Egypt says Europe’s deal to stop the flow of refugees from Turkey is increasing the number of people heading to North Africa. But the European Union says statistics show otherwise.Our correspondent Kevin Ozebek has more from Brussels.
Uganda has opened an aviation university to boost air transport and international trade in the country, according to the Daily Monitor.Entebbe International University (EIU) incorporated in November 2010 will finally start training aviation professionals and develop personnel to serve in strategic positions in international relations.“The university seeks to close the existing unemployment gap through moving in line with its vision of becoming the national and international centre of excellence in strategic and technological studies.” Said EIU chairman Board of Trustees, Lt Gen Ivan KoretaThe institution earned its operating lincence in 2016 March after being successfully inspected by Uganda National Council for Higher Education aims to contribute to East African community job market.
An alarm has been raised on the vulnerability of the Giraffe due to a deep decline of the species over the last 30 yearsAccording to a survey carried out by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, the tallest land mammal has been estimated to have declined to 36 – 40 percent decline in population, at least five sub-species anyway. Three other sub-species of the giraffe are said to be increasing and one is stable.“.. People – including conservationists – are unaware that these majestic animals are undergoing a silent extinction. With a decline of almost 40% in the last three decades alone, the world’s tallest animal is under severe pressure in some of its core ranges across East, Central and West Africa. As one of the world’s most iconic animals, it is timely that we stick our necks out for giraffe before it is too late,” says Dr. Julian Fennessy, co-chair of the IUCN SSC GOSGThe majestic mammal is found mostly in southern and eastern Africa, with smaller isolated populations in west and central Africa. Giraffes are facing extinction due to human population leading to habitat loss, illegal hunting, increasing human-wildlife conflict and civil unrest in some countries.Scientists give four distinct species of giraffe instead of only one; however, the IUCN currently only recognizes giraffe as one species.
Egypt is one of the countries that has suspended air links with Qatar.The aviation ministry says the measure will take effect from 4 am GMT on Tuesday.Qatari planes will not be allowed to cross Egyptian airspace or land on its territory.Six airlines from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have also suspended flights to and from Qatar.Analysts and experts say the travel disruptions are unprecedented.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqPFU_Fu6QY
Morocco King Mohammed VI (AFP)King Mohammed VI has returned to Morocco after an absence of several weeks during which he underwent a heart operation in a Paris clinic, sources close to the palace said on Tuesday.Media reports said Mohammed’s private plane landed on Monday night in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, and he was expected on Tuesday in the northern city of Fez for official functions.The 54-year-old king has not been in Morocco at least since the 26th of February when he underwent the operation to normalise his heartbeat.Mohammed, who has ruled since his father Hassan’s death in July 1999, would resume his normal activities after a period of rest prescribed by his doctors, according to an official statement issued at the time.The king’s lengthy absence stirred rumours on social media and also raised questions in diplomatic and business circles.A frequent visitor to France, Mohammed’s first official function since the operation was a meeting on the 10th of April with French President Emmanuel Macron.He did not, however, attend the Arab summit held on Sunday in the Saudi city of Dhahran.
Britain says it strongly supports Zimbabwe’s re-entry to the Commonwealth and praised President Emmerson Mnangagwa for impressive progress since Robert Mugabe was toppled in a military coup.“The UK would strongly support Zimbabwe’s re-entry and a new Zimbabwe that is committed to political and economic reform that works for all its people,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.As Harare looks to rebuild its international ties, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met his Zimbabwean counterpart Sibusiso Moyo and ministers from other nations over breakfast on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.Zimbabwe left the Commonwealth network of 53 mostly former territories of the British Empire in 2003 after Mugabe, who had ruled Zimbabwe from its independence in 1980, was criticised over disputed elections and land seizures from white farmers.Mugabe cast himself as a liberation hero but opponents said he turned Zimbabwe into an economic basket case and international pariah. He was forced to step down in November during a coup and Mnangagwa is now president.But those backing Zimbabwe’s re-entry say July’s election is critical if the country wishes to be taken seriously on the international stage.“The Zimbabwe government must deliver the free and fair elections the people of Zimbabwe deserve and which it has promised,” Johnson said.So far, Zimbabwe appears open to doing that and has invited Western powers to monitor its national elections for the first time in more than 15 years. “President Mnangagwa has been in power for 150 days and while Zimbabwe has made impressive progress, there is still much to do,” Johnson said. “That’s why Britain, the Commonwealth and the wider international community will do everything it can in supporting Zimbabwe on its path of reform.”The election will pit Mnangagwa against a clutch of opponents including 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa from the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change.It will be the first time that Mugabe has not been on the ballot since independence from Britain in 1980. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa officiates at the swearing in ceremony for his cabinet at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
The Chinese government is collaborating with Kenya’s health ministry to provide Computed Topography (CT) scan units supply and installation programme for 37 hospitals across the country.The project was launched on Saturday with the aim of bettering the provision of healthcare in the East African country.In installing the units, the government placed emphasis on hospitals located along major highways with a view to enhancing fast and accurate diagnostics on victims of emergency cases such as road accidents.The CT scan centres will also aid in early detection of various forms of cancer.Under this initiative, the government has contracted Neusoft Medical Systems, a Chinese medical equipment manufacturing company, and Megascope Healthcare, who are their local partners, under a government-to-government collaboration with China.The collaboration will see 37 radiologists and radiographers travel to China for training on use of the machines.Health minister Sicily Kariuki said the Kenyan government would subsidize the cost of CT scans in line with its agenda to ensure universal health conerage.Kariuki also said her ministry would put up a centre of excellence and a cloud imaging centre at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi.“This means patients accessing these services can actually wait for their results real time since it connects to all county CT scanners for reporting second opinion, teaching and referrals,” she said.
Britain’s Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson addresses the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKayBritish Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has resigned, Downing Street said in a statement on Monday, hours after Brexit minister David Davis stepped down.“This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary,” Theresa May’s Downing Street office said in a statement.“His replacement will be announced shortly. The prime minister thanks Boris for his work,” the statement said.Since cabinet approval for the plan on Friday, however, he had refrained from public comment.Mr. Johnson, who has been foreign secretary since June 2016, has been due to attend a summit on the future of the Western Balkans in London but did not show up – fuelling rumours about his imminent departure.His exit comes hours after David Davis resigned as Brexit Secretary shortly before midnight on Sunday.The resignations of two of the Cabinet’s most senior ministers left Theresa May’s government in its most tenuous position since last year’s general election result.Speculation had mounted that Mr Johnson could quit after he failed to attend a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee as well as a summit of Western Balkan nations being held in London.
Yoweri Museveni seeking to serve a fifth term in office Chad’s President to reintroduce term limits if he wins fifth term Several hundred demonstrators, in defiance of a ban on protests, rallied in the Algerian capital Friday against a bid by ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fifth term, an AFP correspondent said.“No fifth mandate,” chanted the mostly young demonstrators, many waving Algerian flags, as they started to march through central Algiers without police intervening despite a heavy deployment and a helicopter hovering overhead.“Ouyahia, get out!” they also cried around the capital’s landmark Grand Post Office, referring to Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia.Activists used social media to call for Friday rallies against Bouteflika across the country after the weekly Muslim prayers, also filling the main square in Annaba, 400 kilometres east of Algiers with demonstrators, and the TSA news website said.Bouteflika, the 81-year-old head of state who uses a wheelchair and has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, announced on February 10 that he will run for another term in April presidential polls.He spoke of an “unwavering desire to serve” despite his health constraints and pledged to set up an “inclusive national conference” to address political and economic reforms.His office announced Thursday that Bouteflika, who has been in power since 1999, will travel to Switzerland for “routine medical checks” ahead of the April 18 election.Related Algeria’s ruling coalition backs President Bouteflika for fifth term
Talk Africa: China-Africa Investment Forum China, Algeria develop fruitful cooperation under BRI Talk Africa: China, Africa cultural exchanges Algeria ratified a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which the North African nation joined last September, APS news agency reported Tuesday.The Algerian Press Service reported that the MoU was confirmed through a presidential decree signed by Algerian interim President Abdelkader Bensalah and published in the Official Gazette.The decree says Algeria and China shall cooperate in the framework of the MoU in the fields of policies coordination, infrastructure interdependence and other areas of cooperation agreed upon by the two sides.On Sept. 4, 2018, on the sidelines of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in China’s capital Beijing, Algeria and China signed an MoU on the North African nation joining the BRI.Proposed by China in 2013, the BRI refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road which are designed to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe, Africa and beyond.Algeria has been constructing mega infrastructure projects that are likely to enable the country to take great profit from BRI.China has been the major economic partner of Algeria in the last six years with an annual trade of some 9 billion U.S. dollars.During the first five months of 2019, China remained the top supplier of Algeria with exports worth 3.5 billion dollars, according to official figures released by the Algerian Customs on Monday.Related
UN report reveals Rwanda trained rebels to oust Nkurunziza Related A United Nations report co-produced by over 100 scientists says that global meat consumption must be reduced. Doing so would not only help deal with global warming but would also reduce strains on land and water supply, improve food security, health and biodiversity, authors say.The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which advises governments, fell short of calling for the world to go “meat-free”, but urged big changes to farming and eating habits to limit the impact of population growth and changing consumption patterns on stretched land and water resources.Cutting meat consumption and incorporating more plant-based products into diets could hit emissions, as well as improve diets, the IPCC argued.“Balanced diets, featuring plant-based foods, such as those based on coarse grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and animal-sourced food produced in resilient, sustainable and low-GHG emission systems, present major opportunities for adaptation and mitigation while generating significant co-benefits in terms of human health,” the report said.According to the IPCC, plant-based foods and sustainable animal-sourced food could free up several million square kilometers of land by 2050 and cut 0.7-8.0 gigatonnes per year of carbon dioxide equivalent.“There are certain kinds of diets that have a lower carbon footprint and put less pressure on land,” Jim Skea, professor at London’s Imperial College, said on Thursday. “The IPCC does not recommend people’s diets, however dietary choices are very often shaped or influenced by local production practices and cultural habits.”Skea is one of the report’s authors.Last year the IPCC’s first special report warned that keeping the Earth’s temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), rather than the 2C target agreed under the Paris accord, required rapid change across society.This year’s study will be used in forthcoming climate and environment negotiations, such as the Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14) in New Delhi in September and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, the Chilean capital, in December. UN Report makes recommendations to stop sex abuse UN Report Makes Recommendations to Stop Sex Abuse Picture courtesy of Reuters
Sudan and U.S. to hold further talks on removing Sudan from terrorism sponsor list Uganda Defends Its Troops Presence in South Sudan Sudan’s separation from South Sudan continues hurting its economy FILE PHOTO: Tibor Nagy, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, speaks during a news conference on the case of Sudan, in the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 14, 2019. REUTERS General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo (R), Sudan’s deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, and protest leader Ahmed Rabie shake hands after signing the constitutional declaration at a ceremony on August 4,2019 /AFP/Getty ImagesA senior state Department official in the United States said Friday that the US no longer has an adversarial relationship with the Sudanese government and is working with its counterparts on the possibility of removing it from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.FILE PHOTO: Tibor Nagy, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, speaks during a news conference on the case of Sudan, in the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 14, 2019./REUTERSHowever Tibor Nagy, assistant secretary for African affairs, cautioned that doing so was a process with conditions.“It’s not an event, it’s not flipping a light switch. It’s a process and we are heavily, continuously engaged with our Sudanese interlocutors on how we can go about doing that,” he told reporters in a briefing.Asked if the United States was committing to lifting sanctions, Nagy said “No” but added: “There are conditions to such an event.Everybody is hoping that it will happen, everybody is hoping that it happens as quickly as possible, we all understand the hardships that it is causing, he said.The U.S. government added Sudan to its list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993 over allegations that then-President Omar al-Bashir’s Islamist government was supporting terrorist groups.The designation makes Sudan technically ineligible for debt relief and financing from the IMF and World Bank. Congress needs to approve a removal.Bashir was toppled by the military in April from power after months of demonstrations over price hikes for fuel and bread and cash shortages.Related
UN urges Kenya to diversify food production Kenya athletes protest at the federation headquarters Kenya Athletes Shine at Chicago Marathon Kenya’s athletes run during a training session in Nairobi, ahead of the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, August 5, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo/File Photo Kenya’s athletes run during a training session in Nairobi, ahead of the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, August 5, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo/File PhotoKenya’s government has identified the first batch of 58 athletes from a total of 1,500 who are in dire need of support due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.This group of athletes, identified and verified by world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge, will benefit from a 100 million shilling (940,000 U.S. dollars) government bailout after the pandemic decimated the global sporting calendar.Sports cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed said these athletes will be cushioned from the effects of the virus after they made a distress call to her office for help. The ministry has since sent them a consignment of food to support them.“We made a partnership with Kipchoge and they identified 58 athletes in need of support. Kipchoge helped us identify the needy ones, mostly those who were preparing to compete in the U20 Championships alongside others who targeted to make a living by competing in postponed events,” said Mohamed.Nairobi was due to stage the World Junior Championships in July, but that event has been postponed with the organizers still working on an appropriate replacement date in conjunction with World Athletics.“We have managed to send them enough food packages to sustain them for the month and we are hoping to top it up with some allowances,” she added.Each athlete will receive food and 100 dollars.“The sports ministry is identifying the needy ones from other disciplines where 1,500 were picked. They have been our best ambassadors out there and it is our turn to stand with them,” Mohamed said.Related
Malawian presidential candidate Arthur Peter Mutharika (centre) casts his vote at a polling station in Thyolo, Malawi on June 23, 2020. (Xinhua)Malawians on Tuesday went to the poll to elect a president following the court’s annulment of the May 2019 election on February 3.Incumbent president Peter Mutharika, 79, faces opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera, 65, in the much-awaited election precedented by a series of violent protests since June 2019.Voting commenced at 6 a.m. local time in 5,002 polling centers across the country where 6.8 million Malawians who registered in the May 2019 election were supposed to cast their vote.Mutharika was captured casting his vote at Goliati Village in his home district, Thyolo, on Tuesday morning while Chakwera and his running mate, Saulos Chilima, who is also the Vice President of the country cast their votes in the capital Lilongwe.The voting process has been reported to be generally peaceful with COVID-19 preventive measures such as social distancing and handwashing observed in all the 5,002 polling centres.Counting of the votes is expected to commence immediately after the official closing of polling at 6 p.m. local time and the final results are expected anytime thereafter.Meanwhile, new Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson, Justice Chifundo Kachale, has assured the public that the commission “shall strive to protect the integrity of the election”.Related Mozambique’s Filipe Nyusi wins 73% of vote in presidential election Malawi orders partial recount in presidential election Malawi court nullifies presidential vote, orders new one
Kenya developing policy to minimize medicine costs Kenya President: SGR will help transform Kenya’s economy Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Friday launched Kenya Cancer Policy 2019-2030 to help address the growing burden of disease in the country.Rashid Aman, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health of Kenya, said that the cancer policy documents provide a framework on how to comprehensively manage the cancer burden.“Cancer has been slowly and quietly consuming our people. It is one of the most impacting diseases on our people and the health facilities in recent times,” Aman told journalists during the launch of the document in Nairobi.He said that the Kenya Cancer Policy 2019-2030 is expected to help reduce the number of deaths since every household in the country has in one way or another, been affected by the deadly disease.Aman said that people with underlying conditions such as cancer are at higher risk of contacting COVID-19.He said that out of the 154 patients that have succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic, six were nursing cancer at the time of their death.“Cancer care can now be accessed in county facilities. Every household has been affected by cancer. Recognizing the burden of cancer, Uhuru directed the ministry to develop cancer policy,” said Aman.The Ministry of Health estimates that 47,887 Kenyans are diagnosed with cancer every year and 32,987 patients die annually.Aman, who also launched the breast cancer screening pilot report dubbed “Breast Health Awareness Campaign”, said the document will guide the scaling up of breast cancer screening services in the country.He said that breast cancer is the leading type of cancer in Kenya with about 6,000 new cases every year.Related Kenya set to launch cervical cancer vaccine
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland officers are seeking help in tracing the driver of a car who was involved in a confrontation with another motorist on Tuesday 31 January 2017. The incident took place on the B7076 APR road at the junction with the A701 road at Beattock. At around 1230/1245 hours a 68 year old man from Lockerbie was seated alone in his car, a blue coloured Audi A4 estate, which had broken down, and was awaiting assistance at the side of the road.Around that time a car, described as a burgundy coloured Vauxhall, drove along side, stopped, and the driver thereafter took a photograph of the Audi car. The driver, who was male and the sole occupant of the car then appeared to mouth something before driving off. A short time later the same burgundy car and driver returned, and at the same time a window was smashed in the Audi car as the burgundy car drove passed. As a result a window on the Audi car was found to have a hole in it. The burgundy car then sped off.Constable Stephen Glendinning at Lockerbie said “this does appear to be a bizarre incident and we are at a loss to understand what the motive was for this behaviour. The driver of the burgundy car is described as being in his late 30s/early 40s, medium build, had a full black beard, possible black hair and was wearing a black coloured hat. We want to hear from anyone who may have been in the area and can help us identify the burgundy car and its driver. Or indeed, if the driver of the burgundy car wishes to come forward and explain his actions we would be only too happy to speak to him. Callers can contact us at Lockerbie on the 101 number.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInBuilding on the success of the current Book Group Collection this new service uses the Borrowbox app to host a specific digital collection of eBooks. A launch event for existing book groups, anyone interested starting a Book Group or in joining an online book group will be held on Wednesday 22 March, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the Ewart Library, Dumfries. “It is great that the success of the Book Group Collection can be built upon to embrace new technology and improve ease of access. Where we can, we meet the requests of service users, and this is a great example of us taking into account feedback of users and making a positive change based on this feedback.” The new digital service will enable book groups to reserve a set of eBooks and each member to download the same title direct to their own iPad, tablet or PC. Currently, over 40 community groups use the existing Book Group Collection of paperback books. Several groups request large print or audio copies to be added to their book sets. Some of the service users of our eBooks have expressed an interest in an online Book Group. Our Council is keen to improve accessibility and opportunity and the digital collection allows members to change the font, text size and page colour to suit their individual needs from home. It takes place on Wednesday 22 March, 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Ewart Library, Catherine Street, Dumfries, DG1 3AQ with coffee and cake provided. The launch event is open to everyone, not just those currently in book group and will include a demonstration of the new Digital Book Group Collection service as well as other eBook, eMagazines and eAudio services. Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chairman of the Council’s Communities Committee commented;
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack has welcomed the launch of a campaign by his party calling on the Scottish Government to address the recruitment and retention crisis in Scotland’s NHS, and prioritise GP funding.New data obtained from the General Medical Council revealed that as many as 3,000 Scottish trained doctors are estimated to have left the country to work abroad since 2008.The Scottish Conservatives have described this as a “brain drain” and have called on the Scottish Government to act on these figures and do more to encourage doctors to come back – or not leave in the first place.Official NHS figures also show that nearly a third of this year’s GP training places remain unfilled – leaving Scotland with the highest vacancy rates in Britain.As part of their campaign, the party will this week be writing to every GP clinic in Scotland, and Mr Jack hopes that all practices in Dumfries and Galloway take the opportunity to respond.Mr Jack said “People in my constituency are all too aware of the crisis engulfing our health service, particularly GP services.“We have already witnessed ward closures and the temporary downgrading of the Accident and Emergency service at the Galloway Community Hospital, and this weekend the Galloway Community Hospital Action Group are holding a rally in Stranraer in support of our rural health services.“The time for dealing with this problem is well overdue and it is imperative that the Scottish Government act to deal with the recruitment and retention crisis across our health service, and do everything possible to encourage more GPs to come and work in Dumfries and Galloway.”
Councillor Andy Ferguson; Rioghnach Ahern, Wellcome Trust; Graham Roberts, Archivist AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAccess to the collections and archives of the Crichton Royal Institution have been made easy by the completion of two projects.The Crichton Royal Institution opened as the last and greatest Scottish royal asylum in 1839. Its archive, owned by NHS Dumfries and Galloway, deposited with Dumfries and Galloway Council, is of international significance.The completion of two projects to improve public access to this marvellous collection was celebrated on recently at the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries.Over the past 6years, more than £200,000 of funding from the Wellcome Trust has helped Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Archives Service to catalogue, conserve, preserve, then digitise the collection. The digitisation was carried out by Glasgow University’s Photographic Unit.More than 180,000 images of Crichton records can now be freely viewed online, including those of patients’ case notes up to 1914, of patient art work (the earliest examples of ‘art as therapy’ in existence), of records of the founding of the Crichton and its subsequent administration, of staff, of the patients’ journal the New Moon, of photographs and engravings and much more.The images can be viewed on the website of the Wellcome Library at www.wellcomelibrary.org or by entering Wellcome Crichton into a search engine.The original records from which the digital images were taken can be viewed by prior appointment at the Ewart Library, Dumfries, t:01387 260 285 or email email@example.comThe launch was introduced by Councillor Andy Ferguson, chair of the Communities committee, and included short talks from Rioghnach Ahern of the Wellcome Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Archivist Graham Roberts.Councillor Ferguson said: “The Crichton Royal was a pioneering institution that was well ahead of its time when it opened. Now, its amazing archive is available to all through digitisation. This collection is a magnificent resource offering invaluable insight to the development of the treatment of mental health issues. “Councillor John Martin, vice chair of the Communities committee, said: “Being inclusive is a priority for our Council. These projects offer access worldwide. We know that 1 in 4 people will, at some time, have a mental health issue and recognition and treatment of mental health issues is vital for well being.”Representatives from Dumfries and Galloway Council, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, the Crichton Trust, the National Records of Scotland and Lothian Health Services Archive were joined by members of staff and volunteers at the event.
Kirkcudbright Marina, Copyright DGWGO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPOLICE Officers in Kirkcudbright are investigating the theft of three marine engines from boats in the town. Sometime overnight Sunday 15/Monday 16 April two outboard engines have been stolen from the premises of the Sailing Club in Castledykes Road. Another engine has been stolen sometime between Thursday 19 and Saturday 21 April, from a boat in the garden of a house which looks directly over the Kirkcudbright Sailing Club. The total value of the engines stolen is well into the thousands of pounds.Constable Courtney Richards said “clearly the engines have been targeted for theft and these engines are not light, and would take some handling. Anyone who has been around the area of the sailing club over the past week is asked to consider whether they might have seen anything suspicious, or anything which might have seemed out of place for some reason. Anyone wishing to pass information on to us can do so though the 101 number, quoting the reference number PDG 00811404187We are also taking this opportunity to remind those who have boats, engines or other property in the area to consider the security of their property in the light of these recent crimes. Likewise if they haven’t been along recently to the yard then to consider a visit to ensure all is well with their property. Police Scotland offer free crime prevention advice and anyone who wishes a crime prevention survey should contact their local Crime Reduction Officer through the 101 number.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInScottish Book Trust today revealed that children’s picture book The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs, has topped a national poll as Scotland’s most loved Christmas book, as the charity launches its first ever festive fundraising appeal to provide books and support to teen parents and their babies.Findings from the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships shows that younger parents are less likely to read with their babies, particularly from the early stages. Many teen parents also face challenging circumstances such as social isolation, poverty and lack of confidence. Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, has launched its appeal to ensure every baby enjoys stories and rhymes from the earliest moments, regardless of their circumstances.Almost a third of Scots voted for children’s book The Snowman, which was first published in 1978, as their favourite Christmas read, and over 80% of Scots parents agree that reading helps them to bond with their children.Marc Lambert, CEO commented: “It’s very fitting that a children’s picture book has topped our nationwide poll of Christmas books. This underlines how important books and sharing stories are to us all, in childhood and as parents or carers.“Sharing stories is one of the best ways for parents to bond with their babies from the earliest moments. Even before they are born, babies can hear sounds, and reading from these early stages also supports important early development such as language learning. We are appealing to people to support our mission by donating £5 to give the gift of reading this Christmas and ensure no baby misses out.” By supporting Scottish Book Trust’s Christmas Appeal, the charity aims to help 1,000 families by providing pregnant teens with a copy of Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler’s The Snail and the Whale, recommended for its repetition and rhyme. The teens will also receive support to begin a reading journey and ensure parent and baby have the best start together.Julia Donaldson commented: “I’m delighted that Scottish Book Trust is gifting copies of The Snail and the Whale for their Christmas appeal as it’s one of my favourites of all my own books. It’s lovely to think of a whole new generation of parents and children across Scotland enjoying the story together. If you are able to support this campaign with £5, you could really make a difference this Christmas.”The Christmas Appeal follows a successful pilot in Tayside, Glasgow, South-East Edinburgh and the Lothians. Scottish Book Trust now wants to roll the scheme out nationwide, to all teen parents in Scotland.Donate £5 today (insert link) to gift a baby and young parent their first book to share. A gift certificate is also available if you wish to share your donation as a Christmas gift for a loved one.For further information, please visit scottishbooktrust.com/ChristmasAppeal
Share Share Share 15 Views no discussions This upcoming weekend will bring the curtains down on the 6th annual Hike Fest, with two final hikes planned.On Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May the Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA) and the Heart of Dominica community tourism group will be presenting the hikes dubbed the “Organic Experience”. Friday’s hike will begin at Nature’s Trail Minimart in Sylvania where hikers will walk to Pond Casse along Segment 4 of the Waitukubuli National Trail and on to D-Smart Farm in Corona for an organic farm tour and lunch. The final hike on Saturday 18th May will leave the DHTA’s office in Roseau at 8:00am with hikers proceeding on a maroon heritage experience to Jacko Steps & Jacko Flats in Belles village. Interested persons should register for hikes at the DHTA Office in Roseau.Following the hike, local food and river swimming at Riverstone Bar & Grill in Belles will bring this year’s Hike Fest to a close.Hikers are encouraged to stay at the venue for a taste of Riverside Jazz & Creole the final fringe event of Dominica’s Jazz ‘n’ Creole festival carded for 19th May at Fort Shirley, Portsmouth. This year’s Hike Fest celebrated “Traditions Old & New”, kicked off with close to 70 local and visiting hikers tackling Segment 7of the Waitukubuli National Trail, on Saturday May 4. The second hike, the “KAIRI Walk & Smile for your Health” partnership hike took place on Sunday May 5, from Cochrane to Laudat along Segment 4 of the trail and on to Roseau. On Saturday May 11th, 45 hikers took on the grand challenge of the Boiling Lake including several students and faculty from the Ross University.For the first time Hike Fest featured week-day hikes organized and undertaken with the assistance of the Heart of Dominica Tourism group, featuring sites and attractions in the island’s interior, including the “9 Diamonds hike” exploration of the many Sultan Waterfalls on Monday 13th and a hike into the central rainforest followed by river-side cookout at Zen Gardens in Wet Area, Belles on Tuesday May 14. Coordinator of this event, Maxine Alleyne-Esprit said she sees the ‘new concept Hike Fest’ as having the potential to grow into one of the major attractions to Dominica, particularly promoting the Hike & Jazz concept.Meanwhile, the DHTA said it would like to see “the partnership with the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), local tour operators, sponsors, DHTA members, and local community tourism groups continue to grow, in presenting Hike & Jazz as a unique product in the mix of Dominica’s offerings. We see this as being one of the keys which can contribute to achieving the goal of 90,000 visitors by 2015”.Dominica Vibes News Tweet LocalNews Two hikes to end Hike Fest 2013 by: – May 16, 2013 Sharing is caring!
