64 Teams to Compete in 7th Annual Farm to School Youth Culinary Competition

first_imgReady, set, chop! On Saturday, March 22, over 270 middle and high school students will compete in the state’s seventh annual Junior Iron Chef competition. This year, organizers are taking the program to new heights.In 2008, Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED, a partnership of NOFA-VT, Shelburne Farms, and, at the time, Food Works at Two Rivers Center) and the Burlington School Food Project (BSFP) founded one of the first youth culinary competitions to focus on local food and school meals. Guided by coaches – local chefs, food service directors, and teachers, student teams create original recipes that incorporate at least five local vegetables and follow USDA school meal standards. This year, teams have the added challenge of sourcing all their ingredients themselves. With these rigorous guidelines, youth contestants work through real-life challenges similar to those food service face creating healthy, nutritious meals for schools.The day of the competition, teams will have just 90 minutes to prepare their kid-tested, local fare. Rainbow Root Latkes with Apple Compote, Rootin’-Tootin’ Root Veggie and Black Bean Burritos with Basil Tortillas and Zesty Yogurt Sauce, and Maple Spiced Apple and Goat Cheese Crepes are just a few of the dishes on this year’s menu.“JIC VT helps us create school programs that do more than teach cooking skills, recipe development, and local sourcing,” said Lonny Paige, Twin Valley Schools Food Service Director and the coach of three JIC VT 2013 winning teams. “It teaches our students how they can contribute to community. Our kids are now culinary role models, initiating demonstrations and cooking local farm-fresh foods within Twin Valley schools and for organizations like the Brattleboro Hospice.”  JIC VT winning teams will have the opportunity to prepare their recipes for legislators in the Vermont Statehouse on April 8. Their dishes will also be featured on school lunch menus around the state.Under the guidance of Chef Jim Birmingham of the New England Culinary Institute, the 24 JIC VT judges include Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education Rebecca Holcombe, former Vermont Governor Madeline Kunin, food service staff, students, farmers, and chefs.Recently called “the farm-to-school capital of the world” in Edible Manhattan, Vermont has some of the longest-standing farm to school programs in the country. Since its founding, JIC VT has more than doubled the number of participants with teams coming from every corner of the state. The growth and success of JIC VT is attributed to the dedication to farm to school by the state’s food service professionals, nonprofit organizations, and policymakers.The 7th Annual JIC VT will take place from 9:00am to 3:30pm and will be held at the Champlain Valley Expo Center in Essex Junction, VT. Cost for attendance is $3 for an individual, $5 for a family. JIC VT is sponsored by School Nutrition Association of Vermont, Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets, G.housen, Circulon gourmet cookware, Blodgett, and WCAX. For more information, please visit www.jrironchefvt.org(link is external).last_img read more

Girls more likely to be cyber-bullying victims, says new research

first_imgNew research published in Cogent Social Sciences has found that in some situations, moderate internet users are more likely to be exposed to cyber-bullying than heavy internet users.In Bullying, cyber-bullying and Internet usage among young people in post-conflict Belfast, authors Francesca Savoldi, University of Lisbon, and Pedro Ferraz de Abreu, University of Aveiro, surveyed young people in the post-conflict city of Belfast about their experience of both offline, and online, bullying.“In certain steps of the transition in a divided city, cyberspace seems to constitute a new place for increasing verbal offence,” said Francesca Savoldi.  ‘This may be because the internet allows bullies to remain anonymous and avoid immediate physical confrontation.” Pinterest Share on Twitter Email Bullying took the form of harassment, threats of violence, sectarianism and vulgar messages, with much online bullying seemingly a continuation of offline behaviours. And while young men were more likely to be the victims of bullying in the real world, young women reported higher levels of cyber-bullying.center_img Share on Facebook LinkedIn Sharelast_img read more

