Two Kalinago Territory residents reportedly missing at sea

first_img Share 776 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! (file photo)Two men; Ian Joseph and Walters Joseph of the Kalinago Territory are reportedly missing at sea.According to Ian Joseph’s mother, Roselyn Fontaine, the men left the Territory on Tuesday 8 March 2016 and have not yet returned.“He was coming back down the same Tuesday and then he got some difficulties I believe in the night. Then he called the owner of the boat to tell the owner of the boat he’s experiencing difficulties, but the owner of the boat probably went out and couldn’t meet up with them,” Fontaine told Dominica Vibes on Friday 11 March 2016.“I’m not hearing nothing at all, I’m not hearing nothing on the news so I went to the Police Headquarters yesterday and they asked me if a report was made to the Salybia Police Station,” Fontaine informed. Fontaine, who resides at Soufriere, said she contacted her other son who resides in the Kalinago Territory and advised him to make a report to the police.She is hoping that the Dominica Coast Guard can assist in the search for the men. The Police Department has not yet issued a statement on this development and we have not yet been able to make contact with the Police Public Relations Officer. Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Two Kalinago Territory residents reportedly missing at sea by: Dominica Vibes News – March 11, 2016 Share Sharelast_img read more

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Dominica’s CSEC performance 12 points above regional average

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Dominica has recorded its best performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams since 2013, Local CXC Registrar, Magalie Celestine has announced.Celestine, who was addressing a press conference where the 2018 results were released on Wednesday 15 August, said Dominica’s overall performance was twelve points above the regional average.“When we compared our subject performance to that of the region, Dominica’s overall performance is 82 percent, which is some twelve points above the regional average,” Celestine said.“Dominican students performed above the regional average in thirty out of the thirty-three subject areas attempted,” she continued.In addition, Celestine reported that there was “a 3.6 percent increase” in the overall percentage pass of students receiving grades one, two and three in the 2018 CSEXC exams compared to 2017. “We received an overall eighty-two percent pass this year; this is the best performance since 2013,” Celestine stated. This year, four schools showed marked improvement in their overall performances, which Celestine highlighted.A thirteen percent increase was recorded for the Dominica Community High School, twelve percent increase for St. Martin’s Secondary School, nine percent increase for the Dominica Grammar School and eight percent increase for the Arthur Waldron Seventh Day Adventist Academy, formerly the Dominica Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School. All fifteen (15) secondary schools submitted a total of seven hundred and seventy-nine (779) candidates for the CSEC exams. This figure represents ninety (90) students less than last year when eight hundred and sixty-nine (869) students sat the exam. A total of nine hundred and seventy-six (976) candidates wrote the CSEC exams in thirty-three subject areas.There was also a decrease in the number of private candidates registered for the CSEC exams; one hundred and ninety-seven (197) in 2018 compared to three hundred and ninety-seven (397) in 2017. “We are all well aware of the factors that contributed to the decreasing numbers, both for school candidates and private candidates,” Celestine said. Share 852 Views   2 commentscenter_img EducationLocalNewsSecondary Dominica’s CSEC performance 12 points above regional average by: – August 15, 2018 Share Sharelast_img read more

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Govt’s unbridled resort to convenience

