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

Hedges on Wild Atlantic Way getting too wild

first_imgTourists travelling through some of the most scenic areas of Donegal are missing out on views due to overgrown hedges, according to Letterkenny Cllr John O’Donnell.The scenery on the roads from Ramelton to Rathmullan and on the Mulroy Drive around Cranford is being hidden by overgrowth, said Cllr O’Donnell today as he called on the council to cut the hedges. However, wildlife laws dictate that the council cannot touch the overgrowth until 31st August unless it impacts on road safety. In preparation for the end of summer, Cllr O’Donnell suggested that the council work in partnership with community groups to make plans to get the work done when the ban lifts.“Given, on past experience of timeframes on how long it takes to get anything done in this council, I would envisage that it would be August before we put the wheels in motion anyway,” Cllr O’Donnell said. He asked the council to not wait until August to contact community groups and Tidy Towns committees who may be willing to enter a joint venture on hedge-cutting.Hedges on Wild Atlantic Way getting too wild was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:cllr john o donnellhedgesLetterkenny Municipal DistrictROADStourismWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

L’agriculture sud-africaine

first_imgCouvrant 1,2 million de kilometres carres de terre, l’Afrique du Sud fait un huitieme des États-Unis et presentent sept regions climatiques, du climat mediterraneen au climat subtropical et au semi-desert.La biodiversite et un littoral de 3000 kilometres de long desservi par sept ports commerciaux favorisent la culture d’une large gamme de produits marins et agricoles, des arbres a feuilles caduques, citrons et fruits subtropicaux jusqu’aux cereales, laine, fleurs coupees, betail et gibier.Les activites agricoles vont d’une production cerealiere intensive et une agriculture mixte dans les regions a hiver ou ete pluvieux a l’elevage de betail dans le bushveld et de moutons dans les regions arides. On cultive surtout le mais, suivi par le ble, l’orge, la canne a sucre et le tournesol.Alors que 13 % des terres sud-africaines peuvent etre utilisees pour la production agricole, seules 22 % sont des terres arables a fort potentiel. Le facteur le plus limitatif est la disponibilite de l’eau. Les precipitations sont distribuees de façon inegale a travers le pays, certaines regions etant propices a la secheresse. Pres de 50 % de l’eau d’Afrique du Sud est utilisee pour l’agriculture avec environ 1,3 million d’hectares irrigues.Aujourd’hui, l’Afrique du Sud est non seulement auto-suffisante pour presque tous les principaux produits agricoles mais c’est aussi un exportateur d’aliments. L’agriculture demeure d’une importance vitale pour l’economie et le developpement de l’Afrique Australe. Depuis 1994, le gouvernement a travaille au developpement de fermes a petite echelle pour favoriser la creation d’emplois.Les exportationsL’Afrique du Sud fait partie des cinq premiers exportateurs mondiaux d’avocats, de pamplemousses, de mandarines, de prunes, de poires et de produits derives des autruches.L’agriculture contribue a 8 % du total des exportations du pays. Les produits qui s’exportent le plus sont le vin, le citron, le sucre, le raisin, le mais, les jus de fruit, la laine et les fruits d’arbres a feuilles caduques comme les pommes, les poires, les peches et les abricots.Les autres produits d’exportation importants sont les avocats, les produits laitiers, les fleurs, les preparations alimentaires, les cuirs et les peaux, la viande, les boissons non alcoolisees, les ananas, les fruits secs et les noix, le sucre et les vins.Un certain nombre de niches du marche a forte croissance emergent comme les tisanes et les fruits de mer onereux.Les avantages concurrentielsEn plus de la biodiversite du pays, les ressources marines, des infrastructures de rang mondial et les tarifs competitifs, l’agriculture et le secteur agricole commercial de l’Afrique du Sud beneficient d’un plus grand acces au marche vers ses partenaires commerciaux principaux, l’UE et les USA, grace a un certain nombre d’accords.L’inversion des saisons en Afrique du Sud par rapport a l’Europe, premier marche des exportations de produits horticoles et floraux, est un autre avantage concurrentiel important. L’Afrique du Sud est le producteur principal de produits horticoles et floraux dans l’hemisphere sud le plus proche de l’Europe et ses delais de livraison sont bien plus courts que ceux de ses rivaux.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of Trade and IndustryAgricultural Research CouncilWines of South Africalast_img read more

