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9 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Aggressive measures implemented to manage Black Sigatoka disease by: – July 17, 2012 Share Share Banana plant affected with Black Sigatoka disease. Photo credit: agfax.netDominica’s government is waging war on the Black Sigatoka disease since it could have a crippling impact on the socio-economic development of the island.The presence of Black Sigatoka was officially confirmed on the island last week when a sample of a suspected plant was sent for lab testing in Martinique.Black Sigatoka is a leaf spot disease of banana that can cut a tree’s fruit production in half. The fungal disease causes dark leaf spots that eventually enlarge and combine, causing much of the leaf area to turn yellow and brown.According to Plant Protection Officer, Ryan Anselm, who was speaking at a press conference earlier this week, the disease can be managed and confirmed if farmers adhere to the strict instructions issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.Anselm said that the disease has been intercepted between Scott’s Head in the south, Castle Bruce in the east and Belles in the central region.He also said that the strategy of the Ministry of Agriculture is containment and management.Hon. Matthew Walter said that his ministry is assertively tackling the disease.He said, “Black Sigatoka must be viewed as a very dangerous disease and Government is not going to drag its feet in implementing the relevant measures to ultimately achieve the objective of the complete eradication of Black Sigatoka. We cannot afford to be playing around with the disease. Food security and our export market are too important. This is why, in relation to our quick response measures, that we have brought onboard Carol Severin-Abraham who is a Pathologist and has worked in the Ministry of Agriculture for some time. She is qualified in this field and is competent enough to coordinate this very important Black Sigatoka Management Programme.”Not only is Government taking action against the disease, says Hon. Walter, but proactive steps were also taken beforehand including a $300,000 allocation.“Well before the confirmation of the disease, we activated an emergency action plan for the management and control of Black Sigatoka. Fundamental actions taken today include the activation of an emergency task force, the establishment of regional field coordination committees in each agricultural region and the development of a management strategy for the disease. I must note that even before the laboratory official confirmation of the disease, Cabinet had already released $300,000 to initiate control and management strategies.”The Coordinator of the Black Sigatoka Management Programme, Carol Severin-Abraham noted that Dominica’s government is well ahead in terms of taking immediate preventative and management action.She said, “There’s a lot of activity that the Ministry of Agriculture is doing very quickly that you have not seen in other states. The other countries are not going as fast as Dominica is and I want to [say] that this is happening very quickly and Dominica is reacting quickly as well. Behind the scenes, money is already being allocated. When we go to regional meetings, we hear of what Dominica is doing and it is quite startling that we are moving so quickly and taking this so seriously. I think that the regional organisations are very pleased with how quickly the Ministry of Agriculture is acting on this.”Additionally, Dominica’s government is looking into introducing resistant varieties of plantains and bananas on the island.Government Information Service
The two injured victims were beingtreated in nearby hospitals, the prosecutors added. French police secure an area in Villejuif near Paris, France on Jan. 3 after police shot dead a man who tried to stab several people in a public park. REUTERS/CHARLES PLATIAO VILLEJUIF – French police shot dead aman in this town about 8 km (5 miles) south of central Paris on Friday after hewent on a rampage with a knife in a park, killing one person and wounding twomore, prosecutors said. Religious documents including a copyof the Koran were found among the man’s belongings, but there was no evidencethe man had been influenced by radical Islamists, a spokesman said, adding theattacker had a history of mental illness, had been admitted to hospital a fewmonths ago and was undergoing a course of psychiatric treatment. (Reuters)
Australian Schwarzer, 40, signed his last deal in January 2013 and has not given any firm indications on his future plans. David Stockdale, meanwhile, has impressed during his loan spell at Hull as they press for promotion from the npower Championship. Jol hopes the situation will be resolved one way or another soon. He said: “As you know we made him (Schwarzer) an offer, so that means we would like to keep him.” Asked if he had come back to the club yet, Jol added: “No.” Jol, though, knows Stockdale cannot wait forever to stake his claim for the Fulham number one jersey, the 27-year-old having had loan spells with several different clubs since joining from Darlington in 2008. “The reality is Stockdale wants to be the number one, so I have got a little problem and it is a choice. Do you get him back and make him the number one or do you stick with your keeper?” Jol said. “Schwarzer did ever so well, so it’s about making decisions. If I want another goalkeeper, I won’t take a mug, I would like to take a good goalkeeper, and a good goalkeeper is someone who could be a number one.” Jol added: “I have got a very good one in Neil Etheridge, but he has played two games in his career so for him it would be better to play games at another club and then in two years time he could be number one, because he is a tiger, he is very good talent, but in the meantime we need a very good goalkeeper.” Fulham have several players coming to the end of their current deals, including several on loan, like Cameroon midfielder Eyong Enoh from Ajax. Jol indicated veteran forward Mladen Petric could be among those who move on, adding: “Petric is one who could make his mind up himself because as long as (Dimitar) Berbatov was here, there is not a big role for him to play.” Fulham manager Martin Jol admits he has a “little problem” over his goalkeeper choices for next season – with veteran Mark Schwarzer yet to commit to the offer of a contract extension. Press Association
In partnership with the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, the Wells Recreation Center will be hosting a pop-up coronavirus testing site.The testing is free for all Palm Beach County residents with or without symptoms and no appointment is necessary.Officials will also be able to accommodate those who choose to walk-up or drive-in.Those who are interested in being tested will need to bring a photo I.D. You will also be required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.The Wells Recreation Center is located right across from City Hall.For more information, call 561-642-1000.