first_imgThere are reports that earlier this week, a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) was called against the Chief Constable of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown. Information pertaining to the result of that vote indicates that nineteen of the thirty elected members of the Council who voted in favour are from A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)— the dominant partner of the ruling coalition— and, in reality, the actual government. It won twenty-one out of those thirty seats at the most recent Local Government Elections (LGE).Reportedly, there was a lack of confidence in Chief Constable’s performance. He was accused by that grouping of displaying a lacklustre and a general incompetent attitude towards his job. The purpose of the NCM was therefore to have him removed. That objective was reportedly met. This is extremely significant in the context of the ongoing political situation which was triggered by a successful NCM in December 2018.The APNU-led APNU/AFC coalition continues to disregard all constitutional processes that the successful NCM mandated and it has defied all rulings and consequential orders of the judicial system to abide and respect the Constitution. Officials of that party, and who also hold senior positions in Government, have been adamant that the December 2018 NCM was not valid despite the ruling of the speaker and the courts. They even boldly proclaimed that the Government cannot be removed by a NCM and that the final court has no jurisdiction here.One very senior official reportedly vehemently postulated that the Government must be allowed to rule for its full term and that NCM must not be an option in the Constitution. This is despite the fact that when in the Opposition, it was in the process of tabling a NCM against the then People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) government.The reality of the APNU/AFC government’s continual refusal to abide by the Constitution is that elections mandated within ninety days of the successful passage of the NCM, are still to be held six months and counting after the deadline expired in March this year.From all indications, through a perceived lack of urgency by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) — which allegedly takes its cue from the APNU/AFC government— a timeline for these overdue elections is no closer to being announced. Just recently, GECOM’s Secretariat presented to the Commission a timeline for March 2020. That would make it one year after the NCM was passed; nine months in excess of what the Constitution demands.That smacks of delaying tactics and it seems indisputable that the Government remains relentless in its efforts to institute same to avoid elections. Over the past six months, it presented the most frivolous excuses to have the Parliamentary-approved NCM overturned. Many Guyanese remain convinced that in the process, the Government made a mockery of the judicial process and harmed the country’s reputation of being able to offer quality legal representation.Millions of taxpayers’ money was unnecessarily spent to avoid what the nation’s Constitution has enshrined with regard to a successful NCM. In other words, the Government, through its actions since December 2018, leaves no ambiguity over its position on the NCM. It seems convinced it was unnecessary, invalid and operates as if it never happened.From that, one can safely conclude that the APNU/AFC coalition does not see an NCM as a constitutional and democratic mechanism to hold the Government accountable and to effect fresh elections. As a matter of fact, through its said actions, it appears not to see a NCM as valid for anything, including removing an officer accused of incompetence from his/her position.The successful passage of the NCM at the M&CC is another instance that exposes the unbridled and incessant duplicitousness on the part of the APNU/AFC coalition government. It was tabled and seconded by councillors representing APNU, which holds the majority. It should be noted that two of its councillors abstained from casting a vote.That aside, one can seemingly safely assume that NCM within the Municipality could not have been realised without being sanctioned by APNU’s hierarchy, which the President heads. Ironically, over the past nine months, he has repeatedly said his government will uphold the law. With every passing day, that particular statement appears more and more deceptive as the election timeline drags on.The mindboggling question is: how could representatives of the ruling party resort to the use of a NCM to remove someone when that said party does not abide by the results of one passed by the highest decision-making body in the country?Is it a case of mere convenience to foster its own agenda? Is it a case of blatantly taking the rest of Guyana and Guyanese for granted? Many who have become wary of the Government’s continual defiance of the Constitution will, no doubt, answer in the affirmative. A casual analysis of the current political situation will make it impossible not to believe they are right.last_img read more

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SA freediver wins Nordic Deep 2008

first_img29 August 2008Cape Town-based freediver Hanli Prinsloo excelled in the Nordic Deep Freediving Competion held recently off the west coast of Sweden, winning the competition and setting four new South African records in the process.Freediving is the sport of diving deep for as long, or as far, as possible on one single breath of air.Prinsloo first improved her mark in Free Immersion, which is a depth discipline where the diver pulls herself down and back up a rope.The previous record had been 42 metres, but she lowered the mark to 50 metres in the black and cold waters of the Gullmarsfjord.She began the pool disciplines with a Dynamic No Fins record in which the diver swims breaststroke under water.Prinsloo destroyed the previous record of 78 metres by swimming 126 metres underwater. That new record places her among the top five women in the world for the discipline.Her third record came a day after the first two when Prinsloo broke her own Static Apnea mark by floating face down while holding her breath for an outstanding five minutes and 39 seconds.On the final day of the competition, competing in the Dynamic with Fins event, she bettered her own record of a dive of 129 metres while swimming underwater with a monofin.By adding another 21 metres to the old mark, she improved the record to 150 metres. Prinsloo now holds four of the six South African freediving records.She has been a freediving instructor for the past 10 years and teaches in a wide variety of locations, including in Cape Town, Umkomaas, Mozambique, Egypt, and Sweden.Prinsloo focuses on wildlife freediving, scouring the oceans for big fish and mammals, and freediving with whales, dolphins, sharks, and many other fish.The Nordic Deep 2008 Freediving Competition was her first big competition since the 2006 World Championships.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Frog boom in Tanzania

