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Urban netball hits high gear today

first_imgTHE hunt for places in the junior and senior finals of the ISSA Urban Area Schoolgirl Netball competition, scheduled for Thursday December 1, will get underway today at the Leila Robinson Courts at 2:00 p.m. With the top qualifiers divided into two groups, the opening set of matches in the second round is sure to serve up some exciting contests. Former champions, the Queen’s School, which topped Zone B with five wins from just as many games have been drawn in Group 1 and will have Norman Manley, Wolmer’s Girls, St. Catherine High, Holy Childhood and Campion to contend with. The Marvette Anderson coached team will go up against Holy Childhood in their opening match today. Other matches in this Group will see Norman Manley going up against Wolmer’s and St. Catherine opposing Campion. After winning their first title last year, the Dalton Hinds – conditioned Gaynstead High who eased through their Zone with five impressive wins, including a big 60-1 win over Mona will carry top billing in Group 2. The other teams in the group are, St. Hugh’s, St. Andrew Technical, Camperdown, Papine and St. Jago High. The defending champions will face former champions, St. Hugh’s in their opening game today. Other matches in the group will see Camperdown meeting St. Andrew Technical High and Papine going up against St. Jago High. SIX TEAMS Defending senior champion, Camperdown High will head the six teams that are drawn in Group 2 among the seniors. Other teams here also include Gaynstead, Tarrant, St. Catherine High, St. Hugh’s and Tivoli Gardens. The defending champions will get their title defence underway today when they do battle with Tivoli Gardens. Other matches in the group will have Gaynstead facing St. Hugh’s and St. Catherine battling with Tarrant. The Queen’s School and the in-form Excelsior High are on a collision course as both teams have been drawn in Group 1. They will be joined by Immaculate, Penwood, Wolmer’s and Norman Manley. Excelsior will meet Penwood in their opening fixture, while Queen’s will oppose Immaculate. The other game in the group will have Norman Manley and Wolmer’s squaring off. There will be five sets of matches in the second round with the winners and runners-up of each group advancing to the semi-finals on Thursday November 24 at GC Foster College.last_img read more

CoI into GECOM employment practice

first_imgDear Editor,The Indian Action Committee (IAC), having followed the recent developments at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), calls for an immediate investigation primarily through a Commission of Inquiry (CoI).The IAC is of the firm belief that given what has been made public regarding the issue and the uncertainty which continues to prevail over what is factual, the circumstances demand that level of intervention. Further, it becomes compelling given the national sensitivities involved and the impact it could have on the credibility of GECOM and the national election machinery.In the interest of national harmony and confidence in the electoral process, the IAC urges Head of State David Granger, to not delay the commissioning of an independent CoI into the employment practice at GECOM. The focus must be on the revelation of facts about whether the integrity of the process has been deliberately compromised to give an unfair advantage to those perceived to be in allegiance with the Government as alleged.The CoI, through its findings, must also thoroughly explain why Vishnu Persaud, who reportedly scored the highest in the evaluation process and who has some three years on the job experience, was deliberately overlooked for the position of Deputy Chief Elections Officer (DCEO), which he held, by someone who scored lower and believably has no related job experience.The IAC is also mindful of information in the public domain which alleges the composition of the senior staff at GECOM reflecting only one ethnic group and an allegation that applicants of Indo-Guyanese extraction were deliberately scored low in the evaluation process.While the IAC believes that meritocracy must be foremost, it finds it difficult to accept that persons from other ethnicities could not have been found to be competent. If true, the impact of this on other groups, including Indo-Guyanese, would be devastating, disrespectful and clearly, a calculative ploy to not only deprive them of their rights for employment but a strong signal that they do not belong within the confines of this important national institution.The IAC reiterates that Indo-Guyanese, like other groups, is an integral part of this nation and its proud cultural mosaic. They have and continue to make invaluable contributions to the development of Guyana and for the advancement of its all of its people.Sincerely,Indian ActionCommitteelast_img read more