Eastern Cape hooks into SA’s ocean economy

first_img14 January 2015With its 800km of coastline, South Africa’s Eastern Cape is set to become South Africa’s leading hub of maritime economic activity.The province is home to the two major port cities of Port Elizabeth and East London, both established industrial manufacturing coastal centres, giving the Eastern Cape several strategic competitive advantages, says Mfundo Piti, the economic infrastructure development manager of the Coega Development Corporation (CDC).The South African government announced in October 2014 that it would be implementing ocean economy projects, which it expected to contribute more than R20- billion to the country’s gross domestic product by 2019.These projects form part of the government’s National Development Plan, its economic blueprint that aims to promote economic growth and job creation.South Africa’s oceans have the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to the GDP and create over one million jobs by 2033, two decades from now, the government said.Unlocking the ocean economy – part of Operation Phakisa, which aims to fast track transformation – has four priority areas:marine transport and manufacturing;offshore oil and gas exploration:aquaculture; as well asmarine protection services and ocean governance.“A thriving maritime sector will shift the Eastern Cape into an era of prosperity,” Piti says. “The momentum displayed so far by the local private-state nexus shows a strong capacity and desire to further tap the potential of a sector that has largely shaped the history of these two cities.”Ports have always been at the forefront of maritime economic organisation, catalysing economic growth through the trade of manufactured goods, commodities and raw materials. They have helped transform underdeveloped regions into important trade centres which, in turn, has created jobs.“As both entry and exit points, the two ports have been critical in the past, present and future of the province and indeed the country,” Piti says.Nelson Mandela Bay’s Port of Ngqura, a deep-water sea port is adjacent to the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) It is becoming the fastest growing terminal in the world, according to Drewry Maritime Research quoted by the CDC.The South African government has partnered with South Korea to establish a national shipping company.“World sea traffic passes by the Eastern Cape on the East-West pendulum trade routes, opening up major opportunities for ship-building and repairs in the region,” Piti says.Ship building and repairsThe world merchant fleet in 2013 comprised 106 833 vessels responsible for shipping goods and commodities between the continents, including visits to the three ports of the Eastern Cape.During 2013, around 5 944 container ships, vessels and tankers were commissioned for construction by various countries. This represents an opportunity for the Eastern Cape to become a marine industrial centre for shipbuilding and repairs, Piti says.While South Africa’s ship-building industry holds international credibility through its shipyards in Cape Town and Richards Bay, the Eastern Cape’s “world-class industrial manufacturing economy will make the province an excellent contender for future shipbuilding activities in the oceans economy”, Piti maintains.Nelson Mandela Bay and East London dominate South Africa’s automotive industry which means the province is already home to the necessary expertise, skilled labour, logistic services, Piti says.“But there’s more that can be done,” he says. “The expertise of the industrial base should not only be extended for the ship-building industries but need to be extended further” – augmented by aeronautical components manufacturing, for example.Food security“Marine food resources are depleting at devastating rates,” Piti says. “Between 60 and 70% of the world’s fish species are exhausted. And, with one out of every five individuals on this planet relying on ocean food as sources of protein, we are on the brink of food security crisis.”The CDC plans to establish a R2-billion aqua-farming facility at Coega. Marine animals and plants such as finfish, abalone and seaweed will be farmed on 300 hectares in the Coega IDZ, creating 5 000 jobs.Read more: Coege to develop R2bn aqua-farming facilityNelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth will be playing a critical role in knowledge generation for maritime and marine industries, Piti says. The university formalised ties with the UN-endorsed World Maritime University (WMU) in Sweden in 2013.“NMMU is already making critical research contributions that will enhance the competitiveness of the region in environmental sustainable ways. Several African countries attended NMMU’s African Maritime Domain Conference [in November 2013] to develop responsible governance policies,” Piti says.Marine tourismCruise vacations offers Eastern Cape Tourism many opportunities to promote the province, Piti maintains. “We – or tour operators – should consider further partnering with cruise line operators and ground handlers to build on the current tourism offerings. It is an opportunity that has not yet been fully maximised to increase the much needed tourism spend in the Eastern Cape.”Demand for the ocean cruises increased by 77% over the past decade, Piti says. The majority of passengers are American, followed by travellers from Europe.“Our province is one of the most diverse and spectacular tourism destinations in South Africa, including rich cultural diversity, Big Five game reserves, stunning landscapes and, of course, a beautiful coastline with blue-flag beaches.“We are also home to one of the first-ever Big Seven game reserves – Addo Elephant National Park – which integrates the Big Five with marine life to include the Great White shark and Southern Right whale.”Port Elizabeth is South Africa’s water sports capital, home to major water sports event – including the only international Ironman event on the African continent.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Singh changes position on court language requirement after caucus blowback

