Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judge Don Trella had it 114-114 while Dave Moretti scored it 115-113 in favour of Golovkin.Golovkin got his first taste of Nevada-style judging in his Sin City boxing debut, but despite the kerfuffle he still managed to keep his World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles.Asked about Byrd’s lopsided scorecard, which had Golovkin winning just the fourth and seventh rounds, he replied, “unbelievable”.“Of course I want a rematch. This was a real fight,” Golovkin said.So the stage is set for a Golovkin-Alvarez 2, likely sometime in the first half of 2018.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up “I thought I won the fight,” Alvarez said. “I was superior inside the ring. I won at least seven, eight rounds. I was able to counterpunch and even make Gennady wobble a couple of times. “It is up to the people if we fight again. I felt frustrated over this draw.”Golovkin and Alvarez now look set to rule the resurgent middleweight division for years after their slugfest ended in a stalemate.READ: Golovkin and Alvarez deliver classic middleweight fightThe controversy came via the judges — one of whom scored the nail-biting fight 118-110 in favour of Alvarez. The evenly-matched fight was so close it could have gone either way. Challenger Alvarez fought well enough to win on his own but Adalaide Byrd’s mind-boggling scorecard fuelled conspiracy theories on social media.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I wanted to finish him off, but he was a stong opponent with lot of experience. It didn’t unfold the way I wanted it to,” Alvarez said.Former two-division champion Alvarez connected with a devastating punch series about 30 seconds into the round. A rubbery-legged Golovkin then went into a defensive shell, shook the cobwebs off, and managed to stay on his feet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt was a rare moment of vulnerability for Golovkin who has never been knocked down in his pro career and, before that, in 350 amateur fights.Until his last two fights, which both went the distance, Golovkin had been jackhammering his way through the middleweight division. In March, he showed he could go the distance and win over Daniel Jacobs but their 12-round fight snapped a string of 23 consecutive knockouts for Golovkin. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Gennady Golovkin (R) exchanges blows with Canelo Alvarez (L) during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship fight at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Gennady Golovkin retained his three world middleweight titles, fighting to a draw with Mexican star Canelo Alvarez in a showdown for middleweight supremacy that lived up the hype./ AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKIA somber Canelo Alvarez was left wondering what more he could have done to wrest the middleweight world titles away from Gennady Golovkin after their controversial 12-round draw on Saturday in Las Vegas.The 27-year-old Mexican star said he executed his game plan the way he wanted to, but missed his big chance when he failed to knock the champion out in the 10th round.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Kerber exorcises New York demons in Tokyo How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments
New signing Matt Smith was sent off just 18 minutes into his Fulham debut, with Reading ahead at half-time through Glenn Murray’s goal.Murray headed in Jordan Obita’s cross on 15 minutes after the Whites had been forced to defend heavily from the start.Fulham, yet to win in the Championship, stayed focused but heads dropped when Smith, signed from Leeds on deadline day, was shown a straight red card for a high tackle on Obita.Only Chris David looked threatening for the visitors before the break, forcing Adam Federici into a good save, while Jake Taylor missed by a whisker for the Royals.Fulham boss Felix Magath made three changes to the side that drew with Cardiff last time out, with 38-year-old goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly also making his debut along with Smith, and youngster Sean Kavanagh returning at left-back.Fulham (4-4-2): Kiraly; Voser, Burn, Bodorov, Kavanagh; Hoogland, Parker, David, Hyndman; McCormack, Smith.Subs not used: Bettinelli, Satfylidis, Hutchinson, Zverotic, Roberts, Rodallega, Christensen.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s Eastern Cape region has been described as the crucible of modern South African history and identity. The eastern part of the province, where the former black homelands of Ciskei and Transkei were located in the 1970s and 80s, has inherited a legacy of under-development as a result of the so-called independent status foisted upon them by the apartheid government during the homeland phase. But that is about to change.The area is to receive a much-needed boost with the re-opening of the rail route that runs between the port city of East London, and Mthatha, 235 km to the northeast. Both freight and passenger services on the 281-km stretch of line came to a halt in 1988, as the route was carrying less than 400 000 tons of freight a year and came to be regarded as low-density.Kei Rail received its operating licence on 5 February 2008 from the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR). Both passenger and freight services will be offered; 1 March has been officially named as the starting date of the Kei Rail passenger service while freight services will commence later in the year. It is hoped that the latter will reduce the high levels of heavy-duty traffic on the road between the two towns, thus cutting down on the costs of road maintenance and repair.The resurrection of the route is expected to “lay a firm foundation for future economic expansion in the impoverished eastern half of the province”, says Eastern Cape Member of the Executive Council for Safety, Liaison and Transport, Thobile Mhlahlo.A passenger service between East London and nearby King Williams Town is also expected to commence before the end of March 2008.