggregates, to qualify for the Chan finals.South Africa topped Group B in the finals after beating Ghana 2-1, Niger 2-0, and Zimbabwe 2-1, but were defeated 2-0 by Algeria in the quarterfinals.Tunisia, winners on penalties over Algeria in the semi-finals, then crushed Angola 3-0 to claim the title.As hosts of the 2014 tournament, South Africa was an automatic qualifier for the finals.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast December 2, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Colder air came in to the state yesterday behind a frontal boundary that swept through the region. The weather system that brought the front also triggered some wrap around moisture that continues in some areas today. We look for this light spotty moisture, a mixture of rain sleet and wet snow, to continue to rotate through the state for at least part of the day before finally exiting to the east. The strong north flow coming across Lake Erie also means we have to watch for lake effect precipitation, especially in far NE Ohio. Moisture ends by midday to early afternoon in far western OH, if not sooner, but may linger into mid or even late afternoon in eastern areas. WE do finally dry down by sunset in all areas of the state.Partly sunny, chilly and dry tomorrow and Wednesday. We can see a bit of lake effect snow fire off again overnight Wednesday night, and at times the clouds will spread to dominate most of Ohio. However, snow totals look minor, and will be most concentrated in far NE Ohio, in the typical lake effect areas. Back to sunshine and some clouds for Thursday and Friday, with no new precipitation.High pressure parks over the eastern corn belt for the weekend, drawing down chilly air on north flow ahead of the High on Saturday, but then south flow develops on the backside of the high for Sunday, and we can see temps climb, perhaps even to normal and above normal levels. That south flow will feed into our next front, making it a bit stronger.Rains arrive Monday and continue through Tuesday of next week. Combined totals can be from .25″-1″ with coverage at 100% of the state. Rain totals will be split pretty evenly across both days. We do go drier for next Wednesday, and stay dry then into the following weekend. That means we have only 1 truly good threat of significant moisture over the next 2 weeks, and that happens early next week. 10 day liquid equivalent precipitation totals are at right.last_img read more

Facebook Suspends Phone & Address Sharing Feature

first_imgmike melanson Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Just before the weekend, Facebook announced that it would begin allowing third-party applications and websites to request that users share both their mobile phone number and address. Now, the company has said that it will be putting the new feature on hold while it makes changes to make sure that Facebook users are aware of the potential for data sharing.Douglas Purdy, director of developer relations, just posted on the Facebook developer blog to explain that Facebook agrees with its critics that the feature could be better implemented and the company will be pulling it until changes are made.“Over the weekend, we got some useful feedback that we could make people more clearly aware of when they are granting access to this data. We agree, and we are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so. We’ll be working to launch these updates as soon as possible, and will be temporarily disabling this feature until those changes are ready. We look forward to re-enabling this improved feature in the next few weeks.”Purdy was just hired last November to “improve Facebook’s relationship with the community.” This move will not only help with Facebook’s developer community, but potentially its user community too. A primary complaint of many commenters, developers and members of the data portability community was that the permissions dialog design did little to convey to users that they were now sharing information that had previously been kept for use on Facebook, not third-party applications. Take a look at the permission dialog: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Breaking#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting While the request for new information seems apparent here, when it becomes part of a much longer list of permissions, it may easily slip past without users noticing. Purdy was not specific in what changes would be made, but we hope that it has to do with at very least the design of the dialog, if not even allowing users to have granular control over what they share with who at the time of sharing, not in a separate settings page.For an in-depth look at the new feature, give “Facebook & Identity: The Continued Push Toward Becoming Your One True Login” a read. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Blue Heron EcoHaus: Blower Door Testing