first_imgThe newly discovered species of toadbelonging to the genus Nectophrynoides(Image: Penelope Whitehorn, Frontier) The tranquil South Nguru mountains, oneof Africa’s biological treasure troves.(Image: Eastern Arc)Janine ErasmusOver a dozen previously unknown new reptile and amphibian species have been discovered in the rainforests of eastern Tanzania, a region known for its rich biodiversity. This is according to a report recently published in the Italian scientific journal Acta Herpetologica, titled “The Nguru Mountains of Tanzania, an outstanding hotspot of herpetofaunal diversity”.The authors are herpetologist Michele Menegon of the Tridentine Museum of Natural Science in Trento, Italy; conservationist Nike Doggart, an advisor to the Tanzania Forestry Conservation Group; and biologist Nisha Owen of the Frontier Tanzania Forest Research Programme in Dar es Salaam.The scientists carried out their explorations between 2004 and 2006 in the forests of the South Nguru Mountains, part of the Eastern Arc mountains of Kenya and Tanzania. This area is the origin of one of the world’s most popular indoor flowering plants, the African violet (Saintpaulia spp.)Tanzania enjoys a reputation as one of Africa’s most biodiverse countries, yet some of its regions are so remote that in biological terms they are poorly known. The South Nguru region, explained the authors in their report, was virtually unexplored – especially from a herpetological point of view (herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians).A biological hotspotThe study was conducted in order to compile a comprehensive list of the amphibian and reptile species in the area. In total 92 species of herpetofauna (41 reptile and 51 amphibian species) were documented.Of these, the 16 new species – which include chameleons, tree frogs, caecilians (worm-like animals) and snakes – are believed to be endemic to the Nguru Mountains. The little cold-blooded creatures are now the toast of the international herpetological community.One of the new arrivals, a forest toad belonging to the genus Nectophrynoides, is said to be the largest species found in that genus. The toad, which appears in a range of colours including yellow and green, black and orange, and red, has yet to be given a scientific name.Other discoveries include a new species of tree frog with red eyes, which was added to the genus Leptopelis, and a burrowing toad with a distinctive long snout belonging to the genus Probreviceps.The study was made possible through international collaboration between Frontier, a UK-based NGO dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity, the University of Dar es Salaam, Italy’s Tridentine Museum of Natural Science, and the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group.Other interesting zoological developments in Tanzania include the discovery in 2005 of an entire new genus of monkey, and the new species of giant elephant shrew that caused a sensation in January 2008. The Kipunji monkey, listed as critically endangered with barely 1 117 individuals remaining, is under serious threat from both poaching and the degradation of its habitat.Africa’s shrinking forestsAfrica’s forests, especially lowland forests, are shrinking because of human development. Although the South Nguru region has now been established as a biological treasure trove, it also is home to 56 villages, many of which depend on agriculture as a source of food and income.Crops include sugar and rice, bananas, yams, sweet potatoes, maize, coffee and cardamom. As a result, cultivated land is encroaching ever further into formerly pristine forest areas.“It’s really important that these forests are protected from further agricultural degradation,” said Owen, “as the montane forests of Tanzania hold some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world.”Menegon and Doggart warn that the Nguru ecosystem is already under threat from fire, logging, gathering of wood for fuel, and clearing for agriculture. But organisations such as Frontier and the Tanzania Forestry Conservation Group are taking swift action to halt forest degradation.Working with local communities and stakeholders, they have proposed a series of strategies which include reducing local dependence on unsustainable agricultural practices, such as the current method of growing cardamom. The situation is delicate as cardamom is a popular cooking spice and an important cash crop for highland farmers.“The programme represents an opportunity to reverse the current trend of forest loss and degradation,” the scientists wrote. “To succeed, it will need sustained commitment from the government of Tanzania, civil society organisations, the local communities and development partners.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on [email protected] linksSouthern African HerpetologyActa Herpetologica“The Nguru Mountains of Tanzania, an outstanding hotspot of herpetofaunal diversity”.Museo Tridentino di Scienze NaturaliReptile databaseFrontierTanzania Forestry Conservation GroupEastern Arc mountainslast_img read more

