-Smith, Barnwell stand out among starsGUYANA Jaguars wrapped up an emphatic 10 wicket win over Leeward Hurricanes to get their 2020 Regional 4-Day title defence off to a great start.The Jags racked up 388 runs in their first innings thanks to half-centuries from top-scorer, Chris Barnwell, who led with 82, captain Leon Johnson and openers Chandrapaul Hemraj and Tagenarine Chanderpaul.Leewards then stumbled in their chase as they ran into a hostile Niall Smith who snatched 6 wickets with his steamy right-arm pace on red-ball debut for the Champs.Jahmar Hamilton led the resistance with 53 amongst a dismal batting card. After being skittled out for 155 in their 1st innings, Hurricanes bounced back thanks to a sublime 99 from Windies opener Kieran Powell.The left-hander shared a 150-plus run opening stand with Montcin Hodge who hit 62. However, after gaining just a slight lead of 20, following their 2nd innings 254-10, Guyana then knocked off their target in no time.The Jags earlier operated with a pack-like mentality as the wickets were shared evenly among the frontline bowlers.Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer both returned identical figures of 3-55 while speedsters Smith grabbed two as he ended the match with 8 wickets in total and keon Joseph who also bagged a pair.The match came to a calm end as Hemraj stroked a four in his score of 8 not out while Chandepaul was the unorthodox aggressor of the two, smashing a six and two fours as he raced to 14 off 11; sealing an exceptional win for the 5-time defending champions. (Clifton Ross)
Members of the Lagos Media Marathon Committee on Tuesday paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission Dr Kweku Tandoh.Among other things, the visit was mainly to solicit support from Lagos State towards the success of the maiden media marathon in Nigeria slated for May 1, 2019.Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Tony Ubani, led the delegation of the Lagos Media Marathon to the Lagos Sports Commission. Kweku Tandoh Others in the delegation include Debo Oshundun, the Chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Lagos branch, as well as Adekunle Salami, Tosin Omoniyi and Tunde Eludini.The delegation through its chairman, Ubani formally requested for permission from the Lagos State Government to use the already mapped out route for the Media Marathon which is expected to take runners from Anthony Oke opposite TREM to Oshodi, Charity through the new ten-lane international airport expressway to the nation’s best bus terminus, Ikeja Bus Terminus.The Media Marathon delegation also sought for other assistance from the Lagos State government and His Excellency Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the area of logistics, security, and general welfare.“We are very grateful to Governor Ambode for all he has done for sports during the last four years; especially the revival he has brought to long-distance running in Nigeria. The Media Marathon is one of the things we are planning to use to say a big thank you to our amiable governor” Ubani stated.He added: “Our plan for the Media Marathon is to also use it to further showcase the massive developmental projects that Gov. Ambode has done in Lagos especially on the route we selected”.The Chairman of the Lagos Media Marathon Committee said it was necessary for journalists and indeed the public to give a closer look at their health and fitness which is one of the things the Media Marathon will be addressing.Tandoh told the committee members that will pass their letter to His Excellency.The Lagos Media Marathon is slated for May 1, 2019, the 10km and the 5km race is open to all journalists, and other members of the media family in public relations, advertising, and others in the allied industry and students.Members of the public are also free to register for the race.But unlike stakeholders in the media and communications and students, who will not pay a registration fee, participants in the 10km race will pay a registration fee of N2500 and those interested in the 5km will pay N2000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
— Banking and Currency Committee retrieves L$35Bn printing reportThe Secretariat of the Senate has been mandated to compile all notes from the day-long debate on Dual Citizenship, which is one of 13 Articles of the 1986 Constitution before the Senate for amendments.According to the Senate plenary vote, the Secretariat report will be submitted to the Senate on Thursday, September 19, 2019 to be voted for approval or rejection by two third of members of that august body.Grand Cape Mount County Senator, H. Varney Sherman, a lawyer by profession, who submitted the report to the Senate plenary presided over by President of the Senate and Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, underscored the need to give value that once a Liberian, always a Liberian.Montserrado County Senator Abe Darius Dillon, passionately and vehemently pleaded for the passage of the Dual