Loggers host Menlo-Atherton in first state playoff game in program history tonight

first_imgThe message from Jason White 24 hours before his Loggers take the field for their first state championship playoff game in program history is as clear as it was in mid September — the Eureka Loggers welcome any challenge.What the head coach won’t admit? They really haven’t faced one. Not against the several upper division teams his Loggers handled with ease during the regular season and certainly not against Las Lomas a week ago in the North Coast Section D-III semifinals, a game which the …last_img

Wet markets key to Africa’s food security

first_img28 January 2015A compilation of 25 studies in Africa has found that informal markets provide essential sources of food and income for millions of poor people, with milk and meat that is often safer than supermarkets.Misguided efforts to control the alarming burden of food-related illnesses in low- income countries risk intensifying malnutrition and poverty – while doing little to improve food safety. Blunt crack-downs on informal milk and meat sellers that are a critical source of food and income for millions of people are not the solution.This is a key finding of a book released on 27 January by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and its partners, called Food Safety and Informal Markets: Animal Products in Sub-Saharan Africa. The study investigates traditional or informal markets in food products. These are often called wet markets because they use so much water in cleaning as a result of the perishable and often contaminated nature of the foods they sell.These venues sell most of the livestock and fish products consumed in Africa. And they are growing rapidly as rising populations and incomes drive greater demand for meat and milk. While the food sold in informal markets is often safe, they are suspected of spreading dangerous pathogens ranging from salmonella and E.coli to severe acute respiratory syndrome, avian influenza and tuberculosis. But ILRI researchers warn that the push for greater food safety standards in these markets must be informed by an understanding of their vital role as a provider of food and income to several hundred million people who rank among the world’s poorest.“Our work across eight countries found that we are right to be concerned about food safety in informal markets – from milk in Mali, to fish in Ghana, to chicken in Mozambique, to beef in Kenya – particularly for spreading gastrointestinal diseases that are a leading cause of sickness and death in developing countries,” said Delia Grace, the programme leader for food safety and zoonoses at ILRI.“But it also shows that we are wrong to think that we can just adopt solutions developed in wealthy countries that favour large commercial operations over small producers. That will just exacerbate hunger and further limit money-earning options for the poor.”In most developing countries, more than 80% of livestock product purchases occur at informal markets and in places where there is no formal alternative such as a western-style supermarket close at hand. And the studies find that this is unlikely to change for decades to come.Importantly, the studies in east and southern Africa have found that where supermarkets are an option, because of a poorly patrolled chain of custody between producer and seller, milk and meat sold in supermarkets may pose a greater health threat than what is sold in traditional markets.Moreover, small producers have many attractions for poor consumers: they are typically within walking distance for people who lack cars and they offer the opportunity to purchase fresh food in small amounts; they also often will extend credit and typically offer the traditional foods their customers prefer. “We need to understand how much disease is caused by unsafe milk and meat in low- income countries and also how much they contribute in terms of nutrition and income,” said Kristina Roesel, the co-coordinator of the Safe Food, Fair Food Project at ILRI. “We need to understand the complete picture so we can work to improve food safety without harming food and economic security.”The main lesson from research on food safety issues in Africa, the authors say, is that in the developing world, “policymakers need to look to the facts, not just the fears, before moving to curtail meat sales at the local wet market or purchases of unpasteurised milk from traditional street vendors”.Hazards are not always risksA key finding is that it is important to separate potential hazards – bacteria, viruses, parasites, chemicals and toxins – from the real-world risks they are likely to present to consumers. Data from sites across East Africa, for example, have found that the raw, unpasteurised milk commonly available from street vendors and traditional markets may contain many health hazards. Yet the actual risks to consumers may be negligible given the common practice in this region of boiling milk before consuming it.“Food safety policy should be guided by rigorous research to understand the ways food is produced and consumed in different societies so we can devise strategies that are most likely to reduce the risks, particularly to poor consumers,” said Roesel.For example, training informal milk vendors in Kenya and offering them incentives to improve milk handling practices that can transmit diseases such as brucellosis, tuberculosis and diarrhoea generated lasting benefits worth US$28-million a year.Source: International Livestock Research Institutelast_img read more

J&K govt. set to tackle 4,000 contempt petitions

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir government has directed administrative secretaries “to vigorously pursue contempt petitions pending before the High Court” after Chief Justice Gita Mittal pointed to 4,000 such pleas pending before the Srinagar bench.Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, in an order on Thursday, said: “Explicit directions were issued to the administrative secretaries in the past one month for personal attention and time in ensuring disposal of pending contempt petitions on an urgent basis.”The move comes after the Chief Justice on November 29 indicated, in a rare reprimand, that “it would be constrained to summon the administrative secretaries in these petitions”.An official said the administrative secretaries, in the past three weekly meetings chaired by the Chief Secretary, had “discussed the issue extensively”. “The law officers posted in various departments were directed to devise a mechanism for their timely disposal,” said the government spokesman.‘Reflection of impunity’ Rights bodies in Srinagar described the Chief Justice’s reference on pending contempt petitions as “a reflection of a wilful disregard to the orders of the highest court in J&K”.“It’s an indicator of the reasons behind the impunity, which is shown by the government towards the alleged perpetrators. In numerous cases of human rights violations, the High Court orders are not implemented and the lawyers choose to file contempt of court petitions,” said a spokesman of the J&K Coalition of Civil Society.He said no armed forces person has been prosecuted in a civilian court in the past 28 years for reported rights violation. “In around 4,000 cases, the government has chosen brazenly to violate the High Court orders and perhaps scuttled, through various dilatory tactics, their adjudication,” said the spokesman.He said the Chief Justice’s observation alludes to the fact that the government has “by design made judicial processes dysfunctional”.last_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool midfielder Fabinho calls out PSG over transfer talk

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho calls out PSG over transfer talkby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Fabinho has questioned PSG’s long-term interest in him.The Brazil international, who only moved to Liverpool last summer, has again been linked with a move to PSG this season.But Fabinho told L’Equipe: “I never thought of going elsewhere. I know a lot of things went out in the newspapers, but all was not true. “What’s funny is that this PSG loan story came out just before our Champions League game (1-2, November 28, 2018). “And I had already experienced a similar story the day before the final of the Coupe de la Ligue between PSG and Monaco (3-0, March 31, 2018). It’s a strange coincidence, is it not?” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

We Ranked College Football’s 15 Hardest Schedules For The 2016 Season

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 16: General View of the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) There will be some surrender cobras this year.There will be some surrender cobras this year.The 2016 college football season may seem far off in the future, but in reality, it’s less than four months away. Coaches and players, of course, are already preparing for the 12 opponents on their schedules. The teams on the list you’re about to read are likely preparing a little harder than the rest, however.Every year, due to both conference affiliation and scheduling, some teams wind up having way more difficult schedules than their peers. It can be both a blessing and a curse. If you run through a tough schedule, you’ll likely be rewarded when bowl season comes around. If you struggle, you might not even qualify for the postseason.We’ve gone through and put together a list of what we think are the 15 hardest schedules in college football this upcoming season. No. 1 isn’t even debatable – you’ll see why.Get Started: The 15 Hardest Schedules For 2016 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16last_img read more

Cabinet Approves Enterprise Team to Divest NMIA

first_imgCabinet has approved the Norman Manley Enterprise Team, which will proceed with the structuring and due diligence to begin the privatisation of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) as well as the Boscobel, Negril, and Ken Jones aerodromes.          The International Finance Corporation (IFC) will be lead advisors and the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), co-advisors. Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, made the announcement on Wednesday at a Jamaica House press briefing, at the Office of the Prime Minister. She informed that phase one of the project, which should last for six months, include the analysis of all aspects of the transaction, including technical, financial and legal due diligence. “The IFC will then recommend the best structure and scope for the transaction. At the end of Phase One, Cabinet’s approval will be required for the privatisation to proceed,” she noted. Additionally, the composition of the NMIA Enterprise Team has been revised with Michael McMorris appointed as Chairman. In October 2008, Cabinet had approved the establishment of the enterprise team headed by Christopher Zacca to manage the privatisation of the NMIA. Last year Cabinet also approved the engagement of IFC and the DBJ, and consequently a financial advisory services agreement was signed in July 2011, while an agreement for the provision of privatisation services was signed between the DBJ and the then Ministry of Transport and Works.         Cabinet has also approved the implementation of a 500-metre western extension of the NMIA to include a runway safety area (RSA), in order to conform to international civil aviation standards. “Norman Manley is way behind schedule and has until 2015 to implement the RSA,” she noted. Meanwhile, Minister Falconer disclosed that the government has a number of assets that it wants to divest, but that all have not yet been reviewed and assessed. “When we divest those assets, they must not be assets that the public rely on for services,” the Minister assured.last_img read more