Region 10 top NGSA performers honoured

first_img…Region came second according to analysis – Education MinisterTwelve top performers in this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations who hail from the mining town of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were recognised for their outstanding performances by Education Minister Nicolette Henry on Sunday.Education Minister Nicolette Henry and education officials pose with the top student of Region 10The students were honoured at a ceremony hosted at the One Mile Primary School, from where most of the Region’s top students were drawn.Those honoured were the Region’s top student Shakina McGregor, who secured 521 marks; Somira Dainty; Latanya Edwards; Zaria Jacobis; Oroyo Trotman; Anton Ward and Zalika Dey of One Mile Primary School.The others were Seraiah Doris- Walker of Amelia’s Ward Primary; Shakina London, Shannia Flatts and Makayla Moseley of the Watooka Day Primary; and Owen Hooper of Regma Primary.Minister Henry, in her address, pointed out the Region would have performed second best in this year’s examinations compared to the other administrative regions across the country.Minister Henry presents a plaque to Zaria Jacobis of One Mile PrimaryShe noted that this was testimony that with a bit more effort there could be more improvement in the Region’s performance.The Minister congratulated the students, noting that they were performing well at a time when prioritising education was of utmost importance.“I believe that when you would have excelled, when you do well, you should be recognised. You should also be encouraged to continue to do better and it is my expectation that this is the beginning of a very long and positive journey for you and that we’ll be hearing and seeing much more about you in terms of your academic journey,” the Education Minister posited.She added that education has to be recognised now more than ever, primarily because quality education went hand in hand with development even as Guyana was set to become an oil-producing country.In this regard, Minister Henry stressed the need to continue to develop human resources and human capacity in an effort to encourage and support young aspiring leaders to ensure that they have whatever it took to move the country to prosperity.She told those present that it takes a village to raise a child and everyone in the country to deliver education, as she thanked and applauded the parents of the students.Minister Henry also stated there was still more work to be done, since quite a large number of students were unable to achieve more than 50 per cent.“The idea is to ensure that when a student enters secondary school, that student is well prepared to matriculate at the CSEC level … and so, at the primary level we have to ensure that we do due diligence and prepare our children well,” she said.The Minister added that in looking at data from across the Caribbean Region it was observed that Guyana has quite a lot of work to do, not only with regard to examination results but with student attendance and dropout rates among other areas.As such, she said it would take the efforts of all, including the input of parents, and a paradigm shift.“We have a lot of work to do in the Ministry … we also have a lot of work to do in the communities and so while I’ve recognised the students, I’ve recognised the parents, I certainly want to urge and ask of you to commit to taking education forward, as a Region, as a community…,” the Minister said.Also present at the occasion were Assistant Chief Education Officer (ACEO) Owen Pollard, Acting Regional Education Officer Keane Adams, Regional Unit Coordinator Simone King, Regional Executive Officer Orrin Gordon, Head Teachers, teachers, and parents.last_img read more

Do you know who these players are based on their REAL names?

first_imgIt may be hard to believe, but Brazilian players like Hulk were not born with a single name.And they’re not the only ones who go by shorter names to save time and also embarrassment for those of us who struggle with pronunciations – we’re looking at you, Alan Brazil.Some, though, just call themselves some different altogether.See if you can crack these 10 questions.About | Privacy | Terms 1 Do you know who what other name Atletico Madrid’s Koke goes by? last_img

MTA moves to muffle busway noise

first_imgAfter some residents have complained that noise from Orange Line buses is keeping them awake at night – and annoying them during the day – the MTA announced Friday it will be install sound-mitigation measures at a handful of locations along the 14-mile route. Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said they surveyed 41 homes whose residents had complained and found that nine exceeded noise levels established by the project’s initial environmental review and were eligible for mitigation. “I absolutely hear it. It definitely sounds like we’re at a truck stop on the freeway,” said Lisa Cerda, a member of the Tarzana Neighborhood Council. “We do hear the braking, the stopping, its coming and its going. It’s worse when you’re outside. We actually play games with the kids: Can you tell which way the bus was going?” The agency plans to work with the residents and property owners of the 32 other sites to see if adjustments can be made to lower the impact, even though the MTA has no requirement to do so. Already the MTA has shifted the buses’ rooftop exhaust to point away from homes. But Cerda said they never surveyed her yard, and she questions the methods used to measure noise. Buses run from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. most nights and buses come every five or six minutes during rush hour – a boon for commuters who’ve come to rely on frequent service, but a hassle for residents. The MTA had gone to great lengths to prevent noise when it was planning the busway, putting up soundwalls across the San Fernando Valley and using rubberized asphalt in some locations to keep sound down. The buses run on compressed natural gas, not diesel engines. “None of us have had any decent sleep since September,” said Stephanie Sheppard, a 10-year resident of a multi-unit apartment complex in Van Nuys, referring to the time when practice buses started running. “It is loud, continuous noise. It is disruptive. It’s hard to concentrate…. You just sort of get some quiet, then another bus comes.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The MTA will work with individual landlords and homeowners to plan improvements such as installing double-pane windows and insulation – commonly used to reduce noise in homes around airports. The MTA could not immediately provide its budget for the work. “We knew there would be some cases where we would exceed our cumulative noise threshold and we would have to mitigate,” said MTA spokesman Marc Littman. “There are thousands of people who live along the alignment. We’re trying to be good neighbors. Where we have complaints, we respond to each one of them. Where we exceed criteria, we’re dealing with it.” Shortly after the $350 million Orange Line opened on Oct. 31, the MTA began taking sound readings to determine if neighbors were getting exposed to too much noise. Littman said improvements will be made at five apartment buildings and four single-family homes. last_img read more

