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Middletown Holds Groundbreaking for Nut Swamp School Fields

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Board of Edu­cation and Township Com­mittee gathered last week at Nut Swamp Elementary School to break ground on the first of two new artificial turf fields.“This is a great day for Middletown Township, the school district and the local sports community,” Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger said. “This new field will be invaluable to our school children and many active athletic leagues.”The field, which is located at Nut Swamp Elementary School adjacent to Normandy Park, will be open to students and local athletic leagues for football, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and other sports. Construction is slated to begin in early July and scheduled to be completed before school starts, the mayor said.The project is the first step in a recent shared-services agreement struck between Middletown Township and the public school district for joint maintenance and periodic upgrades of township and school athletic fields over the next decade.By collaborating on field upgrades and maintenance, township and the school district expect to save on personnel costs, purchase more materials in bulk and more efficiently maintain fields on a regular basis, Scharfenberger said.Under the agreement, the school district contributed $250,000 to the $1.16 million project at Nut Swamp School. The municipal share will be paid for with increases to recreation fees that were approved last year. The township will handle issuing permits to use the field, Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante said.The artificial turf will not need to be watered or cut, requiring less regular maintenance and less expense than traditional grass, Mercantante said.A second artificial turf field will be built on the north end of town, possibly at Thorne Middle School and Harmony Elementary School, which are adjacent to each other. That field is expected to be constructed in 2014, Mercantante said.last_img read more

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Winters rocks Valentine’s Spiel, captures A event at annual Nelson Curling Club mixed event

first_imgBarry Marsh of Nelson finished second in the B event while Brent Pihowich placed second in the C behind the Nando Salviulo rink of Nelson.Ken Haynes of Nelson, along with wife Sandi at third, Gary Meadows at lead and Maxine Meadows at lead won the D event. Jill Winters reached into her contact bag to pull out a provincial winner to help the Nelson skip capture the Valentines Mixed Bonspiel Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.Winters, third Dean Horning, second Grant Davidson and lead Marcie Stefiuk, defeated Al May of Nelson in the A Final.Myron Nichol of Castlegar finished third in the A event with Curling Guru Fred Thomson of Nelson fourth.last_img read more

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Helicopter crash kills student; one survives

first_imgCASTAIC – A helicopter crashed into a creek bed south of state Route 126 Saturday, killing a student pilot and injuring an instructor, county fire officials said. The two-seat Schweizer helicopter, operated by Van Nuys Airport-base Group 3 Aviation, clipped a power line, but it was not clear whether that caused the crash or if the helicopter cut the cable while coming down, officials said. “They do a lot of training out here,” Los Angeles County Fire Department battalion chief Joseph Lindaman said. “When you’re flying, (the wires) are hard to see. Helicopters often run into the wires.” It was not immediately known which of the helicopter’s occupants was piloting. The victims’ names were not immediately released, and the cause of the crash was under investigation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The crash was reported about 2:15 p.m. near 28200 Henry Mayo Drive, also known as Route 126, in the wash about three miles west of Interstate 5. Rescue workers arrived at the wreckage to find a 25-year-old man dead and the instructor critically injured. The instructor was airlifted to County/USC Medical Center. John Pinkerton, who was staying at an recreational vehicle park within a half mile from the crash site, recalled hearing a loud noise before his electricity went out. “I thought it was somebody slamming a garbage can,” said Pinkerton, 70, of Omaha, Neb. About 1,465 homes lost power. Power was mostly restored within several hours, Southern California Edison spokesman Gil Alexander said. The crash site is near the former Indian Dunes off-road park, where actor Vic Morrow died in a 1982 helicopter crash during production of “Twilight Zone: The Movie.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Giants expect Mark Melancon to close again, Will Smith to retain job for now

first_imgPITTSBURGH — The Giants’ return to Pittsburgh is a homecoming of sorts for reliever Mark Melancon, who recorded 130 career saves and posted a 1.80 ERA for the Pirates between 2013-2016.Melancon was considered one of the most dominant closers in baseball following the 2016 season, which is why the Giants signed him to a four-year, $62 million deal that temporarily made Melancon the highest-paid reliever in baseball history.Two-plus years into Melancon’s tenure in San Francisco, the …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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Absa launches HIV-testing drive