Citizenship, which is under Article 28 of the Liberian Constitution.Like Senator Sherman, Dillion believes that once the blood of Liberia runs in the veins of an individual, such person should not be denied his/her birth right.Although majority of the 23 Senators in attendance at Tuesday’s sitting vowed to vote in favor of the Article, many of them, however will do so with caveats attached.For example, Senator J. Milton Teahjay , of Sinoe County, though supports the proposal on the Dual Citizenship, he promised not to accept any law that supports such person hold offices of President, Vice President, Senator or any elected or appointed governmental positions.Senators Sando Johnson, (Bomi County), Armah Jallah, Gbarpolu County, and Marshall Dennis, Grand Gedeh County, all support the proposal, but with similar caveats of limiting their functions in the areas such as superintendent, Senate, House of Representatives, Finance Minister, Defense, and/or President and Vice President.Based on the passion shown by majority of the Senators, and the patience of the President of the Senate for the hours she spent in presiding, there are indications that the Dual Citizenship proposal will receive the necessary blessings towards referendum.In another development, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency, A. Marshall Dennis, on Tuesday retrieved the submitted report his committee in which the Senate was requested to approve its recommendation for the printing of L$35 billion to replace L$21 billion of the current banknotes in circulations.Dennis’ decision to proffer the motion to return the report back to committee room, was necessitated by a minority report by a member of the Banking and Currency Committee, Oscar Cooper, who argued that due diligence was not done before the report was submitted to Senate plenary for action.Senator Cooper warned that if the printing of the L$35 billion is approved, “I see additional and irrefutable hardship on our people, and we will only have ourselves to blame; if we do not carefully study the various scenarios, we will impose extreme hurt on the Liberian people who are already suffering from the last infusion of L$16 billion.Senator Dennis welcomed Senator Cooper’s decision, and agreed that there was a need for flexibility so that mistakes of the past are not repeated.“We have observed that most of our colleagues still have a lot of lingering concerns on their minds that need answers; Mr. Cooper is quite correct when he said he sent to me that a list of questionnaire for Central Bank response, and since CBL is supposed to be responding to those concerns, at least to allay his apprehensions, it is but necessary that we accept his request to retrieve our report and invite CBL and the Ministry of Finance here,” Senator Dennis said.The CBL Governors and the Minister of Finance are meanwhile, expected to appear before the Banking committee on Thursday, immediately after the Senate’s regular sitting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – The Joint committee is chaired by Senator Varney Sherman.
(Visited 95 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Birds fly in that beautiful V formation for a reason, and it requires sophisticated abilities in high precision aerodynamics.Scientists have finally confirmed that the V-formation used by geese and other large migratory birds provides an energy benefit. A new paper in Nature describes the work of Steven Portugal and team, who trained rare northern bald ibises to trust them as surrogate moms. First outfitting the birds with data collectors, they took them up on practice flights following an ultralight aircraft and filmed their flying dynamics.According to the BBC News, the birds not only found the ideal positions behind their flockmates, but timed their wingflaps for best advantage, too. The ideal position behind and to the side of a front bird allows them to take advantage of the “upwash” of the front bird’s flap, and the synchronized flapping (in phase with wave trains) avoids the downwash. As a result, the flock propagates a wavetrain down both arms of the V that gives them an extra lift on a cushion of air, saving energy.Analysis of the films showed that the birds were matching theoretical ideals for energy conservation. Being able to do this requires sophisticated math, sophisticated senses, or both. In a Nature News piece entitled “Precision formation flight astounds scientist,” Chelsea Wald wrote that “the models also indicated that the birds’ coordination would have to be exceptionally precise to make a difference, and many scientists had doubted that the animals could achieve such a feat during flight.” Well, they can:Portugal collected data for three flight days of the 36-day paraplane-led migration. From that, he selected a problem-free seven-minute segment to analyze. To his surprise, the analysis showed that the birds’ formation fitted the theoretical predictions of aerodynamics. “They’re placing themselves in the best place and flapping