ANDREW ALLEN MURDER: MAN RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE

first_imgMurdered: AndrewA MAN arrested by detectives investigating the murder of Derry man Andrew Allen has been released without charge.Gardai had arrested the man in his 40s earlier this week.Mr Allen was shot dead at his home near Buncrana two years ago. Dissident republicans have been blamed for the killing. ANDREW ALLEN MURDER: MAN RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE was last modified: February 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

High School Scoreboard – 10/14

first_img GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY DEL RIO LEAGUE at Legg Lake El Rancho 20, Pioneer 35 1. Cynthia Martinez (ER) 21:03, 2. Socorro Hinojosa (ER) 21:21, 3. Veronica Galvan (ER) 21:30, 4. Erica Juarez (P) 21:48, 5. Gabriella Cruz (P) 22:40. Records: El Rancho 3-0; Pioneer 0-3. at Whittier College Whittier 21, California 34 1. Tina Garza (W) 21:43, 2. Precious Nelson (W) 22:08, 3. Laura Perez (C) 22:12, 4. Brittany Bishop (W) 22:37, 5. Shalynn Capps (W) 23:21. Records: Whittier 2-1; California 2-1. GIRLS TENNIS MIRAMONTE LEAGUE Wilson 16, Charter Oak 2 At Wilson Singles: Wilson — Marcia Oen 3-0, Sylvia Tang 2-1, Audrey Yonesato 3-0. Charter Oak — Sara Napolitano 0-1, Kumiku Inoue 0-2, Olivia Graham 1-2, Kelsey Cooper 0-3. Doubles: Wilson –Saori Hanamure-Synthia Okihara 3-0, Amanda Yang-Rachel Tsao 3-0, Joy Sun-Catherine Ho 1-1, Cynthia Joe-Samantha Gonzales 1-0. Charter Oak — Lyndsay Vogel-Afrielle Fondevilla 0-3, Jamie Teragawa-Wendy Luong 1-2, Libby Dela Pena-Ivy Pena 0-3. Records: Wilson 13-0, 5-0; Charter Oak 5-6, 2-3. MONTVIEW LEAGUE Gladstone 13, Workman 5 At Workman Singles: Gladstone — Gabby Oleta 3-0, Jamie Calles 2-1, Vanessa Vasquez 2-1. Workman –Alejandra Moreno 2-1, Bernadette Kelly 0-3, Manelya Reyes 0-3. Doubles: Gladstone — Vanessa Ortiz-Anel Rivera 2-1, Stephanie Perez-Jessica Cabrena 2-1, Darlene Rodriguez-Stephanie Obeso 2-1. Workman — Bernice Quezado-Cynthia Bravo 3-0, Jamie Farfan-Arlene Vasquez 0-3, Erica Cardenas-Ashley Peach 0-3. Record: Gladstone 12-1, 6-0. VALLE VISTA LEAGUE Covina 12, San Dimas 6 At Covina Singles: Covina — Jacqueline Nguyen 3-0, Meg Tiangco 2-1, Benya Pokpongkiat 2-1. San Dimas –Ochie Sombolon 0-3, Jasmine Corona 2-1, Amanda Garcia 0-3. Doubles: Covina –Wendy Ojeda-Jazmyn Lopez 1-2, Grace Liao-Kimee Sarcos 3-0, Rebecca Prelle-Marr Tiangco 1-2. San Dimas — Angela Wardlow-Meagan Johnson 2-1, Lillibeth Kutigbak-Meagan Dean 2-1, Janae Cates-Christina Miranda 0-1, Janae Cates-Virginia Neel 0-2. Records: Covina 14-0, 6-0; San Dimas 4-7, 3-3. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL DEL REY LEAGUE At Cantwell Bishop Amat def. Cantwell 25-10, 25-17, 25-15. Records (overall, league): Bishop Amat 3-0 (in league); Cantwell 2-9, 0-3. Notes: Nichole Argueles (C) 18 assists. DEL RIO LEAGUE At Santa Fe Santa Fe def. Pioneer 25-18, 25-12, 25-13. Records (overall, league): Pioneer 0-4 (in league); Santa Fe 10-4, 3-1. Notes: Ivana Mendez (SF) 17 kills, Courtnie Everidge (SF) 11 kills. At California California def. Whittier 26-24, 25-18, 25-27, 25-14. Records (overall, league): Whittier 1-3 (in league); California 8-4, 3-1. Notes: Marissa Rengel (C) 15 kills, Sara Vargas (C) 10 kills; Justine