COMMUNIQUÉ Issued at the Conclusion of the Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of…

first_imgMultilateral Air Services Agreement –Dominica Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago You may be interested in… Declaration of Intent to Provisionally apply the Protocol on Contingent Rights Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines APPRECIATION Heads of Government expressed their appreciation for the gracious hospitality and excellent arrangements provided by the Government and People of St Kitts and Nevis for this meeting. Protocol on Contingent Rights Belize, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis OPENING SESSION Chairman of Conference Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, immediate past Chairman, Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness and Secretary-General of the Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque addressed the opening session. The themes of the statements reflected: the need to advance the progress already achieved with regard to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME); closer regional unity in order to respond strategically and decisively to a changing global environment; as well as the Community’s concerns with respect to blacklisting and the situation in Venezuela. The text of their statements can be accessed at www.caricom.org. Jul 6, 2019 Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)–Dominica Communique – Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Heads of Government… CARICOM SINGLE MARKET AND ECONOMY Heads of Government reviewed progress on decisions taken at the Eighteenth Special Meeting, of the Conference on the CSME. They welcomed the fact that all countries party to the CSME have signed the Protocol on Contingent Rights.  In addition, eight countries have decided to apply the measures that would allow their nationals to benefit in those countries from the provisions of that agreement on contingent rights which allows for spouses and dependents of skilled workers who move to another country to access services such as education and health on the same basis as nationals.  The countries involved are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. They welcomed the opening for signature of the Agreement on the Protocol for Public Procurement and noted that the Protocol can be provisionally applied when seven Member States have signed a Declaration of Intent while recognizing that for entry into force, the Protocol must be signed by all parties to the Revised Treaty. Heads of Government, in pursuit of strengthening the consultative mechanisms for engagements with the private sector, labour and civil society agreed to meet with representatives of national Business and Labour Advisory Committees (BLAC) twice every year. They emphasised that this was essential for enhanced regional decision-making, particularly in the context of the CSME. They urged Member States that had not yet done so to give legal effect to the free movement of the 10 categories of skilled persons already agreed by the Conference ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: UPDATE ON APPLICATIONS FROM ARUBA, CURAÇAO AND SINT MAARTEN Heads of Government considered a report from the Secretary-General on the visit to three countries that have applied for Associate Membership, namely Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, in pursuance of the mandate given to him to begin the process of negotiations. Heads of Government, taking into account the existence of common areas of interest and the mutual benefit that could be derived, mandated the Secretary-General to continue negotiations with those countries, with a view to making appropriate recommendations at the next meeting of Conference. Guyana-Venezuela Relations Heads of Government received an update on the most recent developments between the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. They noted that Guyana had submitted its Memorial on Jurisdiction to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on November 19, 2018, in accordance with an Order of the Court and that the Court had established April 18, 2019 for the submission of the Counter Memorial by Venezuela. Heads of Government expressed support for the judicial process underway which was intended to bring a peaceful and definitive end to the long standing controversy and which was in accordance with the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and the decision of the Secretary General of the United Nations under the Geneva Agreement of 1966. Heads of Government reiterated their firm and unswerving support for the maintenance and preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Guyana. Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered AssetsBarbados Declaration of Intent to Provisionally Apply the Protocol on Public ProcurementBarbados, St Kitts and Nevis BLACKLISTING Heads of Government recognised that the blacklisting of CARICOM Member States by the European Union (EU) has wrought considerable reputational damage to the Community.  Despite all Member States, with the exception of one, being removed from the EU blacklist, the damage inflicted is irreparable and has consequential implications for building Member States’ economic and climate resilience given their inherent vulnerabilities. Heads of Government emphasised the Community’s commitment to good governance and the drive to enhance Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) in accordance with the United Nations (UN) Addis Ababa Action Agenda, while recognizing that small, highly vulnerable States also require access to external capital to build resilience. In this regard, Heads of Government viewed the EU’s approach to “tax good governance” as inappropriate. In addition, Heads of Government recall that the appropriate forum to deal with these matters is the OECD Forum for Harmful Tax Practices which is inclusive in allowing other Member States to be present and to be consulted.  This was settled by the global community more than a decade ago.  