“This is a great day for the people of the Eastern Cape,” said Mhlahlo. “They will now have a safe and reliable transport option in an area with limited options. The revival of the Kei Rail line, which has lain dormant for many years, has been a focus of the Department of Roads and Transport for some time now. ”Rich in historyThe railway between East London and Mthatha dates back to 1916. The re-opening of the long-dormant route is only one component of a wider socio-economic initiative of the Eastern Cape provincial government intended to increase economic activity and job creation and alleviate poverty in one of South Africa’s poorest, yet most historically rich, provinces.Mthatha, in the OR Tambo municipality, was previously known as Umtata, and between 1976 and 1994 was the capital of the former black homeland of Transkei.Statistics reveal that 88% of the households in this area live below minimum poverty level, and 77% of the economically active population is unemployed. A massive 93.3% of inhabitants live in rural conditions.Many prominent South African leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu hail from this part of the province. The Nelson Mandela National Museum, situated in Mthatha, is visited by thousands of local and international tourists every year. Development of a better public transport route to the town is expected to attract even more tourists.Great economic potentialThe area has never been allowed to reach its full economic potential. The Glen Grey Act of 1894, which was driven by mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes, took away the land rights of the indigenous people in certain areas and pushed them into reserves, leaving the way open for industrial development and exploitation of the lands which were historically theirs.The Glen Grey Act, and other legislation such as the Land Act of 1913, which limited land ownership for black people to black territories, as well as the so-called land betterment schemes, had a profound effect on the region. These schemes effectively stifled traditional African techniques of agriculture and animal husbandry that, in hindsight, were better adapted to local soil and climatic conditions than the government-initiated strategies that replaced them.In addition, the railway line, once established, took resources away from the area. With limited opportunities to earn a living, workers were forced to seek jobs further afield. Many of them left the area to take up employment in the mines in Johannesburg. Agricultural and mineral produce was shipped out, destined for bigger markets.Eventually the economy of the area became so stagnant that the decision was taken to close the passenger and freight services.Transport is a developmental priorityDeteriorating transport infrastructure has also played a role in the depressed economy of the region because of limited access to markets and labour. The Eastern Cape provincial government has identified transport as a vital component in economic growth. It has accordingly earmarked R1.48 billion to improving transport infrastructure as part of its 10-year provincial growth and development plan, which is designed to reduce poverty and attain sustainable levels of economic growth and job creation.The timber industry, in particular, will benefit from the resumption of rail services – it is estimated that more than 2.4 tons of timber will travel on Kei Rail over the next 20 years. A strong transportation network will facilitate the movement of timber products to foreign markets. The improvements to the East London-Mthatha line will also benefit the agricultural industry, with the shipping of 1.4 million tons of grain and 500 000 tons each of red meat and wool. Additionally, 200 000 tons each of fertiliser, lime and fuel are forecast.Phasing in the serviceLaunched in 2003, the R117 million Kei Rail project created jobs for more than 500 skilled and semi-skilled people in the initial phase and to date has afforded more than 1 400 people the chance of employment. The Eastern Cape government envisions the creation of 28 000 jobs over the next 20 years through the project.Initially the train will run on weekends only, and during the day – because pedestrians have become used to the empty rails and they are often found walking on the line. So for safety purposes the train will only operate when it is most visible.The Department of Roads and Transport also conducted an awareness programme to inform people of the dangers of an operational railway line. This took the form of a poster campaign and a radio and print advertising campaign, as well as flyers and visits to communities along the line. Learners participated in a colouring-in competition, and industrial theatre visits were arranged for schools in Butterworth, Komga, Dutywa and Viedgesville – these communities are situated along the railway line.Railway police to ensure commuters’ safetyA related initiative of the Eastern Cape provincial government is the launch of the Eastern Cape Railway Police Unit, in collaboration with the South African Police Services and Metrorail. The launch took place on 11 February and forms part of the provincial government’s Safety and Security Month programme. The unit aims to be 1 000-strong by 2010 to ensure the safety of commuters who will be visiting the Eastern Cape to watch matches during the Fifa World Cup.Said Mhlahlo at the launch, “Today we are making history as the province of the Eastern Cape by reintroducing strong security measures that guarantee the safety of our people when they use trains.