Milian (W) 6 aces, Jamie Mojica (W) 6 aces. At El Rancho El Rancho def. La Serna 25-11, 26-24, 25-17. Records (overall, league): El Rancho 13-4, 4-0. Notes: Sherise Musquiz (ER) 16 kills. OLYMPIC LEAGUE At Whittier Christian Whittier Christian def. Village Christian 25-20, 25-18, 25-27, 22-25, 15-10. Records (overall, league): Village Christian 5-3, 0-3; Whittier Christian 5-4, 2-1. Notes: Amber Garcia (WC) 13 kills. BOYS CROSS COUNTRY DEL RIO LEAGUE at Legg Lake El Rancho 15, Pioneer 45 1. Carlos Joya (ER) 17:53, 2. Julio Jimenez (ER) 18:05, 3. Javier Garcia (ER) 18:25, 4. Alvaro Romero (ER) 18:52, 5. Ignacio Cervantes (ER) 19:04. Records: El Rancho 3-0; Pioneer 0-3. at Whittier College Whittier 17, California 43 1. Luke Galvan (W) 17:35, 2. Luis Dorantes (W) 17:54, 3. Paul Mora (W) 18:01, 4. George Leon (C) 18:04, 5. Alfonso Cano (W) 18:09. Records: Whittier 3-0, California 2-1. BOYS WATER POLO SAN ANTONIO LEAGUE Rowland 22, West Covina 5 West Covina 0 2 1 2 5 Rowland 9 1 2 10 22 West Covina scoring: Kenneth Palaab 2, Kenneth Sandovali, Charlie Nguyen, Andrew Dao 1. Rowland scoring: Mikey Edwards 6, James Um 4, Simon Bernal 2, Allen Taylor 2, Jonathan Hale 2, Domenic Marquez, Louis Takagi, Steven Gonzalez, Anthony Miller, Robert Chin. Shots: West Covina 16; Rowland 15. Goalie saves: Jackie Lam (WC) 3; Steve Wosman (R) 9. Records (overall, league): West Covina 1-12, 0-3; Rowland 15-5, 3-0. BOYS CROSS COUNTRY DEL RIO LEAGUE at Legg Lake El Rancho 15, Pioneer 45 1. Carlos Joya (ER) 17:53, 2. Julio Jimenez (ER) 18:05, 3. Javier Garcia (ER) 18:25, 4. Alvaro Romero (ER) 18:52, 5. Ignacio Cervantes (ER) 19:04. Records: El Rancho 3-0; Pioneer 0-3. at Whittier College Whittier 17, California 43 1. Luke Galvan (W) 17:35, 2. Luis Dorantes (W) 17:54, 3. Paul Mora (W) 18:01, 4. George Leon (C) 18:04, 5. Alfonso Cano (W) 18:09. Records: Whittier 3-0, California 2-1. BOYS WATER POLO SAN ANTONIO LEAGUE Rowland 22, West Covina 5 West Covina 0 2 1 2 5 Rowland 9 1 2 10 22 West Covina scoring: Kenneth Palaab 2, Kenneth Sandovali, Charlie Nguyen, Andrew Dao 1. Rowland scoring: Mikey Edwards 6, James Um 4, Simon Bernal 2, Allen Taylor 2, Jonathan Hale 2, Domenic Marquez, Louis Takagi, Steven Gonzalez, Anthony Miller, Robert Chin. Shots: West Covina 16; Rowland 15. Goalie saves: Jackie Lam (WC) 3; Steve Wosman (R) 9. Records (overall, league): West Covina 1-12, 0-3; Rowland 15-5, 3-0. FOOTBALL DEL RIO LEAGUE El Rancho 41, Whittier 7 El Rancho 14 7 13 7 41 Whittier 0 0 0 7 7 ER: Rene Robledo 22 pass from A. J. Toscano (Jose Campos kick) ER: Mike Perez 8 run (Campos kick) ER: Perez 10 run (Campos kick) ER: Perez 53 run (Campos kick) ER: Toscano 15 run (pass failed) WH: Nick Romero 8 run (Jorge Moran kick) ER: Ezekiel Hernandez 28 pass from Campos (Campos kick) Records (overall, league): El Rancho 3-3, 1-0; Whittier 1-5, 0-1. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY DEL RIO LEAGUE at Legg Lake El Rancho 20, Pioneer 35 1. Cynthia Martinez (ER) 21:03, 2. Socorro Hinojosa (ER) 21:21, 3. Veronica Galvan (ER) 21:30, 4. Erica Juarez (P) 21:48, 5. Gabriella Cruz (P) 22:40. Records: El Rancho 3-0; Pioneer 0-3. at Whittier College Whittier 21, California 34 1. Tina Garza (W) 21:43, 2. Precious Nelson (W) 22:08, 3. Laura Perez (C) 22:12, 4. Brittany Bishop (W) 22:37, 5. Shalynn Capps (W) 23:21. Records: Whittier 2-1; California 2-1. GIRLS TENNIS MIRAMONTE LEAGUE Wilson 16, Charter Oak 2 At Wilson Singles: Wilson — Marcia Oen 3-0, Sylvia Tang 2-1, Audrey Yonesato 3-0. Charter Oak — Sara Napolitano 0-1, Kumiku Inoue 0-2, Olivia Graham 1-2, Kelsey Cooper 0-3. Doubles: Wilson –Saori Hanamure-Synthia Okihara 3-0, Amanda Yang-Rachel Tsao 3-0, Joy Sun-Catherine Ho 1-1, Cynthia Joe-Samantha Gonzales 1-0. Charter Oak — Lyndsay Vogel-Afrielle Fondevilla 0-3, Jamie Teragawa-Wendy Luong 1-2, Libby Dela Pena-Ivy Pena 0-3. Records: Wilson 13-0, 5-0; Charter Oak 5-6, 2-3. MONTVIEW LEAGUE Gladstone 13, Workman 5 At Workman Singles: Gladstone — Gabby Oleta 3-0, Jamie Calles 2-1, Vanessa Vasquez 2-1. Workman –Alejandra Moreno 2-1, Bernadette Kelly 0-3, Manelya Reyes 0-3. Doubles: Gladstone — Vanessa Ortiz-Anel Rivera 2-1, Stephanie Perez-Jessica Cabrena 2-1, Darlene Rodriguez-Stephanie Obeso 2-1. Workman — Bernice Quezado-Cynthia Bravo 3-0, Jamie Farfan-Arlene Vasquez 0-3, Erica Cardenas-Ashley Peach 0-3. Record: Gladstone 12-1, 6-0. VALLE VISTA LEAGUE Covina 12, San Dimas 6 At Covina Singles: Covina — Jacqueline Nguyen 3-0, Meg Tiangco 2-1, Benya Pokpongkiat 2-1. San Dimas –Ochie Sombolon 0-3, Jasmine Corona 2-1, Amanda Garcia 0-3. Doubles: Covina –Wendy Ojeda-Jazmyn Lopez 1-2, Grace Liao-Kimee Sarcos 3-0, Rebecca Prelle-Marr Tiangco 1-2. San Dimas — Angela Wardlow-Meagan Johnson 2-1, Lillibeth Kutigbak-Meagan Dean 2-1, Janae Cates-Christina Miranda 0-1, Janae Cates-Virginia Neel 0-2. Records: Covina 14-0, 6-0; San Dimas 4-7, 3-3. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL DEL REY LEAGUE At Cantwell Bishop Amat def. Cantwell 25-10, 25-17, 25-15. Records (overall, league): Bishop Amat 3-0 (in league); Cantwell 2-9, 0-3. Notes: Nichole Argueles (C) 18 assists. DEL RIO LEAGUE At Santa Fe Santa Fe def. Pioneer 25-18, 25-12, 25-13. Records (overall, league): Pioneer 0-4 (in league); Santa Fe 10-4, 3-1. Notes: Ivana Mendez (SF) 17 kills, Courtnie Everidge (SF) 11 kills. At California California def. Whittier 26-24, 25-18, 25-27, 25-14. Records (overall, league): Whittier 1-3 (in league); California 8-4, 3-1. Notes: Marissa Rengel (C) 15 kills, Sara Vargas (C) 10 kills; Justine Milian (W) 6 aces, Jamie Mojica (W) 6 aces. At El Rancho El Rancho def. La Serna 25-11, 26-24, 25-17. Records (overall, league): El Rancho 13-4, 4-0. Notes: Sherise Musquiz (ER) 16 kills. OLYMPIC LEAGUE At Whittier Christian Whittier Christian def. Village Christian 25-20, 25-18, 25-27, 22-25, 15-10. Records (overall, league): Village Christian 5-3, 0-3; Whittier Christian 5-4, 2-1. Notes: Amber Garcia (WC) 13 kills. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,FOOTBALL DEL RIO LEAGUE El Rancho 41, Whittier 7 El Rancho 14 7 13 7 41 Whittier 0 0 0 7 7 ER: Rene Robledo 22 pass from A. J. Toscano (Jose Campos kick) ER: Mike Perez 8 run (Campos kick) ER: Perez 10 run (Campos kick) ER: Perez 53 run (Campos kick) ER: Toscano 15 run (pass failed) WH: Nick Romero 8 run (Jorge Moran kick) ER: Ezekiel Hernandez 28 pass from Campos (Campos kick) Records (overall, league): El Rancho 3-3, 1-0; Whittier 1-5, 0-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Nightmare for Audi owner as high tide traps car on Donegal beach

