FACT

first_imgFACTFormer Olympian Herb McKenley was one of the most prominent sportsmen to run for a seat in the House of Parliament. In 1972, he contested the St Andrew Northern constituency for the Jamaica Labour Party against the People’s National Party’s Allan St Aubyn Isaacs and Cecil A. Nelson of the Christian Democratic Party. Isaacs won with 10,610 votes, while McKenley got 2,822 votes. Nelson secured 49 ballots.last_img

Photos: Check out the vibe at first Warriors game at the Chase Center

first_imgThe Golden State Warriors opened the doors to their first game at Chase Center, and fans came out to check the new digs in a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers.Construction on the $1.4 billion arena took two years. It was already open for concerts in September, but Saturday was the first time the building’s main tenant, the Warriors, held a game day. Fans filled up the 18,0064 seats and checked out more than 40 food and beverage points in the Chase Center, according to Stadia …last_img read more

Livestock diseases a global threat worth monitoring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Don “Doc” SandersThis month’s column is more serious than most. If you’re looking for entertainment and my usual wild stories, you may want to skip this one. But this column is a must-read, if you raise livestock and/or care about the American food supply (and if you’re like me, you like to eat). Livestock disease outbreaks are occurring every day somewhere in the world. These diseases, if not contained, could threaten our food supply and lifestyle in a way that most Americans are too naïve to fathom.It will pay you to be aware of this situation, so you can be prepared. For starters, here are a few facts that escape most Americans.Many diseases are zoonotic. This means they can spread from animals to humans, or vice versa.An example is avian influenza, which can pass from birds to humans. Remember the avian flu outbreak a couple years ago? More than five million turkeys and chickens had to be euthanized when the flu virus swept through flocks throughout the U.S.Other animal diseases do not spread to humans. But they can cause huge economic losses to farmers and the entire food supply chain, from transportation to processing, to institutional food programs, to retail grocery stores and restaurants.You may remember when in 2013 PED (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea) killed more than seven million baby pigs in the U.S. — not counting millions more in other countries such as China. Now you know why the price of bacon rose.It was discovered that virus-carrying swine feed ingredients from China caused this PED outbreak. Feed has been suspected of carrying diseases around the world for years, but this was a first when it was proven.You may think I’m raising alarm over old news. But several potential disease outbreaks are on the horizon, deeply concerning U.S. health authorities. These include African Swine Fever (ASF), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and a new Avian Influenza outbreak. Several diseases could directly threaten Americans, while some have popped up in countries where American companies do business.African Swine Fever is a disease that’s new to American interests. It has cropped up in China with over 16 outbreaks reported recently. Apparently, it was transported from Russia across the border to a pig farm in northern Heilongjiang province. Nobody can explain how it happened — at least no one who will admit to knowing anything about it.The Chinese pig farmer recognized he had sick hogs, so he loaded them on a truck and transported them to the closest packing plant, 1,100 miles south. Talk about a recipe for spreading the disease! When he arrived at the packing plant most of the pigs were dead. No one has said if the pigs were disposed of or processed. It’s anyone’s guess.Since that time, 15 more ASF outbreaks have occurred in China. These outbreaks seemed unrelated, as they popped up in many locations. American veterinary scientists have volunteered to assist the Chinese government with control of the epidemic. I was involved with making contacts, but Chinese authorities declined our assistance and have remained tight-lipped since the earliest reports of the disease outbreak.Even though American officials are concerned about ASF, they have deeper worries. They are on edge about FMD — not if FMD will occur in the U.S. but when it will occur!Foot and Mouth Disease (not to be confused with Foot in Mouth Disease, with which I’m afflicted) was eradicated from the U.S. in 1929. Now FMD is persistent in several South American countries, Europe and many Third World countries that don’t have the resources to establish disease containment or eradication plans. Such plans inconvenience American tourists, but such measures can prevent disease from crossing borders.The threat of FMD will affect more than farmers. Every American citizen will feel the inconvenience of efforts to control the disease. Humans aren’t susceptible to either of these diseases but can carry either of them on their clothes or in illicit food products purchased in a country with these viruses.Ten-mile zones around disease outbreaks will be quarantined. Police, sheriff’s deputies and National Guard will be mobilized to ensure the integrity of the quarantine zones.Dairy farms will be especially encumbered by the restrictions, because milk must be picked up every day. Milk trucks will have to be disinfected upon entering the zone to pick up a dairy farm’s milk and disinfected once again when leaving the farm with the milk.What makes this especially difficult for dairy farms is that they will need to plan for a “clean” zone equipped with disinfection equipment for milk pickup. The other option is to construct a neutral zone where trucks can load without entering the dairy farm.Most dairy farms today are struggling to survive. Because of the depth of their economic woes, very few dairymen have developed a plan in the event of a quarantine. Without a plan, they could have to wait days, or perhaps weeks, before they could market their milk. Since dairies harvest milk every day, a dairyman will be put in the situation of having to dump his cows’ milk until he has developed a USDA-approved written plan and acquired disinfecting equipment.Because of their economic circumstances, some dairymen will not be inclined to make the extra effort that a quarantine will require. They will be more inclined to sell their herds. I understand their emotions, as being a dairyman is extremely difficult these days.Selling their herds won’t be easy either, because it could take weeks for the dairymen to get a permit to move the cows off the farm. Without a USDA-approved quarantine plan, these dairymen will be in limbo.My advice to all livestock owners is to discuss and plan a course of action with a veterinarian who is familiar with requirements, so they can continue operating in the wake of a catastrophic disease such as FMD. But most veterinarians aren’t yet up to speed on the requirements.The 2013 PED outbreak in baby pigs is just a mini version of what could happen in a major disease outbreak. PED killed baby pigs only. Even then, swine operations had pickup truck loads of carcasses to dispose of.Contingency plans are needed for disposal of animal carcasses in the event of widespread animal deaths or mass euthanasia. Suffice it to say, officials with Homeland Security and the USDA have been researching plans for wholesale disposal of livestock by burial, composting, cremation and alkali digestors.Which brings to mind the Louisiana official I met at a meeting in Amarillo on animal carcass disposal methods during an epidemic disease outbreak (yes, I live a glamorous life). He told me that in the Pelican state they have their own 100% efficient disposal method. With a slow drawl he explained, “We drag the carcasses down to the river bank and let the alligators clean them up. We just need a knife to let the air out of them before the alligators will touch them.”last_img read more