first_imgOTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was forced Wednesday to claw back a suggestion bilingualism requirements for Supreme Court justices be waived to encourage Indigenous candidates.Singh had made the suggestion earlier in the day after judge and educator Sheilah Martin was nominated to fill an upcoming vacancy on the top court, disappointing some who had hoped an Indigenous candidate would be chosen.But after his idea generated friction within his own caucus, Singh issued a statement to clarify he “strongly” believes that Supreme Court justices be bilingual with a functional understanding of both French and English, adding it is the only way to ensure Canadians access justice in an official language.Indigenous rights must also be recognized and defended, Singh said, noting Indigenous languages have historically been “grossly overlooked” in Canadian institutions.“I am open to hearing suggestions of how to remain fully committed to bilingual judges while supporting the advancement of judges from Indigenous communities,” he said.“It’s my sincere hope that we will see, in near future, a Supreme Court Justice from a First Nation, Metis or Inuit background.”Earlier on Wednesday, Singh said there needs to be an understanding of the unique situation Indigenous communities have faced and a recognition of Indigenous languages.“I would say in general our position as a party is that we support bilingualism,” Singh said.“It’s important as a nation that has two official languages that we support bilingualism with respect to judges but there is a specific case to be made for the Indigenous community.”The remarks touched off pushback from NDP MPs.“That is not a position of the NDP,” Quebec lieutenant Alexandre Boulerice said. “He knows it … but we are ready to work with anybody from the Aboriginal community to … see how we can integrate more efficiently Aboriginal languages.”NDP justice critic Murray Rankin said Singh’s original comments were not in keeping with the NDP’s position stipulating judges must be bilingual to sit on Canada’s top court. The party’s official languages critic had put forward a private members’ bill to enshrine the bilingual requirement into law but it was defeated.“We are trying essentially deal with two streams of rights,” Rankin said.“The need to be more representative, particularly for the Indigenous … legal traditions on the court and at the same time, an ironclad commitment to bilingualism which the NDP has long had as its policy.”Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who is Aboriginal, said Wednesday she suspects many current Indigenous judges will apply for positions on the top court in the future.Sen. Murray Sinclair, the former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde have both said in the past that an Indigenous appointment to the top court is long overdue.They have also said the functional bilingual requirement creates barriers for Indigenous jurists.But Sinclair applauded Martin’s appointment, noting her involvement in the Indian Residential Schools settlement.“She has been a strong advocate for education and equality, as well as a formidable voice for under-represented groups including Indigenous peoples in the legal profession,” Sinclair said.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more