The OECD has already reviewed the steps taken by Member States and had no difficulty with them.  It is an infringement of their sovereignty, coercive and harmful to the future of a key economic sector in CARICOM for the EU to demand these political commitments.  In addition they have not provided any empirical evidence of instances of tax evasion. Heads of Government agreed that the Community’s strategy against blacklisting will be multi-dimensional and targeted to both the immediate protection of Member States’ sovereignty and their future relations with Europe. Heads of Government have accordingly requested the EU to cease the blacklisting of CARICOM States which have already made commitments to reform their tax structures in good faith. Heads of Government have proposed that the EU should adopt a more collaborative approach which would allow Member States to conduct the required impact and sensitivity analyses to determine how to further align their tax regimes with global standards for tax transparency and governance. Heads of Government noted other EU initiatives to identify countries with strategic deficiencies in their Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) frameworks as well as to monitor investor citizenship and residence schemes within the context of their visa suspension mechanism for visa-free countries. In this regard, Heads of Government welcomed the initiative of the CARICOM Committee of Central Bank Governors to convene a Biennial Caribbean Regional Conference on AML/CFT Risk Management commencing in 2020.  This Conference will allow for the dissemination of information on Member States’ AML/CFT Frameworks as well as facilitate the Community’s engagement with AML/CFT stakeholders internationally. May 9, 2018 The Thirtieth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Frigate Bay, St Kitts and Nevis 26-27, February 2019.  Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris, chaired the proceedings. Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne; Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis; Prime Minister of Barbados, Honourable Mia Mottley;  Prime Minister of Dominica, Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt; Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness; Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley. Belize was represented by the Attorney General Honourable Michael Peyrefitte; Guyana was represented by His Excellency Second Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge; Haiti was represented by Foreign Minister, Honourable Bocchit Edmond; and Suriname was represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Yidiz Pollack-Beighle. VENEZUELA Heads of Government discussed the situation in Venezuela and issued a “Statement on Escalating Tensions in Venezuela”. BORDER ISSUES Belize-Guatemala Relations Heads of Government received an update on the most recent developments between Belize and Guatemala. Heads of Government recalled that in accordance with the Special Agreement to Submit Guatemala’s Claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Guatemala successfully held their referendum on 15 April 2018 to submit its claim on Belize to the ICJ for a final resolution, and that Belize has scheduled the date of 10 April 2019 for its national referendum.  They further welcomed an update on progress of the nationwide public education campaign, which the Government of Belize is undertaking to prepare Belizeans to make an informed decision. Heads of Government reiterated their concern that the undertaking by both countries and the Organisation of American States (OAS) to engage in the design and development of a mechanism of co-operation for the Sarstoon River remains outstanding and urged both countries and the OAS to reinvigorate their efforts to this end. They expressed support for the crucial role of the OAS in the process aimed at resolving the dispute, arising from Guatemala’s claims on Belize; and further called on the international community to continue supporting the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone. Heads of Government re-emphasised their unwavering support for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of Belize. AGREEMENTS SIGNED  TRANSPORTATION Heads of Government met in Special Session on Transportation in keeping with their quest to deliver adequate, fair, competitive, efficient transportation services at affordable costs. Heads of Government recalled that the Multi-lateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) had been opened for signature in February 2018 and acknowledged the assent by all Member States to the MASA would give effect to the Community becoming a liberalised environment for CARICOM air carriers.  In that regard they urged those Member States which had not done so, to sign and ratify the Agreement.  Nine (9) countries have now signed the MASA allowing for provisional application. Heads of Government agreed that Member States should undertake a review of their domestic taxes and other charges related to the air transportation sector, with a view to rationalising the relevant tax structures as deemed appropriate by Member States Ministries of Finance. With respect to maritime travel, Heads of Government agreed to establish a joint private and public sector team to review the findings and recommendations of reports on a regional ferry service. The team has been requested to provide preliminary estimates for the implementation of a ferry services following discussions and negotiations with prospective ferry operators. Heads of Government also agreed that the Directors of Maritime Affairs of each Member State should meet regularly with the intention of coordinating and presenting a holistic approach to addressing the maritime safety and security issues of the Community. Heads of Government further agreed to restructure the Regional Transportation Commission (RTRC) and its programmes to enable greater efficiency.center_img Declaration of Intent to provisionally apply the Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered AssetsBarbados Protocol on Public ProcurementBarbados, St Kitts and Nevis Jul 7, 2017 Declaration of Intent to Provisionally Apply Multilateral Air Services Agreement –Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago STATEMENT ON ESCALATING TENSIONS IN VENEZUELA  ISSUED BY THE THIRTIETH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY DATE OF THE FORTIETH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF CARICOM (JULY 2019) The Government of Saint Lucia indicated that the Fortieth Regular Meeting of the Conference will be held on 3-5 July 2019. COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE FORTIETH REGULAR… Situation in Haiti Heads of Government expressed deep concern about the situation prevailing in Haiti during the past three weeks characterized by violent protests jeopardizing the political, economic and social stability of the country. Heads of Government recognised that the violent protests violated the fundamental and inalienable rights and freedoms of a large part of the population. Heads of Government call upon all stakeholders to prioritise dialogue as a means to address peacefully and meaningfully all relevant issues and to create the conditions for lasting political stability essential to the sustainable economic and social development of Haiti. Heads of Government also encourage and support the Haitian Government in its efforts and initiatives and call on all Opposition Leaders and other stakeholders to put the national interests and the wellbeing of the Haitian People at the forefront. Mar 1, 2019 Associate Members in attendance were: Bermuda represented by Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, Honourable Walter Roban; and the Turks and Caicos Islands, represented by Deputy Premier, Honourable Sean Astwood. Frigate Bay, St. Kitts and Nevis 27 February 2019 STATEMENT ON ESCALATING TENSIONS IN VENEZUELA ISSUED BY THE… SECURITY Heads of Government reiterated the critical importance to the Region of the national and regional security architectures in combatting crime and violence, transnational crime and other security threats as well as for the effective functioning of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Free Movement Regimes. Heads of Government also welcomed the adoption and opening for signature of the Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered Assets from criminal activity. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply concerned by the recent further escalation of tensions in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the ensuing increase in hardship and suffering of the population exacerbated by the imposition of sanctions. The people of Venezuela must be allowed to decide their own future in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter – non-intervention, non-interference, prohibition of the threat or use of force, respect for the rule of law, human rights and democracy. As CARICOM has ceaselessly advocated, for this objective to be attained, there has to be a meaningful and internal dialogue between the contending parties. This dialogue must determine how best the crisis can be resolved within the confines of the constitution and the rule of law, whether by referendum, elections or any other agreed mechanism. Nothing short of this will lead to the quelling of this crisis or provide the relief that all Venezuelans desire. Pending this, there must be a commitment to the delivery of humanitarian aid in a manner that is not politicised but which uses United Nations mechanisms that have been used over the years for the impartial and effective delivery of humanitarian relief. EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WITH SPECIAL GUEST Heads of Government welcomed Her Excellency the President of Estonia and acknowledged the forging of new relations between CARICOM and Estonia based on shared interests. They agreed to continue to explore areas of cooperation in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and e-government. The President outlined the development of her country as a digital nation emphasising its value to economic growth and development which could be an example for small countries. Heads of Government agreed on the need for cooperation initiatives between CARICOM and the Government of Estonia in order to advance the digital development of the Community and to promote the collective approach to the CARICOM Single ICT Space and the ‘CARICOM Digital Agenda 2025’ initiative. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Frigate Bay, St. Kitts and Nevis 27 February 2019 ………………………………………………………….. See also: Press Conference – 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting CARICOM Heads of Government Bilateral relations matters among COFCOR’s key… COMMUNIQUÉ – 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOMCOMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE TWENTY-NINTH INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY 26-27 February, 2018, Port-au-Prince, Haiti   The Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 26-27…March 1, 2018In “Anguilla”PM Harris meets CARICOM SG ahead of assuming Community Chairmanship(OPM St. Kitts and Nevis Press Release) Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris met today, Monday, 17 December, 2018, with the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in the Office of the Prime Minister at Government Headquarters. Prime Minister Harris said it was a special privilege…December 17, 2018In “CARICOM”PM Harris welcomes efforts to strengthen CDF(St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service Press Release) Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, says he welcomes efforts advanced at the recent 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Caribbean Community’s Heads of Government to strengthen the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) headquartered in St. Michael, Barbados.…February 21, 2020In “31Intersessional”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Vale Chooses Coda Octopus Echoscope

first_imgCoda Octopus Echoscope® Real-Time 3D sonar has been selected by Vale S.A. to produce dynamic underwater surveys during construction operations on the North Berth of Pier IV at the Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal in Sao Luis, Maranhao, Brazil.Vale S.A. is a global mining company with headquarters in Brazil and operations in over 30 countries. They are leaders in the production of iron ore and the second largest producer of nickel.The Echoscope® and F180® have been used successfully by Baird & Associates S.A., Chile, for more than 18 months under very challenging and turbid conditions to conduct dynamic surveys for Vale.During this period the various applications that the Echoscope® was used for included:– Underwater subsea sonar imaging and mapping to monitor erosion in the terrain surrounding the piles supporting Pier IV and the morphology of the seabed attributable to the presence of vessels using the facility, particularly on Pier IV’s South Berth;– Identification of obstacles that pose a risk to dredging operations;– Updating of the computer models used by Baird to account for actual temporal changes of scour and shoaling;– Use during construction operations on the pier’s foundations (pile driving), which require constant monitoring to ensure compliance with project criteria.[mappress mapid=”19686″]Press Releaselast_img read more

Ellery shifts skids

first_imgThe Auckland headquartered forwarder was established in 1969 has a strong background moving heavy and oversize loads for the oil and gas, mining and engineering industries. Ellery OS Project Cargo recently handled gas plant skids from Alberta, Canada, via Galveston, Texas, USA, to Taranaki in New Zealand. According to Scott Ellery, managing director of Ellery OS Project Cargo: “The biggest challenge of this shipment wasn’t only navigating officials in three countries and the ocean itself – but the tight rural roads of Taranaki.” The two skids were delivered and positioned at the Taranaki jobsite on January 11, 2013. www.elleryos.co.nz www.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img

New Orleans hits high

first_imgPort president and ceo Gary LaGrange made the announcement during the 29th Annual State of the Port Address, hosted by the International Freight Forwarders and Customs House Brokers Association of New Orleans.”It’s another milestone that comes on the heels of four record years in a row,” LaGrange said. “We anticipate continued growth in our container market, along with a robust breakbulk and project cargo market.”In addition, the latest breakbulk cargo data from May 2015 illustrates a growth of more than 15 percent in breakbulk tonnes, led by an 18.7 percent increase in imported steel.Chemical and petrochemical companies have also announced more than $81 billion in investments in new and expansion projects in Louisiana, and consequently industry experts predict that chemical exports could triple as these projects are completed and come online in the coming years.LaGrange unveiled two new marketing videos focused on the port’s container and breakbulk cargo capabilities, which can be found here and will be made available to port customers and shippers for marketing purposes. LaGrange addresses delegates at the State of the Port Address in New Orleans. www.portno.comlast_img read more

Dominguez to hold town hall in Laguna Vista

first_img Share RelatedDominguez seeks community input in first town hallBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Alex Dominguez, currently Cameron County Commissioner for Pct. 2, and soon to be state representative for District 37, held a town hall meeting in Port Isabel Monday, hoping to gather input from locals regarding their questions or concerns about the upcoming legislative session.…August 3, 2018In “News”Opposition mounting to windstorm insurance rate hikeBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS The Town of Laguna Vista is mobilizing to support most of the Texas Gulf Coast in opposition to a proposed 10 percent rate hike by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). Tuesday, the Board of Directors of the Port Isabel Chamber adopted a resolution…September 7, 2018In “News”County approves Eco-Tourism Center design conceptBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Plans to construct a state-of-the-art ecotourism facility along Highway 100 took one step closer to reality after the Cameron County Commissioners’ Court approved design concepts Tuesday. “The team has been working diligently throughout the course of the last few months of making visits…September 21, 2018In “News” By MARTHA McCLAINSpecial to the PRESSThe Town of Laguna Vista will host a Town Hall Meeting featuring State Representative – Elect Alex Dominguez on Monday, Aug. 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room, located at 122 Fernandez Street.“As he prepares for the Legislative Session that starts in January, the Representative-Elect wants to hear from you on the issues important to you,” Laguna Vista City Manager Rolando Vela said.Dominguez is an attorney who currently serves as Cameron County Commissioner for Precinct 2, which covers Laguna Vista, Brownsville, Rancho Viejo, Olmito, San Pedro, and Cameron Park.The sixth of 10 children born to a migrant farmworker family, Dominguez said in his early years he did not have much financially.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