first_img21 July 2011The government’s drive to test 15-million South Africans for HIV has received a boost from Absa bank’s new campaign, which is targeting 80% of its 35 000 employees in branches across the country.Absa’s new HIV Counselling and Testing and Disease Management campaign – unveiled at its headquarters in downtown Johannesburg on 20 July – was applauded by Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi, who addressed the launch.Besides promoting regular voluntary testing, the bank introduced the campaign to raise awareness about healthy living for employees who may test positive and for those who have already been diagnosed.The bank hopes the campaign will help them deal better with issues such as long-term absenteeism by staff living with HIV and discrimination against those who disclose their status.The campaign ties in with the virus’s “well-known” impact on companies, CEO Maria Ramos said. In reducing productivity in the workplace, HIV prevalence “has a negative impact on our country’s economic competitiveness”, she added.HIV/Aids is to blame for 30% of absenteeism in the workplace in South Africa, while tuberculosis, which is also a leading health problem in South Africa, accounts for 3.7%, according to Motsoaledi.Ramos said they want to reduce absenteeism, while also setting up support systems for employees. “As a responsible employer, the wellness of our people and their families is crucial,” she said.Voluntary testing at Absa’s 900 branches is expected to start in earnest by September when staff training on HIV/Aids concludes.Some executives and employees set the standard by getting tested at the launch. “I’ll be happy if you know that testing is not a once-off thing, you must do it every year,” Motsoaledi told Absa employees before entering the booth for his fifth test in 2011.Motsoaledi decried the fact that while the country makes up 0.7% of the world’s population, it accounts for as much as 17% of the total global HIV prevalence.More than 5-million South Africans are estimated to be living with HIV. “This is a serious crisis that we are facing as a country,” Motsoaledi said.The minister’s backing of the massive testing drive falls in line with his department’s HIV counselling and testing policy. The government believes that broad prevention can be achieved if more citizens know their status.“We have to join hands with the government to combat the disease,” Ramos said.Knowing your status is keyNewspaper columnist Lucky Mazibuko, who’s been living with HIV for more than 20 years, spoke of the importance of knowing one’s status at the Absa launch.The main reason he and other well-known HIV/Aids activists such as Constitutional Court judge Edwin Cameron, Treatment Action Campaign icon Zackie Achmat and Martin Vosloo have survived for so many years with the virus was because “we discovered our status as early as possible”, Mazibuko said.“It has become common knowledge that one can live with HIV productively, successfully and meaningfully,” the columnist added.“The virus prevails when ignorance is bliss,” but it “becomes disempowered” when people gain more knowledge about it.”Mazibuko also tested at the Absa launch. “Despite knowing my status, I will continue to lead by example,” he said. “It’s important that people living with HIV become agents of change.”He said his viral load was undetectable and his CD4 count was well over 500, and he largely attributes this to a healthy lifestyle.Plea to menAt least 13-million South Africans have tested for HIV since the government launched its testing campaign in April 2010.Sixty-five percent of those who’ve tested are women, and only 30% are men. It’s against this backdrop that Motsoaledi made an impassionate plea to South African men to get tested in numbers.“Please stand up, your country is burning. We can’t have this battle being carried by women alone,” Motsoaledi said.Absa’s executive Happy Ntshingila urged the bank’s male employees to lead the way in testing. “Men do not want to test. I challenge my [male] colleagues to do it today.”Other efforts to stem the tide of the pandemic include male circumcision, which is clinically proven to decrease chances of infection. The practice is becoming more and more prevalent in South Africa.The government also distributes at least 1-billion male condoms and about 6-million female condoms each year as part of its prevention efforts.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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South African scientists track the sun’s storms

first_imgThe South African National Space Agency have opened up a space weather centre in Hermanus that will track solar superstorms, which can be seen in the form of northern lights. (Image: Joshua Strang, U.S. Air Force)• SKA will change the way we listen to the universe• Time-travelling SKA to look back at the birth of stars• Massive funding injection for Square Kilometre Array• Bloemfontein becomes city of stars• Cosmic proof of comet strike on EarthShamin ChibbaEvery year thousands of tourists flock to the Arctic to view the psychedelic swirling skies of the aurora borealis, or northern lights. But few know that this beautiful display is actually a geomagnetic solar superstorm in our atmosphere.This general lack of knowledge of the sun’s effect on our atmosphere is why the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is leading a research programme to create awareness of space weather in Africa. It is also investigating the impact solar superstorms have on technologies on Earth.According to Sansa, solar superstorms can seriously disrupt mobile phones, GPS systems, power grids, satellites, avionics and high-frequency radio communication. This is a huge risk to the world’s economy and society.The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, a joint operation between Nasa and the European Space Agency, describes space weather as conditions on the sun, and in the solar wind, magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere, that can influence the performance and reliability of both space- and ground-based technology, and endanger human life or health.A storm occurs when the sun discharges a large burst of gas containing magnetic properties, called a coronal mass ejection. These are sometimes associated with solar flares.Sansa’s Space Weather Regional Warning Centre in Hermanus monitors the sun daily and is able to pick up such events. It is one of 17 warning centres in the world that form part of the International Space Environment Service, providing information, early warnings and forecasts on space weather. The service is designed for communication and navigation systems in defence, aeronautics, navigation and communication.It has also set up a space weather website featuring the latest visuals of the sun, information on solar flares, geomagnetic conditions and solar wind speed – which can travel as fast as 480 kilometres an hour.Sansa’s managing director of space science, Lee-Anne McKinnell, said it has become vital to monitor space weather because of society’s growing dependency on technology. “Sansa aims to provide the right information, in the right format, at the right time, to the right people, to enable and facilitate the right decisions in regard to space weather-related issues.”Watch: Footage of northern lights Superstorms can disrupt economiesIn the UK solar storms are listed as the fourth most serious threat on the National Risk Register. They are seen to have the potential to seriously damage the UK’s critical national infrastructure. Many other countries are becoming aware of the dangers of superstorms and are including them in their national risk assessments.According to a risk report by Lloyds, a UK insurance group that takes on unusual and complex risks, severe space weather can disrupt business operations. Sansa agrees. “For example, a loss of power could lead to a cascade of operational failures that could leave society and the global economy severely disabled,” the organisation says on its website.Though space weather affects the whole planet, the impact can be regional, said McKinnell. This is because different countries and regions use different technologies, and have different economic sectors.She said it is best to be aware of, and avoid, the consequences of space weather by establishing efficient warning systems such as the centre in Hermanus.In September this year two flares, one of which Nasa categorised as “most intense”, produced northern lights that could be seen in the US Midwest.At the time experts said people on the ground need not to worry as the Earth’s atmosphere protected them. But astronauts in outer space are at risk. This picture of the sun, taken on 13 November 2014, shows low solar activity, according to SANSA even though several C-class x-ray solar flares have been detected 24 hours prior to this shot being taken. (Image: South African National Space Agency)The worst solar storms in historySolar storms have caused disruptions on Earth as far back as 1859, with what is known as the Carrington Event. According to Nasa, this was the first and largest documented solar storm in the last 500 years. On 1 September 1859 at 11:18 am, solar astronomer Richard Carrington witnessed the flare through his private observatory telescope. Northern lights could be seen as far south as the Caribbean. According to Nasa, it interrupted telegraph communications, gave operators electric shocks and even started fires when discharges from the lines ignited telegraph paper.A major flare on 4 August 1972 knocked out long-distance phone communications in some states of the northern US. It even forced telecoms giant AT&T to redesign its power system for transatlantic cables.The 21st century has already seen three major storms. The Bastille Day event on 14 July 2000 short-circuited satellites and caused radio blackouts across the world. A massive flare on 28 October 2003 overwhelmed the spacecraft sensor measuring it. It was one of nine major flares over a two-week period. And on 5 December 2006, a sun storm damaged the solar X-ray imager instrument on the GOES 13 satellite and disrupted satellite-to-ground communications and GPS navigation signals for some 10 minutes.last_img read more

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GJM disappointed after talks with Bengal government

first_imgThe Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has expressed its disappointment with the second round of talks with the West Bengal government held at Uttar Kanya on Tuesday. “It seems that the agenda of the meeting was decided in advance, namely to raise issues pertaining to minimum wages, bonus and salaries. There was no discussion on Gorkhaland or the need and modality of maintaining a tripartite dialogue on Gorkhaland,” a press statement issued by Jyoti Kumar Rai, assistant general secretary of GJM, said. The GJM also appealed to the Centre to “immediately convene a tripartite meeting” on the ongoing stalemate in Darjeeling. Seven members of the GJM, including two MLAs and expelled leader Binoy Tamang, participated in the meeting. The ongoing strike in Darjeeling has crossed 90 days. Attempts by the state government to normalise the situation in the hills have failed to yield much results. On Wednesday, the government resumed bus services between Darjeeling and Siliguri. The buses were escorted by vehicles of security forces. While expressing disappointment with the outcome of the meeting, the GJM said it was “partly appreciative” of CM’s statement that “every citizen has the right to do agitation”. The press statement also added that the “90 days of indefinite strike and the death of 11 Gorkhaland supporters was not bargain for bonus, salary, winter allowance for teachers and development issues”.The next round of talks is scheduled to be held on October 17.last_img read more