Soulpepper set to stage its next show after Albert Schultz allegations

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The show will go on at Toronto-based Soulpepper Theatre Company.On Saturday, just over a week after four actresses filed separate lawsuits against the company and founding artistic director Albert Schultz, the theatre will start running its next production: American playwright Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Delicate Balance.The Schultz scandal has posed a conundrum for patrons and artists alike, who must decide whether to support a production at Soulpepper as the company further investigates sexual harassment claims. Soulpepper Theater Company artistic director Albert Schultz resigned Thursday, the company’s board of directors said. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press) Soulpepper has said it was unaware of any allegations of sexual misconduct against Schultz or anyone else, having conducted investigations into the issue as recently as this past fall. The lawsuits filed by Diana Bentley, Kristin Booth, Patricia Fagan and Hannah Miller allege Schultz groped them, exposed himself, pressed against them, or otherwise behaved inappropriately.None of their allegations have been tested in court and neither Schultz nor Soulpepper have filed a statement of defence. Schultz said he will “vigorously defend” himself against the allegations. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

OGC releases report on 2017 Todd Energy Well Fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission has released a report on the 2017 well fire at a facility owned by Todd Energy near Wonowon.On December 3, 2017, workers heard a loud bang followed by a gas release from a well site north of Wonowon.  Only 83 seconds after the gas release, a fire started at the facility.The report released by the OGC suggests the incident was caused by human error when installing the bull plug on the north casing flange of the wellhead.  The report says “Had the threads of the bull plug been fully engaged in the north casing flange, it is unlikely that well control would have been lost.” “The investigation was not able to identify who installed the bull plug in the north casing flange or when it was installed. Based on interviews, the bull plug may have been installed within 24 hours of when the incident occurred, but this could not be verified.”The fire started on December 3, and it wasn’t until December 22, 2017, when the incident was over, and crews were stood down.  A total of 36 people were working on the site at the time of the incident, and thankfully no one was injured.The report says the collection of evidence was difficult due to the fire and the length of the incident.  “Physical evidence recovered from the site included the wellhead from the ‘0’ well (the first of five wells on the property), a two-inch bull plug that was found at the base of the wellhead and the backplate of the pressure gauge that was installed on the well. The backplate of the pressure gauge was recovered shortly after the incident by TECL (Todd Energy) and was subsequently misplaced during the emergency response effort.“Bull plug recovered from base of the ‘0’ well showing damage on first two threads. – OGCThe Oil and Gas Commission has directed Todd Energy to develop a procedure to ensure wellhead components are assembled by competent personnel and that connections are inspected and documented before being pressurized.  The Commission says Todd Energy has already implemented a wellhead checklist.The report also says Todd Energy must do ongoing monitoring of groundwater to show that remediation from the fire has been completed. A copy of the event timeline and the full report are below. Todd Energy Well Fire Timeline This timeline was created by the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission. July 2014• Commission issues well permits for the ‘0’ well and the ‘A’ well to Paramount Resources Ltd. Sept/Oct 2014• ‘0’ well is drilled and completed (hydraulically fractured). March 2015• Permits for the ‘0’ and ‘A’ wells are transferred to Todd Energy Canada Ltd. (TECL). Feb. 2016• TECL conducts a suspended well check and takes pictures of the ‘0’ wellhead. June 2017• Commission issues permits for the ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ wells. June 2017• Pictures of ‘0’ wellhead taken during routine site inspection by TECL. Nov. 23, 2017• Pressure monitoring equipment installed on ‘0’ well north casing valve to monitor casing pressure during fracturing of the ‘A’ well. Nov. 30, 2017• Rig up service rig to run casing patch on ‘A’ well. Dec. 1, 2017• Rig up well test equipment to flow ‘0’ well to reduce formation pressure during service rig operations on the ‘A’ well. • ‘0’ well is flowing water. Dec. 2, 2017• Pressure gauge on ‘0’ well casing valve removed to address freezing/hydrate issues. Dec. 3, 2017: 5 a.m.• Well testers note first burnable gas while flowing the ‘0’ well. 10:51 a.m.• Incident occurs – sudden gas release on ‘0’ well. Site evacuated and emergency response activated. • Ignition occurs within 83 seconds. • Well is flowing out of control and flame is impinging on the ‘A’ well. 11:22 a.m.• TECL reports incident to Emergency Management BC (EMBC). 11:26 a.m.• Commission receives report of incident from EMBC and begins activation of Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). 1:03 p.m.TECL confirms that their EOC is open, roadblocks are in place, air monitoring, well control and fire safety specialists are en route. Thirty-six people have been evacuated from the site and all are accounted for. 3:46 p.m.• TECL confirms they have contacted area permit holders, closest residents and the Blueberry River First Nations. 4:49 p.m.• Fire trucks and air monitoring are on site. • Site security is to be maintained overnight with well control operations resuming in the morning. Dec. 4, 2017• Well control specialist arrives on site. Dec. 4, 2017• Work focuses on clearing equipment off of the site to prepare for well control operations. • Service rig on ‘A’ well topples. Derrick lands on wellhead of ‘0’ well and bends wellhead. • Crane on site topples. «‹12›» SearchSearch inTimeDetail TimeDetaillast_img read more