… Roncey Caleb shot seals the dealBy Colin BynoeACTION in the GT Beer/BFA/Candy Boss Berbice eight-a-side football tournament intensified on New Year’s Day with a scintillating matchup between GT Police Football Club and Monedderlust Football Club at the All Saints School ground in New Amsterdam (Scotts School).The match was the first semifinal of the eight-a-side tournament. In soggy conditions the first semi-final action saw a determined display of football from both teams.For Police FC Rawle Haynes found the back of the net early in the 7th minute to signal their intention. Acho Wallace then got jealous and made a name for himself as he nailed goal number two in the 10th minute for Police FC.Monedderlust FC brought some life into the large crowd with a late first-half response in the 24th minute from Kevin Cottoy to bring the score 2-1. The scoreline remained 2-1 when the first half ended.When play resumed in the second half both teams were resolute in their effort to force home the advantage. Moneddurlust FC’s Arthley Bailey got an opening and sent their supporters in frenzy with an eye-catching equaliser in the 39th minute.The game continued with a number of feisty tackles and goal-scoring moments for both teams as time was evidently waning. This 2-2 stalemate remained intact when regulation time ended.With the penalty kicks taken, the win was sealed by Police FC goalkeeper Roncey Caleb who had the first kick and his shot rocketed into the goal.Caleb showed his all-round ability with his efforts saving two on-target shots to lift his team over Monedderlust FC. The penalty stage ended 1-0 in favour of Police.
Golfers Yaw Asumang, Kojo Choi and Ekow Nyarko, who were outstanding in the first quarter of the MTN Spoons golf competition, picked the first, second and third slots respectively as the competition entered its second quarter last Saturday.By their victory, they have drawn a bye alongside Rene Kwame, and K. Rosha, among a few others, for the third quarter of the competition sponsored by mobile telecommunications company, MTN, in partnership with Tecno mobile.The event, which attracted several golfers to the Celebrity Golf Course at Sakumono, is an annual competition which is played every quarter for winners and outstanding golfers who draw bye in the competition.Outgoing CEO of MTN, Michael Ikpoki, who played his final game before taking up his new appointment in Nigeria, was proud about the unique tournament his company had been able to create with the Celebrity golf club.In an emotional farewell message, he expressed gratitude to all the golfers for turning out to participate, saying the competition had offered the opportunity to bond with clients.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Guerrero said that he’s hit a game-winning grand slam in the ninth inning to win a game in Cuba. This was his first grand slam of any kind in the major leagues. Kenley Jansen survived a one-out double by Carlos Gonzalez to record his fifth save of the season. Josh Ravin (1-0), who struck out the only batter he faced in the eighth inning, was credited with the win. It was the first major league game of Ravin’s career after 209 in the minor leagues dating to 2006. The right-hander from Chatsworth High was added to the 40-man roster after the first game of the doubleheader.The win ensured the Dodgers (31-21) sole possession of first place in the National League West. It also gave the team something to celebrate at a moment it badly needed one.“Guerrero came up big with that home run,” Pederson said. “It was a great team win.”Pederson and Guerrero are both classified as rookies by the league. In that respect their feats will be compared to those of former Dodgers Mike Piazza, Eric Karros and Frank Howard, all Rookies of the Year. Pederson is on pace to hit 50 home runs. That would smash Piazza’s franchise rookie record of 35 and even the all-time rookie record of 49, held by current Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire.Guerrero is on pace to hit 31.But Guerrero is 28 years old and played parts of eight seasons professionally in Cuba before he defected in the summer of 2013. “I’ve played a lot of baseball,” he said. “I’m an older guy.”