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Azkals draw with Yemenis, stay on top

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension The Yemenis proved dangerous on the counter-attack as they exploited the Azkals’ inability to recover defensively off set pieces.Defender Mudir Al Radaei gave Yemen a shock lead in the 27th minute with a diving header off a corner kick, stunning the crowd of close to 3,000 at Panaad.Phil leveled three minutes later with a trademark free kick, scoring from 30 yards out—a goal similar to his strike against Tajikistan last June and Indonesia last December in the Suzuki Cup.But Yemen always proved dangerous on the break and the visitors pulled ahead again in the 55th minute with a well worked counter-attack completed by Abdul Al-Matari.James forged another equalizer with a header off a Manny Ott delivery in the 71st minute.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ It was a bittersweet result for the brothers in particular as they took delight in the goals they scored, yet felt a tinge of disappointment over their inability to pick up maximum points against a team that struggled to even reach this bustling city.“We’re a bit disappointed not to get three points, but the team fought hard until the end,” said Phil Younghusband who jacked up his tally to 47 international goals. “We can still take a lot of positives from this game. We’re still top of the group and hopefully get a better result next time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGoalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who produced some spectacular saves at the start of the match and late in stoppage time shared Younghusband’s sentiments.“Slightly disappointed but we need to take the positives out of the game,” said Etheridge. “It’s a draw. It’s not a loss and we keep a good unbeaten record going and we look forward to the next game in Doha next month.” Philippine Azkals  Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netBACOLOD CITY—The Philippines picked a precious point after fighting back from a goal down twice to salvage a 2-2 draw against Yemen, Tuesday night in the Asian Cup qualifier at Panaad Stadium here.Brothers Phil and James Younghusband made a memorable return to the stadium where they made their international debuts 12 years ago, scoring in each half as the Azkals stayed on top of the group with seven points, two ahead of the Yemenis, whom they will face on Oct. 10 in Doha, Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses NCAA bans Bolick, 3 others for fracas LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Read Next View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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TNT bounces back, ties semis series

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Rice made himself valuable on the floor, hitting jumpers and knocking down long threes as he scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth that helped TNT build enough cushion and seal the victory.By the time the former Washington Wizards wingman retired to the bench after his fifth foul off a speeding LA Tenorio with less than five minutes left, TNT was already comfortably ahead by double digits.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Castro actually presided over TNT’s offense while Rice was out and finished with 20 points and 10 assists as they refused to be rattled by an energetic pro-Ginebra crowd at Batangas City Sports Center.“It’s a do-or-die match. It will be hard for us to recover if we lost this game,” said Castro in Filipino. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Arellano tries to remain in final 4 chase LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Sol Mercado hit a couple of threes and LA Tenorio found a cutting Japeth Aguilar in the baseline for a jaw-dropping one-hander that brought down the house and TNT’s lead to four.Super active on defense, Rice was saddled with fouls early, some of them unnecessary.The sprightly import committed his fourth personal just before halftime when he clipped a hard-driving Brownlee in the arm.Meanwhile, Meralco goes for the kill in Game 3 of their semifinal duel against the Star Hotshots Thursday.The Bolts, who lead the series at 2-0, shoot for the sweep at 7 p.m. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Moala Tautuaa and Kelly Williams also had their share of the limelight, as well as high-motor forward Tony Semerad, in neutralizing the Kings’ towering frontline.Unlike in Game 1, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar had few touches this time with TNT effectively sealing off the paint.But credit for limiting Justin Brownlee in the closing minutes went to Semerad, who stuck to the Ginebra import like a leech and received his share of bruises.Game 3 is scheduled Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Kings finally found their rhythm halfway through the second period after falling behind by 18, most of them points generated by TNT off turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESBATANGAS CITY— Glen Rice Jr. turned into a liability before picking himself up and becoming the game-changer that TNT needed.Benched for long stretches due to foul trouble, Rice made up for lost time and fired up the Texters for a 103-96 win that tied their PBA Governors Cup semifinal playoffs with the Barangay Ginebra Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View commentslast_img read more

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