at the best time,” he says.The birds instinctively adopted the energy-efficient strategy, even though, as orphans raised in captivity, they had no parents to teach them. Something built into the birds allows them to do the math and optimize the physics.None of the articles had much use for evolutionary theory. The original paper mentioned kin selection only to dismiss it, then only made a meager suggestion that “aerodynamic mechanisms that reduce the energetic cost of (albeit only very infrequent) migratory flight may present considerable selection advantage.” The statement fails, though, to explain how that advantage arose by unguided processes in the animals’ brains and sensory equipment. The word “evolution” did not appear in the articles and papers. In its place were words like amazing, astounding, remarkable, and exciting. Indeed, design was the focus: the capability is so interesting, aircraft designers want to learn how the birds do it, so that they, too, can conserve energy.More evidence that evolutionary theory is useless, but intelligent design is at the forefront of scientific advances. Also a reminder to order Flight: The Genius of Birds for its beautiful imagery, amazing stories, and cogent arguments for intelligent design in all the varied aspects of our feathered friends.
6 August 2008It now takes an average of 68 days, or just over two months, for South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs to process an identity document application, with improvements being attributed to the use of technology and reduced postage time.Briefing the media in Pretoria on Tuesday following last weeks’ Cabinet meeting, Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi described the government’s improvements in civil service as “palpable”.The turnaround time is seen as a huge improvement from the initial baseline of 163 days, to an average of 103 days by February this year and the present average of 68 days.Track and trace technologyTo assist with improving the overall turnaround times for the issuing of identity documents, ID track and trace technology had been implemented at 260 Home Affairs offices.The system allows one to check the status of an application throughout the ID issuance process, with both SMS and internet query functionality being made available to assist clients with inquiries.Consolidated postageFraser-Moleketi said ID distribution had also been consolidated, with a single service provider now collecting documentation from Home Affairs offices and delivering documentation from the central ID processing centre back to local offices.This had reduced the average “postage” time to three days. She said the department was also engaging with the South African Post Office to improve distribution to citizens.Smart ID cardsTurning to the department’s initiative to replace the existing IDs with ID smart cards, she said a tender for the process was issued in June. The project was on track with the target date for the issuing of pilot cards being December 2008.The rollout of the cards, which is hoped would eliminate the high incidence of ID fraud in the country, Fraser-Moleketi said, would take on a phased approach.Source: BuaNews
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Joshua Pacio connects with a punch. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s no controversy this time around.After a controversial decision in their first fight, Joshua Pacio didn’t leave anything to chance and knocked Saruta out cold to reclaim the gold in the co-main event of ONE: Roots of Honor Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The first time they met in January, Saruta defeated Pacio for the belt in a split decision win that drew the ire of ONE chief Chatri Sityodotong, who immediately ordered a rematch.But after that decisive victory by the Team Lakay bet, another rematch doesn’t look like the best plan anytime soon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That was definitive, if you get knocked out like that, you got to work your way back up,” said Sityodtong. “Joshua was the clear winner so I don’t see a third unless Saruta works his way up.”Pacio and Saruta were locked in a tight contest with neither fighter getting control of the other. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess GALLERY: Filipino fighters shine in ONE: Roots of Honor Saruta scored an early knock down in the fight but it was Pacio who had the advantage in terms of striking with his constant spinning heel kicks backing the Japanese off.Pacio upped his striking in the fourth round connecting with stiff right straight and following it up with a head kick.The fight eventually came to massive ending when Pacio’s right knee cracked Saruta’s left temple 2:43 into the fourth round.“If you look at Pacio, he was very tentative, I knew he had the KO power but truth be told I was impressed with Saruta,” said Sityodtong. “He wanted to win the fight, he had the better exchanges.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid