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North Coast Section postseason football format remains intact

first_imgThe North Coast Section postseason format for football will remain intact after no motion was made to reduce the bracket size from 16 teams to eight at a special executive committee meeting on Friday afternoon.The 12-member committee held a teleconference to discuss a proposal that would extend the regular season one week to account for make-up games for teams unable to play due to the North Bay fires. NCS commissioner of athletics Gil Lemmon said he was surprised no motion was made, but he …last_img

Woolies leads in using water wisely

first_img1 August 2011Retailer Woolworths has installed a water treatment system that uses water from a stream under its Cape Town head office to flush the toilets and run the building’s car wash, entrance fountain and cooling towers for the air conditioning units.The development will save the Cape Town municipality an estimated 27 375 000 litres of water a year or 75 000 litres of municipal water a day, while the retailer will benefit from a reduced water bill.The underground water runs about 20 metres under Woolworths head office building in the centre of Cape Town. The water currently flows into the city’s storm water system, and is eventually discharged into the sea. After much inquiry, the source of the underground stream is still somewhat of a mystery.Woolworths’ head of engineering services, Alex Kuzma, said the company had started investigating the project three years ago, and after consulting with the municipality and a range of experts had realised they could harvest the underground water, treat it, and use it instead of municipal water.“Everyone wins – Woolworths, the City of Cape Town, residents, and importantly, the environment,” Kuzma said in a statement last week. “This is part of our ‘Good Business’ journey, which helps to conserve natural resources and conduct business as responsibly as we can.”Reverse osmosisThe treated water is completely safe for use even though it will not be used as drinking water. To make the water safe for drinking, Woolworths has invested in a treatment plant that purifies the water using a number of steps including reverse osmosis.Under that process, pressure pushes the underground water through a semi permeable membrane. The membrane, which is about as thick as cellophane tape, allows only the water to pass through, eliminating impurities or contaminates.Drinking water will continue to be channelled separately into the building for the 2 000 people who occupy it daily. Once the treated water has been used, it will exit the building into the municipal waste water system.“The conservation and management of water is a major focus area of our Good business journey programme, as it should be in a country where water is a scarce resource,” said Kuzma.Woolworths’ Good business journey is a comprehensive plan to make a difference in in the areas of transformation, social development, the environment and climate change.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Bafana back in World Cup contention

first_img2 July 2013Bafana Bafana’s 2014 Fifa World Cup dream is not yet over. The world governing body handed the South African national team a lifeline on Monday when it sanctioned the Ethiopian Football Federation for fielding an ineligible player against Botswana last month.Bafana coach Gordon Igesund reacted to the decision, saying: “We welcome the decision, which I believe was expected. It was never in doubt because rules are rules, so in our view it is a correct decision.“The decision also gives us a second bite of the cherry. We now have to beat Botswana and hope Ethiopia loses or draws against Central African Republic. But I am very pleased with the outcome.”StatementIn a statement, Fifa confirmed its sanction of Ethiopia for fielding an ineligible player in the match between Botswana and Ethiopia played in Lobatse on 8 June. Ethiopia won the game 2-1, but the match has now been awarded to Botswana following a Fifa disciplinary committee hearing.“The match is declared to be forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favour of Botswana, with the EFF also receiving a fine of R60 000 after the Fifa Disciplinary Committee considered the EFF liable for having breached article 55 paragraph 1 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code and article 8 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Regulations,” read the statement.“The sanction relates to the Ethiopian player Minyahile Teshome Beyene failing to serve the automatic one-match suspension imposed on him following two cautions received in two different matches (article 17 paragraph 3 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code).”‘Welcome’“We accept and welcome the announcement by Fifa,” said South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Dennis Mumble.“Regarding our issue where we also wrote to them (Fifa) about the same player featuring in our match having not served his suspension, we were not looking for three points but were just inquiring about the status of the player in the qualifiers,” Mumble said.“We would also like to reiterate our coach’s views that there is now much more to play for in the qualifiers as we believe we stand a good chance of proceeding to the next round of play-offs, even though it must be noted that it’s no longer in our hands. But we will go there [Botswana] and do the best we can, and hope for a favourable result in the other match.”PointsBafana Bafana are now two points behind Group A leaders Ethiopia, with one round of group stages matches remaining.However, South Africa’s goal difference is superior to that of the Walia Antelopes, and should the teams finish level on points, with a Bafana Bafana win and Ethiopian draw in the final round of matches, South Africa would, according to the Fifa World Cup rules, advance to the next round of qualifying.The last round of matches takes place on 6 September, with Bafana at home to Botswana and Ethiopia away to the Central African Republic.SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more