SWAN hails minister for placing Rashidi Yekini’s mother on monthly stipend

first_imgSports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has commended the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, for granting a monthly stipend to the mother of the late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini.The Kwara SWAN Secretary,  Olayinka Owolewa. who made the commendation in a statement on Thursday in Ilorin, described the gesture as comforting.The late striker’s mother is Alhaja Sikiratu.“We received the news of the monthly stipend to Alhaja Sikiratu as a surprise because we thought the woman has been forgotten but the minister changed our thinking  with that singular action.“We call on other individuals to also show love to this aged woman and others across the country who need help.“The minister showed a true spirit of sportsmanship with his decision; he has already led the way for others to follow,” the secretary said.Owolewa also appealed to Kwara Government to reach out to the  late footballer’s mother.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yekini played in two World Cups and scored the country’s first goal in the competition.The late striker, who died at 48,  scored 37 goals  in 58 matches for the Super Eagles.Yekini died in Ibadan on May 4, 2012,  and was buried in his residence in Ira, Kwara.last_img read more

High school football: Freshman Rains tosses four TD passes in Haughton’s victory over Parkway

first_imgParkway’s first touchdown in thefirst half came after a completion to junior Jalun Reed, who fumbled at theHaughton 7. Senior Gnoble Peterson recovered the ball in the end zone for thescore. Whitten caught four passes for 69 yards. Sweeney had four catches for 52. But Brotherton said the Pantherscompeted well. Parkway also started a freshman quarterback, Elijah Harper, forthe second week, and Brotherton came away impressed. Senior Keyshawn Davis led Haughtonon the ground with 118 yards on 25 carries. He scored the Bucs’ lonesecond-half touchdown on a 7-yard run. Parkway finished 4-6 and2-5. For most of the season, the Panthers were in the top 32 in the powerrankings. But they dropped to No. 35 with the loss. “Our ones gave up one score,” hesaid. “They played like they played all year, tackled well, in position allnight. There were a couple of plays on their touchdown drive we were out ofposition and couldn’t make a play. But for the most part we played good sounddefense all night long.” Harper completed 10 of 18 passes for 133 yards. Sophomore Rontavious Richmond, whoplayed well and shouldered the rushing load in the second half of the season,led the Panthers with 55 yards rushing on 11 carries. Senior Michael Hooker had28 yards on three carries. Their opponent could beNo. 22 Ouachita Parish. But that won’t be official until the LHSAA releasesfinal official power rankings and playoff pairings Sunday. Elijah Rochon (7 yards),Gage East (38 yards), Tristan Sweeney (33 yards) and Matthew Whitten (34 yards)all caught TD passes. “He played so good,” Brothertonsaid. “I was proud of him. He had a great, great week of practice. He paidattention, learned and accepted the coaching.” Haughton finished theregular season 8-2. According to louisianasportsline.com, the Bucs are No. 11in the Class 5A power rankings and will host a first-round playoff game nextweek. “We’re pretty close tobeing 10-0,” Haughton head coach Jason Brotherton said. “We’ll take this deal,though — 8-2. We’ll get a home playoff game. We’re excited about that.” Rains played in place of starterPeyton Stovall, who missed his second straight game with an ankle injurysuffered in Week 8 against Captain Shreve. The Bucs also played withoutstarting receiver and backup quarterback CJ McWilliams (shoulder injury) forthe second week in a row. Brotherton said Stovall and otherveteran players helped and encouraged Rains during practice last week. “He’s playing well,” Brothertonsaid. “He’s got poise beyond his years. Physically, he needs to grow butmentally and congnitively he’s way ahead of where we expected him to be.” Carter Jensen kicked a 25-yardfield goal and made all five of his PAT attempts. Freshman Colin Rainsthrew four touchdown passes as the Haughton Buccaneers defeated the ParkwayPanthers 38-14 in a District 1-5A game Friday night at Bobby Marlow Field atPreston Crownover Stadium. Rains’ touchdown passeswent to four different receivers as the Bucs built a 31-7 halftime lead. Rains completed 11 of 13 passesfor 180 yards with no interceptions. “They were prepared and playedhard,” he said. “They’ll be better days ahead for those guys.” Haughton finished 5-2 in district, one game behind co-champs Airline and Captain Shreve. The Bucs lost to the Vikings and Gators by a combined 10 points. Brotherton said the defense playedanother solid game. Harper hit junior Quincy Jones fora 41-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Parkway has faced someoff-the-field challenges that contributed to its slump in the second half ofthe season. Per Parkway stats, junior DariuszPatterson and senior Terrance Murray led the defense in tackles. Both were inon 10. Sophomore Jacob Janezcko and senior Deangelo McCoy were in on eight each. Senior Adam Johnson and junior Trenton Defatta were in on six each.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Arborist taps genetics to save giant redwoods