Share Sharing is caring! 53 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share LocalNews DAPD’s extends Christmas greetings by: – December 25, 2013 DAPD executive members; Irma Raymond-Joseph, Alexander St Luce, Nathalie Murphy and Michael MurphyThe Dominica Association of Persons living with Disabilities (DAPD) has extended Christmas greetings to its membership as well as all citizens in it’s annual Christmas message from president, Alexander St. Luce.Love, Joy, Peace, Cheer, Goodwill and Glad Tidings, these are all wonderful words we hear resounding around us as we herald in the holy season of Christmas. A season which reminds us of many virtues, and the need to care, share and pray with and for each other. This is also the time when heavy emphasis and attention is placed on the under-privileged, vulnerable, voiceless, marginalized, and less-fortunate, with gifts, parties, and different goodies being presented to and showered on these citizens. Persons with disabilities, of course, make up the list of these citizens, and, it is with them in mind, that I offer this Christmas Message, as President of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities. 2013, for many, may be seen as just another year, but, for us at DAPD, it can be described as one which saw us sticking to and strengthening our mission of creating an “All-inclusive Society”. It was, for us, another milestone in our development, as we commemorated and celebrated our Thirtieth Anniversary, using the very theme of “all-inclusiveness”. The year’s celebration carried the theme; Thirty Years of Advocating for an “All-Inclusive Society”, and at the end of it all, we feel satisfied that the message continues to take root. We can point to strides being made as more and more of our institutions, organizations, public and private sector groups, and ordinary citizens, have all demonstrated that persons with disabilities can, and should be included in the social. Economic, civil, cultural and political life and development. Our participation in Carnival, a national event, the partnership and collaboration of community and civic organizations like the Kiwanis Club in our Special Events, the entry of the first ever blind student at the Dominica State College, increased support and involvement of non-disabled persons in the activities and programmes of DAPD, features of the life, accomplishments, abilities, and potential of a number of persons with disabilities in the media, and most importantly, the pronouncement that Government plans to appoint a Public Officer to step up efforts to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, have all served to heighten our optimism for the opening of more doors, and the breaking down of barriers.We have good reason to rejoice and be glad at this time, having started the year with uncertainty as to where funds could be sourced to undertake the events planned for our anniversary celebrations and other Organizational Operations. We end the year on a very good note, having been able to procure funding for all activities, some of which were included later in the celebration. A significant sum came from the Government of Dominica, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and a collective quantum from Corporate Citizens. It is also heart-warming to know that the Government of Dominica will be assisting us to continue the employment of two of our Staff Members, by meeting their monthly remuneration. This is one of our major hurdles that we will overcome and our profound gratitude and appreciation is expressed to Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister.Let me express our sincere and deepest thanks to all our other benefactors, who so generously shared their “Treasures” with us as we look ahead to another phase in our development.On behalf of the Board of Directors, management and Membership, I extend a Merry, Spirit-filled, Peaceful and Blessed Christmas and a Progressive, Prosperous and Productive New Year to everyone.
Tweet Share LocalNews Dominican Army Leaders, Siblings Serve Together by: By Army Staff Sgt. Gene Arnold13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) – January 29, 2015 Share 294 Views one comment Share Sharing is caring! CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait, Jan. 28, 2015 – Army Sgt. 1st Class Suzanne Prosper and her brother, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Weaver Prosper, came a long way from the sandy shores of the Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean.The Prospers come from a close family of hard workers that strive to be the best they can be, they said.“Deployments are hard, being away from family. I’m lucky because I’m here with my brother,” said 33-year-old Suzanne, a human resources noncommissioned officer, deployed here with the 12th Detachment, 3rd Medical Command Deployment Support. “When things get hard, and I need a hug, I can just walk across the way and get a genuine hug.”“I know it’s genuine … he loves me,” she said of her brother.Suzanne and her 35-year-old brother, Weaver, may be considered lucky to be deployed to the same base for the first time after 15 years of military service.“We could’ve joined under the ‘Buddy Program,’ but I think a week before we enlisted we got into a small fight, and she decided she didn’t want to be around me anymore,” said Weaver, a general construction technician assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Engineer, U.S. Army Central Command.“She went to Fort Drum [New York] and I went to Hawaii. Three months later she called crying and said, ‘Fort Drum is the coldest place ever.’” He added, “We laugh about it now, but that’s how we got separated.”Serving TogetherSuzanne volunteered to deploy with her reserve unit based outside of Fort Gillem, Georgia, and was excited to learn that Weaver would soon deploy to the same location.“I was excited. I was really … really excited,” she said.While away from each other, Suzanne said, she and her brother both experienced the joys of career progression, combat deployments, the joys of parenthood and family gatherings held once a year.Suzanne decided that active-duty service wasn’t for her anymore and she joined the Army reserve. Weaver, also a fast-tracking noncommissioned officer, also had thoughts of leaving active-duty service.Then, Weaver received some advice from his leadership that helped him lean towards a different path. Shortly after being promoted to sergeant first class, he decided that being enlisted was no longer a direction he wanted to go. Seven years later, he’s been a two-time awardee of the Outstanding Engineer Warrant Officer of the Year for 2011 and 2014.In the upcoming weeks, Weaver is scheduled to head to Washington, D.C., to receive the Modern Technology Leader Award that is based across all branches of service and the civilian sector of the Army Corps of Engineers.Shared Success“If we have success, the way my family is so close, we all have success,” Suzanne said. “If I could go with my brother, they wouldn’t be able to shut me up.”When asked if Suzanne could describe her family in one word, she said it would be “dedicated.” It may be seen as ironic that this family’s name is Prosper, she said, because through hardships and times of success this family rallies together and cheers each other on.“My mother is pretty proud … all her children are doing great for themselves, and we have a very close-knit relationship,” she added. Weaver said he’s very proud of his sister.“As far as NCOs and doing what’s right, my sister epitomizes that,” he said. “She’s the type of person that even though I’m her brother and if I’m doing something wrong, it’s an on-the-spot correction. Sometimes I wish that some NCO’s have the same dedication and drive that she has.‘Best NCO I’ve Ever Seen’“She’s definitely an inspiration to me,” he continued. “On the [administration] side, she is the best NCO I’ve ever seen. Awards, NCOERs, counselings, anything that I have [to do] anywhere in the world … she’s the first person I call back to.”After hearing her brother complimenting her professionalism, Suzanne giggled.“That’s nice to know,” she said, smiling. “I think that we all have a responsibility once we wear these stripes. While you’re supposed to take care of yourself, your soldiers’ needs should be right up there with yours.“If a soldier has to work late at night, I’m going to be sitting right there … I’m going to be right there smiling doing whatever I can to help them,” Suzanne continued. “At the end of the day, if they fail I’ll see it as a failure on my part as I didn’t do enough to help.”They both said they wouldn’t be able to get far in their careers without the support, mentorship and love from their close family.When asked if she thought her relationship with Weaver would be as close as it is now based on their relationship growing up, she said with a giggle, “Oh no, me and my brother fought so much as children it’s not even funny. I have a card when I turned 22 or 23 years old, that he sent me and he chronicled all the things that he did to me as children with ‘remember when’, but it ended with ‘I still loved you.’”Saluting Brother’s Professional AbilitiesSuzanne saluted her brother’s military capabilities and professionalism.“My brother is a pretty-darn-good officer if you ask me; he’s well rounded,” she said. “This is the first time actually serving with my brother, and I’ve heard nothing but great things from anyone who’s dealt with him.”She shared this advice to her brother, “Be who you are, because who you are — is a great person.”
Share Sharing is caring! 176 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share LocalNews PM ‘honored’ to lead Dominica to CCJ by: Dominica Vibes News – March 6, 2015 Prime Minster Roosevelt Skerrit (left) presents gift to sir Denise ByronPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says he is “honored and humbled” to be leading the country in the historic move to recognizing the appellate jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice.“Our country could not be fully independent if its final court of appeal was a court located thousands of miles away and tens of thousands of dollars away from the access of ordinary Dominican citizens,” the Prime Minister said in his address to mark the occasion on Friday 6 March.“We complete today that third and final declaration of our sovereignty, we build today on the two earlier steps; our political independence and our determination that our head of state must be a citizen of our fair land,” he continued.Mr Skerrit added that the body of Caribbean jurisprudence developed thus far can attest to the wisdom displayed by the heads of government of the Caribbean Community in signing the agreement on 14 February 2001 to facilitate the establishment of the CCJ.“The commentary from those who have been following its work in its appellant jurisdiction, especially in Barbados and Guyana and more recently in Belize, reinforce in our mind why this is the right and necessary step for our country,” Prime Minister Skerrit noted.Mr Skerrit has called on Caribbean people to show greater appreciation for the achievement of its people. “Too many times we seek to question our people, question who we are as a people and question our competence and we believe too often that which comes from out of the region is superior to that which is created by our people”. Moreover, Mr Skerrit said while Caribbean people are questioning the competence and integrity of regional justices, “the rest of the world is admiring them”. “I find it very offensive when people who I believe ought to know better are propagating that kind of notion of questioning our people and questioning our beliefs,” Mr Skerrit said. He further stated that we have to stand on principal “and principal should never be negotiated”.– / 40
LocalNews Important notice regarding Schengen visa waiver by: Dominica Vibes News – June 2, 2015 Share Sharing is caring! 227 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Further to the signing of a visa waiver agreement between the European Union and the Commonwealth of Dominica on 28 May 2015, the Embassy of France in Saint Lucia has advised that travelers must ensure that their documents are in order.The visa-waiver agreement allows nationals to stay in Schengen states for ninety (90) days over a period of one hundred and eighty days (180) allows bearers of ordinary, official or diplomatic Dominican passports to travel to Schengen states.The visa exempt applies for entry into Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Separate agreements still have to be signed for Iceland, Norway and Switzerland and it does not apply for entry into Ireland (Rep.) and the United Kingdom, as other regulations apply. The Embassy of France in St Lucia has advised travelers’ that “verification upon arrival may be randomly carried out by immigration staff at Schengen ports of entry”.As such, “it is therefore highly recommended to be in possession of most of the documents previously required to obtain a visa”.These documents include “specifically: Job letter, Paid return ticket to country of residence, Proof of financial means, Proof of accommodation and Travel/health insurance”.The public is also reminded that the Schengen area does not comprise the French overseas territories; therefore a visa may still be required to enter these territories according to the applicant’s nationality.“Persons who have recently applied for and obtained a Schengen visa through this Embassy are hereby advised that this Embassy will not be liable to refund visas already issued in prevision of a travel to take place after the visa exemption comes into force, this Embassy being required to apply visa regulations as they are at the time the visa enquiry/application is made and regardless of when applicants are due to travel,” the Embassy noted.The short stay visa-waiver also applies to nationals of Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.
InternationalNewsPrintRegional US military medical exercises provided care thousands in the C’bean in 2015 by: Caribbean Media Corporation – January 5, 2016 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet United States Navy hospital ship, ‘Comfort’, entering the Kingston Container Terminal, on May 4, 2015. (file photo)MIAMI, Florida (CMC) – The United States military command otherwise known as Southern Command or SouthCOM, says in 2015, US military medical professionals provided health care to more than 150,000 people in 14 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean during humanitarian-focused training exercises.SouthCOM said that the multinational exercises – including stops in 11 nations by the hospital ship USNS Comfort during the Continuing Promise 2015 humanitarian and civic assistance deployment – are part of a “long-standing US military humanitarian training program with partner nations in the region.”The medical efforts generally take place in rural areas, and are coordinated with the host nation and other US government agencies, SouthCOM said.“These training events enhance readiness of US military personnel and host nation medical forces, provide free medical treatment to communities and attempt to improve the overall level of care of the host nation’s healthcare system,” SouthCOM said.It said the medical exercises last year provided one or more services in general surgery, specialized treatment and surgery, basic medical evaluation and treatment, preventive medicine treatment, dental screenings and treatment, optometry screenings and eyewear distribution, and public health training.SouthCOM said small teams of US military personnel provided free care for nearly 38,000 people during 36 Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETEs) or Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) exercises in seven nations during Fiscal Year 2015.During Continuing Promise 2015 from April – September, it said the medical team from USNS Comfort treated more than 120,000 people during mission stops in 11 nations.SouthCOM said Comfort’s diverse medical team included US military medical personnel, doctors and nurses from private aid organizations and partner nation health officials.In addition to the medical services, the medical exercises provide veterinary care, livestock vaccinations and help to local farmers. Share 174 Views no discussions
Share Share Sharing is caring! WASHINGTON, Aug 2, CMC – The World Bank Group is launching a recruitment drive aimed at increasing the number of Caribbean professionals in its work force.“This commitment to hire Caribbean nationals reflects the Bank Group’s senior leadership commitment for a diverse workforce in which Caribbean nationals can play a key role in fighting poverty and increasing shared prosperity,” said the Washington-based financial institution.“A career with the World Bank Group offers a unique opportunity for exceptionally talented individuals with a passion for international development to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems,” it added.The World Bank said staffers work with governments, civil society groups, the private sector and others in developing countries around the world, assisting clients in all areas of development.These include policy and strategic advice; and identification, preparation, appraisal and supervision of development projects.“We are currently seeking qualified professionals to fill various roles within the institution that may be located in Washington, D.C. or one of our WBG (World Bank Group) regional offices,” the bank said.It said minimum qualifications for entry level positions include a Master’s degree, plus five years of relevant professional experience.For mid-career professionals, the World Bank said minimum requirements are a Master’s degree, plus eight years of relevant professional experience.“Ideal candidates for these positions must have a demonstrated capacity for strategic thinking, the ability to conduct dialogue on relevant development policies and priorities, and fluency in English is required,” said the bank, adding that fluency or proficiency in other languages, in particular Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish or Russian, is a plus.The World Bank said shortlisted candidates may be contacted as early as August 2016 for interviews, which may-be conducted in Washington, D.C. or locations in Caribbean. Applications deadline is August 7, 2016.Interviews will be conducted through September 2016.“During this year, the World Bank seeks to recruit highly qualified professionals who are looking for an exciting career,” said Omari Seitu Williams, acting Chargé d’ Affaires at the Embassy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the United States in an email message to nationals in the US Diaspora.Williams said currently there exists vacant positions within the World Bank (IBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) located in Washington, D.C or in one of its regional offices. 53 Views no discussions Tweet Share InternationalMoneyNewsPrintRegional World Bank launches recruitment drive for Caribbean nationals by: Caribbean Media Corporation – August 2, 2016
Share Tweet A man tries to comfort a woman who lost her store overnight to a fire at a market in the Petion-Ville suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Monday. (Photo: AP)PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A mysterious fire swept through sections of a Haitian market hours after polls closed in national elections, leaving scrap-wood stalls and inventory in ashes.Vendors picked through the ashes Monday looking for anything they could salvage. A lucky few found half-burnt sacks of vegetables and grain. But most could only recover blackened scraps of sheet metal roofing.The blaze erupted late Sunday at the main market in the hillside Petionville district above Port-au-Prince where hundreds of poor vendors sell vegetables, clothes and other wares.The cause isn’t immediately known and likely never will be due to the troubled country’s barely functional fire department.But some Haitians feel there may have been a political motive since the fire broke out shortly after voting ended in repeatedly delayed presidential and legislative elections. Sharing is caring! Share 336 Views no discussions Share NewsRegional Fire sweeps through Haiti market after elections by: Associated Press – November 22, 2016
EducationNewsPrimaryRegionalSecondary Pit latrines to be replaced in Jamaican schools by March 2018 by: Jamaica Information Service – February 22, 2017 54 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share (File photo)KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — More schools across the island are to benefit from the construction of 26 sanitation blocks this fiscal year.A sum of $200 million has been set aside in the 2017/18 Estimates of Expenditure to carry out this activity under the School Sanitation Project.The project aims to replace pit latrines with flush toilets in order to reduce the contamination of underground water and reduce the spread of diseases caused by faecal matter. To date, under the project, sanitation blocks have been completed in 59 schools islandwide.The project was started in January 2012, and, following further extensions, is slated to end in March 2018.It is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), with money provided through the PetroCaribe Development Fund.
EducationLocalNewsSecondary CHS and PSS students top 2017 CSEC by: – August 21, 2017 1447 Views 3 comments Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Petter Saint Jean Minister for Education and Human Resource DevelopmentD’Jana Wyllis of the Convent High School and Darnisha Langlais of the Portsmouth Secondary School are the top students of this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations having each received ten ones. Annie Fu Jiang and Ke-sean Peter of the St John’s Academy each received nine ones and two twos while Omondi McIntyre of the Saint Mary’s Academy rounded off the top five with nine ones and one two.Petter Saint Jean Minister for Education and Human Resource Development congratulated the top students who obtained six or more grade ones in a ceremony on Monday August 21 2017 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium conference room. “We are indeed proud of your hard work and we commend you for your commitment to task that has resulted in your academic triumph. We celebrate with all our successful students, their teachers and indeed their parents; this we hope is only the beginning of your academic professional success,” he said. This year, an overall pass rate of 78.4% was recorded. Dominica’s pass rate is almost twelve percentage points above the regional average of 66.88%.This is an indication that our schools continue working to equip students with the ability to master their individual subject areas and they do well in exams, Saint Jean added. “It is a responsibility that we take seriously because we want to empower our citizens with marketable skills obtained at this level that they can use as a foundation for successful areas,” he stated. Government’s investment in education, Saint Jean said are indeed sure results. This year, thirty-five students from six secondary schools on the island obtained six or more grade ones, two schools, the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School and the Wesley High School showed significant improvement in their performances. Saint in congratulating the improved schools for the “whole school effort” adopted over the past year said this is what led to improved performance figures.“It is important to acknowledge these gains at our schools because while we direct and implement policy at the Ministry level, we are heavily dependent on our partners at the schools who directly impact student achievement,” he stated. Top Performers are as follows:Convent High SchoolD’Jana R. Wyllis 10 0nesSelana J.K. Pacquette 8 Ones 2 TwosTarrie R.C. Anselm 8 Ones 1 twoNiea M. Liverpool 8 Ones 1 TwoAdrieller R. Yankey 8 Ones 1 TwoKasinda D. Fritz 7 Ones 1 Two 1 ThreeDhalia J. Matthew 6 Ones 3 Twos 1 ThreeSandrin R. Elizee 6 Ones 2 Twos 1 ThreeBrittney L.C Blanchard 6 Ones 2 TwosDarcie D. Simeon 6 Ones 2 TwosJai K.G Bully 6 Ones 1 Two 1 ThreeSheba M.A Hector 6 Ones 1 Two 1 ThreeDominica Grammar SchoolCaleb J Toussaint 8 Ones 1 Two 1 threeFidelle Moreau 7 Ones 2 TwosPortsmouth Secondary SchoolDarnisha Isela Langlais 10 OnesJesima Laura Carrette 8 Ones 1 TwoShaihda Francois 7 Ones 2 Twos 1 ThreeAnjanie George 6 Ones 1 Two 1 ThreeSt Mary’s AcademyOmondi O. Mc Intrye 9 Ones 1 TwoDelmond R. Wyllis 8 Ones 5 TwosKervn D.K Scotland 7 Ones 4 TwosJustin C. Riviere 7 Ones 3 TwosNathan D.N Williams 6 Ones 6 TwosKieron Y. Clunes 6 Ones 4 Twos Northeast Comprehensive SchoolKimandra A. John Baptiste 8 Ones 2 Twos 1 ThreeShearl Angelica E. James 6 Ones 4 TwosNaomi Chrystelle P. Scotland 6 Ones 2 Twos 3 ThreesIsiah Thomas Secondary School Alyssa Aretha Charles 8 Ones 1 TwoSunzahra S. Liburd Banks 6 Ones 4 Twos Pierre Charles Secondary SchoolMikaeel Carbon 6 Ones 2 Twos 1 ThreeCastle Bruce Secondary SchoolRenne’ Trey Lawrence 6 Ones 4 TwosDavan Jason J. Lawrence 6 Ones 3 Twos 1 ThreeOrion Academy INC Louis Robinson Riviere 6 Ones 4 Twos 1 ThreeSt John’s Academy Annie Fu Jiang 9 Ones 2 twosKe-sean Jamal M. Peter 9 Ones 2 Twos Share Share
EntertainmentLocalNews Signal Band launches 2018 Carnival t-shirt band Lumi-Nation by: Dominica Vibes News – September 15, 2017 517 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Signal Band has launched Lumi-Nation, their 2018 Carnival T-Shirt band with a ceremony held at the Flamboyant Hotel on Friday 15 September 2017.Lumi-Nation will be the first T-Shirt band launched by the Signal Band, and Band Manager, Jelanie Robinson stated after the 2017 Carnival season, they met together and developed the idea of creating a product to improve the carnival product. “After J’ouvert and carnival, we had a meeting where we decided that we needed to do something for ourselves. We can’t wait for people to call on us, we have to start for ourselves. And that’s we developed the mentality of we have to go hard or we have to go home. It was not an easy decision because we came up with a number of different ideas of what we could have done as a band. But then we struck gold with Lumi-Nation. We figured that being a young band we need to do something to enhance, not just coming on the road to perform but enhance the carnival product,” he stated. Robinson explained that the main purpose of creating Lumi-Nation is not just to perform for the carnival but to give person’s a show that they can enjoy and remember.“We plan to give patrons a show. We have enough intelligent and hardworking persons here in Dominica who can put on a show, so the main objective is not just to get persons to say Signal had a good band, but we want to create a product, we want to make people know that when they come onboard with us, and when they join this band this is what they are going to get and this is why they should stay with us,” he stated. Six artists will perform with Signal Band and Lumi-nation during Carnival 2018, including Marsha, DJ Sleem and Shelly. There will also be one international artist who will be named, along with the other two performers who will be named closer to carnival. Tweet Share Share
205 Views no discussions NewsRegionalSports The West Indies Championship games continues by: – January 11, 2019 Tweet Share Share The West Indies Championship games continues with the fourth round on January 10th 2019.The West Indies Championship comprises of ten rounds.The schedule of the rounds within which the Windward Islands (Volcanoes) cricket team will be playing is as follows:Round 4 will be between Thursday, January 10 to Sunday, January 13 where the Jaguars play against the volcanoes at the Guyana national stadium, with the start time being 9:30 am Start daily.Round 5 will begin on Thursday, January 17 and end on Sunday, January 20 the Volcanoes will play against the Scorpions at the national cricket stadium in Grenada.Round 6 will be between Thursday, January 31 to Sunday, February 3 at which the Pride will be playing the Volcanoes at the Kensington Oval.Round 7 will be from Thursday, February 7 to Sunday, February 10 in this round the Volcanoes will play against the Hurricanes at the Windsor Park, Dominica.From Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, February 24 round 8 of the championship will be held at the Arnos vale sports complex, St. Vincent where the Volcanoes will be playing against the Pride.Volcanoes will be against the Red Force at the Arnos vale sports complex in round 9 from Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3.There will be games between the Hurricanes and the Volcanoes in round 10 from Thursday, march 7 to Sunday, March 10 at the Vivian Richards cricket ground.All games are currently being aired on Vibes Radio PowerFM station, 93.9 FM. Share Sharing is caring!
(GIS Dominica) Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Francine Baron is heading a CARICOM High Level Team now in Guyana to supervise the re-counting of ballots from the country’s 2 March 2020 Elections.CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, on Saturday announced that Guyana’s President Mr David Granger made a request for the Caribbean Community to field an Independent High-Level Team to supervise the recounting of the ballots in all Regions, and that this was agreed to by Opposition Leader Mr Bharrat Jagdeo.“I’ve spoken directly to both the President and Leader of the Opposition and they have both committed to abide by the results of a fair and transparent recount of each and every ballot, as supervised by the CARICOM Team,” the CARICOM Chairman said.The Independent High level team is chaired by the former Attorney-General and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Francine Baron, and comprises former Minister for Finance of Grenada, Mr Anthony Boatswain; Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government of UWI, Ms Cynthia Barrow-Giles; Chief Electoral Officer of Barbados, Ms Angela Taylor; and Chief Elections Officer of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms Fern Narcis-Scope. LocalNewsPoliticsRegional Francine Baron Heads CARICOM High Level Mission to Supervise Guyana Ballot by: – March 16, 2020 Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 99 Views no discussions
In recent yearsKCTbegan to handle new types of cargo while expanding its service range, rapidly increasing its business. KCT needed to invest in newcontainer handling equipment to cope with an expected traffic increaseof 60% by 2021.KCT already operates eight Konecranes RTGs and two Konecranes STS cranes. Established in 1994, Klaipeda Container Terminal (KCT)has grown to become a key part of the Port of Klaipeda, the only port in Lithuania. It is the northernmost ice-free harbor on the eastern coast of the Baltic, andLithuania’s third-largest city. KCT is located in the city of Klaipeda, so noiseis an important factor, especially at night. The cranes on order are capable of fully electric operation with an external power supply, greatly reducing noisewhile simultaneously keeping localemissions to a minimum. The Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbor crane is aG HMK 5506 two-rope variant, with a lifting capacity of 125 tons. It will work as a backup for KCT’s STS cranes, providing additional flexibility when handling general and project cargo. “We’ve been using Konecranes STS and RTG cranes for over twenty years,” saysVaidotas Šileika, CEO of KCT. “So when we needednew equipment, we were confident in our decision to buyfrom Konecranes again.Also, weare looking ahead towards automation, and these cranes offer us that option when we are ready for it.” Sea News, August 28 “I thank Klaipeda Container Terminal for their continuing trust in Konecranes,” says Roman Ivanov, Regional Sales Manager EMEA, Konecranes Port Solutions. “The new Konecranes STS cranes will greatly boost KCT’s quayside handling capacity, and the Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbor crane will give KCT great handling flexibility.” Author: Baibhav Mishra In July 2019 Konecranes received an order from Klaipeda Container Terminal (KCT) in Lithuania for two Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes, which will be delivered in Q1 2021.The order follows an earlier order for a Konecranes Gottwald Model 5 Mobile Harbor Crane, which was delivered in June 2019.
Included in the net loss for the three months and nine months endedDecember 31, 2019 were general and administrative expenses of $2.1 million($0.05 per common share) and $12.6 million ($0.33 per common share),respectively, for severance and similar expenses related to integratingTidewater and GulfMark operations. “Through process improvements, headcount reductions and technologyimplementation, the team successfully achieved merger-related general andadministrative cost synergies of $65 million, significantly exceeding theoriginal target of $45 million. We finished 2019 with an annual general andadministrative spend run rate of $81 million, which was $19 million lower thanour original $100 million target, and substantially lower than Tidewater’spre-merger general and administrative spend on a stand-alone basis. Theimprovement in active utilization, reduced spend on drydocks and vesselmodifications, and reduced spend on general and administrative costs shouldresult in us nearing our longer-term goal of attaining an acceptable free cashflow return on our assets. Sea News, March 4 Author: Baibhav Mishra “Market conditions around the world continue to improve. Ouranticipated revenue for 2020 is similar to our total revenue for 2019, but withfewer ships as we continue to high-grade the active fleet. As of this call, wehave $440 million of backlog for 2020, which is over 90% of the revenue werecorded for the prior year. Key operational objectives for 2020 are tocontinue to improve our active utilization percentage, which results in higherprofitability per vessel day, and to lower our annual spend on dry docks andvessel modifications by over $20 million as compared to 2019. Generatedrevenue of $118.8 million, an 8%, or $8.5 million, increase from the sameperiod in the prior year; driven by a 4% increase in average day rate and a 4%increase in active vessel days.Continuedsignificant streamlining of shore-based operations resulted in a pro forma runrate for general and administrative expense of $81.0 million.Activeutilization increased to 81.4% for the fourth quarter, up from 80.4% in thethird quarter.Netcash flows provided by operating activities for the quarter was a positive of$5.3 million, and free cash flow for the quarter was a positive $12.5 million.Completeda bond consent and $125 million tender to improve debt covenants, lower overalldebt, and reduce pro-forma negative interest carry by $8.0 million.Continuedhigh-grading active fleet by identifying 46 lower specification vessels to bedisposed of in 2020. Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW) on Monday announced revenue for the three andtwelve months ended December 31, 2019, of $118.8 million and $486.5 million,and net losses for the same periods of $59.9 million (or $1.52 per commonshare) and $141.7 million (or $3.71 per common share), respectively. Excludinglong-lived asset impairments and one time expenses, net losses for the threeand twelve months ended December 31, 2019 were $25.2 million (or $0.64 percommon share) and $91.4 million (or $2.39) per common share), respectively.Highlights for the three months ended December 31, 2019: Kneen concluded, “All of these actions are part of our efforts toachieve our goal of maximizing free cash flow generation while preserving ourpristine balance sheet. We believe the result is a nimble, efficient andscalable platform that will enable us to support our growth initiatives andfurther advance our leadership position in the offshore industry. This accomplishmentwas the result of our more than 5,000 employees pulling together to create anew culture focused on establishing the safest, most profitable, mostinvestable offshore vessel company in the world.” Quintin Kneen, Tidewater’s President and Chief Executive Officer,commented, “Over the course of 2019, Tidewater has taken a series ofstrategic actions to streamline our fleet and increase our efficiency acrossthe entire organization. These actions were part of our continuing efforts toachieve our near-term goal of becoming free cash flow positive and part of ourlonger-term goal of attaining an acceptable free cash flow return on ourassets. (Image Courtesy: Tidewater) “The team made significant strides in the fourth quarter and we arepleased to report that the business had positive operating cash flow in thefourth quarter, was free cash flow positive in the fourth quarter, and thestrong performance in the fourth quarter also resulted in the business beingfree cash flow positive for the entire year of 2019. Free cash flow for thequarter was $12.5 million and $5.5 million for the year. “Part of achieving our return objectives is positioning theTidewater fleet for the future by obtaining the highest disposal value for ourfleet in lay-up. You will notice that we took the step of separating the valueof the ongoing fleet from the value of the fleet we intend to sell or scrap,which we are now presenting on the balance sheet as ‘assets held for sale’, whichis stated at our expected net realizable value. Marking that portion of thefleet to net realizable value resulted in an impairment in the fourth quarterof $26.7 million, and results in a value of assets to be disposed of totaling$39.3 million. The value that remains on the balance sheet as Net Property andEquipment reflects the book value of the fleet we intend to remainoperational.”