18 government staff suspended in J-K’s Doda for unauthorised absence

first_imgAs many as 18 government employees were placed under suspension for unauthorised absence from duty in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesperson said on Sunday. The District Development Commissioner of Doda, Bhawani Rakwal, issued the suspension orders of the officials of different departments after they were found absent during an inspection yesterday, he said. He said Mr. Rakwal ordered an inquiry against the suspended officials and also directed the officers concerned to keep their salaries on hold with immediate effect till further orders. The District Development Commissioner issued directions to all the offices to install biometric attendance system by the end of this month, failing which the salaries of those staff who did not get registered to the new system would be kept on hold, the spokesperson said.last_img read more

Zamboanga, Imus force sudden-death showdowns with crucial victories

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Pushed to the brink after a 78-89 loss in Game 1, the sixth seeded Rapidos came out sharp and aggressive, frustrating the Cagers with their suffocating defense, while turning to Juntilla and Robin Rono for clutch baskets down the stretch.The highly physical match saw two Muntinlupa players, Ernesto Bondoc and Andretti Stevens, also get thrown out. Bondoc walked to the showers on two unsportsmanlike fouls while Andretti was charged with a disqualifying foul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe crowd grew uneasy with security stepping in, after plastic bottles were thrown to the floor in the final minutes with Muntinlupa down by a double-digit margin.“We knew we had to match their physicality to tie the series, but we also have to keep our composure,” said Zamboanga coach Raymond Valenzona, whose father, Turo, serves as consultant of the Muntinlupa squad. Kids take spotlight before 70.3 Davao contest LATEST STORIES Undaunted by the hostile crowd, Zamboanga kept its poise and lived to fight another day in the MPBL Datu Cup.Ex-pro Reed Juntilla poured 26 points, while Harold Arboleda came up with 17 rebounds and 13 assists as the Rapidos turned back the Muntinlupa Cagers, 84-73, on Thursday night to force a do-or-die Game 3 in their South division quarterfinal series at a jam-packed Muntinlupa Sports Complex.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Seventh seed Imus also forged a sudden death match with No. 2 seed Batangas after a stunning 75-69 victory earlier.Imus guard James Castro fired 21 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists, but it was the Banderas’ stifling defense that helped propel them tie the series.The Bandera held the talent-laden Batangas squad led by Jeff Viernes to just 22 points in the middle quarters to seize control. Castro hit five of six free throws in the final minute to help preserve the win for Imus.“Even with the loss in Game 1, we were not discouraged because we always felt we had a chance if we play the right way against Batangas,” said Imus coach Noy Falcasantos in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director MOST READcenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgivinglast_img read more