“Rookie or not,” Pederson said, “he came up huge and helped the team win a ballgame.”That was no small feat after the Rockies tagged Dodgers starter Zack Greinke for a season-high 10 hits and five runs over six innings. With the score 5-5, Colorado added three more runs against relievers Yimi Garcia (2) and Adam Liberatore (1).Betancourt loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning on singles by Alberto Callaspo, Jimmy Rollins and Chris Heisey.In the first game of the doubleheader, the Dodgers made the ultimately dubious choice not to call up a starting pitcher from the minors. Relievers Juan Nicasio and Ian Thomas — fresh up from Triple-A Oklahoma City — were entrusted with the first five innings. Thomas (0-1), who came to the Dodgers last week in the trade that sent Juan Uribe to the Atlanta Braves, allowed four runs in three innings.“Pitching-wise, OK,” Mattingly said. “We just really didn’t do enough (offensively).” The manager mentioned the fifth inning, in which Adrian Gonzalez walked with the bases loaded but Howie Kendrick struck out to end the Dodgers’ best scoring threat.“We had people all over the place,” Mattingly said, “just didn’t do enough to deserve to win.”Pederson appeared to be in a somber mood after the afternoon loss and did not want to address his 15th home run of the season.After the Dodgers won the night game, Pederson appeared more relaxed.“You’re not going to win ‘em all,” he said, “but to lose two in a day would’ve been tough.” “I think our whole team was in shock for a second,” Pederson said.“Just numb at that point,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.Only after Blackmon rose from the warning track without the baseball did the grand slam appear official. The Dodgers’ 8-5 deficit became a 9-8 lead. A disappointing doubleheader sweep became an impossibly hard-earned split.Blackmon told reporters that his glove touched the baseball but was never in the pocket of the glove.“At first I wasn’t sure” if Blackmon caught it, Guerrero said through a translator. “As I kept running, I thought it was out.” DENVER >> Joc Pederson can hit a baseball so far, at such a young age, that the 23-year-old center fielder gives the illusion that he can do everything.Pederson hit two home runs Tuesday, one in each game of a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies. The first traveled an estimated 477 feet and the second 472, making them two of the longest home runs hit by any player this season.But the Dodgers lost the first game, 6-3, and were one out away from losing the second after Pederson popped out weakly in the top of the ninth inning with the bases loaded. The Dodgers will need more than just Pederson, who has emerged as the favorite for the National League Rookie of the Year award.But the next batter, fellow rookie Alex Guerrero, came through. Guerrero was down to his final strike against Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt when he sent a ball sailing toward dead center field. It hung just high enough to clear the fence and just low enough for center fielder Charlie Blackmon to take a stab at pulling it back.
Wellington Police notes for Thursday, December 12, 2013â€¢2:06 a.m. Officers investigated an aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault with deadly weapon and criminal use of a weapon in the 700 block of N. Gardner.â€¢2:44 a.m. Karlyss K. Debuhr, 51, Wellington was arrested and confined charged with aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault with deadly weapon, and criminal use of a weapon.â€¢10:02 a.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity in the 1100 block of W. 8th.â€¢3:13 p.m. Officers investigated making a false writing and theft in the 800 block E 16th.â€¢7:47 p.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity in the 1200 block of N. C.
On the tie between Real Madrid and City: “It will be a great game, very close. The City is not that it has given priority to the Champions and neglected the Premier, it is simply that it is not doing well in England at this time. That choice can be made, but in April, not at Christmas. It is disappointing and the results say so. I didn’t think Klopp could put so much distance between Liverpool and City“. Fabio Capello He was the last to criticize Gareth Bale. The former coach of Real Madrid has given his diagnosis of what happens to the Welsh end this season in conversation with the Daily Mail, in which he also talks about the Champions League qualifier that will measure the white team and Manchester City in the round of 16.“I have the impression that football is not a priority in Bale’s life, I think he is distracted. He is potentially a fantastic player; strong and fast, perfect for the modern football, but if you want to be a champion you must be 100% focused and focused only on your sports life“says the Italian.