Dry, dry, dry! What started as a possible record-breaking year forcorn has since become a battle to just make it through. According tothe USDA’s corn condition report, more than 50 percent of the crop inIllinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee is rated as “poor” to“very poor.”advertisementadvertisement Click here or on the image to see the”In Focus” image from the July 21, 2012 issue of Progressive Dairyman magazine.The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows what many of you already know– extreme to severe drought conditions blanket much of the country.A tweet from Kansas dairyman David Foster (@fosterdairy) summedit up: “I called God. Didn’t get Him but left msg: Need rain ASAP! ShouldI txt Him as well in case He doesn’t check voicemail often?” PDadvertisement
Consultant Bob Milligan says that new employees require a three-part onboarding process to become long-term, highly productive and engaged employees. That three-part process starts with orientation and training, and includes an essential element of engagement.Visit the article online to learn more about Milligan’s thoughts regarding engaging new employees.Read the full article here: Onboarding is more than orientation and training.Good thoughts, Bob, but I have to disagree with your three concepts around engagement. According to best-selling author Patrick Lencioni, the 3 key reasons for job misery and disengagement are anonymity, irrelevance and immeasurement.For example, I consult with dairy farmers who don’t even know the names of their employees. An easy and effective way for a dairy farmer to help employees understand their contribution and engage them is by allowing them to track their own progress.advertisementExamples include charting SCC, calf mortality, conception rates, etc., but overall, the biggest obstacle I’m seeing is farm leadership who haven’t recognized that HR is a “support system,” with emphasis on the word system. From what I’ve learned and observed, we can’t solve labor issues by addressing only one area of HR — the interdependent parts work together to accomplish the aim of the system, which in today’s climate is to increase retention and identify and groom successors.To accomplish that, farmers must first identify and communicate their culture in recruiting efforts, hire for a good fit, conduct adequate onboarding to engage immediately (first 1-3 days are most critical) and finally, reinforce this with a handbook, talent development, performance coaching and discipline.The latter is especially critical when an employee is a good fit, but has performance or attitude issues. When HR is done right, succession planning becomes a natural step in the process.—Kristine RangerThank you Kristine! I also learned a great deal from Patrick Lencioni’s book The Truth About Employee Engagement: A Fable About Addressing the Three Root Causes of Job Misery. I agree that performance expectations and especially being able to track them oneself is crucial.—Bob MilliganPHOTO: Photo by Thihkstock.advertisement Editor’s note: Read on for new comments online (Progressive Dairyman). Visit the site today to ask a question on any article or leave a comment for the author.advertisementadvertisement
Why not?advertisementadvertisementThat would be for the FDA to answer. But if the concern is that the FDA’s beginning to enforce its own long-standing rules may create confusion, we have an answer for that: a road map that updates dairy labeling rules, clarifies marketplace practices and ensures fair competition among dairy and plant-based products. Written as a citizen petition responding to comments the FDA solicited, the map is National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) proposed solution to the fake-dairy labeling problem – and it includes a few nuggets that might surprise consumers whose news diets include too much plant-based misinformation. For example:The petition would clarify that milk from animals other than cows, such as sheep, goats and water buffalo, are acceptable for dairy labeling because milk only comes from mammals.It explains why terms like “peanut butter” and “milk of magnesia” are compatible with current FDA rules, while calling an almond-based beverage “milk” isn’t. (Short answer: It has to do with a product’s established use – these products aren’t marketed as substitutes for dairy.)It even reaffirms circumstances under which plant-based products could still use dairy terms, and it clearly does not ban the use of those dairy terms if used in a way that fits with decades-old federal regulations that are consistent with the First Amendment. Words such as “alternative,” “imitation” and “substitute,” properly administered, can give consumers the information they need and maintain nutrition and labeling integrity, while allowing plant-based purveyors the leeway to market their heavily processed, flavored sugar waters largely how they’d like.Finally, the road map contains a detailed analysis of relevant case law to address First Amendment concerns over labeling terms. It surveys the legal landscape to ensure that solutions on disclosure requirements are narrowly tailored to improving labeling transparency and promoting informed consumer choice. It emphatically does not propose a blanket ban on the use of dairy terms by plant-based products.Dairy farmers understand the FDA has a lot on its plate. But after more than 40 years of non-enforcement – and a nearly 2-year-old pledge to act – let’s get real. The path is clear; the road map exists. All that’s left is action – by the FDA, Congress or both – to do what’s right for consumers. We won’t be quiet until it’s done. —From a National Milk Producers Federation news release More than one year after comments closed on the FDA’s request for information on fake-milk labeling, with health organizations warning against inappropriate consumption of plant-based beverages, with a rising number of lawmakers asking why nothing’s been done, and with a new FDA commissioner who seems to understand the problem, the FDA still hasn’t resolved the public health issue of mislabeled plant-based products using dairy terms that imply nutritional equivalence to consumers.
admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Press releaseThe Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission (EPC), in cooperation with the Farmington Hills Fire Department, will offer anAmerican Heart Association Heartsaver Class, featuring instruction in CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and First Aid, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14.The class is open to the public and will be held in the upstairs training room at Fire Station #4 located at 28711 Drake Road.A $10 fee will cover the cost of the class and materials for residents of Farmington Hills and Farmington. The class and materials fee is $20 for nonresidents. If you require an American Heart Association Certificate of Training, there will be an additional $20 fee for residents and $30 fee for non-residents.All class participants who are seeking to achieve the Certificate of Training must be physically able to perform CPR/AED, which requires kneeling on the floor and using your arms and hands to perform continuous chest compressions.Participants must register and pay fees one week in advance to ensure the proper student to instructor ratio. Registration will be confirmed via email after the fee is received. Individuals who show up without paying the fee seven days in advance will be asked to wait and register for a future class. Participants must be at least 12 years old.To register, email Erin Karlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248-871-2802. Reported by
Press releaseFarmington Public Schools invites parents and community members to participate on the Sex Education Advisory Board.Required by the State of Michigan and the Department of Education, the board is a District committee consisting of parents, students, educators, local clergy, and medical professionals. The law states that a minimum of 50 percent of the members be parents of current Farmington Public Schools’ students.Participants will also be selected based on need, ensuring representation from multiple locations and grade levels. The Committee will be appointed by the Board of Education to serve a one-year term.The role of the Sex Education Advisory Board is to make recommendations regarding Sex Education resources to the Board of Education, and host two public hearings. The public hearings are intended to provide the community with an opportunity to evaluate the proposals and provide feedback before the Farmington Board of Education votes for their adoption.If you are interested in participating on this Advisory Board, please fill out the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D2Q7HT9If you have any questions regarding the process, contact Dr. Tera Shamey, District Health Coordinator, at email@example.com. Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
The City of Farmington Hills Special Services Department’s Center for Active Adults will host a Summertime Blues Bingo Party on Thursday, August 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd.After lunch, enjoy live entertainment from The Ban-Joes of Michigan, one of the oldest jazz banjo bands and clubs in the country. The Ban-Joes have entertained audiences on TV, radio, and at public venues over the past 50 years.A traditional game of Bingo will round out the afternoon, with an array of prizes. Tickets are $8 in advance at the Costick Center or $10 at the door. The event is sponsored by Marion Oakland/St. Joseph Mercy Senior Communities Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Farmington Community Band will present Spooktacular XXXIV, an afternoon of “tunes and treats” held Sunday, October 27, 3 p.m., at North Farmington High School Auditorium, 32900 W. 13 Mile Rd. In Farmington Hills.Admission is free for the concert, which opens the FCB’s 54th concert season. Maestro Damien Crutcher begins his 16th season as FCB Music Director conducting the 90-piece concert band.With the theme “At the Movies”, the Halloween concert is appropriate for kids (and creatures) of all ages. In addition to exciting music and a bag of treats, everyone will have an opportunity to show off their Halloween fashions in a costume parade on stage with the band.The band will perform a wide variety of soundtrack selections from blockbuster hit films such as “The Black Panther”, “The Avengers”, and more.You’ll find additional information and this season’s full concert schedule at fcbmusic.org.. Reported by
Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Tawheed Center in Farmington Hills will offer a curbside food pantry on Saturday, April 18.Anyone in need can pick up a food box from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 29707 W. 10 Mile Rd., in Farmington. The location is east of Orchard Lake Road.
Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. introduces their new line of 100 Watt high power attenuators. This new line of attenuators is perfect for applications requiring reliable and consistent frequency levels up to 6 GHz. Pasternack Enterprises’ line of high power RF attenuators operate from DC to 6 GHz and have an average power rating of 100 Watts, with peak power handling capabilities of 2,000 Watts. High power fixed attenuators from Pasternack are constructed with lightweight, but strong anodized aluminum heatsink bodies and can be ordered with passivated stainless steel SMA, TNC and N connectors, and silver plated brass 7/16 DIN connectors. Pasternack’s high power coax attenuators are manufactured with large cooling fins which help dissipate excess heat buildup quicker, allowing these attenuators to effectively operate between temperature ranges of -55 to +125 degrees C. The new line of high power attenuators from Pasternack includes a wide range of attenuation and connector options. These 100 Watt attenuators come in 3 dB, 6 dB, 10 dB, 20 dB, 30 dB, 40 dB and 60 dB models. A total of 42 different male or female 7/16 DIN, SMA, N and TNC in-series and between-series connector combinations are available. Each new high power microwave attenuator from Pasternack is RoHS compliant. “Our new line of 100W directional high power RF attenuators is a great addition to the breadth and depth of our high power attenuator product family,” says Gerry Camacho, VP of Technical Services at Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. “These new attenuator additions provide Pasternack the broadest and deepest selection of connector configurations available in the industry.” The new high power attenuators from Pasternack are available now. View the new RF coax attenuators with accompanying detailed specifications on Pasternack’s website http://www.pasternack.com.
Pasternack Enterprises has announced a series of 5 Bit, 8 Bit and 10 Bit broadband PIN diode digital step attenuators with performance up to 40 GHz (depending on the configuration). Programmable and variable step attenuators are commonly used in electronic warfare, military and space communication systems, radar and test and measurement applications.Pasternack’s new digital step attenuators come in 30 dB and 60 dB attenuation configurations and have an attenuation step resolution of 0.25 dB to 1 dB. The attenuators offer excellent attenuation accuracy and flatness all the way up to 40 GHz. Insertion loss ranges from 4 dB to 8 dB and P1dB (power) ranges from 10 to 20 dBm. These new variable attenuators meet MIL-STD-202F standards for shock, vibration, altitude, humidity and temperature and are constructed using a durable, but slim line housing, measuring only 0.5” thick.The new high precision PIN diode digital attenuators from Pasternack offer fast and reliable switch speeds and high linearity. The lower frequency 0.03 to 18 GHz digital step attenuators are equipped with female SMA connectors, while the high frequency units that go up to 40 GHz use female 2.4 mm connectors. The power control connector for each unit is a 15 PIN Micro-D-Female connector. The latest addition of PIN diode digital step attenuators provide customers an off-the-shelf solution previously not available for these types of high reliability products where long lead times can exceed 8-12 weeks.
ViaSat has announced their Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System – Dismounted (BATS-D) handheld Link 16 radio – a new digital device that will enable U.S. forces to engage enemy forces 20 times faster than using radios that are currently in their inventory.Using this technology, a single dismounted operator will have the ability to interact with an incoming aircraft, digitally identify its location and designate enemy targets for air attack using nothing but a handheld Link 16 radio in the palm of their hand. Over the course of a five-day exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, near Las Vegas, Nevada, dismounted air controllers from a number of U.S. military organizations conducted training with a Close Air Support (CAS) aircraft using this Link 16 handheld radio.Now the U.S. ground forces have the capability to interact with CAS aircrafts in order to quickly and efficiently communicate the position of the enemy and their own location. Earlier, communications of this nature required a series of voice communications exchanges risking confusion or interception, and delaying support to forces under fire. A Defense Science Board study on air operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom stated that Close Air Support’s “utility was limited by what several called an unreliable and overly complex process for requesting and coordinating fires.”According to Ken Peterman, executive vice president and general manager, Government Systems Division, ViaSat – Dismounted ground forces have access to the same digital Common Operational Picture and situational awareness that aircraft and higher echelon units have had for years. This access will help prevent potential blue-on-blue engagements and increase the lethality of dismounted forces carrying the radio. This BATS-D handheld Link-16 device is comparable to introducing a smartphone where there were only desktop computers. It holds the potential to completely transform the battlespace. BATS-D is yet another example of their unique approach to serving the defense market by bringing innovative solutions to solve real warfighter problems that improve mission effectiveness.Development of this BATS-D radio will be completed within CY1H 2016 with full production scheduled to begin by the end of the calendar year.
Rohde & Schwarz has announced that WYCT FM, a 100,000-watt country station in Pensacola, Florida, will be the first U.S. radio station to install the R&S THR9 liquid-cooled transmitter with the HD Radio option. Scheduled for commissioning in July, the new transmitter will replace a 43-year-old, air-cooled transmitter and is expected to deliver significant power savings.Dave Hoxeng, owner of WYCT, plans to install the new transmitter in late June, after the Nielsen Audio Spring Sweeps end. WYCT recently replaced one of its two aging transmitters with a newer, air-cooled unit, which will serve as a backup once the new R&S THR9 is installed. The new R&S THR9 transmitter is more compact than any of his station’s other transmitters and generates far less heat than the “fire breathers” currently in use.Because its liquid-cooled system is so efficient, the R&S THR9 will not require any air conditioning, which translates to substantial capital and operational cost savings for the station. Admittedly reluctant at first, Hoxeng is now a strong proponent of liquid-cooled technology.This new R&S transmitter investment also represents potential audience growth for WYCT. Its 10,000-watt ERP delivers a much stronger digital signal than the station’s current 1,000-watt digital transmitter, which will improve HD Radio signal penetration into offices and homes. The THR9 will also allow WYCT to begin multicasting WNRP, its 10,000-watt sister AM news station, and broadcast its signal across more than five times its current geography.The HD Radio Generation 4 component of the transmitter offers some critical improvements over WYCT’s current transmitter, which was installed in 2003. The R&S THR9 delivers faster boot times and is more cost effective, which allowed WYCT to stay on budget while purchasing two new exciters (including one hot spare) and an extra importer/exporter for redundancy.Rohde & Schwarz will showcase the R&S THR9 family of high-power FM transmitters at the 2017 NAB Show, which runs April 22-27 in Las Vegas. With an energy efficiency of up to 75 percent, the THR9 makes terrestrial audio broadcasting extremely efficient. Its space-saving, fully redundant liquid-cooled design lowers energy costs, minimizes space requirements, and minimizes maintenance expenses over the entire system lifetime. The THR9 delivers FM output power of up to 40 kW per rack, with space for additional system components or even multi-transmitter systems, allowing Rohde & Schwarz to offer the highest power density per rack. Click here to learn more about this product.
W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) is showcasing its new GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies at the ongoing EDICON China 2017 event being held in Shanghai from April 25-27. The Type 0N, High Density Test/Interconnections are one of the smallest, lightest, most internally ruggedized assemblies for modular, multi-port, and multi-site test applications. The high-density test assemblies ensure consistent, repeatable measurements with stable electrical performance up to 50 GHz.Building on the portfolio of GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies, the unprecedented small package and light weight of Type 0N not only makes initial routing much easier in cramped spaces but also reduces the stress on test ports and DUTs as cables are connected to test instrument ports and fixtures. The high-density test assembly also withstands continuous movement and flexing while delivering enhanced phase and amplitude stability.Connecting the new Type 0N Microwave/RF Test Assemblies to a test application eases calibration and troubleshooting, improves test results, speeds throughput, increases service life, and reduces overall costs. It also offers stable electrical performance and durable mechanical protection over time in a compact, cost-effective package.The combination of protection and performance coupled with reduced size and weight makes the new Type 0N PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies ideal for modular, multi-port, and multi-site test applications such as: 5G test and interconnection Component/device R&D and production test High-speed digital test devices/assemblies Modular test instruments such as PXIe and AXIe RF switches
Vaunix, a developer of innovative test & measurement products will be showcasing their latest attenuators and signal generators at IMS 2017. They will be in the 5G/IoT Pavilion at booth #848 from 6-8 June.The products that they will be showcasing include, the new LDA-602Q – A 4 port programmable attenuator that operates from 200 MHz to 6 GHz, providing up to 120 dB of control range with a 0.1 dB step size. It is capable of bidirectional fixed attenuation and swept attenuation ramps. Each of the 4 RF ports are matched to 50 Ohms and have a VSWR less than 1.3:1. Fast switching speeds of 15 us can be expected. The LDA-602Q unit is compact unit, fitting into a single standard rack unit with well-spaced 50 Ohm SMA female connectors for each RF port. Additionally, the only power and control connection is from a standard USB type-B female. The price of this attenuator is $2,900.The LDA-602EH is a single attenuator that operates from 200 MHz to 6 GHz with an attenuation range of 120 dB and a 0.1 dB step size, allowing for both precision and accuracy during fading tests or device characterization. This attenuator has an insertion loss of less than 9 dB at 6 GHz and can handle upt to 28 dBm of RF input power. It a fast 15 us switching speed. 4-port programmable devices are coming soon.The LMS-183DX is a compact, 6 to 18 GHz Signal Generator that offers up to 80 dB of power control range. This unit typically operates with a VSWR of 1:4:1 (2.0:1 maximum) and weighs less than one pound. Maximum harmonics are -25 dBc (-38 dBc typically) when the LMS-183DX is set to +10 dBm output power. This signal generator is controlled and powered through a USB port with advanced features such as phase-continuous linear frequency sweeping, internal/external 10 MHz reference, and optional pulse modulation. Here is a video from IMS 2016 that shows you how durable the Lab Brick’s are. Click here to see the complete coverage of IMS 2017.
As part of Release 13, 3GPP has specified an independent, new radio interface, the Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT), also called LTE Cat NB1. NB-IoT has been optimized for machine type communications, operating in the licensed spectrum. Due to its low power consumption and narrowband wide area radio characteristics, NB-IoT allows for a large range of devices and services for Internet of Things (IoT) applications to be connected in a cost-efficient and secure way.Due to the security and service related core functions of a Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC), included in mobile terminals, new USIM and USAT conformance tests for NB-IoT terminals are now part of the test specification 3GPP TS 31.121 Rel-13 and TS 31.124 Rel-13. Based on this new standard, Mobile Network Operators can ensure the authentication of the terminals that are accessing their networks and services. UICC cards can also support additional security capabilities and toolkits which can be used by IoT services providers to enhance the security and services of their IoT solutions.In order to address the growing market requirements for secure, low power, wide area technology, the Global Certification Forum (GCF) has introduced a new work item – WI#266 – for the qualification of NB-IoT terminals in conjunction with their USIM and USAT features.7layers, in a joint cooperation with one of Asia’s leading chipset manufacturers, has developed a new test bench for NB-IoT USIM, to ensure conformity with 3GPP standards of IoT and/or M2M devices equipped with NB-IoT modules.This new NB-IoT test bench from 7layers, which can be run on the InterLab test solution DEVICE/UICC, in combination with the R&S CMW500 network simulator, is now commercially available.The InterLab Test Solution DEVICE/UICC is ideally suited to handle highly complex test set-ups, necessary to verify terminal/UICC interface conformance requirements. These are geared to ensure interoperability between a wireless device, a UICC and a mobile network, independent of the terminal manufacturer, card issuer or operator. For more information about Interlab Test Solution DEVICE/UICC and the new NB-IoT test bench, click here.
Qualcomm Technologies has demonstrated 5G NR mmWave prototype system based on the 5G New Radio (NR) Release-15 specifications being developed by 3GPP. The prototype system, which operates in millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum bands above 24 GHz, demonstrates how advanced 5G NR mmWave technologies can be utilized to deliver robust mobile broadband communications at multi-gigabit-per-second data rates in real-world mobile environments. The prototype system also showcases the Company’s optimized mmWave RF Front-end design in a smartphone form-factor to test and trial real-world mmWave challenges, such as device and hand-blocking.The prototype system will employ Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology with adaptive analog beamforming and beam tracking/steering techniques, which is required for robust and sustained mobile broadband communications in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments and device mobility. With support for 800 MHz bandwidth and advanced 5G NR technologies including LDPC channel coding for data channels, the prototype system is designed to support peak download speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second.There is clear and growing global industry interest for deploying advanced 5G NR technologies already in 2019, including mmWave, in mobility applications to meet increasing mobile broadband needs and emerging use cases. For consumers, enhanced mobile broadband supported by 5G NR will bring unprecedented immediacy, enhancing media consumption, improving media generation, enabling immersive virtual/augmented reality, and offering even faster access to rich information.The Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G NR mmWave prototype system will be utilized in upcoming 3GPP-based 5G NR interoperability testing and over-the-air trials with infrastructure vendors and network operators starting in the second half of 2017. Additionally, mobile device OEMs will have an opportunity to gain an early start in optimizing their devices for the unique challenges associated with integrating 5G NR mmWave technologies in form-factor accurate devices. The testing and trials intend to drive the mobile ecosystem toward rapid validation and commercialization of 5G NR mmWave technologies at scale. Qualcomm Technologies will utilize learning from this testing and trials to help drive the ongoing development of the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G multimode modem family to help support timely commercial mobile network launches anticipated in 2019 based on the global 3GPP 5G NR standard.The prototype system incorporates insights gained through extensive over-the-air testing completed over the last eighteen months utilizing the existing Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G mmWave prototype system based on the Company’s proprietary design. It adds to their existing 5G NR sub-6 GHz prototype system, operating at mid-band spectrum from 3.3 GHz to 5.0 GHz, which was utilized to demonstrate the Company’s first 5G NR connection in February of this year.Mobile World Congress Americas attendees can view demonstrations of Qualcomm Technologies’ mmWave and sub-6 GHz prototype systems in the Qualcomm booth in South Hall, booth S.216.
Mission Microwave Technologies has announced the availability of new extremely compact BUCs in Ku and Ka Bands for use in lightweight and embedded SATCOM platforms. The Flatpack BUC in available for operation in the Ka Band (12 Watts) and the Ku Band (25 Watts). It re-defines the industry standard for highly integrated, low profile BUCs. The Flatpacks are only 1” thick and weigh only 1.75 lbs. They are completely self-contained with forced air cooling, a full Monitor and Control Interface, and are suitable for rugged environments with an IP-67 rating.Mission Microwave’s 25 Watt Ku Band Cube BUC has already been deployed on customer terminals and integrated into small antenna offerings from multiple vendors who are at Satellite 2018. The Ku Band Cube is a ruggedized 2.5 lb, 25 Watt BUC with a full suite of Monitor and Control functions available in serial or Ethernet formats. It is extremely efficient – drawing less than 80 Watts of DC power to produce 16 Watts of linear power.Click here to learn more about BUC’s from Mission Microwave.
pSemi (formerly Peregrine) has expanded its digital step attenuator (DSA) portfolio with a family of value, high-performance DSAs. The four value DSAs feature industry-leading attenuation accuracy at an entry-level price point and were introduced at IMS 2018.The value DSA family—the PE43620, PE43650, PE43665 and PE43670 – are offered in a 2-bit, 5-bit, 6-bit or 7-bit configuration. These high-performance DSAs have excellent attenuation accuracy, low insertion loss and high linearity. The four products are available in compact QFN packages.For 1K-quantity orders, the PE43620 DSA (2 bit, 50-ohm) is $0.63 each; the PE43650 (5 bit, 50-hm) is $1.44 each. The PE43665 (6-bit, 75-ohm) is $1.23 each, and the PE43670 (7-bit, 50-ohm) is $2.02 each. Volume-production parts, samples and evaluation kits will be available in August.Click here for more news from IMS 2018.
Lockheed Martin announced a new generation of space technology that will allow satellites to change their missions in orbit. Satellites that were launched one, ten or even fifteen years ago largely have the same capability they had when they lifted off. Lockheed Martin wants to change this, with new architecture that will let users add capability and assign new missions with a software push, just like adding an app on a smartphone. This new tech, called SmartSat, is a software-defined satellite architecture that will boost capability for payloads on several pioneering nanosats ready for launch this year.Imagine a new type of satellite that acts more like a smartphone. Add a SmartSat app to your satellite in-orbit, and you’ve changed the mission. They are the first to deploy this groundbreaking technology on multiple missions. SmartSat will give their customers unparalleled resiliency and flexibility for changing mission needs and technology, and it unlocks even greater processing power in space.This year Lockheed Martin is integrating SmartSat technology on ten programs and counting, including the Linus and Pony Express nanosats, which will be the first to launch. These are rapid-prototype, testbed satellites using internal research and development funding, ready for 2019 launches on the first LM 50 nanosatellite buses:The Linus project delivers two 12U cubesats performing a technology demonstration mission, validating SmartSat capabilities as well as 3D-printed spacecraft components.Pony Express builds multiple 6U satellites destined for a low earth orbit and will space qualify state-of-the-art networking technologies. Pony Express 1 is a pathfinder for a software-defined payload that will test cloud computing infrastructure and was developed in nine months. Follow-on Pony Express missions will prove out RF-enabled swarming formations and space-to-space networking.The LM 50 bus is the perfect platform for testing this new, groundbreaking technology. They are currently self-funding these missions to demonstrate a number of new capabilities that can plug into any satellite in our fleet, from the LM 50 nanosat to our flagship LM 2100. And the same technology not only plugs into ground stations, improving space-ground integration, it will one day connect directly with planes, ships and ground vehicles, connecting front-line users to the power of space like never before.Cyber security is at the core of this new technology. SmartSat-enabled satellites can reset themselves faster, diagnose issues with greater precision and back each other up when needed, significantly enhancing resiliency. Satellites can also better detect and defend against cyber threats autonomously, and on-board cyber defenses can be updated regularly to address new threats.SmartSat uses a hypervisor to securely containerize virtual machines. It’s a technology that lets a single computer operate multiple servers virtually to maximize memory, on-board processing and network bandwidth. It takes advantage of multi-core processing, something new to space. That lets satellites process more data in orbit so they can beam down just the most critical and relevant information—saving bandwidth costs and reducing the burden on ground station analysts, and ultimately opening the door for tomorrow’s data centers in space.SmartSat uses a high-power, radiation-hardened computer developed by the National Science Foundation’s Center for Space, High-performance, and Resilient Computing, or SHREC. Lockheed Martin helps fund SHREC research, and in turn gains access to world-class technologies and student researchers.Click here to learn more about Lockheed Martin’s Satellite Solutions.