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Drive to stamp out doping in South African sport

first_imgSAIDS has launched a campaign to rootout doping among South Africa’s athletes.(Image: Sports and Recreation) SAIDS’ Shuaib Manjra and sports ministerFikile Mbalula launched the campaign. SAIDS urged professional athletesto sign the campaign’s pledge.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Khalid GalantCEO, Institute for Drug Free Sport+27 21 761 8034Bongani NkosiThe South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has launched a major campaign to raise awareness about illegal performance-enhancing substances and curb doping among local athletes.SAIDS introduced its “I Play Fair, Say No to Doping” campaign at a media conference in Johannesburg on 14 June 2011.“The core of our campaign is ‘I Play Fair’, let’s bring ethics back into sport,” said Shuaib Manjra, SAIDS chairperson.The drive, targeting professional and amateur athletes across the country, will provide education on banned substances and run actual doping tests. The campaign’s pillars are deterring, detection and prosecution, said Manjra.SAIDS’s latest statistics show that there has been a 100% increase in positive tests for doping over the last two years. The number jumped from 19 in 2009/10 to 50 in recent months. More than 2 000 athletes were tested in each year.Doping is an unacceptable practice that needs to be rooted out for the benefit of the country, said the Cape Town-based institute. The problem of doping is compounded by lack of broad knowledge on banned supplements in local athletics. Manjra conceded that some sports people were inadvertently taking the drugs.The Department of Sports and Recreation has thrown its weight behind the new campaign. “We support the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport in this regard to aggressively attack the use of drugs in sports,” said its minister, Fikile Mbalula.Mbalula will attend the Super Rugby match between the Bulls and Sharks at Loftus stadium in Pretoria on 18 June to raise awareness about the drive. His deputy, Gert Oosthuizen, will do the same at the clash between the Cheetahs and Stormers in Bloemfontein, also on 18 June.The government would like to see the campaign reaching out even to the “far-flung areas of our country”, said Mbalula. “It must be brought to the attention of everybody … that using drugs is cheating”.I Play Fair will also enter the realm of social media to reach its targets and campaign road shows are planned for the country’s rural areas.The South African Rugby Union became the first sports association to support SAIDS’s campaign. “We hope that more sports federations will endorse the initiative,” said Manjra.Bryan Habana, a Springbok wing, became the campaign’s first ambassador after signing its pledge.Schools’ permission neededSAIDS appealed to schools to give it permission to conduct doping tests among adolescents, as part of the campaign. The agency is to sign memoranda of understanding with academic institutions. “We’re willing to work with schools. All they have to do is come forward,” said Manjra.Parents are also urged to endorse testing in schools. “We have to intensify our awareness efforts, working with parents and young people,” said Mbalula.SAIDS’s initiative also has the backing of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Doping is a huge threat to sports all over the world and it’s critical that federations promote campaigns that deter the trend, the world body’s director general David Howman said in a statement.Regulating supplements sectorThe supplements manufacturing and distribution sector remains largely unregulated, according to SAIDS, and new legislation needs to be introduced.Lack of regulation is to blame for the general accessibility of supplements that contain banned drugs, like anabolic and prohormones stimulants.“This is an industry which is jeopardising the future of many of our athletes and we need to regulate it,” Manjra pointed out.SAIDS has launched its intelligence unit to uncover manufacturers and traffickers of illegal sports drugs. It alleges that these individuals are targeting unsuspecting athletes across the country.“We believe that every athlete who leaves the shores of the country to represent us is an ambassador of the country,” Manjra said.“We want a pledge from our athletes for clean play.”last_img read more

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How our Data Centers Evolved as We Enabled High Density Computing

first_imgThe density of our data centers has increased since 2004 as we expanded our rate of virtualization, proactively refreshed our servers and storage with the latest generation of Xeon processors, and consolidated the number of data centers.  As a result we had to innovate and optimize the efficiency and reliability of our data center facilities to accommodate the increasing cabinet sizes from 15kW to 22.5kW and to 30kW currently.  We focused on 4 key areas to optimize: Air and Thermal management, Architecture, Electrical, and Harvesting Stranded Capacity.  Read this data center facilities paper to learn and see (in 3D color) how our facilities changed as we increased the density of our data centers.For low-density cabinets up to 15kW, we use traditional computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units in the return airstream without any air segragation as illustrated below:For 22.5 kW cabinets, we use hot aisle enclosure (HAE) with the CRAC unit in the return airstream as illustrated below:For 30 kW cabinets, we use flooded supply air design and passive chimneys as well as HAEs as shown below:For some facilities with a raised metal floor (RMF) we still use a flooded air design by raising the room air handlers’ supply path above the RMF as shown below:Follow me on twitter at @ajayc47.last_img read more