118 FIRs and DD entries against political parties

first_imgNEW DELHI: As many as 118 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries have been registered till date against various political parties and others for violation of the model code of conduct in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the poll body in Delhi said on Friday . The statistics surveillance team of Delhi’s chief electoral office constituted to keep an eye on the expenses of political parties, has seized Rs 1.21 crore in cash. “A total of 118 FIRs or DD entries have been lodged till date in connection with the violation of the model code of conduct. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Out of these, 14 are against the Aam Aadmi Party (six FIRs and four DD entries), 12 against the Bhartiya Janata Party (eight FIRs and three DD entries), Four against the Congress (all DD entries), one against the Bahujan Samaj Party (one DD entry) and Samajwadi Party (one DD entry), and 86 against others or non-political (entities),” the CEO office said in a statement. Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh had told reporters on Friday that social media was being aggressively monitored to check any violation of the poll code and experts are also assisting the election team. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe office of the Delhi CEO said more than 2.7 lakh posters, banners and hoardings have been removed since the poll code came into force. “As many as 30,533 posters, banners and hoardings were removed from areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 90,415 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 92903 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation areas,” the statement said.last_img read more

Only coach in OSU womens lacrosse history resigns

Sue Stimmel, the only women’s lacrosse coach in Ohio State history, announced her resignation Wednesday.In her 15 seasons at OSU, Stimmel accumulated a 122-111 record, and an overall career record of 198-130 with her six seasons coaching at Denison University.She led the Buckeyes to NCAA tournament appearances in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, as well as an ALC Championship in 2003.“She will be sorely missed,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a press release. “We appreciate the great work she has done to start and establish our women’s lacrosse program. She is truly an outstanding person, and we thank her for all she gave the student-athletes and Buckeye Nation.”Senior captain Rachael Cornicello said Stimmel’s decision came as a shock to the team.“She hadn’t said anything during the season about it so that’s why we were a little surprised,” she said. “But we’re trying to see good in it and we still love her as our coach.”Cornicello said her teammates are keeping their heads high and hoping that the program will change for the better.“The sport in general has changed so much even in the past five years, so maybe someone who could bring new ideas to the program would be good,” she said.Though the team is looking to the future, Stimmel will assuredly be missed.“Sue happens to be a very funny person,” said Cornicello. “So her humor will be something that we’ll miss along with her dedication to the team. This has really been her life for the past 15 years. Her dedication to the sport reflects in how we play.”Stimmel attributed her decision to leave to her desire to move on and pursue other professional opportunities.“I want to thank The Ohio State University and the athletics department for the past 15 years,” Stimmel said in a press release. “Building the program has been a truly amazing experience, one that gave me the opportunity to work with wonderful student-athletes and exceptional people. I believe the time has come for me to move on to new challenges and to explore other opportunities.”What these opportunities may be is thus far unclear.“I really don’t know what her plans are,” said Cornicello. “I can definitely see her coaching somewhere in future. She’s so dedicated to the sport and it’s something that makes her happy.” read more