According to a recent report by market analyst, Strategy Analytics, the global smartphone shipments is expected to reach to 5 million units in 2019. Early 5G smartphone models will be expensive and available in limited volumes. According to the report, Samsung, LG and Huawei will be the early 5G smartphone leaders this year, followed by Apple next year.Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics expects less than 1 percent of all smartphones shipped worldwide to be 5G-enabled this year. According to him, global 5G smartphone shipments will be low this year , due to expensive device pricing, component bottlenecks, and restricted availability of active 5G networks. Ville Petteri-Ukonaho, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, believes Samsung will be the early 5G smartphone leader in the first half of 2019, due to initial launches across South Korea and the United States. The report predicts LG, Huawei, Xiaomi, Motorola and others will follow later in the year, followed by Apple who will release their 5G enabled iPhone in the second half of 2020. It looks like the iPhone will be at least a year behind Samsung in the 5G smartphone race and therefore Apple must be careful not to fall too far behind.According to Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, the short-term outlook for 5G smartphones is weak, but the long-term opportunity remains huge. They expect 1 billion 5G smartphones to ship worldwide per year by 2025. The introduction of 5G networks, by carriers like Verizon or China Mobile, opens up high-speed, ultra-low-latency services such as 8K video, streaming games, and augmented reality for business. The next big question for the mobile industry is how many extra consumers are really willing to pay, if anything, for those emerging 5G smartphones and services.Click here to learn more about the report, 5G Smartphones: From Zero to a Billion.Click the link to learn about the air-interface technologies that will power phones through 2024 across 88 countries – Global Handset Sales Forecast by 88 Countries and 19 Technologies: 2003 to 2024.
Autonomous driving is now the next big thing in the automotive industry. The on-set of numerous innovations and vision technologies have also aided the development of autonomous driving, providing functionalities and safety to drivers and passengers. Among these vision technologies, radar systems have been proven to be most effective technology.According to a report published by Yole Développement (Yole), the global radar market will reach US $8.6 billion by 2025, at a 2015 CAGR of 15.6%. According to the report, the 24 GHz radar frequency band held a large part of the 2018 market share with sales of US $2.2 billion. This segment will continue to grow unitl 2020 before being replaced by 79 GHz high-resolution short range radar that enables mapping of the entire car’s surroundings. Many players including Veoneer, Aptiv, Hella are also transitioning to 77 GHz radar for short and middle-range sensing.Yole’s report – Radar and Wireless for Automotive: Market and Technology Trends 2019 – reveals the status of radar technologies and their applications. What are the major drivers? What will the market look like in 2025? What are the current technologies and the emerging ones? Yole’s analysts have proposed a comprehensive overview of the radar market and technology landscape. In addition, the report offers a deep understanding of automotive grade radar, V2X, connectivity and GNSS solutions.While automotive segments, AD and ADAS safety follow different dynamics, both benefit from each other. ADAS is well-established in the automotive industry, with features like AEB becoming standard in 2018 for many middle-end cars from OEMs including Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mazda, and Hyundai. Due to the complexity linked to environment perception (i.e. pedestrians crossing a street for instance), radar performance has been continuously improved for safety purposes, which has proven beneficial for the commercial Automotive Driving market.Today’s ADAS market, according to the Yole report, is dominated by Continental, Bosch, Denso, and Hella. Meanwhile, the AD market has attracted new entrants and startups like Magna which unveiled a 4D high resolution module; Hitachi Automotive which announced the smallest-ever long-range radar; Alps Electric’s ultra-short-range radar is featured in GM’s Cruise AD platform; and at least 15 startups are proposing novel approaches for high-resolution radar.In 77 GHz MMIC and chipsets the trend is towards higher integration, with market leaders NXP and Infineon Technologies creating integrated transceivers, and Texas Instruments even adding signal processing in its transceivers. The radar MMIC ecosystem is expected to move from an IDM6 to a fabless/foundry model, with volumes increasing and the technology transitioning to advanced technology nodes. The IDMs of yesterday could become the fabless of tomorrow.The Yole Group of companies including Yole Développement (Yole) and System Plus Consulting are together following the radar technologies for automotive applications for a while. Recently System Plus Consulting released two dedicated reports: Automotive Radar Comparison 2018 and Ainstein K-77 Long Range Radar featuring Calterah CAL77A2T4R FOWLP Transceiver. The comparative technology study provides insights on technology data for RF chipsets and antenna boards in radar systems. It includes the study of fifteen radar systems from several OEMs, including Continental, Veoneer, ZF, Valeo, Bosch, Aptiv, Denso and Ainstein. From its side, the Ainstein K-77 Long Range radar report is the latest one from the RF report collection. Released beginning of 2019, this reverse engineering and costing analysis presents the next-generation mid- & long-range, wideband and high-resolution radar sensor for ADAS based on RF CMOS technology using eWLB packaging.Yole Développement and System Plus Consulting will also be exhibiting at the European Microwave Week 2019 (EuMW) event to be held in Paris, France, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 4 (Booth B577). Experts from the companies will be proposing a relevant presentation “Autonomous Drive Sensors and Fusion Market Overview”.Click here to read the complete Yole radar report.
Rohde & Schwarz will be showcasing its new generation of software-defined airborne radios (SDAR), and network-capable waveforms at the Paris Air Show from June 17 to 23, 2019. The airborne radio stands for information superiority in network-centric operations and utmost flexibility in deployment.The innovative technology of SOVERON AR and network-capable broadband waveform applications enable government customers to achieve information superiority in deployment, which is decisive for effectiveness and survivability in missions. The ability to select different waveforms developed by Rohde & Schwarz for various deployment requirements is especially important in this regard. The SOVERON WAVE family transmits data and up to two voice channels in parallel, at high speed and with different priorities and secure encryption algorithms. Within the SOVERON WAVE family, users can choose waveforms that best meet their requirements for range, data rate, and jamming resistance.Based on the internationally standardized Software Communications Architecture (SCA), SOVERON AR has been developed with strict separation between the device platform and the software. This makes it possible to port waveform applications from other manufacturers and existing waveforms to the radio, providing backward compatibility with legacy radio systems, thus securing future investments.A big operational advantage of the airborne solution is certification compliance with both military and civil airborne communications standards. This makes SOVERON AR the only SCA based radio that meets the civil certification regulations of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).Together with its cooperation partners Diehl Defence and ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, Rohde & Schwarz is also presenting GUARDION, the field-proven modular drone detection and defense system at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget from June 17 to 23, 2019 at German Pavilion in booth C353.
Keysight has announced the release of its updated PathWave Design 2020 software suite. The new suite includes updates to the electronic design automation software to accelerate design workflows for radio frequency (RF) and microwave, 5G, and automotive design engineers. The new releases of flagship products included in the software suite are: PathWave Advanced Design System (ADS) 2020, PathWave RFIC Design (GoldenGate) 2020, PathWave System Design (SystemVue) 2020, and PathWave RF Synthesis (Genesys) 2020.Technologies are pushing new limits in electronic design with longer battery life, smaller components, and higher levels of integration. As a result, design requirements are growing in complexity, as the amount of data continues to increase. Analyzing and correlating that data requires multiple, non-integrated design tools that create unnecessary complexities.In fact, in a recent survey conducted by Keysight, data correlation and software integration were identified as the most pressing challenges faced by design and test engineers. According to the survey, over 90% of respondents want to accelerate time-to-market with an integrated product development solution that enables data sharing.The PathWave Design 2020 software suite accelerates product development by reducing the time engineers spend in the design and simulation phase. Its libraries and customized simulators reduce setup time and automation improvements reduce manual work. The software seamlessly integrates circuit design, electromagnetic (EM) simulation, layout capabilities, and system level modeling, reducing time needed for importing and exporting designs and fixing errors associated with changing tools. Improvements in data analytics allow for rapid analysis and timely design decisions.According to Todd Cutler, the Vice President and General Manager for Design and Test Software at Keysight, creating efficiency in the product development workflow is an industry challenge, particularly in design and simulation. The new PathWave Design 2020 thus provides engineers with new tools and software enhancements that shorten the design cycle and eliminate project delays by adding new efficiencies to their RF and microwave, 5G, and automotive work flows.The PathWave software suite enables agile and connected design and test. It incorporates advanced analytics that create immediate, actionable insights for development and manufacturing teams. Benefits include:Lower costs and accelerate time to market by reducing design timeSimplify and automate data analysis on circuit simulationsReduce EM simulation setup time with two new integrated EM simulators for RF and power electronics designersDesign safe vehicles with a new complex modeling environment for automotive radarStay current on the latest 5G new radio (NR) standards with updated 5G virtual test benchesKeysight is showcasing PathWave Design 2020 at the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) event in Boston from June 4 – 6, 2019.Click here to learn how to accelerate your design and test workflow using Keysight solutions. Click here to download a complimentary copy of the Keysight Survey: Removing Time-To-Market Barriers for Design and Test Engineers.Click here to see what other companies are showcasing at IMS 2019.
Atomera Incorporated, a semiconductor materials and licensing company, has announced an agreement to license Atomera’s Mears Silicon Technology (MST) technology, a patented, quantum-engineered material which can enhance transistors to deliver significantly better performance in today’s electronics, to a provider of RF products. Under the terms of this license, the company plans to integrate MST technology into next-generation RF products for mobile 5G markets. Atomera’s MST is a patented, quantum-engineered material that can enhance transistors to deliver significantly better performance in today’s electronics.The customer (did not announce details on who this might be) who executed a license with Atomera gave their designers a clear path to developing even more advanced devices based on Atomera’s MST semiconductor technology. With the powerful combination of their partner’s RF technology expertise and their foundry’s manufacturing capabilities, Atomera believes MST can enable new, higher performance devices and products for the 5G cellular market.The RF device market is growing rapidly. As an example, RF switches are used extensively in wireless systems like mobile phones for routing signals from the antennas to the transmit-and-receive chains. They are one of the highest volume semiconductor devices used today as several of these devices are typically contained in phones or IoT systems. 5G cellular products will incorporate a larger number of RF switches than current models. The RF switch market was valued at $2.9 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach $4.9 billion by 2025, according to InForGrowth. Moreover, according to recent estimates by Gartner, 5G capable phones will grow their share of the market from 10% in 2020 to 56% by 2023.Atomera’s integration license provides rights to this fabless company to design MST technology into their advanced RF SOI technology platform. Atomera will work with this large fabless company, and its foundry partner to integrate MST technology into their production environment to deliver significantly better RF products for the mobile 5G market. The license agreement is non-exclusive and the terms are confidential.MST is an ultra-thin film of reengineered semiconductor that incorporates layers of non-semiconductor material. This engineered silicon lattice has unique electrical properties that address several key device engineering challenges the industry currently faces as it seeks to reduce costs and lower power consumption. That means consumer electronics, such as mobile phones can have longer battery life, IoT devices can be made smaller, and cloud computing will become even more powerful.Manufacturers can address their yield, power and performance challenges at a fraction of the cost of alternative approaches. Atomera breathes new life into semiconductor fabs by providing up to a full node of performance benefits to existing fab processes, empowering competitive new product designs in existing fabs. Atomera’s patented material technology enables more efficient and better controlled current flow, leading to dramatic improvements in device performance and power efficiency.
u‑blox, a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies and greenTEG, a company specializing in the development of heat flux sensors, announced the commercial launch of CORE. CORE is a wearable for continuous and accurate core body temperature monitoring. The device, which communicates wirelessly using the u‑blox NINA‑B306 stand‑alone Bluetooth 5 low energy module, can be used to track its user’s wellness status as they return to the workplace from their homes and alerts them when their core body temperature rises unexpectedly.CORE uses an innovative approach to continuously monitor core body temperature with accuracies rivaling those of ingestible sensors. Worn close to the body with a patch or a belt CORE translates sensed data into an estimate of the core body temperature commonly defined as the temperature of blood as it leaves the heart’s aortic valve using an algorithm specifically trained for the task.Initially developed to help athletes avoid overheating when training for and competing in extreme environments such as ultra‑marathons or the Ironman, the solution was repurposed to address new challenges brought about by the COVID‑19 pandemic. Target groups include the general public that is seeking to return to work safely, business owners and patrons concerned with protecting their workforce’s and customer’s well-being, and individuals in risk groups.greenTEG needed a small and pre‑certified low power Bluetooth module that could keep the size of the overall solution to a minimum while offering the connectivity options, the considerable memory and the reliability their application. The u‑blox NINA‑B306 looked like a promising candidate as it was interfaced with Garmin devices using the ANT+ protocol.This application perfectly demonstrates the value that the NINA‑B3 series of Bluetooth 5 low energy modules can bring to wearable applications including their small size, low power consumption, a full megabyte of Flash memory and the powerful Arm Cortex-M4 microprocessor. In these uncertain and testing times, it’s encouraging to see these kind of technologies to help keep people safe and hopefully flatten the curve.Click here to read more about the CORE Temperature Monitoring Device.
Anritsu Company has introduced the Extended-K™ family of coaxial connectors with mode-free and traceable performance up to 43.5 GHz. The new Extended-K family provides price and performance benefits, along with guaranteed electrical specifications, high reliability, and environmental robustness in numerous high-frequency applications, including 5G backhaul, aerospace/defense satellites, and millimeter wave (mmWave) body scanner designs. For designs and configuration that do not require frequency coverage beyond 43.5 GHz, the new flexible Extended-K connectors can serve as an alternative to retooling a test set for 2.4 mm connectors.The performance of all Extended-K connectors is traceable to a national metrology institute. Its mode-free performance to 43.5 GHz eliminates the possibility of incorrect measurement data at a resonance point. The connectors provide true parameter performance in the proposed frequency band with a 99% level of confidence. Rated to MIL-PRF-39012 and MIL-STD-202F, the Extended-K connectors maintain their high reliability and robustness in harsh environments.Fully operational from DC to 43.5 GHz, the Extended-K connectors remove needless costs associated with migrating from 2.92 mm to more expensive high-frequency connectors when operation past 43.5 GHz is not warranted. These new connectors can be used in a variety of applications, from component connectors to PCBs and test equipment.Click here to read more information about the Anritsu’s Extended-K connectors.
In a letter from Manning to the Chinese ambassador, also seen by AFP, he demanded “immediate clarification” and stated that Papua New Guinea “does not currently acknowledge a vaccine” for coronavirus and will not until national regulators and the World Health Organisation have given their approval. China’s Ramu NiCo is no stranger to controversy and was temporarily shuttered in late 2019 after spewing slurry into the Bismarck Sea and turning parts of the surrounding coastline ochre red. Anyone arriving in Papua New Guinea must receive a coronavirus test before boarding their flight and undergo quarantine on arrival. The China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) — which controls a major nickel mine in the country — warned local authorities that 48 staff who returned from China this month may test positive for the virus because they had received a vaccine. “I am demanding an explanation from the Chinese ambassador as to how this has happened,” he said. While moving its staff into place, MMC’s subsidiary firm Ramu NiCo told Papua New Guinea authorities that any positive coronavirus test results were “the normal reaction of the vaccination and not due to infection,” according to a Chinese and English-language statement obtained by AFP. Coronavirus clusters recently forced the closure of major mines including the vast Ok Tedi copper and gold mine. Chinese workers wear facemasks leave the construction a at the end of their in Colombo on March 25, 2020.China faced demands on Thursday to explain why a state-backed firm claimed it had vaccinated dozens of staff against the coronavirus before sending them back to work at a mine in Papua New Guinea. (AFP/Ishara S. Kodikara ) In response, Papua New Guinea authorities called for “immediate clarification” from Beijing and blocked a charter flight full of Chinese workers that was due to land Thursday. China has previously indicated that it would test vaccines on military personnel and staff at state-backed companies, but it is not clear whether these tests were carried out on workers heading overseas. PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — China faced demands on Thursday to explain why a state-backed firm claimed it had vaccinated dozens of staff against the coronavirus before sending them back to work at a mine in Papua New Guinea. The 48 members of staff at its multi-billion-dollar mine had “been vaccinated with SARS-COV-2 vaccine” before their return, it said. Papua New Guinea’s pandemic tsar David Manning told AFP he wanted answers and had blocked the arrival of a flight with around 150 Chinese workers on board due in Port Moresby on Thursday. “I have written to the Chinese government through the Chinese ambassador — to explain how these 48 employees of this state company were vaccinated.” “If they need to be tested again for COVID-19, it is suggested to be conducted at least seven days after the vaccination date.” Chinese ambassador Xue Bing told AFP: “We don’t have any comments for the moment. However, one thing is for sure, China is not doing (coronavirus) tests here in PNG.” The pandemic has disrupted operations at several lucrative mines in Papua New Guinea, one of the Pacific’s poorest nations. He also issued a decree banning coronavirus testing, trials and unapproved vaccine treatments in Papua New Guinea. “It takes around seven days to produce antibodies in the vaccine recipient’s body after being vaccinated,” the statement reads. Papua New Guinea — which has an already under-resourced health sector — had largely dodged the worst of the virus outbreak until recent weeks. The country saw 12 new cases on Thursday taking its total to 359, with 159 active cases amid low rates of testing. At least three people have died from the virus. Call for clarity There are growing concerns that Ramu NiCo staff may have circumvented arrival quarantine procedures, that the vaccinations may have been administered unlawfully in Papua New Guinea, or that they were tested on Papua New Guinea citizens. Nickel is a highly prized metal widely used in batteries, including for electric cars. (AFP)
[/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Daquis returning to Petron in PSL?’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – After being released to free agency following the decision of the RC Cola-Army Lady Troopers to take leave from the Philippine Superliga, Rachel Anne Daquis could be headed back to the Petron Tri-Activ Spikers.A source told Panay News that the former Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws star is close to an agreement with the Tri-Activ Spikers, which she bannered to the 2015 PSL All-Filipino Conference title.The possible arrival of Daquis could be a welcome addition for head coach Ceseal delos Santos of the Tri-Activ Spikers following the departure of Maica Morada, Iumi Yongco, Cherry Nunag, Mary Grace Masangkay, and Christine Joy Rosario.Morada, Yongco and Nunag are reportedly headed to the Cignal HD Spikers to reunite with head coach George Pascua, while Rosario decided to discontinue her volleyball career to pursue her dream to become a flight attendant.The 29-year-old Daquis may team up with Ilonggas Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and April Ross Hingpit, as well as Shiela Pineda, Carmina Aganon, Frances Molina, Jennylyn Reyes, and Mayette Zapanta at the Tri-Activ Spikers camp.The Lady Troopers were forced not to participate in the upcoming Philippine Superliga season with almost half of its players set to undergo an eight-month military training program with the Philippine Army./PN[/av_textblock]
[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’FEEL THE GAME BOBBY MOTUS Out of LeBron James’ shadow’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]KYRIE Irving finally got his wish and gotten himself a team where he will be the main man and the Boston Celtics now have an experienced and offensively potent point guard with exceptional ball handling abilities. Only 25-years old, NBA titlist Kyrie joins another big-time transferee Gordon Hayward who’s just two years older. Together, they will form Boston’s version of the dynamic duo. Yes, both can combine for at least 50 points every playing night but they also need to improve on their defensive plays.The two major acquisitions ensures the Celtics’ rise back to lofty status and by the time Kyrie and Hayward get past their prime, Boston’s younger studs headlined by Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum would have found their own star powers and, hopefully, their team among the league’s elite. Cleveland receives a clutch player in sub-six footer Isaiah Thomas and he brings to the Cavs a per-game average of almost 29 points. He is definitely an asset to LeBron James’ team but the most important addition to the Cavaliers is not IT4.Along with Thomas came Jae Crowder and he makes Cleveland several notches better on the defensive end. He has the ability to protect the paint and can be a huge stumbling block to multiple frontcourt positions. LBJ’s defensive load will be significantly lessened and this will be crucial come playoff time. The Cavs are wanting in defense and Crowder is one addition that fills the need.Like Boston, Cleveland has prepared for the future and the plan included the anticipated departure of LBJ at the end of the 2018 season. The Cavs, in addition to IT4 and Crowder get Brooklyn’s unprotected first round pick next year and, considering the dire straits the Nets had been in the past few seasons, Cleveland could be picking no lower from the top 10 selections. They also got Ante Zizic, a 7-foot, 20-year-old center from Croatia that we still have to get familiar with.Zizic honed his skills in the Adriatic leagues under former Cleveland coach David Blatt and, along with fellow Croatians Ivica Zubac and Dragan Bender, was drafted into the league during the 2016 Draft. If indeed LBJ takes his talents again somewhere else, at least the Cavs won’t be left hanging.As of this writing, the Boston-Cleveland deal still has to be finalized as the Cavaliers wanted to have either Brown or Tatum added to the package to compensate for IT4’s hip injury after he had his physical. That’s asking too much and it’s understandable for the Celtics not to part with their versatile wings, both top picks from the two previous drafts. They already received a fair package. The most the Celtics could give up will be their second round picks and maybe another serviceable player.Both teams were aware of the injury but the physicals were not favorable to the Cavs that they wanted additional material. As per Celtics GM Danny Ainge, IT4’s hip issue had some role in the decision to deal him away, further saying that the injury might delay the start of his season. Cleveland does not like the possibility of Thomas having surgery as per physical exam results.All things related to the trade were considered, especially health concerns, and both the Celtics and the Cavaliers followed policy, as the league requires teams to be transparent, “including any factors that could affect a player’s ability to play basketball at any point in his career.” They would be risking stiff penalties if health issues are hidden. As per CBA rules, the NBA can impose sanctions including “a fine of up to $1million, suspension of the team executives involved, rescinding the trade, and/or the forfeit of draft picks.”At the moment, Boston and Cleveland are reworking on things that would eventually benefit both teams in the end. The Celtics must make things happen because Thomas already indicated that he won’t be coming back to Boston if the deal goes off. And please, Celtic fans, stop the IT4 jersey burning. It was management decision. Set Ainge on fire if you must./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
It was all the UAAP men’s basketball champions needed as they went on and stuck it to the Saints in the fourth frame to cruise to the 22-point conquest with contributions from Go and Ravena.“(Our halftime talk was) direct to the point, that we weren’t doing what we said we’ll do before the game,” said Blue Eagles head coach Tab Baldwin. “We didn’t really make any adjustments and we just went back to basics.”Darwin Lunor collected 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Paul Santos had 12 markers for the Saints, which suffered its first defeat in five games to fall to 4-1./PN Ivorian import Angelo Kouame of Cignal-Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles throws down a two-handed dunk. Cignal-Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles clawed its way back from a double-digit deficit to score an 88-66 victory over St. Clare College Virtual Reality Saints in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSGO Gym in Cubao. PBA PHOTO MANILA – Cignal-Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles clawed its way back from a double-digit deficit to score an 88-66 victory over St. Clare College Virtual Reality Saints in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Ivorian import Angelo Kouame led the way with double-double 24 points and 29 rebounds to go along with five blocks for the Blue Eagles, which moved up to solo second place in Aspirants Group with 5-1 win-loss slate.Isaac Go punctured 11 points built on three outside conversions. Ferdinand “Thirdy” Ravena III added 10 points, five rebounds, and two steals, and Adrian Wong had 10 for the Blue Eagles.Trailing 28-44 at the half, Kouame spearheaded the Blue Eagles fight back in the third quarter as he scored 11 in the telling 31-7 blast to grab a 59-53 edge with 2:02 left in the period.