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No Pakistan player in IPL till ties are resolved: PCB

first_imgIndian Premier League can have Pakistani players only once bilateral cricket ties with India are restored on a permanent basis, according to a Pakistan Cricket Board official.Pakistani players would only be able to play in the Indian Premier League once bilateral cricket ties with India were restored on a permanent basis, according to a Pakistan Cricket Board official, PTI reported.The former chairman of the PCB Najam Sethi, who now heads the powerful executive committee, told reporters that the possibility of Pakistani cricketers participation in the IPL would only arise once bilateral ties resumed this year in December.”I don’t know why it is like this but the fact is Indo-Pak cricket ties are always dictated by the existing government to government level ties between the two countries,” Sethi said.”And every time we have a bilateral series planned it is normal for both boards to first get clearance from the government at the last moment,” he added.Sethi, a well-known journalist and political analyst, noted that political and diplomatic dictates cricket relations between the two countries.”India for its part has signed a MoU with us to play six series over the next seven years and the first series of this agreement is scheduled in December. But the fate of that series will only be known when the time comes,” he said.”It is unfortunate but this is the way it is. We have spoken to the Indian board about our players not being allowed into the IPL but we get the same answer all the time from them.”advertisementSethi said if the series happens in December than he was sure that Pakistani players would make an appearance in the IPL in 2016.Pakistani players took part in the first edition of the IPL in 2008 but following the terror attacks in Mumbai the Indian government suspended all sporting ties with Pakistan.Asked about Pakistan’s planned Super League T20 event which has been postponed twice, Sethi said: “We want to hold it in Pakistan but problem is foreign players are demanding too much money for coming here and we will have to host it in Dubai.”last_img read more

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Everyone knows me and most people respect me: Muhammad Ali

first_imgMuhammad Ali spends his time watching movies these days – not his own celluloid biography The Greatest which was released recently, but a film lasting just a couple of minutes. It shows Ali’s next challenger, Ernie Shavers, knocking out Jimmy Ellis with a right uppercut in the first round.Ali is,Muhammad Ali spends his time watching movies these days – not his own celluloid biography The Greatest which was released recently, but a film lasting just a couple of minutes. It shows Ali’s next challenger, Ernie Shavers, knocking out Jimmy Ellis with a right uppercut in the first round.Ali is undoubtedly impressed with Shavers and is taking him more seriously than he has his other opponents in the past. Shavers, who resembles a fearsome black Kojak, has the highest knockout percentage of any heavyweight in history. Of his 54 wins, only two opponents lasted the distance. Ali and Shavers come together at Madison Square Garden on September 29, and Ali realizes that this may be his moment of truth. Yet the Louisville Lip cannot resist his characteristic verbal one-two. “Hey, I got the angle,” he yells gleefully. “Because of his bald head, I’ll call him the Acorn. That’s it. The Acorn will fall in the garden.” But beneath all that bluster and blarney, Ali still possesses the shrewdest tactical brain in boxing. Shavers, known in the business as “a banger who breaks up”, generally runs out of stamina and ideas once the rounds nudge double figures. “Sure, he’ll be dangerous for five rounds,” Ali admits. “But after that, he’ll be wheezing like an old war-horse and I’ll lean over and whisper in his ear ‘Ernie, now you are out of gas, I’m gone kick your ass’.”Ali is firmly convinced that it will take a better man than Shavers to take over his crown. “If I get beat again, it won’t be by no big hitter. The type who gives me trouble is a Frazier or Norton who stay close, keep throwing punches and don’t get tired. There’s a lot of folk who say I’m over the top-too old and too fat. Well, I’m in shape, but maybe we can build up this fight by getting them to think this here nigger’s finished.”advertisementThe times when Ali drops the showman’s mask is when he talks of himself as a “Black Kissinger”. “Boxing and acting’s nothin’ compared to what I have to do. The world’s blacks are looking for a leader. Is there anyone better equipped than me to act as a troubleshooter for President Carter? Everyone knows me and most people respect me.”I’d love to go to South Africa to talk to them oppressed colored folks. And Rhodesia too. When I’ve finished fighting, in about eight months, maybe I’ll charter a plane and go out there.”You’d be surprised how many people come to me with their problems. I’ve just had a call from the secretary of Bangladesh, or something, who wants to come over and see me. Everywhere I go people ask my advise or say ‘Can you help us Ali?’ A lot just want money of course. I’ve earned 57 million dollars and I reckon I’ve given away three million in the last three years.”Recently, at the International Valour Award luncheon in London, Ali blandly suggested that a suitable introduction for himself would be “The world’s best-known, most respected and highest paid human”. Not the most modest of men, Ali, but still “The Greatest”.last_img read more

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