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Arnett head to Haiti for CFU Club Championship semi-finals

first_imgArnett Gardens FC will depart the island this morning at 11’o clock for a semi-final showdown against W Connection of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship in Haiti. In the other semi-final clash, Don Bosco will square off against Central FC. The top three teams in the CFU tournament will qualify for the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. The semi-final winners will meet in the final, while the losers will be engaged in a third place-off to decide the other qualifier for the CONCACAF stage. Renae Lloyd, who was injured early in the team’s second leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final, will not make the trip. They lost the two-way tie 4-3 to Montego Bay United FC and were dethroned of the local title. “This is the final round in the CFU. We have two chances to advance to the CONCACAF stage, but we will be trying our best to win the Caribbean title for the first time,” Jerome Waite, head coach of Arnett, told The Gleaner yesterday of his team that ended runners-up last time. “This is my third stint in the CFU, and we will be looking to put the disappointment of losing the local Premier League behind,” he added. Their top players are captain Oneil Thompson, Damion Hyatt, Kemal Malcolm, Michaelous Martin, Dicoy Williams, Kenneil Hyde, Dicoy Williams, Vishinul Harris and Jason Moore.last_img read more

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Mondi expands Russian business

first_img10 December 2007South African-based paper producer Mondi is expanding its international presence following its listing on the JSE at the beginning of the month, announcing a €525-million (about R5.1-billion) project to modernise and expand its pulp and paper mill in Syktyvkar, Russia.“All main equipment contracts have been agreed and construction is to commence in April 2008, with completion scheduled by the end of 2010,” the company said in a statement last week. “The project will enhance Syktyvkar’s low-cost position, with the additional volume of uncoated fine paper and containerboard being supplied to the high-growth domestic Russian market.”Engineering News reported last month that the project involved the construction of new wood-handling facilities, a recovery boiler and turbine, a lime kiln and pulp dryer, as well as upgrades to two chemical pulp lines and improvements to machinery.Mondi chief executive David Hathorn told Engineering News that the project should slash operating costs and improve efficiencies, while also slightly increasing production by 190 000 tonnes per year, 60 000 tonnes of which will be sold into the pulp market, which is being driven by Chinese demand.He added that the modernisation of the plant was probably only the start of the group’s activities in the territory, which is arguably the only major unexploited softwood resource left in the world.“In fact, forests cover more than 70% of the territory, while swamps cover about 15%, making forestry activity attractive but difficult, given swarming mosquitoes and mud in the warmer periods,” Engineering News said. “This means that felling is generally confined to the icy winter months.”The company was spun-off from former parent Anglo American plc in July this year, and has looked at expansion to secure its position as an independent integrated paper and packaging group.Its main interests are in emerging markets, such as South Africa and in various locations in Eastern Europe.According to Mondi, Mondi Business Paper Syktyvkar, with an annual capacity of 580 000 tonnes of paper per year, is one of the largest producers in the Russian pulp and paper industry. In addition, the Syktyvkar mill controls 11 logging companies in the Komi Republic that supply the mill with wood.Mondi Packaging Paper, which operates within the same complex, has an annual capacity of more than 200 000 tonnes of packaging paper, delivering around 60% of the total white top paper market in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Tormentor on the prowl: Chris Gayle

first_imgChris Gayle has not really come to the party in a big way at the ICC World T20, but that did not affect his confidence one bit.In the second semi- final against Australia, Gayle rose to the challenge blitzing a 41- ball unbeaten 75.His innings took the men from the Caribbean to a total of 205, putting the match out of reach for the Australians, to a large extent. True to form, Gayle told the Sri Lankans in no uncertain terms that there was not much point in having any title aspirations on Sunday.It is amazing to think that such a destructive player did not feature in the Windies side till very recently. Gayles differences with the West Indies Cricket Board have their seeds in the 33- year- old Jamaicans match- winning ability in the Twenty20 format, due to which he is the biggest drawcard in any domestic league.As has been the case between Kevin Pietersen and the England and Wales Cricket Board, the blame for their absence from international cricket has to be shared by the player as well as administrators.If one looks at Gayles approach to batting in T20, he seems to have realised in the last couple of years that 20 overs is still a long time to bat. He takes two or three overs to get set and gauge the nature of the pitch. He does not swing wildly at deliveries and picks one or two every over to have a go at.Once he gets the ball anywhere near the middle of his enormous bat, there is no ground big enough in the world to contain him. Gayle averages 39.04 in T20 Internationals.A strike rate of 148.32 clearly proves that he rarely gets caught in the deep while going for his big shots.advertisementlast_img read more

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CARPHA says more Zika cases than media is reporting explains why

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 1, 2016 – Late yesterday, the Caribbean Public Health Agency or CARPHA issued a statement to refute charges that their lab is denying the public accurate figures on confirmed cases of the Zika Virus within the countries of the Caribbean.CARPHA says they are unraveling the mystery behind the numbers and Dr James Hospedales, Director of the Agency explained, “The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) reports that positive Zika cases confirmed by laboratory testing represents only the “tip of the iceberg.”  This means that the number of confirmed Zika cases published in the media are only a small number of infected persons, who were tested and confirmed as positive for having the disease.”The Turks and Caicos had 11 cases confirmed at last report; there are far more  people walking around with the mosquito borne virus which is also sexually transmitted and which has invisible symptoms for some, causes brain damage in unborn babies and causes the nerve disease, Guillaine Barre Syndrome.CARPHA provided the diagram, which is a pyramid illustrating that its tip reflects cases reported and its base reflects what cases actually exist. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:CARPHA explains zika case table, more zika cases than media is reportinglast_img read more

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Climate change may affect the finest wines

first_imgClimate change is likely to make the wine producing regions of France and Switzerland too hot for traditionally grown grapes, and vineyards in these regions may then have to switch to hotter climate varieties, change long established methods, move or go out of business, suggests a new NASA study.In much of France and Switzerland, the best years for grapes are traditionally those with abundant spring rains followed by an exceptionally hot summer and late season drought. This drives vines to put forth robust, fast maturing fruit, and brings an early harvest. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the scientists analysed 20th and 21st century weather data, pre-modern reconstructions of temperature, precipitation and soil moisture, and vineyard records going back to 1600. They showed that in the relatively cool wine making areas of France and Switzerland, early harvests have always required both above average air temperatures and late season drought. This is because in the past, droughts helped heighten temperature just enough to pass the early harvest threshold.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe researchers said that up to the 1980s, the climate was such that without the extra kick of heat added by droughts, vineyards could not get quite hot enough for an early harvest. That has now changed. The study found that since then, overall warming alone has pushed summer temperatures over the threshold without the aid of drought. On the whole, France warmed about 1.5 degrees celsius during the 20th century, and the upward climb has continued. “Now, it’s become so warm thanks to climate change, grape growers don’t need drought to get these very warm temperatures,” said lead author Benjamin Cook, climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “After 1980, the drought signal effectively disappears. That means there’s been a fundamental shift in the large-scale climate under which other, local factors operate,” Cook said.“Wine grapes are one of the world’s most valuable horticultural crops and there is increasing evidence that climate change has caused earlier harvest days in this region in recent decades,” Cook pointed out. “Our research suggests that the climate drivers of these early harvests have changed,” Cook noted.last_img read more

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