PM Opens New $1.25 Billion Production Facility at Trade Winds Citrus

first_img In his address at the Bog Walk facility, Mr. Holness assured business interests that the Administration has already begun the process of creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to take greater calculated risks. A new Tetra Pak production facility, which was developed at a cost of $1.25 billion by Trade Winds Citrus Limited (TWCL) in St. Catherine, was officially opened on May 30 by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. The Prime Minister was led on a tour of the new facility, where he observed the packaging of the Tetra Pak juices. Story Highlights A new Tetra Pak production facility, which was developed at a cost of $1.25 billion by Trade Winds Citrus Limited (TWCL) in St. Catherine, was officially opened on May 30 by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.TWCL is the manufacturer and distributor of a number of beverages and other products, including Tru-Juice, Freshhh, Wakefield, Tru-Tea, Squeezz and Calico Jack Rum Punch.In his address at the Bog Walk facility, Mr. Holness assured business interests that the Administration has already begun the process of creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to take greater calculated risks.Mr. Holness said the risks that will be taken and those already taken by entrepreneurs will redound to their interest.“I am certain that TWCL will be rewarded in pocket, in your balance sheet, and in the growth of assets, because of this investment,” he said.The Prime Minister argued that the rewards accrued from taking the risks must trickle down to employees, “whose jobs would be far more secure”.Furthermore, he suggested that where possible, employees’ incomes must also reflect these rewards.“If we can get more companies to do this, if this can be replicated across Jamaica, then that is growth and that is prosperity,” he said.Mr. Holness indicated that, so far, he has been encouraged by entrepreneurs who have been taking risks, emphasising that growth in Jamaica is a partnership, and his role requires making it easier for entrepreneurs to invest and to project the future.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister noted that his effort to synergise agriculture with industry and commerce, as is evident by TWCL, is an example of the Government’s vision on agro-processing.Mr. Holness informed that in the coming months, more of his time will be devoted to deepening the connectedness of agriculture to industry and commerce, to accelerate the pace of economic growth.In an interview with JIS News, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, shared similar sentiments to the Prime Minister’s on his vision for agriculture.“Having raw materials coming from the farmer, going straight to processing, and from there either to hotels or the export market, will definitely benefit the farmers,” he said, while urging more companies to adopt a similar process.For his part, Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association President, Metry Seaga, lauded TWCL for continuing to respond to the growing needs of consumers, and expressed elation at the association’s partnership with TWCL.Managing Director of TWCL, Peter McConnell, said the new production facility will allow for the manufacture of juices using Tetra Pak’s ultra-high temperature technology.This will offer to consumers a “cupboard friendly” (non-refrigerated) product with a longer shelf life than the brand’s traditional chilled juices.“This investment demonstrates our confidence in the Jamaican economy. It will not only grow our economy but motivate others to invest in manufacturing of other food and beverage, as we strive towards our own food security,” he said.The Prime Minister was led on a tour of the new facility, where he observed the packaging of the Tetra Pak juices.last_img read more

Minister asks Tablig Jamaat not to make provocative remarks

first_imgHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal. File PhotoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday requested two factions of Tablig Jamaat not to make any provocative comment against each other while delivering sermons or speaking at the Ijtema ground, reports UNB.”Huge plain clothes police will remain deployed at the Ijtema ground. If anyone makes any such comment, they will take action,” said the minister while attending a meeting at the regional office of Tongi City Corporation at noon on overall preparations of 54th Biswa Ijtema.Presided over by Gazipur deputy commissioner Dewan Mohammad Humayun Kabir, the programme was attended by state minister for religious affairs lawyer Sheikh Abdullah, state minister for youth and sports Jahid Ahsan Rasel, Gazipur city mayor Jahangir Alam, IGP Javed Patwary, RAB DG Benazir Ahmed, and Gazipur Metropolitan Police commissioner YM Belalur Rahman .Representatives from two disputing groups Tablig Jamaat, one led by Maulana Wasekh and the other by Moulana Zubair and Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, attended the meeting.As part of the security, separate control rooms of RAB and police have been opened.Besides, 16,000 members of law enforcing agencies have been deployed and several layers security will be arranged on the occasion.Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest congregations of Muslims, will be held for four days in a single phase from 15 February this time.last_img read more