first_imgAn Audi driver’s day turned into a nightmare on a south Donegal beach yesterday after his car got stuck in the sand as the tide came in. The images show the flashy car caught on Rossnowlagh beach in Donegal as the waves roll in around it.A short time later, a tractor was arrived at the scene to remove the Dublin-registered vehicle. According to the Irish Mirror, it’s not known how much damage was sustained.Images taken of the unfortunate incident shows the car stuck in the sand before a tractor arrives to help it free.Speaking to the outlet, Matt Cooke, who took the photographs, said: “People see these stories as a bit of wacky fun, but there is a real knock on effect for us local surfers, days of lingering diesel smells etc.“It’s a big issue here, I think that’s the third car in three weeks. “Pressure on the council to act would be amazing.“I’m there twice a week, more when I can, it’s my favourite place on earth.“I hate to see any harm to it because it’s a stunning beach.“I’d also say it’s important not to make out the driver was a fool, the fools are the council not doing more to prevent it.”A spokeswoman from Donegal County Council said that although parking is permitted on the beach, they have signage advising motorists of the risks. Nightmare for Audi owner as high tide traps car on Donegal beach was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Audirossnowlagh beachlast_img read more

Cape Town becomes bike-friendly

first_imgWide cycle lanes run all the way to Bloubergstrand in Cape Town.(Image: City of Cape Town)MEDIA CONTACTS • Maddie MazazaDirector: Planning in the City of Cape Town+27 21 400 5309.Lucille DavieCape Town is going green in more ways than one. It has a network of bicycle lanes across the city that are to be painted green to demarcate their use for bikes only.“The colour coding helps to promote safety and awareness for vehicles and pedestrians,” says the city council.It is also one of the few cities in the country that has a bicycle master plan. This involves a long-term aim of 2 000 kilometres of pedestrian and cycling facilities in the city bowl and the suburbs, as well as cycling paths alongside the MyCiTi bus routes. So far, 400 kilometres have been completed.“With the city-wide non-motorised transport (NMT) infrastructure programme being rolled out, more colourised cycle paths will be created. The city believes this will go a long way towards creating safer cycling environments, as well as encouraging other road users to share the public right of way in the city.”In all, 14 NMT projects were completed between 2006 and 2011. “Bike riding and non-motorised transport are important aspects of the vision of an integrated public transport network across the city, providing local connections and helping to make Cape Town a ‘liveable city,’” said Brett Heron, the mayoral committee member for transport.Cape Town undertook a recent trial of painting cycle lanes green, in an effort to promote safety and awareness for vehicles and pedestrians. The trial revealed that vehicles generally avoided parking in the green lanes. Previously, drivers would park on the bicycle lanes, thereby blocking the lanes for cyclists. In future, motorists who park in the lanes will have action taken against them.The green paint is skid-resistant and durable, reducing maintenance needs. The cycle lanes in Mowbray, Salt River, Woodstock and Strand Street will be painted in August. This painting is labour intensive, the council says, which means it creates employment opportunities through the Extended Public Works Programme. This is a national programme which aims to give jobless people temporary work, helping them gain skills and increase their ability to earn an income.“Our department’s focus is on the social sector which aims to create work opportunities and develop accredited training [which] will be linked to possible exit opportunities for beneficiaries,” says Cape Town.Cycle hireIn addition, it is looking into the feasibility of a bicycle hire system, a growing trend in cities like London, New York and Paris. In July, it established Transport for Cape Town, a transport authority that has started a study of the feasibility of creating a bicycle share project in the city bowl.The idea is to set up a network of bikes in racks in depots around the inner city, which can be hired and returned to another depot, with cyclists using the network of cycle lanes to get from one part of the city to another. “Cities around the world are beginning to identify bike-sharing as a mode of public transport, providing an alternative to individual vehicle trips,” explained Herron.Besides the obvious benefits of improved health through exercise, greater bicycle use will mean fewer cars in the city bowl, thus alleviating parking and congestion pressures, and reducing carbon emissions. Cape Town will look in particular at bicycle hire schemes such as London’s Barclays Bikes, Paris’s Velib and Washington’s Capital Bikes. The study will also consider the feasibility of using a smart card payment system, such as the myconnect card used for MyCiTi buses. It is expected that the system will be up and running towards mid-2015.Joburg and DurbanThe city of Johannesburg is behind Cape Town in the planning of its cycle lanes. It plans to roll out a 5km cycle lane in Noordesig in Soweto, to be completed in June 2014. It is also about to appoint a contractor to build a 15km cycle lane between the various campuses of the University of Johannesburg and Wits University, running through the suburbs of Auckland Park, Braamfontein and Doornfontein. This will also be complete by June next year.On the drawing board are plans for a non-motorised transport network, again to be finalised by the middle of next year. The network will cover areas of the inner city.Durban has limited cycle lanes, focused on the beachfront in the city centre.last_img read more

Dairy price outlook

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest What is ahead for the markets?How much safety in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) safety net?MPP margin forecast for 2015-2016As I write this, the market focus in squarely on the international markets.  Right at this moment, the turmoil in the U.S. equity market driven by concerns over the economic prospects for China is paramount.  Economic growth rate for China has slowed from double digits to around 7%.  While the rest of the developed countries would love a 7% growth rate, this is a much reduced level for China which needs a rate of economic growth in the range of 10 to 12% to manage its huge economy.  The equity market in China has declined by 35%.  Troubles with the China economy are certainly causing troubles for the rest of the world economies and only time will tell how this will all play out for the rest of us.To the U.S. dairy industry, China’s economic impact on world markets is well understood.  Just a year ago, we all were jubilant as aggressive commodity buying by China in world dairy markets, particularly for whole and skim milk powders, was driving milk prices to record levels.   In the U.S., dairy production was a bit slow to take off, but as usual, it did expand, reaching full potential just as the international market made a sudden shift.  First, Russia, as a retaliatory political move, imposed a near 100% ban on imports of key dairy products from the European Union countries, Oceana, and the U.S.   Unable to sell cheese and butter to Russia, the European Union and Oceana moved aggressively into the milk powder market.  This was the dropping of shoe number one.The other shoe dropped when China began to pull back dramatically on import purchases in the milk powder markets.  After importing a vast inventory of whole and skim milk powder in 2013 and 2014, China buying slowed considerably.  With a glut of milk on the market, dairy product prices had nowhere to go but down, and down, and down.  After peaking in the first quarter of 2014, nonfat and skim milk powders, whey, cheese, and butter prices on the international markets have fallen to levels not reached since 2009 to 2010.  So how have U.S. dairy product prices faired during this period? First off, nonfat and skim milk, and whey prices have followed international prices right on down.  After peaking near $2.10/lb in the first quarter of 2014, nonfat and skim prices have fallen to $0.80/lb.  Whey price hit its high at the end of the second quarter of 2014 near $0.70/lb and has declined to near $0.35/lb.However, two key U.S. dairy commodity prices are showing signs of domestic strength driven by a strong U.S. retail economy and the assistance of the Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) export assistance program.  The CWT program has provided export assistance for an equivalent 1.294 billion pounds of milk in the form of cheese (45.3 billion lb, butter 28 billion lb, and whole milk powder 33.4 billion lb).  As a result the U.S. cheese price, while trending down with world markets, appears to have found a floor near the $1.70/lb.  The U.S. butter price appears to be a market disconnected from the international scene.  While butter prices in Europe and Oceana have tumbled to the $1.10 to $1.30/lb range, the U.S. butter price has gone up from its recent 2015 low of $1.50/lb to the level of $1.90/lb now.So how does all of this translate into farm level prices in the U.S. versus the EU and Oceana?  In the August 2015 podcast  by dairy economists Mark Stephenson and Bob Cropp, they show a slide depicting equivalent farm level prices (go to this site to listen to the podcast: http://dairymarkets.org/PubPod/Podcast/Outlook/).  The current U.S. milk price, at $18.38/cwt compares to an EU price of $13.61/cwt and a Oceana (NZ) price of $10.61/cwt.  Clearly, the economic impact is being felt much more strongly by dairy farmers in the EU and Oceana.  How quickly the excess supply adjusts to the relative level of demand will depend for the most part on rapid the adjustment in milk production coming from the EU and Oceana rather than the U.S.  From my reading of the international news, their economic pain is significant and the draw back could be rather swift.  Some good news is that latest Global Dairy Trade Index, a composite price index of the eight traded dairy commodities, trading on September 1, is up 10.1% and this follows a 15% increase from the August 18th trading event.  Perhaps a bottom to the international market has arrived.The value of the U.S. dollar remains historically high.  