PUZZLERS chess24.com (1.34) 2020 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Bf5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Bxe7 Ncxe7 7.e3 Nf6 8.Be2 h6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Qb3 Rb8 11.Rfd1 c6 12.Rac1 Ne4 13.Nxe4 Bxe4 14.Nd2 Bg6 15.Qa3 Ra8 16.b4 Nf5 17.Qb2 a6 18.a4 Nd6 19.b5 axb5 20.axb5 Ra4 21.c5 Ne4 22.Ra1 Rxa1 23.Rxa1 Nxd2 24.Qxd2 cxb5 25.Bxb5 Qb8 26.Qb2 Rc8 27.f4 Be4 28.Bf1 g5 29.fxg5 hxg5 30.Ra3 Kg7 31.Rb3 Rc7 32.Ba6 Qa7 33.Bxb7 Qa5 34.Kf2 Re7 35.c6 Re8 36.Ra3 Qc7 37.Kg1 Rh8 38.g3 Rh3 39.Qf2 Rh6 40.Qe1 Qb6 41.Qc1 Qc7 42.Qe1 Qb6 43.Ra2 Rf6 44.Qc1 Bd3 45.Rf2 Rxf2 46.Kxf2 Bc4 47.g4 Qa5 48.e4 f6 49.e5 Qa2+ 50.Kg1 Qe2 51.h3 Qd3 52.exf6+ Kf7 53.Qxg5 ½-½ Nepomniachtchi, I (2784)-Giri, A (2764) [C65] 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Bf5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bf4 Nf6 7.e3 Bd6 8.Bg5 Bb4 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 h6 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.0-0 Bxc3 13.Qxc3 0-0 14.Rfc1 Rfd8 15.Ne5 Rd6 16.Qb3 Nxe5 17.dxe5 Qxe5 18.Qxb7 Rad8 19.Qxa7 d4 20.exd4 Rxd4 21.Re1 Qd6 22.Rac1 Rd1 23.Qe3 Rd2 24.Rb1 Qf6 25.Qf3 Qd4 26.Rbc1 c5 27.g3 Qxb2 28.Rxc5 Qxa2 29.Rce5 Qa8 30.Qxa8 Rxa8 31.Re8+ Rxe8 32.Rxe8 Kh7 33.Kg2 g6 34.h4 h5 35.Re3 Kg7 36.Rf3 Ra2 37.Re3 Rb2 38.Rf3 Ra2 39.Re3 Rb2 40.Rf3 Ra2 ½-½ 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.h4 a5 9.c4 Ba6 10.Nd2 Nb6 11.h5 Qe6 12.h6 gxh6 13.b3 0-0-0 14.Bb2 Bg7 15.0-0-0 Rhe8 16.f4 f6 17.Ne4 fxe5 18.Nc5 Qf5 19.Nxa6 exf4 20.Qd3 Bxb2+ 21.Kxb2 Qe5+ 22.Qc3 Kb7 23.Qxe5 Rxe5 24.Rxh6 c5 25.Nxc5+ Rxc5 26.Rxh7 Rf8 27.Be2 d6 28.Bf3+ Kb8 29.Re1 Nc8 30.Re6 Rg5 31.Kc3 Rfg8 32.Rf7 Re5 33.Rh6 a4 34.Rhh7 axb3 35.Rxc7 Re3+ 36.Kb2 Rxf3 37.gxf3 bxa2 38.Kxa2 Rg3 39.Rb7+ Ka8 40.Rb3 Rg2+ 41.Ka3 Rc2 42.Rb4 Rc3+ 43.Kb2 Rxf3 44.Rh8 Rf2+ 45.Kc3 1-0 Giri, A (2764)-Nepomniachtchi, I (2784) [D02] WHITE TO MOVE, MATE IN TWO. chess24.com (1.33) 2020 The deciding match was tough and tense, with Nepomniachtchi and Giri drawing all their four regulation rapid games before the 30-year old Russian grandmaster prevailed in the second game of their blitz tiebreak to end the match. The younger 25-year old Giri pressed throughout the match but squandered the little advantages he gained.Nepomniachtchi will now dispute the tournament title versus Magnus Carlsen who disposed of semifinal foe Peter Svidler in two earlier match sets. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 0-0 9.d4 Bf6 10.Re1 Re8 11.c3 Rxe1 12.Qxe1 Ne8 13.d5 d6 14.a4 a5 15.Na3 Bd7 16.Nc4 Bg5 17.Be3 Bxe3 18.Nxe3 Nf6 19.Qd1 Qe7 20.Qb3 b6 21.Qc4 Rc8 22.Bd3 Qe5 23.h3 Nh5 24.Re1 Nf4 25.Bf1 Qf6 26.Rd1 h6 27.Rd4 Ng6 28.Re4 Qd8 29.Qe2 f5 30.Rd4 Qg5 31.g3 f4 32.h4 Nxh4 33.Rxf4 Ng6 34.Re4 h5 35.Ng2 Rf8 36.Qe3 Qf5 37.Nf4 Nxf4 38.Rxf4 Qb1 39.Qe4 Qxe4 40.Rxe4 Re8 41.Rc4 Re1 42.Kg2 Re7 43.Bd3 ½-½ chess24.com (1.31) 2020 The key to our last problem is 1.Nf5! Black’s futile options are 1…d5 2.Qg4#; 1…exf5 2.Qe2#; 1…Be5 2.Qh1#; 1…Be7 2.Sc3#; 1…Ke5 2.Sbxd6/c3#; 1…Kd5/xf5 2.Sbxd6#./PN Nepomniachtchi, I (2784)-Giri, A (2764) [C45] Nepomniachtchi, I (2784)-Giri, A (2764) [C67] Giri, A (2764)-Nepomniachtchi, I (2784) [D02] ******* It was a rollercoaster of a deciding semifinal match, but in the end, favorite Ian Nepomniachtchi finally defeated a plucky Anish Giri on Sunday to formally claim the second and last finals seat of the ongoing Legends of Chess Online Rapid Tournament at the chess24.com server. chess24.com (1.32) 2020 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.0-0 Nd4 6.Bc4 d6 7.a4 c6 8.Nxd4 Bxd4 9.a5 a6 10.Nd2 0-0 11.Bb3 h6 12.h3 Ba7 13.Nc4 Be6 14.c3 Bxc4 15.Bxc4 d5 16.exd5 cxd5 17.Bb3 Qd6 18.Qf3 Rfe8 19.Qg3 Nh5 20.Qh4 Nf6 21.Be3 d4 22.cxd4 Bxd4 23.Bxd4 exd4 24.Bc4 Re2 25.Qg3 Qe7 26.b4 Qxb4 27.Rab1 Qe7 28.Qf3 Ra7 29.Rb6 Re1 30.g3 Qe2 31.Qxe2 Rxe2 32.Rfb1 Re7 33.Rd6 Ra8 34.Rxd4 Rc8 35.Kg2 g6 36.Rd6 Kg7 37.Rdb6 Rcc7 38.R1b2 Red7 39.Ba2 Ng8 40.d4 Ne7 41.h4 h5 42.d5 Nxd5 43.Bxd5 Rxd5 44.Rxb7 Rxb7 45.Rxb7 Rxa5 46.Rb6 Ra3 47.f3 Kf8 48.Rb7 Re3 49.Ra7 Re6 50.g4 hxg4 51.fxg4 Kg7 52.Kf3 Rb6 53.h5 g5 54.Kg3 Rb3 55.Kg2 Ra3 56.Kf2 Ra4 57.Kg3 Ra3 58.Kf2 a5 59.Ra6 Ra4 60.Kg3 Ra3 61.Kg2 Ra4 62.Kg3 Ra3 63.Kg2 Ra4 64.Kg3 ½-½ chess24.com (1.36) 2020
Five minutes with Aprilia Racing Team Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista and Aprilia Racing’s manager Romano Albesiano trackside at the Sepang International Circuit. As many of you would know by now, the MotoGP fraternity are back in the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) this week for the second MotoGP pre-season tests. This would be a critical time for most outfits, especially for the returning Aprilia Racing team.Thanks to our friends in Aprilia Malaysia (Naza Premira), we were given exclusive access and the opportunity to speak with Aprilia Racing Team Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista, and Aprilia Racing’s manager Romano Albesiano at the end of Day 2 yesterday. Here’s what we managed to garner.Alvaro BautistaTell us how Day 2 went for you.Well, today was not a really good day for us. We did test a lot of items for the bike, but we didn’t find a good setup. In the end, we just had to come back to the base setting. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, I had mechanical problem with the bike, so I couldn’t ride in the last hour. It has not been an easy day for me and the team, but this is normal because with the limited time we had with this bike, these kind of things happen. We have to keep pushing and keep working, and try to get a good pace for the start of the championship.How was the new electronics suite working for you so far?Well today, we were focused on the frame setting and different items in the rear of the bike. Yesterday, we tried different solutions for the electronics. As far as the electronics go, I am quite happy as we did a good job yesterday. It’s a small step, but we’re always moving forward. For sure we have to improve, especially in the first touch of the gas, but I am happy with our work here.How about the chassis? Any progress from yesterday in today’s tests?Not really. We tried yesterday with a different stiffness levels in the frame, but we didn’t find something good. So, we stayed on our base from last year’s bike. At the moment, I we have not found anything positive here.What will be your area of focus for tomorrow’s session?Basically, we will stay on the same frame, and we will concentrate to try different setups in the suspension and geometry. We will also try in the long run tomorrow afternoon to see how the bike works with a lot of laps. That’s basically the plan for tomorrow.What do you personally hope to achieve tomorrow?Well, I’d like to improve my corner entry as it was something I struggled a lot with in the last test. But, with the same frame and geometry, it is quite difficult. I don’t think we can find a solution tomorrow, but we will work towards it anyway.How has the experience been for you with the Aprilia family this year?I am quite happy! I have worked in the past with them when I won the world 125cc championship with them, I was fighting for the world 250cc championship as well with them. I am quite happy. I like working with Aprilia because working with a factory is always very nice. I know this decision will be hard because we do not have a lot of reference. The important thing is the fact that we have confidence in each other. I trust in Aprilia, Aprilia trust in me, and I think we can do a good job.When we spoke to Alvaro yesterday evening, the Spaniard seems upbeat despite the daunting challenge he’s facing. The story is far grimmer for his Italian teammate, Marco Melandri.Since the first Sepang test earlier this month, Marco has been struggling to adapt to the Aprilia RS-GP machine, resulting in the team bringing what they call a ‘hybrid’ SBK-GP race bike. The idea was to give Marco a more familiar base to work with, but as the timing sheets on Day 2 showed, it wasn’t enough.To get a clearer insight, we also managed to speak with Aprilia Racing’s manager, Romano Albesiano, about how things fared for the Italian outfit on Day 2. Here’s what we garnered.Romano AlbesianoShare with us your thoughts about today’s progress.I would say that we are on schedule. We believe now that our potential lie in the midfield. Every aspect of our motorcycle can be improved for sure, because its totally new and we have no experience in MotoGP. We can improve the engine, transmission, the chassis is always in development, so are the electronics. But we are identifying many areas for development, so it looks good to us.Share with us the decision to bring Marco Melandri back into MotoGP from SBK.We brought Marco back into MotoGP because we trust him and we believe he is a fantastic rider. He is also a very experienced rider, and we believe he can help us in developing the bike, which is really the main idea. I choice has always been to bring him into MotoGP. Honestly, he’s having some difficulties, more than what we expected initially. But we are working together with him in order to rectify the problems.Can you share with us some of the goals and targets you’d wish to achieve with the team prior to the season opener in Qatar?This is a difficult one. My target is to develop day by day, to improve the bike every time, to understand, to get more knowledge, and the most reasonable target would be for us to be able to fight for tenth position from the mid-season onwards. That’s the most reasonable target for us.Share with us what will you focus on with tomorrow’s test.Tomorrow, with Alvaro, we will come back to the best configuration he tested with in the first test. Tomorrow morning, we will try to get a few good lap times. In the afternoon, we’d like to run a race simulation, and it’ll be the first time we would do so. With Marco though, we are still trying to understand some changes in the chassis to make him more comfortable on the bike.Tell us about the ‘hybrid’ SBK-GP bike you’ve brought down for Marco.We brought a bike which is more or a less Superbike, in order to help him start from something he’d know very well. This helped us today in helping him understand about the new bike. But tomorrow, we will be back on the RS-GP bike, and Marco will work with the team using the MotoGP bike.–Ads–
–Ads– Fuel Tank23 litres ABS:Bosch 9M+ two-channel ABS ChassisChromium-Molybdenum steel trellis frame BrakesFront:2x Brembo four-piston radial fixed calliper, 2x 320mm discsRear:Brembo twin-piston fixed calliper, single 267mm disc Torque107Nm Seat Height850mm Clearance220mm Power95hp Transmission6-speed with PASC slipper clutch EngineLiquid-cooled 1,050cc four-stroke 75° V-twin Wheelbase1560 ± 15 mm SuspensionFront:WP upside-down Ø 43 mmRear:WP monoshock The famed KTM motorcycles brand in Malaysia celebrated the consolidation of its Malaysian representative with the launch of a new model just before the 2015 Shell Malaysian MotoGP weekend kicked off.Firstly, the brand is now represented by a single entity known as KTM Malaysia. The renaming came after local assembler and CKD models distributor KTM Malaysia CKD, a company under the direction of Eurotech Wheel Distribution Sdn Bhd, gained the rights to import and distribute the KTM brand’s fully imported or CBU models. The move to rename itself was meant to reflect the changing times according to the firm.With that, the newly consolidated KTM Malaysia stepped up its game by introducing its first CBU model for the local market, the KTM 1050 Adventure. First debuted during last year’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy, the enduro model stands as the brand’s entry-level model in its Adventure series, and sits just below the highly acclaimed 1190 Adventure.Underneath, the 1050 Adventure utilises a chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame architecture. It is primed further with a pair of 43mm WP inverted forks up front and a rear monoshock. It also features a wider handlebar than the 1190 Adventure with 20mm of adjustment available. Complementing that further are the 10mm diagonally adjustable footpegs and the 25mm of windscreen height adjustment. In case you were wondering, this enduro’s seat height stands at 850mm.Encased within the chassis is a signature KTM 1,050cc 75° V-twin mill that develops 95hp and 107Nm of peak torque. Crucially though, riders will be able to use up to 90Nm of torque from as low as 2,500rpm. Completing the powertrain package is a six-speed transmission that features a PASC slipper clutch as well.Complementing the well-sorted chassis and powertrain are the 1050 Adventure’s plethora of electronics. The package consists of a ride-by-wire electronic throttle, traction control which can be disengaged, as well as three selectable riding modes – Street, Sport and Rain. An additional Off-Road mode is also available as an option. There is also a Bosch 9M+ two-channel ABS suite to complement the Brembo-supplied braking hardware primed on board.Another notable feature primed in the 1050 Adventure is the neat LCD instrument display panel with an adjustable shift light, which is complemented with a secondary LCD display with additional data for riders such as the selected ride mode.Available via authorised KTM dealers nationwide, the fully imported KTM 1050 Adventure is now available for viewing and bookings with a basic selling price tag of RM77,888.KTM 1050 Adventure specifications Weight212kg (without fuel) PriceRM77,888 (basic selling price) Newly consolidated KTM Malaysia introduces new KTM 1050 Adventure model at the starting price of RM77,888.
Kasma Daniel Kasmayuddin writes history after becoming the youngest ever Malaysian Cub Prix CP130 champion. The 2016 Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix national underbone racing championship got underway last weekend for Round 9 in Jempol, Negeri Sembilan. Here’s what transpired in all three main classes.CP130In the premier CP130 category, it was Johore-born youngster Kasma Daniel Kasmayuddin that wrote himself into the sport’s history books after he took the 2016 title in spectacular fashion.Though mechanical issues plagued his qualifying run early on, Kasma was able to overcome the problems and went on to finish the race in second place. In doing so, the Petronas Yamaha Maju Motor rider clinched enough points to be crowned as the 2016 CP130 champion.At 16 years, 1 month and 20 days old, Kasma is also the premier class’ youngest ever title winner. The previous record was held by eventual race winner and GIVI Honda Yuzy Racing rider Zaqhwan Zaidi when he won the 2014 title at 18 years old.While he may have lost the record to Kasma, Zaqhwan took a deserving win in Jempol after starting from pole position. Completing the podium was Petronas Yamaha CKJ rider Md Affendi Rosli who finished in third place.In the standings, Kasma sealed his title after collecting 178 points from nine races whilst teammate Ahmad Fazli Sham is second with 136 points, followed by Norizman Ismail in a distant third with 97 points.CP115In the supporting CP115 category, victory in Negeri Sembilan belonged to yet another GIVI Honda Yuzy Racing rider. This time, it was Selangor-born youngster Azroy Anuar.Like Zaqhwan, Azroy commanded the race from pole position and won in great stride. Completing the podium were the Petronas Yamaha Maju Motor duo of Md Akid Aziz in second and Md Haziq Md Fairues in third.In the championship standings, Md Akid Aziz leads the board with 126 points while teammate Md Haziq is tied in second with Tengku Amirul Haffiruddin with 108 points each. With just one race left, it seems Md Akid Aziz may just snatch the CP115 title away if he can keep the other two riders at bay.WIRALast but not least came the thrilling action from the Wira class. Dominating in top fashion here was Helmi Azman from the Yamaha-powered IUGB AFB Tech Racing outfit as he won the race from pole position.Joining Helmi on the podium were Saiful Azhary Muhamad from the idemitsu Kozi Yam Honda racing team in second and Yamaha-powered privateer Md Izam Ikmal in third.Despite his late entry into the season, Helmi may just be able to take the Wira class title away from championship leader Shafiq Ezzariq who settled for a dismal 14th place finish in Jempol.Shafiq still leads the standings with 176 points whilst Helmi isn’t far off in second with 153 points. Rest assure that come the season finale in Taiping, the battle between these two is one many will be watching closely.Round 10 – Taiping, PerakThe 2016 Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix season is nearing its end. The season finale will take place in Taiping, Perak on Nov 19 and 20. With both the CP115 and Wira class titles still up for grabs, we can expect yet another thrilling finale as in previous seasons. –Ads–
Hong Leong Yamaha Motor (HLYM) has introduced the 2018 Yamaha Y15ZR GP Edition. The 2018 Yamaha Y15ZR GP Edition comes at a price of RM8,588.00 (basic price with 0% GST) which is only around RM700 more than the stock model. To know more, head over to any of the Yamaha authorised dealers located across Malaysia or http://www.yamaha-motor.com.my/. The folks over at Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn Bhd (HLYM) have unveiled their latest 2018 Yamaha Y15ZR GP Edition. This fourth GP Edition model not only comes with a stunning colour scheme but new owners will receive a few extras alongside this limited edition model.In commemoration of Yamaha’s continuous participation in the MotoGP world championship racing series, their signature blue racing colour. A set of the latest graphics scheme was designed based on the latest Yamaha YZR-M1 currently ridden by Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales.This time around, those who are to get their hands on the fourth-generation Yamaha Y15ZR GP Edition will receive two extra unique goodies to further enhance their ownership of the Yamaha super cub. These are:Yamaha Y15ZR GP Edition miniature modelYamaha Y15ZR fitness wristband Owners of the new limited edition super cub will also receive a Yamaha Y15ZR miniature model and fitness wristband. These items are only available together with the purchase of the new Yamaha Y15ZR GP Edition bike and it’s not for sale anywhere on their own. The best part? All of the extras cost not that much different compared to the standard model offered by HLYM. HLYM has priced their latest GP edition bike at RM8,588 (basic price with 0% GST). SIC, Angel Nieto Team, Yamaha Join Forces from MotoGP 2019–Ads–
Related TopicsCavsNBA Join Matt Medley and Brandon Larador this week in on our new weekly Cavaliers Podcast – “CavsLand”. The Cavs are 7-1 as of November 11, 2015, and today Brandon and Matt discuss the impressive start and debate whether it’s sustainable, as well as recap recent games and preview the upcoming schedule… Awesome music and random fantasy basketball trash talking featured as well. Matt Loede Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.
Related TopicsCarmelo AnthonyCavsChris PaulCleveland CavaliersDwyane WadeKevin LoveKyrie IrvingLebron JamesMeloNBA Matt Medley and Brandon Larador discuss the NBA playoff picture, LeBron’s latest excursion in the world of social media controversy, and the possibility of LeBron, D Wade, Melo, and CP3 forming a super team equivalent to the Justice League of the NBA. Listen here:https://soundcloud.com/matthew-medley-299166887/cavsland-zero-dark-23 Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medley
It was all fun and games a few minutes before the Indians and Rays took the field in Tampa tonight, as a couple star Indians infielders took some wiffle ball bats and playfully laid into Rays mascot ‘RaysRaymond.’In the video in the tweet, you see Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor wallop Raymond a couple of times, taking him down prior to the game. Related TopicsFrancisco LindorIndiansJason KipnisRays Matt Loede Now let’s hope the Indians can do that over the next few days to the Rays on the field. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.
Tom Farmer Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Tom Farmer started loving sports at a very young age. Some of his first memories were playing baseball and basketball for his local recreation center. Tom’s passion for football came in his early teenage years when the Browns came back in ’99. Tom is a season ticket holder for the Cleveland Gladiators that play in the Arena Football League. He will forever represent his Cleveland teams from the womb to the tomb. Cleveland rocks! We all know the story about the Cleveland sports drought. 52 years without a major sports championship and with the Cavs getting routed in two games in the finals so far, it looks like the streak will soon be 53 years. The Indians are having their best start to a season in a long time and we are hopeful they’ll still be playing in October, but there’s something happening now that will sadly get overlooked. It’s been a very successful year for the Lake Erie Monsters. Not only did they officially become the affiliate for the Columbus Blue Jackets but they are in the AHL Calder Cup finals for the first time in the teams history. They’ve been dominant this postseason losing only TWO out of 16 games and are one away from winning the Calder Cup at home in front of the Monster faithful. History has show that Cleveland has supported hockey as much as any sport in the city even when they had the Barons in the late 70’s and the Lumberjacks in the early 90’s. Another team that plays at Quicken Loans arena is the Cleveland Gladiators and they’ve had their share of success as well the past few years. The team itself started off as the Thunderbolts back in 1991 but the Gladiators came to Cleveland in 1997. They’ve had eight total playoff apperences, three divisional championships and one conference championship. In 2014, the Gladiators had their best season in the teams history and one of the best in AFL history. With a 17-1 regular season record, they went on to have home field advantage all throughout the playoffs and even in the ArenaBowl that they went on to lose. They made the playoffs again in 2015 but lost in the first round to Philadelphia. This year, due to teams leaving and folding, every team in the AFL makes the playoffs so the Gladiators are in by default but still playing decent football.It’s also worth noting that the Akron RubberDucks have the best record of any team in Minor League Baseball and the Lake County Captains are right near the top of their division.Theses teams may not get the glory they deserve because they’re not in the majors but there’s no denying that they’re fun to watch and have had success in their respective leagues. They’re also great for families on a budget. They have extremely cheap tickets so there’s no excuse not to see these teams live. Although it’s hard not to get caught up in the Cavs, Browns and Indians madness, try and take a look at these teams. Cleveland’s teams doing amazing things down at the Q and on the diamond. Related TopicsLake Erie MonstersMinor League
Related Topics Dec. 14Great Lakes Conference*Bay 37 Rocky River 22**Normandy 49 Valley Forge 28**Elyria Catholic 52 Parma 29*(Faith Williams 13, Abby Winnen 12 pts 10 rebs)Holy Name 40 Lake Catholic 33*Greater Cleveland ConferenceStrongsville 68 Walsh Jesuit 49*Euclid 53 Elyria 46*(Constance Chaplin 20 pts)Shaker Heights 37 Canton McKinley 63Patriot Athletic Conference: Stars*Buckeye 55 Wellington 37*(Grace Allen 17 pts)*Black River 58 Brookside 35**Firelands vs. Keystone**Lutheran West 40 Fairview 29**Columbia 72 Oberlin 25*(Becca Tacchite 24 pts)*Brooklyn 41 Clearview 37*(Benz 18 pts)Southwestern Conference*Avon 41 North Olmsted 20**Amherst Steele 58 Midview 29**Berea-Midpark 66 North Ridgeville 60*(Lexie Scarton 22 points Jasmine Kinsey 16 points)*Westlake 39 Avon Lake 33**Lakewood 58 Olmsted Falls 51*North Coast League: Blue DivisionPadua 62 VASJ 31(Ali Medaglia 17 pts, Elena Rauhe 17 pts)Standings (entering 12/15)Great Lakes Conference1. Elyria Catholic Panthers (6-0, 3-0)2. Normandy Invaders (5-1, 3-1)3. Bay Rockets (3-2, 1-1)4. Parma Redmen (4-2, 1-2)4. Rocky River Pirates (2-4, 1-2)4. Holy Name GreenWave (3-2, 1-2)6. Valley Forge Patriots (1-4, 0-2)Greater Cleveland Conference1. Solon Comets (3-1, 3-0)2. Mentor Cardinals (3-0, 2-0)3. Strongsville Mustangs (4-2, 2-1)4. Euclid Panthers (3-1, 2-1)5. Shaker Heights Red Raiders (2-4, 1-2)5. Medina Bees (3-3, 1-2)7. Elyria Pioneers (2-3, 0-3)7. Brunswick Blue Devils (0-4, 0-2)Patriot Athletic Conference: Stars Division1. Black River Pirates (4-2, 3-0)1. Keystone Wildcats (4-2, 2-0)3. Buckeye Bucks (3-3, 3-1)4. Wellington Dukes (4-2, 2-1)5. Brookside Cardinals (2-4, 1-1)5. Firelands Falcons (1-3, 1-1)Patriot Athletic Conference: Stripes Division1. Lutheran West Longhorns (5-1, 3-1)2. Columbia Raiders (1-4, 1-1)3. Brooklyn Hurricanes (3-3, 1-2)4. Clearview Clippers (1-4, 0-3)4. Fairview Warriors (1-5, 0-3)4. Oberlin Phoenix (1-6, 0-3)Southwestern Conference1. Berea-Midpark Titans (5-0, 5-0)2. Amherst-Steele Comets (5-1, 4-1)3. Olmsted Falls Bulldogs (4-2, 3-2)3. Westlake Demons (3-2, 3-2)3. Lakewood Rangers (3-3, 3-2)6. Avon Lake Shoremen (3-3, 2-2)7. Avon Eagles (3-3, 2-3)8. North Olmsted Eagles (3-2, 1-2)9. North Ridgeville Rangers (2-4, 1-4)10. Midview Middies (2-4. 0-3)MISC:Padua (4-0)Vermilion (5-3) Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medley
Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medley Division IUniversity of ToledoToledo St. John’s Jesuit 48 Elyria 47Cleveland StateGarfield Heights 29 Uniontown Lake 22St. Edward 62 Mentor 43Columbus (Ohio Dominican University)Pickerington Central 75 Columbus St. Charles 53Dayton (Wright State University)Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller 60 Mason 57Cincinnati La Salle 47 Springfield 46Division IIICanton FieldhouseNorthwestern 75 St. Thomas Aquinas 67Villa Angela-St. Joseph 87 Garrettsville Garfield 47Bowling GreenMaria Stein Marion Local 54 Milan Edison 44Archbold 47 Cardinal Stritch 36AthensProctorville Fairland 57 Sugarcreek Garaway 52Berlin Hiland 60 Chillicothe Southeastern 34KetteringCin. Summit Country Day 35 Worthington Christian 32Cincinnati Roger Bacon 61 Versailles 46Division IVWarren G. Harding High SchoolWarren JFK 72 McDonald 60Follow @NEOSportsInside on Twitter for score updates throughout the night. Related Topics
It’s the busiest week of the year in the world of professional wrestling, with WrestleMania 33 this weekend in Orlando, and plenty of great events before the show on Sunday kicks off at 5pm Eastern.Since the first WrestleMania in 1985 at Madison Square Garden, there’s been tons of great matches to speak of, along with a lot of stinkers along the way.The term ‘main event’ was a natural for Mania since it’s start 32 years ago, but it seems like as of late the card has been built around 4-5 matches, and this year is no different, with lots of matches that are being looked at as ‘highlight’ matches on the card.Of course if you think ‘main event’ this year, that’s likely going to go to Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg for the WWE Universal Title, and it should be the final match on the card.Today though we take a special trip down memory lane, as we count down 20 non-main event matches that stole the show. You’ll see a trend as certain names appear over and over on this list, but there’s no doubt that if you think of ‘great’ Mania matches, you’ll probably remember most of these.So enjoy reliving these historic matches, the “Top 20 WrestleMania Non-Main Event Matches.” Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Related TopicsHulk HoganRandy SavageShawn MichaelsThe RockUndertakerWrestleManiaWWE Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede
By JERRY RODRIGUEZSpecial to the PRESSLOS FRESNOS – The man accused of killing three puppies turned himself in to authorities on Friday.According to Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, Los Fresnos resident John Paul Nolan, 56, gave a voluntary confession on Thursday and informed the arresting officers that there was no need for a warrant because he would be turning himself in the following day.On Friday, Lucio said Nolan, who is reportedly the owner of Harley’s Country Store in Bayview, turned himself in at 12:30 p.m.The sheriff said that Nolan had admitted to taking the puppies to a canal north of Los Fresnos, where he shot all three with a .9 mm handgun and allegedly threw them in a ditch.“He said he did it because they were sick,” said Lucio, “but that is no reason to do what he did.”Lucio also stated that Nolan had the option of contacting animal control. “That is what they are here for,” Lucio said.Nolan is being charged with three counts of cruelty to a non-livestock animal, a state jail felony. He is scheduled to be arraigned at the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. RelatedThree deaths remain a mystery two months laterBy HEATHER CATHLEEN COX Special to the PRESS It has been over two months, and investigators still have no answers regarding the discovery of the three corpses found within a two-week window in late September and October. The first corpse was identified as a man named Jeremy Tyrone Eyster, 35,…December 27, 2012In “News”Sheriff cites experience, accolades in reelection bidSpecial to the PRESS Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, who will be running for reelection this year, has received a double major degree from Pan American University – a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology as well as a Doctorate of Juris Prudence from the Reynaldo Garza School of…May 18, 2012In “News”BREAKING: Body of missing teen foundBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press firstname.lastname@example.org Update 3:26 p.m.: Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio has confirmed that the body of a missing 14-year-old boy has been found after a search that stretched overnight and was temporarily halted due to bad weather. “The body was found a little after (2) o’clock…May 29, 2015In “News” Share
RelatedCommunity Calendar (Week of Sept. 11-17, 2014)Date: Sept. 13 (Second Saturday of Each Month) Time: 9 a.m. Event: RGV Bikers for Christ Regular Meeting Where: Christ’s Harbor Church, 1441 Santa Isabel Blvd. Laguna Vista More Info: (956) 943-5595 Date: Sept. 13 Time: 5 to 11 p.m. Event: Pachanga in the Park Where: Washington Park, Port…September 11, 2014In “Calendar of Events”59th Annual Lower Valley Cotillion features Port Isabel debutantesSpecial to the PRESS The Lower Rio Grande Valley Cotillion Club held its Annual Presentation Ball on Saturday, February 2, at the Jacob Brown Auditorium in Brownsville. The Cotillion Club was founded 59 years ago in September 1954 by Mrs. Byron Campbell of Raymondville as a social organization designed to…February 14, 2013In “Gallery”Eighth Annual Rio Grande Valley Music Festival on tapSpecial to the Parade The Eighth Annual Rio Grande Valley Music Festival is upon us and promises to be another hit with Valley residents and Winter Texans. Again this year the six-day event will run from Feb. 14-19 and will be held at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Showgrounds, 1000…February 9, 2012In “South Padre Parade” Members and officers of Valley Byliners are shown at the Harlingen Public Library this past January. Pictured (first row, l-r) are Marianna Nelson, Jack King, Sue Groves, Frank Cortazo, Jose Alvarez, (second row, l-r) Bruce Nelson, Bidgie Weber, Judy Stevens, Eileen Mattei, Jan Workman, Nellie Vensaleer, (third row, l-r) Joan Soggie, LeRoy Overstreet, Pete Gray, (one unidentified), Don Clifford, Hugh Barlow and Verne Wheelwright. (Courtesy photo)By CRAIG ALANIZPort Isabel-South Padre PRESSIt all began with two reporters.The Rio Grande Valley Byliners, a non-profit organization, was founded by two female journalists in 1943. The idea was that the Byliners would help encourage women to become more professional in their writing, find opportunities in the writing field, improve their skills and promote their work.Marianna Nelson, a current member of the Byliners, said they wanted to exchange ideas and have fellowship with other women writers as well as concentrate on female interests.In 1975, the Byliners began writing books spearheaded by members Minnie Gilbert of San Benito and Lucy Wallace of Mission. “Gift of the Rio” had each chapter written by a different author, and about 3,000 copies were printed. Gilbert and fellow Byliners member Ann Washington edited the book.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the June 28 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share
Share RelatedGov. Greg Abbott to let restaurants, movie theaters and malls open with limited capacity FridayBy Patrick Svitek The Texas Tribune texastribune.org April 27, 2020 Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday said he will let the state’s stay-at-home order expire Thursday as scheduled and allow businesses to begin reopening in phases the next day, the latest ramp-up in his push to restart the Texas economy amid…April 27, 2020In “News”Letters to the Editor for 11-26-2015Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, I respectfully write to clarify comments made in a letter published on October 15 in the Port Isabel -South Padre Press, and address inaccuracies in October 8 coverage of remarks I made before the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce on October 7. The…November 29, 2015In “Opinion & Advice”TWC awards PI-ISD grant for nursing programsBy Gaige Davila email@example.com A classroom inside of Port Isabel High School (PIHS) is going to get a new, medical look, thanks to a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Point Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) was one of 41 school districts and universities to receive a Jobs and…August 7, 2020In “News” Special to the PRESSSenate Bill 481, sponsored by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) and signed Monday by Governor Abbott, gives mediation rights to nearly all Texans who go into an in-network hospital but leave with out-of-network bills. The changes are effective Sept. 1. Today, mediation to address surprise medical bills is only available to people who get a bill that exceeds $1,000. SB 481 makes mediation available to those who get a bill over $500. “The Legislature listened to Texans who are fed up with surprise medical bills after emergency room visits or when they go to hospitals in their insurance network,” said Jackson. “It’s great news that the Legislature and Governor Abbott acted this session to protect more consumers from being balance billed.” Balance billing can occur even when a patient admitted to a hospital for surgery may have checked in advance to ensure the hospital was in-network. Often, the patient is shocked to discover that one of their treatment providers, such as an anesthesiologist, was out-of-network. In such cases, the patients’ insurance plan may cover a portion of the out-of-network charges, but the remainder – which can reach thousands of dollars — falls to the patient. “Mediation is working well to the benefit of both patients and providers,” said Jackson. “Senate Bill 481 brings mediation to more consumers and will ease the practice of surprise medical billing in Texas.”Besides expanding mediation rights to more consumers, SB 481 also helps guard against balance billing by specifying that assistant surgeons will be among the medical specialists whose charges will be subject to the law on balance billing. AARP Texas is proud to have advocated for SB 481 with other groups, including Consumers Union, the Center for Public Policy Priorities, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.