Ramil de Jesus already bracing for La Salle-UST Final 4 match up

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Things, however, are still not set in stone since La Salle can get the top seed if it wins against FEU and Ateneo, the current no.1 team with an 11-2 record, loses to seventh-ranked University of the East.If that scenario happens, La Salle will become the no.1 team by virtue of its elimination sweep of the Lady Eagles.De Jesus, though, is already eyeing a matchup with UST despite the slim uncertainty of the events.“After our Sunday game then we can really focus against UST,” said De Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for next metro wide shake drill..at 4 a.m. on July 27! PLAY LIST 01:47Brace for next metro wide shake drill..at 4 a.m. on July 27!03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops01:21China faces up to new payment technology02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As Pacio showdown looms, Rene Catalan admits he wants to avoid facing fellow Filipino Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Lady Spikers stayed at the second spot after their sweep of University of the East, 25-17, 25-16, 25-19, Wednesday for a 10-3 card while UST is at the third with a 9-4 record.La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said that his team is already looking at potential semifinal series against the Golden Tigresses.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“There really is no chance for us to meet FEU [Far Eastern University] in the semifinals, it really is UST,” said De Jesus, whose team will face the Lady Tamaraws on Sunday, in Filipino.“Whether we win or we lose on Sunday, we will still face UST.” MANILA, Philippines—Even with still a game left for both teams, defending champion De La Salle and University of Santo Tomas are likely headed for a Final Four showdown.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

TMC workers hurt in highway accident

first_imgKolkata: At least 30 Trinamool supporters and workers suffered injuries after the bus they were travelling in plunged into a water body near Siliguri-Jalpaiguri State Highway on Sunday. The injured party workers have been admitted to hospital for treatment.The Trinamool workers were planning to take part in an election campaign meeting by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Jalpaiguri. They had hired the bus to reach the venue of the election campaign meeting. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to local residents, on Sunday, Banerjee was scheduled to address an election campaign meeting at Churabhadar in Moynaguri from 1:30 pm. To attend the meeting, around 45 TMC supporters and workers had hired the bus from Sariam. They had started their journey in the morning to reach Churabhandar. However, after a few kilometres near Talma, the bus had a tyre burst and the driver lost his control over the steering and the vehicle plunged into a water body beside the Siliguri-Jalpaiguri State Highway. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayLocal resident ran to help the accident victims. Meanwhile, Rajgunj police station and local Trinamool leaders were informed about the accident. Police officers reached the spot shortly and rescued the injured persons. Almost all the passengers had suffered injuries but about 30 of them had suffered serious injuries. The injured persons have been rushed to Rajgunj Rural Hospital Belakoba Rural Hospital and Jalpaiguri Super Specialty Hospital. A few of them were discharged after providing necessary treatment and many are still undergoing treatment.last_img read more

Tata Tele merger DoT seeks Rs 7200 cr bank guarantee from Airtel

first_imgNew Delhi: The Department of Telecom has given approval for the merger of Tata Teleservices (TTSL) with Bharti Airtel, subject to the condition that the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led firm furnishes Rs 7,200 crore worth bank guarantee, a government official said. On April 9, telecom minister Manoj Sinha gave a conditional nod for the merger, the official said. Subsequent to the minister’s approval, the official said, that DoT has asked Airtel to furnish bank guarantee totalling Rs 7,200 crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Both companies also need to submit undertaking on matter related to court cases before merger is taken on record,” the official said. The merger will be taken on record after Airtel submits bank guarantee of about Rs 6,000 crore for one-time spectrum charges and another Rs 1,200 crore for the spectrum that would be acquired from TTSL. There is also a “very small amount” of dues that has to be cleared by TTSL before consummation of the deal, another official said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs part of the proposed agreement, Airtel will absorb Tata consumer mobile business (CMB) operations in 19 telecom circles (17 under TTSL and 2 under Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd ). It also agreed to take over a small portion of the unpaid spectrum liability of Tata. The merger will bolster Airtel’s spectrum pool with significant additional 178.5 MHz spectrum in 1800, 2100 and 850 MHz bands, all widely used for 4G. The proposed merger will include transfer of all the customers and assets of Tata CMB to Airtel.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Flies To Mali