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The workers clipped boughs from some of the preserve’s oldest and tallest trees to get genetically pure samples of some of nature’s ultimate survivors. Milarch, 58, believes these trees can provide the toughest possible stock for a kind of “genetic savings account.” He hopes that material can be used to restore old-growth redwoods in their native range up and down the state. About 95percent of the original forest has been cut down over the past few hundred years. Average mature redwoods stand between 200 and 240 feet tall and have diameters of 10 to 15 feet. The tallest trees have been measured at more than 370 feet, making coast redwoods the tallest living organisms in the world. The hardiest members of the species can live to be 2,000 years old. Redwoods have gained a prized status among nature lovers, but their high-quality timber has long been favored by home builders seeking the same durability that allows the trees to survive in the wild, which has led to widespread harvesting. Milarch said coast redwoods can reproduce themselves through a natural cloning process and by mating with other trees. A tree like Grandma could effectively be the latest incarnation of an individual tree that first saw daylight 20,000 years ago, he said. “If we’re going to pick out the strongest, longest-lived genetics, this old gal’s a survivor,” Milarch said. Horticulturists and genetic engineers plan to use the samples from the Marin County redwoods to see which of several techniques – some traditional, some cutting-edge – work best to reproduce the trees. Milarch has high hopes for the most advanced approach, known as tissue culturing, which creates exact genetic replicas by manipulating individual cells. Not everyone agrees that cloning represents the most effective way to preserve redwoods. Conservation groups have traditionally focused on curbing development and logging along the 500-mile stretch from Big Sur to the Oregon state line where most coast redwoods grow. “Protecting the habitat of the species in place – I think that’s the most important approach to conservation,” said Deborah Rogers, a redwood geneticist and director of conservation science for the San Diego County-based Center for Natural Lands Management. Rogers said a genetic storehouse that could protect the entire species from an unforeseen cataclysm caused by climate change or an imported disease would require samples from hundreds of trees across the state. Milarch hopes that samples from about 20 individual trees taken from ancient redwood stands in five distinct areas will be enough to get his restoration effort under way. Next he plans to solicit landowners and communities for plots of at least five acres where the clones will be planted and, ideally, interbreed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN GERONIMO, Calif. – When David Milarch first visited Northern California in 1968, he thought he would see avenues of coast redwoods 100 miles long. What he found instead was a “moonscape,” he said. Nearly 40 years later, the Michigan arborist has returned to the region to realize his dream of preserving and restoring the most ancient of these trees using the latest advances in genetic cloning. “What does this tree’s immune system have in it that it has survived when other trees haven’t?” Milarch asked, leaning against a massive, shaggy trunk of a redwood he’s dubbed “Grandma.” He estimates the tree is at least 800 years old. On a foggy Tuesday in Marin County, about 25 miles north of San Francisco, Milarch assembled a team of crack tree climbers who used ropes and harnesses to clamber more than 100 feet into the treetops at Roy’s Redwoods Preserve. last_img read more