RelatedBlotter for 7-10-2015Special to the PRESS “Dude, Where’s My Car?” On Wednesday July 1 at approximately 12:13 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South Shore Drive in reference to a civil matter. Upon arrival contact was made with a woman who stated she had let a friend borrow…July 10, 2015In “News”Blotter for 8/27/2015Special to the PRESS False Alarm On Thursday July 30, 2015 at approximately 9:17 A.M., an officer was dispatched to a call at the 400 block of E. Maxan in reference to a welfare concern. Upon the officers arrival he made contact with a woman who stated that her child…August 28, 2015In “News”Police Blotter, 1-15-2015Four of a crime At approximately 12:39 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31 an officer responded to the 1600 block of Oklahoma Street in reference to a criminal trespassing complaint. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with a man who stated that his son no longer lived there but refused to…January 16, 2015In “News” My Angel Would Never . . . On July 8, 2015 at approximately 10:46 P.M, an officer was dispatched to 106 Port RD. apartment 1201 in reference to a welfare concern. Upon arrival the officer made contact with a woman who stated that her seventeen-year-old daughter had not returned home from practicing at the baseball field at the little league baseball park located at 190 Port RD. The woman stated that her daughter had left around 7:30 P.M and became worried due to practice not enduring past a certain time. The woman stated that she called her daughter’s cell phone multiple times and contacted several of her friends that she socializes with and was unsuccessful with all options. The woman stated that her daughter usually goes home right after practice and has never had an issue with her not answering her phone or not going home right after practice. The woman stated that she has suspicions of her daughter leaving with her boyfriend. The officer advised the woman that if her daughter returned home or returned a phone call to give Port Isabel police a call to notify that she is safe. The officer gathered all the information for his report and resumed patrol.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Special to the PRESSYou Ain’t Welcome Here No More.On approximately 1:48 A.M, an officer was dispatched to White Sands Motel located on 418 Hwy 100 in reference to an unwanted woman. Upon arrival the officer made contact with a man who stated that the woman was knocking on his door and did not want to leave. The officer proceeded to make contact with the woman that stated all she wanted was her phone, which was inside the residence. The man allowed the woman to recover her phone and advised the officer that he did not want the woman at his residence anymore. The woman was advised not to return on July 8, 2015 to the residence and was asked to leave the area. The officer gathered all the information for his report and resumed patrol. Share
Share Special to the PRESSDear Editor,So you want to know if I am happy, sad or mad and would like to hear about it? Happy, sad, or mad are all emotions expressed by humans. These are all states of mind.I choose to be happy these days. Because I am blessed! I was born healthy, can see, can hear, can speak and have all my limbs and toes. I come from a family of six — three boys and three girls. I am the middle boy and am now in my 50s.My name is Gustavo David Castillo. I choose not to be mad because I could hurt someone. I choose bot to be sad because I could cry. So happy I am. It is the most important purpose in a human’s life to be happy. People flock around you and ask why you are happy. I am happy because I have Jesus Christ living in my heart. Who wants to be around someone who is sad or mad?I am happy God has given me a Warrior Spirit with a great imagination, too! My sister Adriana, who now lives in Houston, was pregnant with her third child and my imagination began to take over. What does a child think while in the mother’s womb?As a result, I wrote, “The Baby.” I hope this short version of “The Baby” story is circulated and enjoyed by many. God bless one and all. Spread your love wherever you go and remember to stay humble and kind.-Sincerely,Gustavo D. CastilloSan Benito“The Baby”Mom, can you hear me? I’ve been inside you nearly nine months. I’ve heard you tell your friends just how happy you are about having me! I can’t wait to see you! So you can hold and love me! I can hear my heart beating, or is it your heart I hear?I can feel my little hands growing. I’m so sorry where I kick, but it’s pretty crowded in here! I don’t mean to hurt you but I need to stretch.When you hold me please kiss me lots of times. If I cry, please sing me a lullaby. My eyes are not yet open and all I see is darkness. Sometimes I’m scared and afraid but I know you’re there! I can’t wait for my eyes to see you and see the light.I don’t know if I’m a little boy or a little girl; does it matter to you? All I know is I’m carrying lots of love. All this love is just for you!Because I’m the Baby, I feel sleepy — I’m taking a nap. I love you, Mom.-The BabyWant the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedLetter to the Editor for March 22, 2018Special to the PRESS Please tell me when the talk to make Spring Break more family oriented will actual become actions. I have been coming to this island since 1984, owner since 2011 and permanent residents since 2013 and see only actions that increase my lack of desire to bring…March 23, 2018In “News”Writer’s Block: Happy Mother’s DayBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press firstname.lastname@example.org It’s hard to believe that this Sunday is Mother’s Day. This year has flown by so fast that May — and Mother’s Day with it — almost snuck up on me. But, here we are and, once again, I am struggling to put…May 11, 2018In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Happy Father’s DayBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press email@example.com There’s a saying that you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family. Now, I don’t entirely agree with that sentiment. I think the definition of “family” evolves as we grow older. I know I definitely have some friends who I…June 17, 2016In “Editor’s Column”
By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSGraduated Port Isabel High senior Alex Martinez has been nominated for athlete of the year honors by the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame. She is one of three nominees for Sub-6A Girls Athlete of the Year.Representatives of the RGV Sports Hall of Fame, The Monitor, Brownsville Herald, and the Valley Morning Star voted on three nominations for each category. Team and individual awards for Classes 6A and Sub-6A will be awarded at the 2016 All-Valley Sports Awards Banquet, which will be held in McAllen on June 14.Martinez was a four-year varsity member of the volleyball, basketball, and softball teams, and was also a pole vaulter for the track team.In basketball she was voted RGV Vipers All-Star Newcomer of the Year as a freshman Lady Tarpon. She was 1st Team All-District as a junior and was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year for District 32-4A for her senior season. She led the Valley in steals for the 2015-2016 season.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedTHREE-PEAT: Murchison Wins 3rd Straight Athlete of the YearBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Port Isabel High graduating senior Daniella Murchison won big at the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame Awards ceremonies last night in Harlingen. She took home the Sub-Class 6A Girls Athlete of the Year award for the third time in a row.…June 12, 2015In “News”MIGHTY MARTINEZLady Tarpon wins Athlete of the Year By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Port Isabel High’s Alexandria Martinez was named the Sub-6A Female Athlete of the Year at the All-Valley Sports Awards Banquet Tuesday night in McAllen. Martinez, a 2016 graduate of Port Isabel High, was a top contributor…June 17, 2016In “News”Martinez, Swink Claim All-District HonorsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Port Isabel High Lady Tarpon basketball players Alex Martinez and Kelcie Swink took top honors when the All-District 32-4A teams were announced recently. Swink was named Offensive Player of the Year by the district coaches and Martinez was named to the All-District First…April 6, 2015In “News” Share
Share RelatedMock, Torres Qualify for StateBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Port Isabel High throwers Trey Mock and Ian Torres have both qualified for the state track and field meet with their outstanding performances at the regional meet in Kingsville last week. Mock was the gold medalist in the discus competition with a personal…May 5, 2017In “News”Mock takes gold at RaymondvilleBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Trey Mock won his third gold medal of the 2017 season in the discus competition at last week’s Meet of Champions at Raymondville. On his best throw Mock got the distance of 163-feet-10-inches and finished more than 7 feet ahead of Harlingen South’s…March 31, 2017In “News”Throwers Mock, Torres Compete at AreaBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Port Isabel High track and field athletes Trey Mock and Ian Torres both competed in throwing events at this week’s UIL Area Track and Field Meet at La Feria. The one-day meet was held this Thursday (April 20) and final results were not…April 21, 2017In “News” By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThree Port Isabel Tarpons have qualified for this week’s regional track and field meet in Kingsville. Ian Torres and Trey Mock made it by winning in the shot put and discus events, and Jason Lowe qualified in the triple jump.Torres hit 49-feet, 5-inches on his best throw at Lions Field in La Feria last Thursday, April 20, and Mock got off a throw of 166-feet, 8-inches on his next-to-last toss with the discus.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.
By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comThe Laguna Madre Humane Society (LMHS) will be raising their glasses for a good cause this Friday during the 6th annual Meows, Mutts & Margaritas fundraiser.The festive fundraiser will take place at Casa Mariposa on South Padre Island, explained LMHS President Beth Fedigan Wednesday. Proceeds from the event will go towards paying for the veterinary services the Humane Society provides to the strays it houses and rehomes, as well as for vet services it provides to area pet owners. “It raises money for our spay and neuter clinic. We have a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. We do surgeries a couple of times a month,” Fedigan said.“We’re kind of a little MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital)” Fedigan quipped. “We’re providing a service for everybody in the area that needs it,” she said.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedLMHS strives for improvementsBy CRAIG ALANIZ Reporter/Photographer firstname.lastname@example.org The Laguna Madre Humane Society had a productive year in 2012. LMHS President Beth Fedigan said in 2012 they opened a Spay/Neuter Clinic in Port Isabel that has performed over 400 surgeries since July. Fedigan said LMHS treated 20 dogs for heartworms that would have…January 17, 2013In “News”City – LMHS ‘define’ shelter By JOE R. BOWLING JR. With an agreement between the City of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Humane Society in place, the task at hand is to now define what the shelter represents and who will be doing what. City Manager Ed Meza and LMHS President…April 21, 2011In “News”Laguna Madre Humane Society office relocatesBy SCARLET O’ROURKE Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS email@example.com The Laguna Madre Humane Society (LMHS) will be moving their office operations to 103 E. Maxan Street in Port Isabel. “This location allows us to organize future efforts for assisting the animals that come to the Isabella Y. Garcia Shelter; as well…June 21, 2011In “News” Share
Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comWith the recent rains cooling things down a little, and also spurring an explosion of vegetative growth throughout the Rio Grande Valley, I decided it was high time to do a little outdoor tidying up this weekend.My patio, though bare concrete, is shaded by a lovely, mature mesquite tree that is quite fond of dropping dozens of those teeny, tiny leaves mesquites have. But it’s not just the green stuff that falls from the drought-tolerant Valley native — our abundantly wet summer has resulted in an equally abundant crop of mesquite beans this year.Dozens of the long, thin pods — filled with edible, semi-sweet beans — littered my small patio like a lumpy carpet. Between them and the leaves, I had quite a bit of sweeping up to do. Then there were the few pots of long-since-done spring seasonals I’d left neglected since they succumbed to the summer heat. Those needed removing and clearing out.So it was that I set to work with a broom and a little elbow grease as the clouds above teased that they might perhaps bring more rain. It was definitely humid enough. The soupy air, for its relatively “comfortable” temperature in the mid-80s, was none too comfortable after all with such dampness hanging in every breath.Nonetheless, I soon had the patio detritus swept up and redistributed to where its organic nutrients could enrich the loamy soil. Then I set to work trimming off a few large suckers which had sprouted from another nearby tree, too low on the trunk to do any good.By this time, I wasn’t quite enjoying being outdoors anymore. The humidity had wrapped itself around me like a lukewarm sponge, and I was eager to gather the rest of the trimmings into a garbage bag and be done with my simple chores.But, it was when I was just about done that I suddenly heard a very familiar whistle. It rang out clear, crisp and sharp, slicing through the thick atmosphere with a clarity that seemed to lift the weight away from the moisture-rich air.I looked up instinctively, searching for the source of the welcome call and sure enough, I spotted something I hadn’t seen in several months. A something I’ve come to consider an old friend — an osprey.But he’s not just any osprey. Like many others, he migrates here every autumn and stays throughout the winter. And almost every evening, he returns to a certain perch right above my neighborhood and calls out to the ether, announcing his proud and triumphant existence.Sure enough, there he was, perched high above the roofs, surveying his fall and winter domain. He spread out his large and graceful wings, holding them in a gentle arc as he lifted first one powerful foot and then another before settling back down again. He was getting comfortable.I’d been wondering when my osprey friend was going to return, and had been casting occasional glances skyward at his favorite perch every couple of days to see if this day would be the day.How pleasantly ironic, then, that my friend chose to return on such a significant day, for Saturday was the first official day of fall. I paused from my chores and stared up at him with a huge grin on my face, admiring his sense of timing. My friend the osprey: foreteller of fall.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedWriter’s Block: The Sweet Smell of SpringBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press firstname.lastname@example.org Well, we’ve had weeks of cold weather, followed by a few days of Indian summer, followed by a few more weeks of cold weather. And then fog. Lingering, day-long fog has plagued the Laguna Madre for so long that I’ve gone from loving…March 2, 2018In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Fire Up the GrillBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press email@example.com Barbecue. Is there anything more quintessentially Texan than firing up a grill and slowly smoking various kinds and cuts of meat to savory, juicy perfection? I think not. We are known for our briskets and fajitas and chickens and sausages. We are known…July 7, 2017In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Snow Day!By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press firstname.lastname@example.org It was an early Christmas miracle — snow in the Rio Grande Valley! Early last week, local television forecasters began preparing the Valley for an incoming cold front. It would come in at the end of the week, they said, and drop temperatures…December 15, 2017In “Editor’s Column”
Share RelatedWriter’s Block: Winter’s No Rest For the WearyBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press email@example.com It’s hard to call it “winter” when the days have been warm enough to go for walks along the beach barefoot, or when it’s been warm enough to dip your toes in the surf while on those walks. I know that from personal…January 27, 2017In “Editor’s Column”Kitefest slated for Feb. 4-5Special to the Parade When Bill and Susie Doan of B&S Kites sponsored the first SPI Kite Fest, they had no idea where this new venture would take them. They just knew that flying a kite was fun and wanted other people to experience that feeling too. What started out…January 19, 2012In “South Padre Parade”Kite Fest happening now at SPIBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press firstname.lastname@example.org The South Padre Island Kite Fest was set to get underway Thursday evening with a special indoor kite-flying show at the South Padre Island Convention Centre. The show continued Friday and Saturday as the kite fliers move things outdoors — to the bayside…February 1, 2019In “News” By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comThough the weather had been vacillating between balmy and brrr-inducing throughout the week last week, conditions became favorable just in time to wow the crowds in attendance at the South Padre Island Kite Fest last Friday.Winds were light, but that didn’t stop competitive stunt kite fliers from putting on aerobatic performances that seemed to defy logic. For the Soditch family, of Baytown, the event and the performances could be summed up in one word: impressive.“Six people at once controlling their kites and not getting them tangled up is very impressive,” said Soditch family patriarch, Steven.His wife Mary agreed, echoing his comment. “It’s very neat,” she had said just a moment earlier.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.
Kala itu, pria ini tengah berada di dalam perjalannya dari Kuwait menuju Texas. Kendati missile launcher tersebut sudah tidak aktif, namun petugas tetap menyita barang tersebut dan menyerahkannya kepada petugas pemadam kebakaran negara untuk kemudian dimusnahkan.“Untuk kepentingan apapun, senjata militer tidak bisa masuk ke dalam bagasi atau bagasi kabin,” ujar petugas TSA.Setelah diintegorasi dan mendapatkan kepastian tentang missile launcher yang dibawanya ini, penumpang yang diidentifikasi berasal dari Jacksonville, Texas ini lalu diperbolehkan untuk mengejar penerbangannya kembali..@TSA officers at @BWI_Airport detected this missile launcher in a checked bag early this morning. Man said he was bringing it back from Kuwait as a souvenir. Perhaps he should have picked up a keychain instead! pic.twitter.com/AQ4VBPtViG— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) July 29, 2019Kejadian ini lalu menjadi ramai diperbincangkan setelah juru bicara TSA, Lisa Farbstein mencuitkan perihal temuan rekan kerjanya tersebut di jejaring sosial Twitter.“Petugas @TSA yang ada di @BWI_Airport mendeteksi missile launcher ini yang ada pada sebuah tas penumpang pagi tadi. Penumpang pria ini mengatakan bahwa missile launcher tersebut merupakan souvenir dari Kuwait. Mungkin ada baiknya jika ia membawa gantungan kunci saja!”Baca Juga: Bisa Dibuka Langsung Oleh Petugas Keamanan Bandara, Inilah Gembok Koper TSATentu saja, semua petugas keamanan di bandara harus menyisir setiap barang bawaan penumpang yang hendak naik ke dalam pesawat. Hal ini ditujukan agar menjaga kenyamanan dan keamanan penumpang lain yang ada di dalam penerbangan yang sama. Dapatkah Anda membayangkan apabila penumpang lain di dalam penerbangan Anda membawa missile launcher? Mungkin sepanjang perjalanan tersebut, Anda akan komat-kamit baca doa agar kejadian yang tidak diinginkan tidak terjadi, ya! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTerdampak Shutdown Nasional, Penumpang Delta Air Lines ‘Loloskan’ Senpi di Penerbangan Internasional16/01/2019In “Bandara”Bawa Pistol Pink, Seorang Wanita Diamankan Petugas TSA Bandara Internasional Richmond11/05/2018In “Bandara”Bisa Dibuka Langsung Oleh Petugas Keamanan Bandara, Inilah Gembok Koper TSA13/11/2018In “Bandara” Sumber: WBAL-TV Petugas Transport Security Administration (TSA) di Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport mengamankan seorang penumpang yang kedapatan membawa missile launcher (peluncur rudal) di dalam tas yang dibawanya. Kejadian ini terjadi pada Senin (29/7) kemarin dan penumpang ini langsung ditahan oleh otoritas keamanan bandara guna mendapatkan pemeriksaan lanjutan dan mengetahui motif di balik pembawaan missile launcher tersebut.Baca Juga: Bandara di AS Kian Ketat, TSA Wajibkan Pemeriksaan Terpisah Pada Perangkat ElektronikSebagaimana yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari berbagai laman sumber, petugas keamanan bandara langsung memberhentikan penumpang terkait ketika melihat ada sesuatu yang aneh dari barang yang di bawanya di dalam tas. Di dalam keterangan yang diberikan petugas, pria yang tidak disebutkan namanya tersebut merupakan seorang veteran militer yang membawa pulang missile launcher tersebut sebagai souvenir.
Baiq Mariah, Nenek berusia 104 tahun yang pergi haji tahun 2017 Bila niatan tulus untuk beridah telah terpatri di qolbu, maka soal usia tak lagi bisa menjadi batasan seseorang untuk menjalanakan ibadah Haji yang memerlukan stamina fisik prima. Hal tersebut tercermin pada seorang papuq atau nenek dalam bahasa Lombok dengan usia lebih dari satu abad untuk menunaikan ibadah Haji tahun ini.Mariah Margani Muhammad atau biasa disapa Baiq Mariah telah berusia 104 tahun dan menjadi jemaah haji tertua dari total jemaah haji asal Indonesia. Bahkan Baiq Mariah juga menjadi jemaah tertua di dunia dalam penyelenggaraan Haji 2017.Baca juga: Terdampak Kisruh Diplomatik, Jamaah Asal Qatar Sulit Tunaikan Ibadah Haji KabarPenumpang merangkum dari gulfnews.com (4/9/2017), Baiq Mariah berangkat dari kloter 10 embarkasi Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat. Setibanya di Bandara Internasional King Abdul Aziz, Jeddah, Baiq Mariah disambut dengan meriah. Konsul Jenderal RI di Jeddah, Mohammad Hery Saripudin mengatakan, Mariah bisa melaksanakan ibadahnya dalam kondisi sehat dan sanggup melakukan ritual selama enam hari tanpa masalah.Selain itu, pendamping Baiq Mariah yakni Rahmi mengatakan, saat tiba di Jeddah, Mariah tidak mau menggunakan kursi roda. “Baiq Mariah menolak dan bilang mau jalan saja,” ujar Rahmi. Walaupun sudah tua dan usia lebih dari satu abad, Baiq Mariah tidak terlihat renta justru bersemangat menjalankan ibadah hajinya serta tak mau kalah dengan jemaah yang masih muda.“Selama latihan manasik haji sehat, menolak kursi roda dan sangat bersemangat pokoknya,” ujar Rahmi.Namun, sempat ada kekhawatiran karena saat tiba di bandara Jeddah, Baiq Mariah tidak mau terseyum sama sekali dan ingin kembali ke Lombok. Setelah diselidiki, hal tersebut terjadi ia kaget karena mendapat sambutan meriah, lain dari itu, Baiq Mariah masih belum sadar dirinya sudah tiba di Jeddah dan juga bisa dikarenakan sorotan media yang tertuju pada Baiq Mariah.“Orang kampung dan tidak pernah melakukan perjalanan jauh dan mendapatkan peliputan luar biasa pasti kaget lah. Karena mendapatkan apresiasi dan beberapa wawancara dilakukan oleh media sempat membuat nenek ini stress”, kata juru bicara Kementerian Agama Indonesia, Mastuki.Baca juga: Bus Shalawat, Angkutan Gratis Istimewa Untuk Jamaah Haji IndonesiaDiketahui, untuk melakukan haji rata-rata orang Indonesia sendiri harus menunggu selama enam tahun sebelum berangkat ke Mekkah. Haji tahun 2017 ini, dimulai tanggal 30 Agustus lalu dengan mengumpulkan lebih dari dua juta jemaah di kota Mina yang kemudian melakukan pendakian di Gunung Arafah dekat Mekkah pada 31 Agustus. Tanggal 1 September kemudian dilanjutkan dengan perayaan Iduh Adha di seluruh dunia.Pada perayaan ibadah haji kemarin, Pusat Komunikasi Internasional yang menjadi insiatif Kementerian Kebudayaan dan Informasi Arab Saudi memfasilitasi hubungan dengan media global dan memposting segala kegiatan melalui Twitter yang baru dibuat khusus untuk kedatangan Mariah dengan tulisan berbahasa Inggris dan Indonesia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related
Kedua BUMN ini bersepakat untuk melakukan sinergi pengembangan modernisasi ticketing di lingkungan ASDP melalui penandatanganan nota kesepahaman (memorandum of understanding/MOU) yang digelar Senin (27/11/2017). MOU yang ditandatangani Direktur Utama PT INTI Darman Mappangara serta Direktur Utama PT ASDP Faik Fahmi ini merupakan langkah awal peningkatan sinergi kedua belah melalui optimalisasi sumber daya yang dimiliki masing-masing pihak dalam rangka sinergi badan usaha milik negara (BUMN).Rencananya, kerja sama akan mencakup sinergi bidang industri telekomunikasi, elektronika, informatika, kelistrikan, dan energi. Selain itu, kedua belah pihak menyepakati sinergi bentuk lainnya yang relevan bagi kedua pelat merah ini. “Tujuan besarnya untuk mendapatkan efisiensi dan pertumbuhan bisnis perusahaan melalui kerja sama yang saling menguntungkan,” ungkap Direktur Utama PT INTI Darman Mappangara, usai penandatanganan MOU, di Kantor Pusat PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry, Jakarta, Senin (27/11).Dalam kerja sama ini, PT INTI menyediakan perangkat M-POS untuk e-ticketing PT ASDP yang memiliki kelebihan dalam perangkat terintegrasi atau All-In-One Embedded yang meliputi smartphone, mobile printer, e-KTP Reader, dan fingerprint. Selain itu, kedua belah pihak sepakat untuk melakukan kerja sama pemanfaatan layanan INTIPay atau alat bantu pembayaran tunai dan non tunai yang terintegrasi dengan aplikasi pencatatan penjualan serta verifikasi kartu identitas elektronik sebagai media alternatif pembayaran dalam pembelian tiket ferry.Baca juga: Sambut HUT RI Ke-72, PT ASDP Buka Layanan Tiket Online di Tujuh LintasanDirektur Utama PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry Faik Fahmi menyatakan apresiasi atas kerja sama dengan PT INTI terkait modernisasi sistem ticketing di lingkungan ASDP. Menurut dia, selain dapat meningkatkan performa bisnis dan memberikan keuntungan bagi kedua perusahaan, kerja sama layanan dalam transaksi e-ticketing ini akan semakin memudahkan pengguna jasa saat membeli tiket ferry.Diungkapkan, dengan adanya perangkat terintegrasi layanan transaksi tiket akan lebih praktis, manifest penumpang lebih akurat karena langsung membaca data dari e-KTP, dan layanan pembayaran INTIPay mendukung rencana PT ASDP dalam penerapan transaksi non tunai dalam pembayaran tiket.Darman ikut menambahkan, sinergi komprehensif ini rencananya akan berlaku selama setahun sejak nota kesepahaman ini disepakati. “Harapannya, kerja sama ini akan berkelanjutan tidak hanya pada induk perusahaan, tapi juga pada anak usaha dan afiliasi,” tuturnya.Pihak PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry rencananya akan memprioritaskan penyediaan layanan baru ini pada cabang utama seperti di Merak, Bakauheni, Ketapang, Gilimanuk, Padangbai, Lembar, Kayangan dan Pototano. Meski begitu, belum ada informasi lebih detail tentang jadwal soft launch layanan baru dari dua BUMN ini, sumber internal ASDP menyebut masih diperlukan penyelarasan dalam sisi regulasi. Sementara untuk pembelian tiket kendaraan tetap melalui jalur pelabuhan, pasalnya penentuan golongan kendaraan ditentukan lewat sistem berbasis sensor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTiket Online Ferry ASDP: Animo Menurun Pasca Lebaran, Optimis Meningkat di Liburan Akhir Tahun31/10/2017In “Angkutan Ferry””Ferizy,” Mudahkan Penumpang Beli Tiket Kapal Ferry Merak-Bakauheni dan Ketapang-Gilimanuk28/07/2020In “Angkutan Ferry”Tuntas di 2020, PT ASDP Targetkan Digitalisasi di Semua Pelabuhan06/02/2020In “Angkutan Ferry” Sudah setahun belakangan PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry meluncurkan layanan online ticketing, namun harus diakui adopsi sistem dan user interface yang diterapkan masih jauh tertinggal dari penyedia layanan moda transportasi lainnya, salah satunya belum ada aplikasi untuk penggunaan di smartphone dan sistem pembayaran yang masih terbatas menggunakan ATM di bank-bank tertentu.Baca juga: Tiket Online Ferry ASDP – Animo Menurun Pasca Lebaran, Optimis Meningkat di Liburan Akhir TahunUntuk menjawab tantangan tersebut, hari ini PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry menjalin kerja sama strategis dengan PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia alias PT INTI untuk melakukan modernisasi pada sistem penjualan tiket online, khususnya untuk target penumpang kapal ferry yang tidak membeli tiket di pelabuhan.