HISD Planning More Than 200 Million In Budget Cuts To Address Deficit

first_imgTravis BubenikKashmere High School, one of the Houston schools that has faced the threat of a state takeover amid the district’s budget problems. On Tuesday, district officials praised the school’s recent turnaround and growing enrollment.Houston’s school district is working on a plan to overcome a more than $200 million budget deficit. On Tuesday, Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza said despite some rumors circulating in the community, charter schools are not part of the plan.HISD currently owes the state more than $200 million – and possibly as much as $269 million – in “recapture” payments, money that districts deemed “property wealthy” have to share with other districts.Hurricane Harvey made the problem worse, causing students and their families to leave town.“We’re anticipating not only a drop in property taxes, in the valuations, but also a loss of student enrollment,” Carranza explained at a ceremony marking renovations at Kashmere High School. Carranza said officials are gearing up for what he called “extensive and drastic” budget cuts. He said the plan will not include turning public schools into charters, but it will have a big impact. He noted that 80% of the district’s budget is for employees.“Cuts are cuts,” he said. “Our goal is to keep that as far away from the classroom and teachers and teaching positions and the instruction that happens in schools as possible, but next year will look significantly different than it looks this year, because when you cut $200 million plus, it’s going to effect everything you do,” he said.In a statement, the district said Carranza is recommending a “shift to a more centralized budgeting process” for schools in the 2018-2019 school year. Under this process, the district said, principals will retain authority over hiring decisions, but the district will make sure schools have “essential positions” such as nurses, counselors and librarians.“This change is an effort to maximize the district’s limited funding while continuing to drive its initiatives,” the district’s statement read.Meanwhile, the district has what Carranza called “preliminary plans” to improve 15 under-achieving schools that are facing the threat of a state takeover. (Kashmere High School is among the schools facing that threat, though in December, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath approved a “turnaround plan” for the school that, if successful, could stem off state intervention.) Carranza said while nothing is finalized, the plans for improving schools could include campuses partnering with colleges, non-profits or community organizations. Sharelast_img read more

Topdar likely to submit detailed proposal on Kanchrapara Airfield to CM today

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee received a proposal from former Barrackpore MP Tarit Baran Topdar to develop Kanchrapara Airfield into a second airport near Kolkata.Topdar had met the Chief Minister at the state Assembly on August 13 and gave the proposal in this connection.It has been learnt that he will be giving the proposal in further detail to the Chief Minister and a written communiqué in this connection is expected to be sent to the Chief Minister on Wednesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the airfield was constructed during World War II. This comes at the time when there have been discussions between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the state government, in connection with setting up of a new airport near the city.Sources said that the state government has already taken steps to develop many such airfields to ensure air connectivity in most parts of the state. The state government is also looking into the proposal of developing Kanchrapara Airfield positively. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe decision on carrying out a feasibility test will be taken after the written proposal with more details gets submitted to the Chief Minister.The Kanchrapara Airfield is around 1,500 metres in length. Considering that the location is suitable to develop the same for flight operation, there could be steps to expand it further.According to the experts, the airfield is close to Kalyani Expressway. So, connectivity will not be a major problem and it will not take much time to reach the city from the airfield. At the same time, AIIMs is also coming up at Kalyani. It would also not take much time to reach there from the airfield.last_img read more

Education among main thrust areas of Bengal Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated on National Education Day that education is one of the thrust areas of the state government.In a tweet on Sunday, the Chief Minister stated: “Today is #NationalEducationDay. Education is one of the thrust areas of our govt in #Bangla.” She further stated in this connection: “In the last seven years, we have set up 23 new universities, 65 new colleges and many more are in the pipeline. My best wishes to all.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee also tweeted remembering Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his birth anniversary. She stated in the tweet: “Remembering freedom fighter and well-known educationist Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his birth anniversary. We have named the West Bengal University of Technology after him.” In the past seven years, the state government has taken a series of steps to improve the standard of education in the state. Starting from creating proper infrastructure across the state to bringing necessary changes in curriculum, several improvements have taken place in the past seven years. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that 22 universities, including 10 private and 12 state-run, had come up in the state in the first six years of the Mamata Banerjee government and later, one more has come up taking the total number to 23. The Green University in Hooghly and the Biswa Bangla University in Bolpur are the two major projects taken up by the state government. Setting up of Sister Nivedita University at New Town and that too in the year when her 150th birth anniversary is being celebrated, is another major move of the Mamata Banerjee government. Setting up of the 23 universities is creating opportunities for more students to go for higher studies and it is of great help for the youths as they do not need to travel long distances to carry on with higher studies. Besides higher studies, steps were taken to create better infrastructure for school level education as well. Stress was given so that children do not need to go too far for school. Under the project Sabuj Sathi, the Mamata Banerjee government has also distributed bicycles among students of classes IX, X, XI and XII. Most importantly, introduction of the Kanyashree Prakalpa has helped in bringing down the dropout rate in schools. The state government has also bagged the United Nations Public Service Award for Asia Pacific in Netherlands in 2017 for the project, thanks to which more than 50 lakh girls were benefitted.last_img read more