This makes it much more difficult for export products from the U.S. to be price competitive in international markets.  The current turmoil across the international economic landscape will only serve to add strength to the U.S. dollar in coming months.  The strong U.S. dollar also has a positive side in that it limits international demand for U.S. grain exports and helps keep the prices of feed lower.  Prices in the key grain and feed commodity markets are at five year lows.  Cash corn remains below $4/bu, with the futures market forecasting this level well into 2016. Soybeans are under $10/bu and soybean meal, while strengthening a bit, remains under $375/ton.  Alfalfa hay is under $180/ton.A natural question to ask is: “How long will the down turn in market prices last and when will prices reach bottom and turn upward? “ I do not know.  A couple of dairy economists who have put their collective efforts to understanding the milk price cycle have an informative paper on the topic available on the Dairy Markets and Policy website.  To read the information paper, go to Stephenson and Nicholson at: http://dairy.wisc.edu/PubPod/Pubs/IL15-03.pdf. As their conclusion, these two dairy economists state “Forecasts for the margins during the current cycle through 2017 vary  from  quite  optimistic–‐–‐a  short  cycle  with  a  limited  number  of  months  with  an  MPP  margin  below  $8.00/cwt  (the  statistical  forecast) — to  a  cycle  close  to  the  average  length  of  40  months,  with  a  prolonged  period  of  where  the  MPP  margin  is  below  $8.00/cwt  (the  simulation  model).  Futures  market  forecasts  are  similar  to  the  statistical  forecasts  through  early  next  year,  then  shows  more  moderated  increases.”  This puts the bottom of the price cycle sometime between January 2016 (statistical and futures market models) and January 2017 (dynamic simulation model).Using the current (6/02/2015) futures market price data on milk and feed input prices, the USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA) Decision tool for MPP (http://dairymarkets.org/MPP/Tool/)  shows an anticipated July-August margin of $7.71/cwt.  Anticipated margins for the remaining two calculation periods are: September – October ($8.67/cwt) and November – December ($8.88/cwt).  Looking out into 2016, the USDA/FSA tool shows anticipated margins staying above $8/cwt for the first half of 2016 and then increasing to the upper $9.00/cwt level in the last quarter of 2016.  With the 2016 sign up period for MPP ending on September 30, 2015, now is the time to pay close attention to the market forecasts.  Use the Decision Tool to work out your best option if you intend to purchase up from the $4/cwt level.  Remember, the MPP is not a price or margin risk management program, rather it is a catastrophic loss safety-net program, operating much like a way out-of-the-money PUT option with premiums that do not adjust to market conditions.  As a national program, there is neither consideration for management style, scale of dairy, nor geographic location.  While the national average price for milk has fallen from the peak, so have feed prices, and by the logic of MPP, this does not qualify as a ‘catastrophic loss event’.  If you are looking to manage price risk volatility, you should look to the Livestock Gross Margin-(LGM) Dairy program and the futures and options markets.  If you have already signed-on to the MPP, then LGM-Dairy is off the table and then the futures and options markets remain as a viable price risk management tool that can be used along with MPP.So what is the ‘glass half full’ take on all of this?  If the U.S. economy can shake off the China troubles, gasoline prices fall as forecasted to the $2/gal mark, and U.S. retail demand remains strong for cheese and butter, then the U.S. milk price will remain substantially above that of our competitors out in the international markets.  Significant production pull back will come not from the U.S. but from the EU and Oceana.  And the ‘glass is half empty’ view?  We become infected by the China contagion, the U.S. equity market turns to a bearish market, and retail demand weakens as U.S. consumers pull back.  Cheese and butter prices move down by $0.50/lb or more, and with these, the farm price for milk declines by another $2/cwt.For up-to-date market and policy information on the Ohio dairy industry, as well as informative charts, research papers on many industry issues, and for useful links to other sites, please visit and bookmark the Dairy Markets and Policy website: http://dairymarkets.org/ to which I contribute.last_img read more