(The Sun) Mengupas kehidupan awak kabin selalu menjadi topik yang menarik, bahasan tentang seputar awak kabin pun terbilang ramai menjadi buah bibir. Dan baru-baru ini awak kabin maskapai Virgin Altlantic merekam aktivitas pekerjaan mereka dari sebelum berangkat, selama perjalanan dalam penerbangan hingga tiba di tujuan.Baca juga: Bagi Pramugari, Melayani Penumpang di Kelas Ekonomi Adalah BerkahKabarPenumpang.com yang merangkum dari laman news.com.au (5/12/2107), video tersebut menggambarkan kehidupan kru kabin dimulai dari para staf yang akan melakukan penerbangan dengan Boeing 787 Dreamliner dari London ke Los Angeles di tujuan akhir mereka. Kamera yang akan memvideokan memulainya dengan mengikuti salah seorang kru kabin bernama Emma Ashley dan rekan-rekannya di pukul 08.00 pagi tepatnya di bandara Heathrow, London. Awal mula video di Terminal 3 bandara Heathrow, dimana seluruh tim diberi pengarahan sebelum naik ke dalam pesawat Boeing 787-9 G-VDIA. Pada pengarahan, para kru kabin diberi update tentang keselamatan dan membantu penumpang khusus (disabilitas) selama penerbangan.Penerbangan dari London ke Los Angeles diketahui selama 10 jam 28 menit dengan Emma dan empat orang kru lainnya bertugas di kelas ekonomi yang melayani 233 penumpang. Video ini kemudian berlanjut saat roda pesawat sudah terangkat menuju angkasa dan awak kabin memulai siklus pekerjaan mereka dengan memberi camilan, minuman, makanan panas, kopi dan teh serta hal lainnya.Briefing sebelum memulai penerbangan (Youtube)Terlihat jelas para awak kabin ini selalu berdiri bahkan saat mengambil makanan atau camilan di dapur kabin yang sangat sepi. Selain berdiri, para awak kabin ini juga tidak memiliki waktu yang banyak dalam perjalanan tersebut, apalagi dengan waktu tukar jaga atau shift yang tidak terlalu lama.Dengan pergantian ini awak kabin hanya bisa beristirahat dan tidur sebentar sebelum kembali melayani penumpang. Bulan November yang lalu, seorang pramugari dan blogger penerbangan Amanda Pleva mengungkap kehidupan yang dikira penuh glamor dari pekerjaan awak kabin untuk menunjukkan kepada awak wannabe, apa pekerjaan yang dilakukan sebenarnya. Seperti halnya pekerjaan yang menuntut pramugari melakukan keanehan dengan makan berdiri dan mencobanya di rumah.Awak kabin yang makan di sudut belakang kabin (Youtube)“Di tempat kita kerja, kita cenderung bersembunyi di sudut dapur hanya untuk menyendok makanan dan jauh dari pandangan penumpang. Ini juga dilakukan di rumah dengan menghadap ke tembok sambil melahap makan malam selama sepuluh detik,” kata Amanda.Baca juga: Ini Dia! Tips Cantik ala PramugariDia juga menggambarkan kesulitan saat bekerja dalam penerbangan malam dan dalam kondisi harus tetap terjaga. “Anda akan mematikan lampu dan melihat penumpang tidur dan membaca majalah yang sama berulang-ulang sampai Anda mengantuk. Ini akan membuat Anda merindukan tempat tidur nyaman,” jelas Amanda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedInilah 14 Tugas Awak Kabin Pesawat Yang Jarang Diketahui18/12/2017In “Bandara”Wow, Ada Awak Kabin Southwest di Bagasi Kabin! Lagi Ngapain Ya?02/08/2019In “Featured”Sedikit Rahasia Yang Terlupakan dari Sosok Awak Kabin15/09/2017In “Destinasi”
Argonauts Drop Second Straight Road Game Share Dec. 15, 2007 Box Score ST. LEO, Fla. – The West Florida Argonauts came out sluggish as if they hadn’t played in two weeks. Their last game was December 3rd at Loyola, and the rust from taking final exams was apparent. West Florida missed 10 of their first 12 shots and didn’t score until four minutes into the contest. Dominique Boykins came off the bench to get the first points for West Florida. The offensive drought continued and UWF trailed 18-6 only 10 minutes into the contest.After falling behind by 12 points, the Argonauts climbed back to within four at 25-21 after a Laura Davis three pointer. However, the Lions outscored the Argos 12-4 to finish out the first half. Davis and Boykins led the Argos with eight points each in the first half. Boykins would hit six free throws in the first half to help keep the Argos from being buried early on. St. Leo used their quickness and grabbed 11 offense rebounds in the first half, and out-rebounded West Florida 26-15 in the first half.West Florida shot just 29% in the first half, with the starters connecting on only three of 15 shots for 20%. The Argonauts fell to 5-5 on the season, while St. Leo improved to 5-2. West Florida finished the night shooting 30% from the field, and hitting on only two of 17 three point attempts. The Lions’ Amanda Holloway led all scorers with 15 points, and Dominique Daniels had 16 rebounds for St. Leo.The second half started just like the start of the game, as West Florida missed their first four shots and immediately fell behind by 17 points. St. Leo’s biggest lead was 19 points at 56-37. The bright spot for West Florida was the bench, as they outscored the starters 28-20. The only starter that played well was Samantha Schlaegel, who contributed eight points and eight rebounds. Caitlin Salak scored four points and collected four rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench.Boykins led the Argos with 12 points, while Davis contributed 10 points. Overall the Argos were out-rebounded by a 52-33 margin, and allowed the Lions 20 offensive rebounds. West Florida plays again on the road at Tampa on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm EST., in the last of five consecutive road games. The Argonauts lost at Loyola (New Orleans) by a 76-72 score, after winning the first two games of the current five game road trip. The next home games for West Florida are in the Holiday Tournament on December 29th and 30th, when they host Henderson State and Arkansas Monticello. Print Friendly Version
PENSACOLA, Fla. – After a three-game weekend sweep of West Georgia and West Alabama, the Argonaut softball team has clinched a tournament berth in next week’s Gulf South Conference tournament. This weekend, West Florida will wrap up their final regular season series at No. 7 Valdosta State in what may be considered a preview for the upcoming postseason. VSU took two from the Argos in their first meeting last week, winning both games 1-0. The Lady Blazers are hitting .379 as a team, but were outhit 13-11 by the Argos in the twin bill. After last week’s play, Valdosta has taken over the GSC leader position with 46-7 mark on the season, 21-2 in the GSC. The two conference losses were handed to VSU by Alabama-Huntsville and West Alabama earlier in the season.West Florida enters the weekend 40-13, 15-9 in conference competition, and are led by the reigning GSC East Pitcher of the Week, Jillian Lafrance. VSU’s Brianna Collis ranks No. 18 in the nation with a 1.04 ERA, just above Lafrance’s 1.11. The UWF pitching staff holds their opponents to a .212 at the plate and has combined for 383 strikeouts that lead the league. The Argos remain at the No. 4 spot in the South Region rankings that are led by Alabama-Huntsville and Valdosta State in the first and second spots, respectively. West Florida looks to the weekend series with VSU to prepare for the upcoming Gulf South tournament, in hopes to pursue a ticket to the NCAA tournament. The doubleheader with the Lady Blazers is slated for Sunday, April 26th at 3:00 pm EST, and will be available through live broadcast and stats at www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version UWF Softball Prepares for Final Regular Season Test UWF Softball (Photo by Ron Besser) Share
Shaneka Gordon (Photo courtesy of Ron Besser) PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West of West Florida women’s soccer team will head into this weekend’s Gulf South Conference Tournament not only as number one seed in the tournament but the top ranked Division II team in the country. The Argos claim the top spot for the fifth consecutive week after a convincing 10-0 shutout over Lambuth University in the season finale.The Argos match against Lamuth was a historic match on the individual and team levels. In the match the Argo’s Shakira Duncan (Kingston, Jamaica/Darton College) broke UWF’s single season record for points and goals with 65 and 27 respectively. Also as a team the Lady Argos surpassed last season’s record total for points in a season (260) and goals scored (96) in their final regular season contest.Friday marks the beginning of the GSC Soccer Tournament held at Brosnaham Park here in Pensacola. The Argos look to defend last season’s championship as they take on No. 4 seed Christian Brothers in the semifinals at 1:30pm CT Friday afternoon. For more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version Share Lady Argos Finish Regular Season Ranked No. 1
UWF Women’s Basketball Falls to Florida Tech, 73-57 Jessica Young had a season-high 19 points at Florida Tech (photo by John Blackie) Share MELBOURNE, Fla. – The University of West Florida women’s basketball team (7-5) fell to Florida Tech (10-1), 73-57, today at the Florida Tech Christmas Tournament in Melbourne, Fla. Jessica Young scored a season high 18 points in the game. Jade Howard and Octavia Brown were named to the all-tournament team. UWF concludes the Florida Tech Christmas Tournament with a 1-1 record. On Saturday, UWF came back from being down 21 points at the half to win 61-60 over Saint Michael’s. Sher’Ryan Scott (Fort Deposit, Ala.) led UWF with a season-high 19 points. Florida Tech goes 2-0 in the tournament is now on a six game winning streak.In the first half, West Florida got on the board with a free throw by Octavia Bearden (Tylertown, Miss.) cutting Florida Tech’s lead to two, 3-1. Two more free throws by Bearden tied the game, 7-7, with 13:46 remaining in the first half. Florida Tech then built a six-point lead. A jumper by Scott brought UWF within four, down 14-10 with 9:00 remaining in the half. Two free throws by Krissy Diggs (Hillsboro, Ala.) brought UWF within one, down 17-16. A Bearden free throw put UWF up 21-19 with 1:13 remaining in the half. The lead was short lived for the Argos when a jumper by Florida Tech’s Jasmire Brown tied the game at 21-21 with 23 seconds remaining. The half ended with the score tied at 21-21. For the half, Jessica Young (Hillsboro, Ala.) led the Argonauts with eight points, while Bearden added six. UWF got into foul trouble in the second half, surpassing 10 team fouls with 10:03 still remaining in the game. UWF went up by two with a layup by Bearden, 23-21, with 18:25 remaining in the second half, but then Florida Tech built a lead. Florida Tech went up by seven, 32-25, on a layup by Briauna Hagins with 16:12 remaining. West Florida came within three, 34-31, on a layup by Young with 13:34 remaining. UWF tied the game at 39-39 following two free throws by Jade Howard (Salyersville, Ky.). UWF grabbed the 50-49 lead with 6:34 remaining on a jumper by Scott. It would be the last time UWF would lead the game, as Florida Tech pulled away. A good free throw by Bearden made the score 62-53, Florida Tech, with 2:33 remaining in the game. A jumper by Monique Thurman (Crestview) with 1:04 remaining brought UWF within 12, down 69-57. Two good free throws by Florida Tech’s Ashton McClairen with 48 seconds remaining would be the last points scored, as Florida Tech took the game, 73-57.The UWF women’s basketball team will take a 10-day break for the holidays. The Argonauts will return to the court December 30th-31st to host the UWF Holiday Classic. West Florida will face Tuskegee on Dec. 30th at 2 p.m., and Harding on Dec. 31st at 2 p.m. The men’s team will also be in action, hosting the McDonald Fleming Moorhead UWF Christmas Classic. Between the two tournaments, eight games will be played over two days at the UWF Fieldhouse.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#All-Tournament Team: Octavia Bearden, West FloridaLiz Fugate, Palm Beach AtlanticJade Howard, West FloridaLynisha Nelson, Florida TechLogan Pintka, Saint Michael’s Tournament MVPAshton McClairen, Florida Tech– www.GoArgos.com –____________________________________________________________________________________Newspaper Box ScoreWest Florida vs Florida Tech12/19/10 4 p.m. at Clemente Center (Melbourne, Fla.)At Clemente Center (Melbourne, Fla.)FLORIDA TECH 73, WEST FLORIDA 57WEST FLORIDA (6-5)Young, Jessica 8-8 2-4 18; Bearden, Octavia 4-8 5-8 13; Howard, Jade 1-7 5-57; McIntyre, Kirstin 2-4 1-2 5; Scott, Sher’Ryan 2-15 0-0 4; Merriewether,Keaund 1-1 2-2 4; Turgeon, Chelsea 1-5 0-0 2; Diggs, Krissy 0-2 2-2 2;Thurman, Monique 1-1 0-0 2; Erland, Emily 0-0 0-0 0; Fagler, Lauren 0-2 0-00; Dotey, Desiree 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 17-23 57.FLORIDA TECH (10-1)McCLAIREN, Ashton 3-10 9-10 17; NELSON, Lynisha 5-12 5-7 16; DIXON, Kristen3-7 3-4 9; DOWDELL, Tamara 3-6 2-2 8; HAGINS, Briauna 4-4 0-3 8; KINGFIELD,Katie 3-5 0-0 6; BROWN, Jasmire 3-7 0-1 6; IVERY, Sharnae 0-5 3-4 3;JAICHON, Kaylin 0-0 0-0 0; ACEVEDO, Rita 0-3 0-1 0. Totals 24-59 22-32 73.West Florida……………… 21 36 – 57Florida Tech……………… 21 52 – 733-point goals–West Florida 0-13 (; Howard, Jade 0-4; Scott, Sher’Ryan 0-5;Turgeon, Chelsea 0-2; Diggs, Krissy 0-1; Fagler, Lauren 0-1), Florida Tech3-9 (McCLAIREN, Ashton 2-4; NELSON, Lynisha 1-4; IVERY, Sharnae 0-1). Fouledout–West Florida-Bearden, Octavia, Florida Tech-None. Rebounds–WestFlorida 38 (Bearden, Octavia 9), Florida Tech 39 (DIXON, Kristen 6).Assists–West Florida 12 (Howard, Jade 6), Florida Tech 8 (NELSON, Lynisha3; McCLAIREN, Ashton 3). Total fouls–West Florida 28, Florida Tech 18.Technical fouls–West Florida-None, Florida Tech-None. A-96Florida Tech/Carmax Holiday Tournament Championship GamePrint Friendly Version
No. 8 UWF Defeats No. 10 Rollins, 6-3 Mariana Sonnervig (Photo by John Blackie) WINTER PARK, Fla. – The No. 8-ranked University of West Florida women’s tennis team recorded its fifth victory over a ranked opponent today as the Argos defeated No. 10 Rollins, 6-3, in Winter Park. The match was the Argos’ third match in three days. With the win, West Florida moves to 9-5 on the season.West Florida won two of the three doubles matches. At No. 1, the UWF doubles tandem of Caitlyn Baines (Ft. Walton Beach) and Sheila Smiley (Richmond Hill, Ontario) defeated Lisa Loft and Kayli Ragsdale, 9-8. Argonauts Barbara Oliveira and Mariana Sonnervig (Sao Paulo, Brazil) defeated Mariana Salvador and Ashley Rosenberg, 8-1, at No. 2. Rollins tallied a point as Callie Whitlock and Stefania Tkach defeated West Florida’s Hannah Durham (Hammond, La.) and Luiza Sonnervig (Sao Paulo, Brazil), 8-6, at No. 3.Rollins’ two singles victories came at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions. At No. 1, No. 22-ranked Loft defeated Mariana Sonnervig, 6-2, 6-2. Rosenberg defeated Luiza Sonnervig, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (2), at No. 2. West Florida recorded victories at the other four singles positions. Smiley defeated Salvador, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 3. At the No. 4 line, Baines tallied a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Whitlock. West Florida senior Naomi Higa (Córdoba, Argentina) defeated Sara Stoslievic, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 5. Durham defeated Bradleigh Lore, 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (6), at No. 6.The Argos will return to the courts on Friday as they host No. 37 Drury at 9 a.m. and No. 42 Central Oklahoma at 2 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex on the UWF campus in Pensacola. Results and recaps of the matches will be available on GoArgos.com. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS##8 West Florida 6, #10 Rollins 303/21/12 at Winter Park, Fla.Singles Competition1. #22 Lisa Loft (RU) def. Mariana Sonnervig (UWF) 6-2, 6-22. Ashley Rosenberg (RU) def. Luiza Sonnervig (UWF) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (2)3. Sheila Smiley (UWF) def. Mariana Salvador (RU) 6-0, 6-24. Caitlyn Baines (UWF) def. Callie Whitlock (RU) 6-2, 6-45. Naomi Higa (UWF) def. Sara Stoslievic (RU) 6-4, 6-26. Hannah Durham (UWF) def. Bradleigh Lore (RU) 6-1,4-6, 1-0 (6)Doubles Competition1. Caitlyn Baines/Sheila Smiley (UWF) def. Lisa Loft/Kayli Ragsdale (RU) 9-82. Barbara Oliveira/Mariana Sonnervig (UWF) def. Mariana Salvador/Ashley Rosenberg (RU) 8-13. Callie Whitlock/Stefania Tkach (RU) def. Hannah Durham/Luiza Sonnervig (UWF) 8-6Match NotesWest Florida 9-5, 4-0 GSC; National ranking #8; South Region #3– www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Version Share
Haley Shackelford was one of three Argos with a double-double after 16 kills and 16 digs (photo by Bill Stockland) Share Christian Brothers takes No. 17 West Florida down in five sets MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Three Argonauts had double-digit kill performances coupled with a strong defensive effort that included four players with double-figure digs, but the No. 17 West Florida volleyball team gave up three separate leads to lose to Christian Brothers 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 24-26, 25-14, 12-15) in Gulf South Conference play Friday night. It is the first loss for West Florida (6-6, 3-1 GSC) in conference play since the 2010 season, snapping a 23 match winning streak to hand it the first conference loss of the 2012 season. Haley Shackelford (Colorado Springs, Colo./Yavapai) led the Argonauts in kills with 14 while Lindsay Homme (Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale Central HS) had 13 and Autumn Duyn (Venice, Fla./Venice HS) had 12. Duyn and Shackelford also had double-doubles with 29 and 16 digs a piece, and K.C. Dobbins (Winston-Salem, N.C./Arkansas (Ronald Reagan HS) joined them with 16 digs and 24 assists. A four point run by the Buccaneers doubled the score in their favor early in the first set, but the Argonauts responded immediately with a six point spree of their own to take a 10-8 advantage. UWF only allowed one more tie on the way to a 25-21 first set win. West Florida took control in the second frame and did not relinquish it until the 21-21 mark, when several errors plagued the Argonauts and gave Christian Brothers an opportunity to grab a 4-1 run and snatch the set away 25-22. A narrow third game followed until West Florida broke away with a sizeable 22-16 lead off four-straight kills by Shackelford, Dobbins and Jenny Bellairs (Osage, Iowa/Southeast Missouri State). The tide turned and a similar end to the second set ensued, with the Buccaneers going on a six point run to stay alive and grab the match lead with a 26-24 victory. The Argonauts were fired up the next set and left no doubt there would be a deciding frame by consistently doubling the score of Christian Brothers, including an 18-9 advantage off back-to-back Sarah Scott (Plainfield, Ill./Texas-San Antonio (Plainfield North HS) kills and another by Homme. West Florida cruised through the set to win 25-14.Christian Brothers returned the favor from earlier in the match with multiple attack errors in the final set to give UWF an 8-4 cushion, but keeping in theme with pervious comebacks, responded with seven straight points of its own to take the lead 11-8. With the score 14-11, the Argonauts managed to hold off match point twice but were unable to take advantage to fall in heartbreaking fashion 15-12. Alexis Gillis led the Buccaneers offensively with 16 kills while Hannah Kurtz contributed 13. Kelsey Miles had 55 assists and Kristina Headrick had 35 digs.West Florida continues GSC play tomorrow afternoon when it faces Union at 3 p.m. in Jackson, Tenn. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# Short Box Score (Match) 2012 West Florida Volleyball #17 West Florida vs Christian Brothers (Sep 21, 2012 at Memphis, Tenn.) Christian Brothers def. West Florida 21-25,25-22,26-24,14-25,15-12 West Florida (6-6, 3-1 GSC) (Kills-aces-blocks) – Haley Shackelford 14-0-4; Lindsay Homme 13-0-10; Autumn Duyn 12-0-4; Christine Bach 8-0-0; Jenny Bellairs 6-0-0; KC Dobbins 4-0-2; Sarah Scott 4-0-4; Sierra Hansen 0-0-2; Andraia Leja 0-2-0; Totals 61-2-14.0. (Assists) – KC Dobbins 24; Sierra Hansen 19. (Dig leaders) – Autumn Duyn 29; Colleen Starrs 23; KC Dobbins 16; Haley Shackelford 16; Lindsay Homme 8; Sierra Hansen 8 Christian Brothers (7-3, 2-0 GSC) (Kills-aces-blocks) – Alexis Gillis 16-0-1; Hannah Kurtz 13-0-0; Hailey Gillis 11-0-1; Lizzie McLean 9-0-3; Kaitlin Keathley 7-0-2; Kelsey Miles 3-2-2; Alison Welch 2-0-0; Sami Gruse 0-4-0; Corinne Doder 0-1-0; Lauren South 0-1-0; Totals 61-8-5.0. (Assists) – Kelsey Miles 55. (Dig leaders) – Kristina Headrick 35; Lauren South 26; Corinne Doder 13; Hailey Gillis 10; Kelsey Miles 8; Alexis Gillis 8 Site: Memphis, Tenn. (Canale Arena) Date: Sep 21, 2012 Attend: 435 Time: 2:19 Referees: David Henry, Stacy Barrom Print Friendly Version
UWF unable to hold on against Barry, loses 58-55 Share Emily Erland totaled nine points and five rebounds on Saturday (Photo by Bill Stockland) PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida women’s basketball team led Barry 22-11 going into half time, but the Buccaneers came back in the second half shooting 57.1 percent from behind the arc as UWF fell 58-55 in the final women’s game of the McDonald Fleming Moorhead Tip-Off Classic Saturday at the UWF Field House.After Barry (2-0) came back to lead 48-45 with 6:03 remaining in the game, UWF’s freshman guard Baylie Bridges (Leesburg, Fla./Leesburg HS) scored seven unanswered points on a 3-pointer, a pair of free throws and a layup to put the Argos (0-2) up 52-48 with 4:40 remaining in the game.The Bucs tied the game after a jumper and a layup followed by a free throw to complete a three-point-play before sending Argo senior Emily Erland (Pegram, Tenn./Harpeth HS) to the charity line. Erland tied the game 53-53 on her first free throw but missed her second with 1:51 on the clock.The Argos went 0-for-4 from the field as Barry built a five-point lead while going 5-for-5 from the free-throw line in the final minute of play to hold a 58-53 lead with five seconds on the clock. The Argos’ Toynetta Johnson (Pascagoula, Miss/Pearl River CC) made a layup as the clock expired but it wouldn’t be enough as UWF remained winless this season.Barry shot 11.8% from the field and 14.3% from behind the arc in the first half, but came back to shoot 40.6% from the field in the second half and 57.1% from three-point range. After a layup from Druding to start the second half, Barry went on a 15-0 run that included five 3’s on six attempts to take the lead 29-24 with 16:30 on the clock.Bridges led the way for UWF, scoring 12 points and recording three assists, and Jaymie Druding (Orchard Park, N.Y./Maine) added 10 points in the loss. Standing at 5-feet-6-inches, Johnson recorded a team-high 13 rebounds and six assists.UWF will be back in action with a pair of games at the North Georgia Tip-Off Classic Nov. 16-17 in Dahlonega, Ga. UWF will play Georgia State & College first and then North Georgia the following day. Both games will be at 4 p.m. ET. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#Newspaper Box ScoreBarry vs West Florida11/10/12 2:00 p.m. at Pensacola, Fla.At Pensacola, Fla.BARRY 58, WEST FLORIDA 55BARRY (2-0)EULE, Colette 6-12 10-11 25; PEREZ, Jackie 5-13 0-1 14; FRONTINO, Amanda4-15 1-2 12; DIXON, Dominique 1-9 0-0 2; PISCONERI, Danika 0-11 2-4 2;SCHAHCZINSKI, Emily 1-1 0-0 2; JENKINS, Alesha 0-3 1-2 1; HARDY, Tyler 0-20-0 0. Totals 17-66 14-20 58.WEST FLORIDA (0-2)Bridges, Baylie 4-11 2-2 12; Druding, Jaymie 4-7 2-4 10; Erland, Emily 3-63-4 9; Vette, Hanna 3-10 0-0 8; Miller, Raquel 3-11 0-0 6; Wigfall, Jasmine2-4 2-2 6; Johnson, Toynetta 2-14 0-0 4; Gradel, Sarah 0-0 0-0 0; Hughes,Kelseigh 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-65 9-12 55.Barry……………………. 11 47 – 58West Florida……………… 22 33 – 553-point goals–Barry 10-28 (PEREZ, Jackie 4-11; FRONTINO, Amanda 3-8; EULE,Colette 3-5; HARDY, Tyler 0-1; DIXON, Dominique 0-3), West Florida 4-21(Bridges, Baylie 2-7; Vette, Hanna 2-8; Erland, Emily 0-1; Johnson, Toynetta0-5). Fouled out–Barry-None, West Florida-Erland, Emily. Rebounds–Barry 48(FRONTINO, Amanda 13), West Florida 51 (Johnson, Toynetta 13).Assists–Barry 13 (DIXON, Dominique 5), West Florida 12 (Johnson, Toynetta6). Total fouls–Barry 9, West Florida 17. Technical fouls–Barry-None, WestFlorida-None. A-221McDonald Fleming Moorhead Tip-Off ClassicPrint Friendly Version
Share Olsson fired a career-best-tyhing one-under-par 71 in the second round (photo by Jim Hogue) Olsson leads Samford Intercollegiate after two rounds; UWF fourth HOOVER, Ala. – After tying her career-best 18-hole score with a one-under-par 71 in the afternoon, West Florida women’s golfer Elin Olsson surged from a three-stroke deficit to take the individual lead at the Samford Intercollegiate Monday. The No. 13 Argonauts are just nine strokes off the team lead in fourth overall.Freshman Olsson (Mantorp, Sweden/Bildningscentrum Facetten) equaled her best career 36-hole score of two-over-par 146 after improving by four strokes from a first round 75. She overtook ULM’s Alison Knowles for the top spot on the leaderboard, who is two strokes back in second with 148 total (72-76) after she led by her own two-stroke cushion after the morning. The Argonauts came back big in the second round, combining for the day’s lowest single-round score of 303 to improve by 20 strokes from a first round 323. Their 626 total is within striking distance of leader and host Samford with 617 while Lamar (620) and Jacksonville State (624) complete the top three. Sophomore Camila Sevillano (Cali, Colombia/La Arboleda) made her own four-stroke comeback in the afternoon to also sit among the top-five individually, shooting 78-74 for a combined 152 to tie for fourth. Daisy-May Kenny (Purley, England/Woodcote HS) and Aimee Paterson (Sherfield on Loddon, England/Queen Mary’s) each improved six strokes between rounds to card 162 and 166, respectively, and tie for 22nd and 31st while Fanny Starzmann (Gothenburg, Sweden/Goteborgs Hogre Samskola) completed UWF tied for 41st with 173 total. The final round of the Samford Intercollegiate takes places tomorrow morning at 8:15 a.m. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# 1 Samford 308-309 – 617 +41 2 Lamar 316-304 – 620 +44 3 Jacksonville St. 316-308 – 624 +48 4 West Florida 323-303 – 626 +50 5 ULM 309-318 – 627 +51 6 Tennessee Tech 335-317 – 652 +76 7 UAB 338-322 – 660 +84 8 Alabama State 334-337 – 671 +95 9 Jackson State 343-334 – 677 +10110 Mobile 359-348 – 707 +13111 New Orleans 376-371 – 747 +171 1 Elin Olsson 75-71 – 146 +2 T4 Camila Sevillano 78-74 – 152 +8T22 Daisy-May Kenny 84-78 – 162 +18T31 Aimee Paterson 86-80 – 166 +22T41 Fanny Starzmann 88-85 – 173 +28 Print Friendly Version