first_imgAirtightness is as important as, if not more important than, the amount of insulation you put in your house. These two elements of building — insulation and airtightness — are the two pillars of a passive house (and pretty much any other “eco-house” building).For our house, we’d gone with high levels of insulation — in the range of three times the typical amount for standard construction. We had R-32 under the slab and in the basement walls, R-56 for the above-grade walls, and R-80 in the attic. However, in deciding on our insulation levels and in targeting our goals for airtightness, we did try to strike a balance between cost and benefit and recognize the point of diminishing returns.I have written about our insulation choices previously here, so I will not revisit that topic. But in terms of airtightness, there are some basics that are worth discussing. The fact is that air leaking into and out of a building is not efficient, no matter how much insulation you have in the walls. Although insulation decisions, thermal bridge reduction, and solar gain can be designed into the house, airtightness can really only be ensured while constructing the building. Editor’s note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus, documenting their journey “from urbanites to ruralites” and the construction of a superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. Their previous blog on GBA was called Insulation, Air-Sealing, and a Solar Array. The blog below was originally published in January. (A complete list of Kent Earle’s GBA blogs is provided in the “Related articles” sidebar below.) Choosing an “ambitious but realistic goal”We decided to set an ambitious but realistic goal of 0.8 ach50.The reason for this was four-fold.First, our house is not big. It is a rectangular bungalow measuring 1,240 square feet. The blower door test is an test of absolute air leakage from the building — not a relative test. By that I mean that a large house can more easily meet a lower ACH level then a smaller house due to the greater volume of the house overall.Second, we were not prepared to spend a great amount of money on air-sealing tapes, interior sheathing, and the labor to do this. In Canada, a standard house is sealed with a 6-mil vapor barrier (the cost is $50 per 8 foot by 500 foot roll) and tuck tape (also known as housewrap tape; $6 per roll). A Passivhaus is often sheathed with 5/8-inch OSB ($25 per 4-foot by 8-foot sheet) on the interior to serve as its vapor retarder or with a high-end Intello Plus vapor barrier ($320 per 64 inch by 164 foot roll) with the seams sealed with Tescon Profil tape or Vana tape ($45 per roll).It does not take much in the way of math skills to see that the latter option can get extremely expensive. But if you really want to ensure you hit that Passivhaus 0.6 ach50 target, that’s probably what you need to do. (The Tescon Profil tape is often used on the outside walls as well to seal the air barrier, windows, and doors).Third, we were not pursuing Passivhaus certification, so really there was no point in ensuring that we hit 0.6 ach50. If you’re spending the money to have a Passivhaus consultant work with you at the initial design stage and you’re spending the money on high-end Passivhaus-certified windows, as well as special tapes and extra insulation, you had better make sure that you hit 0.6 ach50 or all of that expense will be for nothing.For us, if we made 0.6 ach50, great. If we didn’t, oh well.Finally, we were installing a wood-burning stove and chimney. Although the stove itself is a very high-quality unit from Morsø in Denmark, I figured that this extra hole in the wall would negatively impact our airtightness. But we were not budging on the wood stove. We also had another extra hole in the wall for the water cistern in the basement — but again, this could not be avoided.All that being said, we did make every effort to design the house so it would be as airtight as we could get it. The dense-packed cellulose in the walls itself provides a high degree of air sealing on its own. We limited the penetrations into and out of the house by selecting a condensing dryer from Bosch and having an electric boiler. (The only penetrations are the chimney stack, the water cistern pipe, and the heat-recovery ventilator).We used standard 6-mil poly for the vapor barrier, with acoustic sealant at every seam. Each seam was also taped with standard tuck tape to ensure another layer of added protection. Around the windows and exterior doors, we used Teson Profil air-sealing tapes to attach the vapor barrier to the frames. Although this tape is very pricey, it made sense to me to use it here as the greatest area of air leakage is often at the window frames and doors. BLOGS BY KENT EARLE Insulation, Air-Sealing, and a Solar ArraySoffits and Siding at the Blue Heron EcoHausPlacing the Concrete FloorsAdding Walls and RoofDealing With Really Bad WaterMaking an ICF FoundationLet Construction BeginPicking High-Performance WindowsHow Small Can We Go?Choosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemHeating a Superinsulated House in a Cold ClimateIs Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate? Now it was time to test the houseThe testing is done with a blower-door test. The depressurization test is described at the U.S. Department of Energy website this way: “A blower door is a powerful fan that mounts into the frame of an exterior door. The fan pulls air out of the house, lowering the air pressure inside. The higher outside air pressure then flows in through all unsealed cracks and openings.”The pressurization test is performed in a similar way, except by forcing air into the house.“The auditors may use a smoke pencil to detect air leaks,” the website continues. “These tests determine the air infiltration rate of a building. Blower doors consist of a frame and flexible panel that fit in a doorway, a variable-speed fan, a pressure gauge to measure the pressure differences inside and outside the home, and an airflow manometer and hoses for measuring airflow.”Essentially, the test simulates wind blowing against the house in all directions at the same time. The test takes about an hour to administer with the tester taking multiple readings at different fan speeds both while depressurizing and pressurizing the building.While the test was running, we also used an infrared camera to look for any hot or cold spots.Testers measure air flow while a fan temporarily placed in a doorway pressurizes and depressurizes the building.A couple of days later, the technician sent us the results: 0.8 ach50.Right bang on our goal. Not bad. The guy who tested it said it was the tightest building he’d ever tested.I was happy enough with the results, but a couple of days later I happened to be standing beside the chimney on a windy day and I could (ever so slightly) hear a whistle through the stovepipe. I looked closely at the seams and saw they were not fully sealed. Damn!We’d also had some crappy construction locks on the doors, and when I put my hand against them I could feel wind there, too! Double damn!After sealing these leaks and a few other tiny ones we found, we did another test a couple of weeks ago. This time, the results were 0.72 ach50. Not too shabby.After talking to the tester, though, he thought that given the higher-than-expected discrepancy between the depressurized and pressurized values, maybe the vents of the HRV had opened slightly and causing a skew to occur. He’d like to do one more retest in a couple of weeks, thinking this would take it down to 0.65 ach50 or lower. At this point, he’s doing it at no charge; he’s simply interested to see what the truest level of airtightness is.For me, I’m happy to know that we reached almost Passivhaus airtightness values while still being as economical as possible. Airtightness is tested with a blower door. The usual metric is “air changes per hour at 50 pascals of pressure,” or ach50. Typical construction in Canada reaches about 3 ach50. The Canadian R2000 program, our high-efficiency energy standard, calls for 1.5 ach50, while the Passivhaus standard is a whopping 0.6 ach50.Although I was hoping we could target the extremely difficult goal of 0.6 ach50, the question was: How much money were we willing to spend in order to get there? As with insulation levels, there is a point of diminishing returns. Would 0.8 ach50 versus 0.6 ach50 be any more noticeable in terms of user comfort? And over the lifespan of the building, would you ever balance out these costs? RELATED ARTICLES Air-Sealing Tapes and GasketsBlower Door BasicsPinpointing Leaks With a Fog MachineQuestions and Answers About Air BarriersGetting the Biggest Bang for Your Air-Sealing BuckIs OSB Airtight?Video: Understanding Blower Door Testslast_img read more