“Our main objective is to have a law enforcement contingent, which is founded on democratic values and observance of human rights, which are matched by issues of development, cooperation and peace. The new unit’s duty is to provide a security service to the people who use the trains.”The numbers of the Railway Police Unit will soon be swelled with the deployment in December 2008 of 215 student constables, currently enrolled at the Police Training College in Bhisho, the capital of the Eastern Cape.Rail services in South Africa have experienced high levels of crime in recent years, but with the new Railway Police Unit on patrol the government hopes to restore the confidence of citizens in the rail service, easing the daily traffic congestion on the roads.Partners in the Kei Rail resuscitation project include the Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Transport, Sheltam Grindrod, the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (Metrorail), Transnet Freight Rail, and Rail Focus.Useful linksKei RailEastern Cape Department of Roads and TransportEastern Cape Provincial GovernmentBuffalo City municipalityOR Tambo district municipalityMetrorailTransnetSouth African Police ServicesThe Construction Education and Training AuthorityStatistics South Africa online
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseWith a November deadline looming for an Environmental Protection Agency decision on the future of dicamba-resistance technology, leaders at Beck’s Hybrids decided it was time to comment on the matter.In late July, Sonny Beck sent a letter to the EPA asking for the XtendiMax, Fexipan and Engenia labels to be modified to restrict dicamba in its current formulations to pre-plant only. Dale Minyo talked with Scott Beck, president of Beck’s Hybrids, about the letter and the company’s view of dicamba technology moving forward.“Our purpose was simply to support the technology. We believe farmers do need dicamba-based chemistry as a tool, however with the results of last year — the training that took place, the restrictions the EPA did impose for certain states, the timing of the applications — we are still seeing damage this year,” Scott Beck said. “Our concern is that if we don’t properly steward the technology by making it a pre-plant application only, then we are going to continue to cause harm in farmer-to-farmer relations and the agriculture industry to the public. Even though we can do everything right as a farmer or as an applicator, the potential is there for volatilization. That is something we can’t control and nobody is able to step in and say they are liable for it. Insurance won’t cover it even if an applicator does things properly and damage is still done.”In addition to the possibility of damage to sensitive crops, the long-term viability of the technology is also important to preserve, Beck said.“We thought the best practice to preserve the technology is to steward it as pre-plant only. There are other technologies in the pipeline we believe will have good efficacy for post- application control. In fact Roundup Ready 2 Xtend beans in a few years will have the ability to apply Liberty in Roundup Ready 2 XtendFlex,” he said. “That new technology would be a great system with dicamba early followed by Liberty where you don’t have to have the buffering restrictions and the setbacks from neighboring crops. We think this is a step in the right direction to preserve this technology and make it safer for the farmers and for the public.”
Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNew country souvenir, Vietnam, with Geocache of the Week: Ghost ParkOctober 16, 2019In “Geocache of the Week”Exploring Belize and Guatemala One Geocache at a TimeOctober 21, 2014With 2 commentsCroatia! Hrvatska! New Country Souvenirs! Ura!December 1, 2014In “News” View of Tehran from near the cache locationStone Park Jamshidieh (GC2QDY1) is one of only 32 active geocaches in all of Iran. The country boasts the combined size of the western U.S. states of California, Oregon , Washington, Idaho, Arizona, and Nevada . With just over 30 geocaches in the entire country, that’s only one geocache for about every 50,000 square kilometers (31,000 square miles).The geocache “Stone Park Jamshidieh” helps make up in quality what Iran lacks in geocache quantity. The geocache delivers adventurers to a location of deep importance. The stone park was once a private garden. It’s now a public park with restaurants, a zoo, and a small lake. But the payoff for many comes when they look down on the city below. The view shimmers at night with countless city lights.Karolos hid the cache just over a year ago. He writes, “The stone park Jamshidieh, situated in the north of Teheran is one of the most beautiful parks in Tehran. From a small lake inside the park you can easily walk up a stairway to the summit up to 2100 m.” The summit offers the view over the city.Geocachers near the cacheGeocachers logged the first find on the geocache four days after it was published. They used the treasure hunting experience to introduce others to geocaching, “Together with two Iranian cache newcomers — Leila and Said — we started our first caching tour in Iran. Fortunately, the traffic was not bad. The cache itself was well hidden but not too difficult. Thus, we managed our first FTF.”A sculpture at Stone ParkContinue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to email@example.com.