No. 1 UWF was playing its fourth consecutive road match to open the 2013 season Sunday LAKELAND, Fla. – The No. 1 West Florida women’s soccer team’s match at Florida Southern ended in a 0-0 tie after inclement weather forced play to end with 2:12 remaining in regulation.The Argonauts had outshot the Moccasins 8-7 but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities in the first 87 minutes of play. UWF (2-0-2) took seven corners to FSC’s (0-3-1) three before the delay.UWF was playing on the road for their fourth consecutive match and playing in their first match against a non-ranked opponent in 2013. The Argos’ previous match against No. 16 Rollins Sept. 13 also was delayed by inclement weather for one hour and 15 minutes before play resumed.Sunday, UWF’s defense held strong as Argo senior Sarah Story (Hoover, Ala./Darton) made just three saves without having to move from her position.The Argos will host NAIA Cumberland (Tenn.) Saturday Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. in their home opener at the UWF Soccer Complex.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS# Soccer Game Summary (Final) 2013 West Florida Women’s Soccer #1 West Florida vs Florida Southern (09/15/13 at Lakeland, FL) West Florida (2-0-2) vs. Florida Southern (0-3-1) Date: 09/15/13 Attendance: 138 Weather: 90, partly cloudy, 12 mph wind Goals by period 1 2 Tot ——————————- West Florida…….. 0 0 – 0 Florida Southern…. 0 0 – 0 SCORING SUMMARY: Shots: West Florida 8, Florida Southern 7 Saves: West Florida 3 (Sarah Story 3), Florida Southern 1 (Erin Moseley 1) Game halted with 2:12 remaining due to weather Print Friendly Version No. 1 UWF match at Florida Southern ends in 0-0 tie after weather delay Share
No. 18 West Flordia prepares for No. 4 Rollins (Photo By Bill Stockland) MATCH NOTES: No. 18 West Florida is set to take on No. 4 Rollins PENSACOLA, Fla. – No. 18 West Florida looks to continue its season this weeked as it heads into the third round of the NCAA National Soccer Tournament. The Argos will take on No. 4 Rollins College for the south regional final Friday, Nov. 22 in Winter Park, Fla.. The last time the Argos saw the Tars was earlier this season on Oct. 6 where UWF traveled to Winter Park, Fla. and fell to the Tars 2-1. It was a hard fought match between the two and was tied for most of the game but a late goal in the 75th minute sealed it for the Tars.West Florida is 7-8 all time against Rollins and are 0-5 in the last five meetings with the Tars. The winner of Friday’s match will get to continue their season and will play the winner of Carson-Newman and Lander Sunday, Nov. 24 for a trip to the Final Four.Live Coverage:Live VideoLive StatsMatch Notes:NCAA Third Round; vs. No. 4 Rollins; 11/22Top of College SoccerUWF is one of two schools in NCAA Division II with both the men’s and women’s soccer teams in the top 10 nationally in the BennettRank.com computer rankings.UWF women’s soccer is ranked No. 2 and men’s soccer is ranked No. 9. Rollins is the other team with two teams in the top 10. The Rollins women’s team is No. 1 and men’s team is No. 3. Both UWF squads play Rollins in the NCAA Third Round Friday.UWF is one of four team’s with both squads in the top 25 (Lander men 16/women 18; Colorado Mines men 21/women12).GSC ChampsThe No. 18 University of West Florida men’s soccer team defeated the University of West Alabama Tigers 2-1 to win the 2013 GSC Tournament. This is the ninth time in West Florida history they have won the GSC championship title and the first since 2010.Four Argonauts earned GSC All-Tournament honors, including Jack Salafrio, Tanner Duttweiler, Japhet Bitsindou, and Fernando Silveira. Silveira was also named the tournaments most outstanding player. Freshman Frederik Bruhn earned the win in net for the Argos after he stopped four Tiger shots and only allowing one goal. Bruhn also made the save of the game in the 68th minute after the GSC Player of the Year Thibault Charmey had his penalty kick stopped by the freshman. Print Friendly Version Share
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s and women’s cross country teams are preparing for the 2014 Gulf South Conference Championships, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Veterans Park in Hoover, Ala. The day will start with the men’s 8,000-meter run at 8 a.m., and the women’s 5k is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.Both the UWF men’s and women’s teams placed second at last year’s championship. The Argos have won GSC men’s championships in 1994 and 1996, and the women claimed the title in 1996, 2011 and 2012.MEN’S PREVIEWNick Merrett (Christchurch, New Zealand) has been a standout runner for the Argonauts on the men’s side, as the sophomore was UWF’s top finisher in all five meets. Merrett’s season highlight came in a top-10 finish at the Mountain Dew Invitational hosted by the University of Florida, where he posted a personal record time of 25:38.76. That time was also the 10th fastest 8k in the GSC this season. Merrett was an All-GSC and All-South Region finisher last year, and he was also the league’s freshman of the year.The Argos will also rely on the senior duo of Cody Haden (Navarre, Fla.) and Brandon Skeie (West Creek, N.J.). Skeie has been the team’s second place finisher in all but one meet this year, and he finished the regular season with a personal record 8k time of 25:44.60. Skeie will look for his third All-GSC finish as a senior. Haden, already a three-time All-GSC and two-time All-South Region finisher, is getting closer to his previous form. He had his best race of the year in the season finale, finishing 14th with a season-best time of 26:19.80.”We are exciting to get out there and compete on Saturday,” said UWF head coach Caleb Carmichael. “After coming so close to winning last year, we welcome the opportunity to try again. We are getting healthy at the right time and I know all the guys are itching to see what they can do.”WOMEN’S PREVIEWThe women’s team has been led this season by senior Kelley Bahn (Tallahassee, Fla./Lawton Chiles HS), a member of UWF’s GSC championship teams in 2011 and 2012. Bahn is a three-time GSC Runner of the Week this season, and she is tied for second most in league history with five runner of the week awards in her career. She is also a three-time All-GSC and All-South Region finisher.Bahn has been the team’s top finisher in every meet this year, placing no worse than fourth individually. She claimed a first place finish at the Gulf Coast Stampede and again the Valdosta State Cross Country Challenge, where she ran a new school record time of 17:58.80 in the 5k. Bahn also holds four of the five fastest 5k times in the GSC this year.The Argos will also be looking for big contributions from Sarah Carrion (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary HS) and Sarah Smith (Marlette, Mich.). Carrion is a two-time GSC Freshman of the Week this year, and she has been the team’s second finisher in all but one meet this season. Smith was an All-GSC and All-South Region finisher last year as a junior, and she finished the regular season this year with a personal record time (19:24.10) at the Valdosta State Challenge.”The ladies have run well all season long,” said Carmichael. “Time after time we have improved with personal bests, and I expect that trend to continue this weekend. It will not be easy but I am confident that our team will rise to the occasion.”For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version
JACKSON, Tenn. – The No. 4 seed West Florida women’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament run came to an end with a 75-66 loss at No. 1 seed Union (Tenn.) Saturday night at Fred DeLay Gymnasium in Jackson, Tenn. The Argonauts (20-9) kept the game close but were unable to upset the No. 12 nationally-ranked Lady Bulldogs (28-3) who remained undefeated at home this season. “We started off slow,” UWF coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton said. “We’ve got a very young team. Before this season, I don’t know if anyone would have predicted that we’d win 20 games with such a young team. For this team to battle to get 20 wins, make it to the NCAA Tournament and get a win in the first round, is a huge stride for us.” UWF had advanced to the NCAA South Region Semifinals for the third time in school history. The Argos won 20 games in a season for the fifth time in school history and finished with their best winning percentage (.670) since 2005-06. Brianna Williams (Minneapolis, Minn./North Dakota) led UWF’s scoring effort with 20 points and five rebounds. Jasmine Wigfall (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek HS) scored 12 points with five rebounds, three steals and three assists. Kelly Preston (Waunakee, Wisc./Denver) added 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks. “Coming into this game, we had a giant in front of us,” Yelton said. “Union is a great team. They’ve got a great scorer on their team. We just came out a little slow, but we fought back. We cut the lead, stayed on it, but we just didn’t have enough to come back.” The Argos trailed by as much as 18 in the first half, down 30-12 at the 7:57 mark. But UWF cut the lead to single digits to trail 42-33 at the break. UWF cut UU’s lead to two, down 51-49 with 12:17 remaining in regulation, but the Lady Bulldogs went on a 9-2 run and held on the rest of the way for the win. Toni Brewer (Huntsville, Ala./Sparkman HS) finished the season with 253 rebounds, the eighth most in a single season at UWF. Williams finished the season with 71 steals, tied for the 10th most all-time in a single season. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster
RESULTSPENSACOLA, Fla. – Behind a career-low performance from freshman Johanna Nevalainen, the No. 9 ranked West Florida women’s golf team finished in third place in the Argonaut Invitational at Marcus Pointe Golf Club Tuesday. UWF entered the day in fourth place but fired a 16-over-par 304 – the second-lowest round of the tournament – the secure third place with a 930 in the final regular-season event of the year. Nevalainen opened her career-best round with eight-consecutive pars. She then birdied four of the next seven to get to 2-under-par before slipping to eighth with a double bogey and bogey down the stretch. Her 77-80-73—230 total was her best as an Argonaut and her first career top-10. The 73 was the low round of the day and third-lowest in the tourney. Paloma Vaccaro and Elin Olsson also collected top-20 finishes. Vaccaro tied for 13th at 76-78-79—233 and Olsson was a shot back in 17th with a trio of 78s for a 234. Daisy-May Kenny turned in her fourth-lowest round of the year with a 76 en route to a 238 and tie for 33rd. Lily Kent had one of the highlights of the day as she recorded the third hole-in-one of the tournament on the eighth hole – her third hole of the round – en route to a season-best 77 and 248 total. Kayla Smith competed as an individual for UWF and tied for 70th at 78-89-83—250. Second ranked Rollins completed a wire-to-wire victory, using a 309 on Tuesday for a 916 total, nine strokes ahead of runner-up and 23rd-ranked Lee with a 925. No. 6 Nova Southeastern was fourth at 307-321-306—934 and No. 1 Florida Tech was fifth at 306-312-317—935. Shannon McKew of Florida Southern recorded her first career individual title when she won a 2-hole playoff by draining a 40-foot putt on No. 11. McKew had a 75-75-76—226 to join Bernadette Little of Lee (73-77-76) and Hally Leadbetter of Rollins (77-74-75) in the extra holes. UWF will play in the Gulf South Conference Tournament on April 17-19 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The men’s team will play the Fighting Joe Course, and the women will play the Schoolmaster Course. — GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Version
Live Stats Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Preview Watch Live Mobile (Ala.) 9/28/2017 – 6:00 pm September 24, 2017BOX SCOREPENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s soccer put five goals past Delta State to get the win on Sunday.It took just 15 minutes for Kameron Bethell to open the scoring for UWF flicking on a corner from Barrett Mills into the back post past the Delta State goalkeeper. Bethell’s header was his first goal of the season.Ten minutes later Sergio Otalora ran onto a through ball from Ed Chappe and muscled a Delta State defender off the ball to slot home number two for the Argos. Otalora’s finish was also his first of the season.In the 64th minute Sean Hoffstatter was fouled in the box after causing a turnover from the Delta State back line. Hoffstatter stepped up and sent the keeper diving in the wrong direction as he placed the ball lower left to make it 3-0.Three minutes later Sergio Otalora would again capitalize on a defensive error dribbling the keeper and passing the ball into an open goal to put four on the board for UWF.In the 70th minute Delta State would get one back as the ball dropped for Brock Hollier in the box for a quick finish to make it 4-1.UWF would have the last goal with yet another turnover from the Delta State center backs forced by Erick Rivera, who ripped a shot rebounding from the outstretched hands of the Delta State goalkeeper to Isaiah Lopez who placed the ball into the back of the net to make it 5-1.Jacob Murray had five saves on the day against Delta State. Delta State was issued four cautions. UWF had a total of ten shots on target to Delta State’s six.UWF move to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the GSC play. Delta State have yet to win a game in GSC play, and are 2-5-1 overall.UWF will be back in action on September 28 against Mobile at home at UWF Soccer Complex at 6:00pm.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version
“Untuk selang rem yang terbuat dari karet ini, harus diganti lima tahun sekali atau bila sudah terlihat rusak. Dimulai dari ini, seperti klakson yang berbunyi telolet itu menggunakan angin yang berada di tangki rem, jadi udaranya bisa habis dan berakhir angkutan tidak bisa di rem,” ujar Surjanto saat ditemui dalam FGD, Rabu (21/12/2017).Dia mengatakan, rem blong ini juga diakibatkan oleh angkutan yang tidak memiliki kampas rem. Surjanto menjelaskan, banyak kendaraan tanpa kampas rem terlihat pada truk pembawa barang dan juga untuk pengemudi kemampuannya juga harus dilihat dengan baik. “Pandangan dari operator, Organda dan Korlantas agar kemampuan pengemudi untuk mengemudikan kendaraan bisa lebih baik,” ujarnya.Sedangkan investigator darat KNKT, Dwi Bakti mengatakan, untuk standar karet rem saat ini mengikuti Jerman. Sebenarnya untuk Jerman sendiri penggantian selama enam tahun, tetapi karena iklim di Indonesia berbeda maka akan menjadi lima tahun.“Iklim di Indonesia berbeda dengan di sana, makanya sejak pemasangan pertama yang terbaik adalah lima tahun atau jika memang sudah ada tanda-tanda penggantian seperti retakan di karet rem,” ujarnya kepada KabarPenumpang.com.Dia menambahkan, menggunakan standar Jerman karena di Indonesia sendiri belum ada standar yang jelas. Bahkan AMP pun belum mengeluarkan aturan untuk masalah ini.Dirgakkum Korlantas Polri Brigjen Pujiyono Dulrachman mengatakan, untuk kecelakaan sendiri memiliki banyak faktor, mulai dari cuaca, manusia, kendaraan dan kondisi jalan. Dia mengatakan, kendaraan yang diproduksi komponennya harus dilihat dengan jelas.Pihak Korlantas mengatakan, jumlah kecelakaan akibat kegagalan fungsi rem untuk tahun 2017 dengan jumlah 5361, menurun dari tahun 2016 sebesar 5392 atau turun sebanyak 0,6 persen. Pujiyono menjelaskan jika dihitung setiap hari ada sekitar 2-3 kecelakaan yang terjadi.Baca juga: Angkasa Pura I Gandeng KNKT dan Undip Kembangkan Aplikasi Monitoring Ketinggian Air di Runway“Untuk kecelakaan kendaraan darat seperti angkutan umum ini justru seperti tidak terlihat dibandingkan dengan kecelakaan pesawat. Padahal jumlah korban dari kecelakaan angkutan darat bisa mencapai 2000 orang per tahunnya,” jelas Pujiyono. Dari data kecelakaan ini, Surjanto menambahkan, bila akan meyewa kendaraan angkutan umum seperti bus, baiknya harus jelas apakah terdaftar di pemerintahan. Kemudian tidak lupa untuk mengecek kelaikan bus tersebut untuk digunakan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedInvestigasi Kecelakaan Maut di Karangploso, KNKT Terbitkan Rekomendasi Untuk Menhub19/09/2017In “Analisa Angkutan”Kemenhub: Hanya 10 Persen Kondisi Angkutan Umum di Indonesia Yang Layak Jalan27/12/2017In “Bus AKAP”Jelang Angkutan Lebaran, KNKT Himbau Penyedia Transportasi Darat Tinjau Standar Kelayakan18/05/2017In “Bus AKAP” Ketua Komite Nasional Keselamatan Transportasi (KNKT) Soerjanto Tjahjono. Kecelakaan yang terjadi pada angkutan umum terus saja berulang. Selain upaya pengamanan yang telah diupayakan pemerintah dan kepolisian. Lebih spesifik lagi pengamanan juga harus dilakukan oleh pemilik dan operator kendaraan untuk melakukan pengecekan secara rutin, dan operator punya andil besar terhadap kendaraan tersebut layak jalan atau tidak.Baca juga: Kecelakaan Terus Berulang, Rekomendasi KNKT Sebagian Besar Tak DiindahkanKepala Komite Nasional Keselamatan Transportasi (KNKT) Surjanto Tjahjono mengatakan, kontribusi rem blong yang sering terjadi adalah pada selang rem karet yang umurnya kemungkinan sudah harus diganti.
Chef Julian Rodarte dari Beto & Son di Dallas (modernrestaurantmanagement.com) Selama masa pandemi Covid-19 ini sudah melumpuhkan banyak industri restoran. Tak hanya merumahkan para pekerja mereka karena pendapatan yang kurang, tapi juga menutup gerai-gerai yang ada. Ini tidak hanya terjadi pada restoran besar, tetapi restoran independen atau yang berdiri sendiri pun juga sama.Baca juga: 130 Kasus Virus Corona di Perancis, Museum Louvre DitutupNamun meski begitu, para pemilik restoran independen ini kemudian mencari cara untuk bisa mempertahankan dan menggaji para karyawan serta keberlangsungan hidup mereka. Tak hanya itu, para pemilik layanan antar persediaan restoran pun dihadapkan dengan gudang penuh makanan dan barang yang mudah rusak serta pesanan besar yang tiba-tiba dibatalkan. Kisah demi kisah ini mengungkapkan dampak buruk Covid-19 pada industri restoran. Hal tersebut kemudian membuat mereka semua bekerja sama dengan Kostas Lazanas dari Opa! Travena Yunani di Dallas untuk memfilmkan dan mengedit seri dokumenter video yang akan memprofilkan pemilik restoran industri di seluruh negeri.KabarPenumpang.com merangkum laman modernrestaurantmanagement.com (17/4/2020), nantinya setiap episode yang dipromosikan di jejaring sosial gabungan tersebut akan menggunakan tagar #TooSmallToFail dan #Cheetah4You, dan menyoroti pemilik restoran yang berbeda yang berbagi perjuangan pribadi mereka selama krisis ini. Serial perdana dimulai dari Julian Rodarte dari Beto & Son di Dallas yang merupakan restoran milik keluarga Meksiko yang buka setiap hari.Setelah lumpuh, Julian dan sang ayah tidak dapat mempertahankan karyawan mereka dari yang dulunya 80 orang. Kini restoran tersebut hanya dikelola keduanya dan beberapa orang lain. Masa depan tak terhindarkan dan mereka harus menutup pintu karena pandemi ini.Namun, begitu video Cheetah4You di atas ditayangkan perdana pada tanggal 21 Maret, segalanya mulai berubah untuk Julian. Masyarakat sekarang sadar bagaimana mereka dapat membantu dengan memesan makanan dan membeli kartu hadiah. Pesanan mulai masuk dan tak lama kemudian Beto & Son dapat merekrut kembali 20 anggota staf mereka dan harapan terungkap bagi Julian dan ayahnya.Serial berikutnya kemudian menawarkan makanan dan suplai grosir bagi yang membutuhkan. Seminggu sebelum penutupan, Shelter in place di California memutar bisnis untuk membantu produk lokal dan usaha kecil di Bay Area mendapatkan makanan serta pasokan penting mereka. Menawarkan Makanan dan Suplai Grosir bagi Yang MembutuhkanMereka kemudian menawarkan pemesanan makanan dan pasokan massal melalui aplikasi seluler Cheetah, yang telah dimodifikasi untuk melayani konsumen maupun bisnis. Ketika pemesanan dilakukan, pelanggan dapat memilih lokasi pengambilan terdekat untuk dipenuhi pada hari berikutnya. Persediaan diperbarui secara waktu nyata sehingga pelanggan tahu bahwa apa yang mereka pesan akan tersedia untuk pengambilan.Dua lokasi pertama adalah markas Cheetah di San Francisco dan gudang Shelter in place di Pleasanton, CA. Hugo Sanchez seorang pemilik kedai es krim di daerah Teluk yang disebut La Michoacana. Dia memiliki dua kembar prematur di rumah dan toko es krimnya ditutup tetapi dia menggunakan Cheetah untuk mendapatkan makanan dan persediaan untuk keluarganya, karena dia “takut pergi ke luar”.Menggunakan layanan pengiriman restoran daripada bepergian ke toko grosir telah membantunya dan keluarganya. Ini adalah pengingat penting untuk melindungi kesehatan dan keselamatan keluarga dan teman-teman terutama mereka yang berisiko tinggi.“Dua minggu ke depan adalah sangat penting … Ini adalah saat untuk tidak pergi ke toko kelontong, tidak pergi ke apotek, tetapi melakukan segala yang Anda bisa untuk menjaga keluarga dan teman-temanmu aman. Kami berharap dapat meredakan ketegangan yang dirasakan orang-orang terhadap COVID-19, itulah sebabnya kami beralih untuk menawarkan pasokan kami ke masyarakat umum juga,” ujar Dr. Deborah Birx.Fred Parker pemilik Costa De Sol mengatakan, semua bisa menjadi kreatif dan margin yang sudah kecil sehingga satu-satunya cara bisnis ini dapat bertahan adalah dari penjualan makanan. Dia saat ini memiliki dua lokasi, satu di San Jose, CA yang dibuka sepuluh tahun yang lalu, dan lainnya di Santa Clara, CA dibuka hanya dua tahun yang lalu.Fred memutuskan untuk menutup lokasi Santa Clara selama beberapa minggu pada awal pandemi karena itu terutama tempat makan siang untuk orang-orang yang bekerja di dekatnya. Apa yang tidak dia antisipasi adalah betapa sulitnya untuk kembali setelah tiga minggu ditutup.“Sebelum krisis, kami berada di peringkat lima besar di DoorDash dan Uber Eats. Ketika kami menutup lokasi Santa Clara, itu menunjukkan kami ditutup dalam aplikasi sehingga kami melewatkan banyak pesanan. Sekarang kami dibuka kembali, kami harus mencoba dan mendapatkan peringkat kembali, jika tidak, tidak ada yang mau. tahu bahwa kami terbuka. Layanan pengiriman telah berlipat dua sejak wabah, tetapi kami melewatkan kesempatan itu selama tiga minggu, jadi sekarang kami bermain mengejar ketinggalan,” kata Fred.Sementara itu keputusan Cheetah untuk langsung menjadi konsumen lepas landas. Sekelompok tetangga, komunitas, rumah pensiun, gereja, dan sinagoge, semuanya memesan makanan dan pasokan melalui Cheetah untuk pikap hari berikutnya. Dia mengatakan, mereka hanya memiliki dua lokasi di wilayah Teluk.Cheetah mengajukan tawaran kepada Fred dengan mengubah tempat parkir Anda menjadi tempat pik-up Santa Clara untuk pelanggan Cheetah. Dengan tidak ada ruginya, Fred ada di kapal. Hanya beberapa hari, tetapi lokasinya di Santa Clara dibuka kembali dengan dua hingga tiga karyawan dipekerjakan kembali dan Fred dapat membantu komunitasnya, serta mempromosikan lokasinya yang kurang dikenal.Baca juga: Dapati 72 Kasus Virus Corona, Kuwait Resmi Tutup Bandara Internasional UtamaBeberapa pelanggan Cheetah mendapatkan Salvador Pupusas dari Costa de Sol saat pengambilan, sementara yang lain memesan takeout dari Fred melalui Door Dash dan UberEats. Karena penjualan meningkat dan kehadirannya tumbuh, Fred berharap dapat mempekerjakan kembali lebih banyak karyawan segera untuk kedua lokasi.Jangkauan kami telah mencapai restoran di seluruh negeri dan kami berharap dapat membantu lebih banyak selama krisis ini.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedIntip Restoran Anti Covid-19 di Turki, Pengunjung Tak Perlu Kenakan Masker!26/06/2020In “Destinasi”Dukungan Maskapai Nasional Mampu Sukseskan Bisnis Restoran Indonesia di Luar Negeri01/04/2019In “Destinasi”Dijual Restoran Terbesar Bekas Airbus A340 di Turki Seharga Rp20 Miliar, Berminat?07/08/2020In “Featured”
Awal penyelamatan dilakukan karena kapten kapal Ferry Salaminomachos, Grigoris Karnesis melihat ada yang terombang-ambing dan mengapung di laut. Dia tak percaya apa yang dilihatnya karena anak itu dan pelampungnya bergerak begitu cepat sehingga tak ada waktu berpikir.Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari greekcitytimes.com (25/8/2020), kapten kapal Ferry berusia 50 tahun tersebut langsung membawa kapalnya mendekat dengan pelampung dan menyelamatkan anak kecil tersebut. Setelah mendekat terdengar jeritan dari si gadis kecil tersebut.Meski begitu, dirinya harus menjaga agar pelampung yang ditumpangi gadis itu tidak terjebak di backwash supaya bisa mengamankan tanpa terjatuh ke laut. Kemudian mekanik kapal, Vasilis Karnesis bergeser ke tepi kapal dan menarik pelampung serta mengangkat gadis tersebut ke kapal.“Tidak ada yang bisa dilakukan anak ini,” kata Grigoris.Aksi penyelamatan ini terekam kamera oleh seorang penumpang bernama Petros Kritsonis dan mengunggahnya ke media sosial pada Senin (25/8/2020) tak lama setelah insiden itu terjadi. Hal ini kemudian viral dan Perdana Menteri Kyriakos Mitsotakis memanggil kapten kapal untuk berterimakasih kepada sang kapten dan kru kapal.Inisiden ini terjadi di Teluk Corith, Yunani di mana ketika gadis itu terbawa arus di atas pelampung, sang ayah mencoba mengejarnya. Namun ayah gadis kecil ini terjebak dalam arus yang cukup kuat dan pelampung anaknya semakin menjauh dari bibir pantai serta tak bisa terjangkau.Orang tua anak ini kemudian memberitahukan kepada otoritas pelabuhan terkait insiden yang menimpa anaknya itu. Karena hal ini kemudian pihak otoritas mencoba memberitahu kapal kapten Karnesis yang paling dekat dengan tempat kejadian.Sebelum diselamatkan, anak tersebut mengapung bersama unicornya selama 20 menit di tengah laut. Bahkan ketika diselamatkan, gadis kecil ini kewalahan karena kaget dan diam tidak berbicara. Setelah dipertemukan dengan orang tuanya, sang ibu pun tak bisa berkata-kata.Baca juga: Francisco, Kapal Ferry Wisata dengan Kecepatan 51,8 Knot!“Kami hanya melakukan apa yang harus kami lakukan dan ini pertama kalinya dia berurusan dengan penyelamatan seorang anak,” ujar Vasilis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedMati Mesin di Tengah Laut, Kapal Ferry India Diselamatkan Tugboats22/11/2018In “Destinasi Laut”Tabrak Ikan Paus, Kapal Ferry di Jepang Alami Kerusakan dan Ciderai Puluhan Penumpang13/03/2019In “Angkutan Ferry”Terombang-Ambing Selama Tujuh Jam, Penumpang Kapal Ferry ini Tidak Bisa Gunakan Toilet!12/07/2018In “Angkutan Ferry” penyelamatan gadis kecil di laut Yunani (greekcitytimes.com) Gadis kecil berusia sekitar tiga tahun yang duduk di atas pelampung unicorn dan terombang-ambing di laut lepas. Gadis kecil tersebut bisa mengapung ke tengah laut karena tersapu arus dan luput dari perhatian orang tua.Baca juga: Terombang-Ambing Selama Tujuh Jam, Penumpang Kapal Ferry ini Tidak Bisa Gunakan Toilet!Untungnya saat itu ada kapal Ferry yang tengah berlayar melihat gadis kecil tersebut. Para awak kapal kemudian langsung melakukan penyelamatan dramatis pada anak ini dan videonya pun viral di media sosial.
could become Barcelona’s highest scoring Uruguayan in Saturday’s La Liga match at Granada, having equaled in only two seasons what compatriot Ramon Alberto Villaverde Vazquez aggregated in his decade-long stint with the club.The 29-year-old’s brace against Espanyol in Barca’s 5-0 triumph last Sunday saw him reach 81 goals for the Catalans to equal the record of Villaverde Vazquez who had joined the club in 1954 and played 10 seasons, scoring 81 goals in 224 games.In only his second season at Barcelona, Suarez has struck 50 goals in all competitions this season to help the team remain in contention for a domestic double, overtaking his previous record of 49 for Ajax in the 2009-2010 campaign.“He is very intelligent,” Barca coach Luis Enrique said on the club website.“Sometimes relying too much on one player can hurt you, but if the team plays its game, Luis — who is lethal in the area — will have plenty of chances to score goals. It’s not just the goals, it’s the way the team plays that lets him score.”More goals are expected from Suarez, who has found the back of the net in four successive league games, netting 11 goals while setting up four more in that spell.