first_imgRabat – King Mohammed VI left this afternoon Morocco, heading to Bamako for an official visit to Mali, first leg of an African trip that will take the Sovereign to Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea-Conakry and Gabon.The royal delegation includes the Sovereign’s advisors Taib Fassi Fihri and Fouad Ali El Himma, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq, Economy and Finance Minister, Mohamed Boussaid, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Aziz Akhannouch, Equipement, Transport and Logistics Minister, Aziz Rebbah, Industry, Trade, Investment and Numeric Economy Minister, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Health Minister, El Houceine El Ouardi, Energy, Mining, Water and Environment Minister, Abdelkader Amara, Tourism Minister, Lahcen Haddad and Youssef Amrani, chargé de mission at the Royal office.A business and economic executive delegation and other civil and military figures are also part of the Sovereign’s delegation.last_img read more

Is Patrick Peterson a Better Cornerback Than Richard Sherman

A few weeks ago, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson told ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss he thought he was worth more than Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks. Sherman fired back on Twitter, and Peterson doubled down on Thursday.“I believe if you put [Sherman] in our system I don’t think he’d be able to last, honestly,” Peterson said on “The Bickley Show with Vince Marotta” on Arizona Sports 98.7 in Phoenix. “I actually do much more than he is … Obviously, his job is definitely much easier than mine. If you look at their scheme and look at our scheme, he’s a Cover 3 corner. Period.”We can’t assess Peterson’s hypothetical — Sherman being slotted into Peterson’s role — with data because such data doesn’t exist. But, as Sherman already intimated, what statistical evidence we do have makes it difficult to support Peterson’s case. According to Pro Football Focus’s play-by-play grading system, Sherman has finished no lower than sixth among cornerbacks over the past two years; meanwhile, Peterson has finished no higher than 16th.Looking at their component stats, there’s no area where Peterson beats Sherman: Since 2012, Peterson has allowed a higher completion percentage (53 percent to Sherman’s 49 percent) and a much higher touchdown percentage (7 percent to Sherman’s 2.8 percent). Peterson also has a lower interception percentage (5.4 percent to Sherman’s 11 percent) and a much higher Adjusted Yards per Attempt figure (6.3 to Sherman’s 2.9). Even if you subscribe to the theory that a good cornerback’s primary value is in preventing passes from ever being attempted — which I do — opponents threw at Peterson once every 11.8 snaps, and at Sherman once every 13.7 snaps.Arizona has been the NFL’s second-best team at defending the pass over the past two years, but Seattle is No. 1, and by a wide margin, according to Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) metric. The difference between the Seahawks and the Cardinals is the same as the difference between the Cardinals and the sixth-ranked San Francisco 49ers.This could be taken as a point in Peterson’s favor — perhaps the sheer quality of Sherman’s Seattle teammates makes his job that much easier. But that’s another hypothetical. For now, all we really know is that the evidence supports Sherman’s side of the cornerback spat. read more

Brazil vs Mexico Lineups announced

first_imgFilipe Luis will start in Marcelo’s place for Brazil today as they look to continue their pursuit of a sixth world title by defeating Mexico in today last-16 encounterTite’s side have won 19 of their last 24 games since he took charge two years ago along with an impressive 18 clean sheets.While Marcelo had trained normally yesterday, he will start from the bench and may be used as a substitute later on in the match.Right-back Danilo has recovered from the thigh problem, but has been overlooked in favour of Fagner.Mexico’s 39-year-old captain Rafael Marquez will start for El Tri in this decisive encounter as the side look to avoid a seventh consecutive last-16 exit at the World Cup.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.However, centre-back Hector Moreno is suspended with Hugo Ayala being called up in his place.The teams are in for #BRAMEX! #WorldCup?????? pic.twitter.com/cayJmgV2fJ— FIFA World Cup ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) July 2, 2018last_img read more

France deserved to beat Uruguay – Deschamps

first_imgFrance defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, bringing the progress of Uruguay in the tournament to a halt.Speaking on their victory after the match, France manager Didier Deschamps declared that his side deserved the victory and hailed his players for raising their game against Uruguay known as a tough opposition.“I think we deserved the result, we played against a beautiful Uruguayan side but we were better than they were today,” he told reporters via Sportsmole.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“I have a younger team, and they’ve already played as a team before, but today’s requirements were even higher because the opponents become better as you progress.“I like to reach my goals like everybody else but I don’t look at this from a personal perspective. My pride is related to the entire group and here I want to mention my technical staff who help me day in day out. I’m not doing this for myself, I’m there for the team.”The goals that came Raphael Varane and Olivier Giroud has transitioned France into the semi-finals.last_img read more