The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Monday decided to snap its two-year alliance with the BJP in Assam hours after a Joint Parliamentary Committee submitted its report on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in Parliament.The Bill seeks to legalise the stay of non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who have come to India till December 31, 2014, allegedly due to religious persecution.“We had decided some time ago to pull out of the alliance. The announcement was made today after all efforts to convince the Centre about the threat the Citizenship Bill poses for the indigenous people of Assam. We will go ahead with our policy of looking after the interests of genuine citizens of the State,” senior AGP leader and former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta told The Hindu.The announcement was made by AGP president and Agriculture Minister Atul Bora in New Delhi who “saw no point in continuing with the alliance.” The AGP has two more ministers — Keshab Mahanta and Phani Bhushan Choudhury — in the Sarbananda Sonowal government in Assam.Mr. Mahanta said the party would step up the opposition to the “anti-Assam” Bill as well fight for the proper implementation of the Assam Accord. The accord, signed in 1985, had ended a six-year agitation against illegal migrants.No threat to Sonowal govtThe AGP pulling out of the alliance, however, does not threaten the Sonowal-led government, which still has the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) as its ally. “We are with the BJP, and the AGP’s move will not affect the alliance,” BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary said before leaving for New Delhi on Monday.The majority mark in the 126-member Assam Assembly is 64. The BJP has 61 legislators while the BPF has 12, taking the total to 73. The AGP has 14 legislators.The Opposition Congress has 25 MLAs and the All India United Democratic Front 13. Bhubon Pegu is the lone independent MLA.The BJP has not yet reacted to the decision of the AGP to pull out of the alliance. The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti has welcomed the AGP’s decision. “We can look forward to working with the AGP against the Citizenship Bill,” its leader Akhil Gogoi said.
Lionel Messi scored twice to help 10-man Barcelona start the Spanish league with a 3-0 win over Elche in the debut of coach Luis Enrique on Sunday, with the Argentina star looking eager to put last season’s disappointments behind him.Messi used a signature burst of speed to dribble free of a pack of opponents before slotting in Barcelona’s first goal in the 41st. Minutes later Barcelona lost Javier Mascherano to a direct red card when he fouled Elche’s Garry Rodrigues with only goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to beat. But Barcelona’s 18-year-old Munir El Haddadi, starting for the injured Neymar, scored seconds after halftime before Messi got his second goal in the 63rd after again confounding a group of defenders.Elsewhere, Eibar beat Real Sociedad 1-0 for a winning debut in the first division, while Celta Vigo beat Getafe 3-1.After Barcelona lost its Spanish league title in the last round of last season and Argentina lost to Germany in the World Cup final, Messi summed up his desire for the new campaign to begin by writing on Facebook before the game: First match today!!! I hope God is on our side for a great season.It started with a bad omen, though: Just seconds after kickoff, the game was paused when a black cat ran onto the Camp Nou pitch before stewards managed to herd it off. But aside from Mascherano’s red card, there was no bad luck for Barcelona.Messi looked back to his best and his pair of goals seemed the perfect answer to critics who had said the four-time world player of the year had lost a step. He was lively from the start, both in attack and in defense, and scored his goals in classic Messi fashion: putting the ball on his left boot to breeze around his markers before picking his spot in the opponent’s net.advertisementWith Neymar out and new signing Luis Suarez suspended until October, Munir got the nod from Enrique and had Barcelona’s first chance when he fired the ball off the goalframe in the 22nd.Andres Iniesta followed suit with a strike onto the crossbar in the 32nd as Barcelona piled up chances before Messi converted. Sergio Busquets sent an errant Elche pass to Messi, who used four quick touches to open an angle around three Elche players before slotting home his first goal.Moments after Barcelona grabbed the lead, Busquets’ poor back pass forced Mascherano to foul Rodrigues to stop a one-one-one opportunity with Bravo. Elche failed to take advantage of the extra man and Munir, who had only debuted with Barcelona’s B-team in March, doubled the lead with a skillful tap with the tip of his left boot to float Ivan Rakitic’s long pass over goalie Przemyslaw Tyton.Messi added the third goal despite being shadowed by four defenders, skirting along the edge of the area until he saw the chance to slot the ball inside the post.