Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls were in a militant mood yesterday, as they rebounded from the disappointment of their Pool B defeat to England in the 2015 Netball World Cup in Australia to dispatch Scotland 71-24 in a one-sided affair. The result meant Jamaica (four points) finished second behind England (six points) in Pool B. The two nations advanced to the second round (Pool E), where Jamaica played against New Zealand earlier this morning, and are to face Uganda and Malawi, with the top two moving on to the semi-finals. Australia, South Africa, Wales and England will contest Pool F, which will decide the other two semi-finalists. Sunshine Girls head coach, Minneth Reynolds, told The Gleaner in a telephone interview that although the team was disappointed after their loss to England, the Girls remain resolute and are even more determined and focused on their goal. “The focus has remained the same although they lost to England. We were a bit disappointed at first, but they (Sunshine Girls) are still on a mission, so we bounced back against the Scottish,” she said. “They probably put more into the Scotland game because they wanted to prove to themselves that they are worthy contenders and that we can compete at our best at anytime,” she continued. A win over New Zealand this morning would put the Jamaicans in pole position to win their qualification group and set a likely semi-final date with England. That is if things go according to plan and Australia win Pool F. Prior to the match, Reynolds said they intended to win against New Zealand and top the group. “We are looking forward to New Zealand; we know it’s going to be a very tough game, but we are sticking to the task. Our attack will have to be penetrative, and we cannot stop at anything, we just have to be strong. “We want to win this game and all the games in the group. It’s important to win all your games, as winning your games only strengthens your confidence of getting to the final. So the objective is to win, and that is what is expected, and the Girls are looking forward to go out there, compete and win,” she continued. “The belief is still alive, the determination and the confidence is still there, and we are definitely going for gold, so we are going out to play our best, and we will be going very hard,” added Reynolds. In other matches yesterday, Wales beat Uganda 49-47, Fiji beat Zambia 59-51, South Africa beat Sri Lanka 89-17.
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The Commissioners of Inquiry into the state of the education system wants the public to know that the process is still on-going and the inputs of all are welcome.Chairman of the Education Commission of Inquiry, Ed Caesar“You still have many, many opportunities to ensure that your voice is heard. We are going into every community,” the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Chairman Ed Caesar said during a presentation at the recently held National Toshaos Council (NTC) meeting.Caesar explained that the CoI commissioners have already been in contact with the Regional Executive Officers of the 10 Administrative Regions: “We have presented them with a programme of visits to the regions, and we have asked that they communicate with the several communities to ensure that the people’s voices are heard.”As the CoI goes into the regions and communities, the chairman urged: “Please ensure that your voices are heard. Let us hear from you. We cannot make decisions by guess. We need you to say that this is happening in my region, my community. These are the peculiarities, help us to resolve them, and help to solve them.”But even as the chairman advised that the residents come out in their numbers and raise all their concerns, he recommended that they not only seek to highlight the negatives.“Do not think only of bad things. There must be good things happening in your areas, that too must be brought to the attention of the Ministry of Education and the CoI, so that we would know what the good things that should be enhanced are. Good things must continue to happen and continue to happen in a better way,” Caesar said.The CoI head said the commission has thus far held 13 consultations, during which representations were made from Indigenous peoples.“Last week from Region Nine we had two representatives who came to speak in Wapishana and who impressed upon us the need to have certain languages, native to the Indigenous people, in the schools,” Caesar advised.The CoI is expected to establish a baseline analysis of the sector, as well as recommend broad strategic guidelines for its enhancement, including addressing issues of the low and declining examination scores, and the challenges of human resource development with regards to enrolment and curriculum delivery.
– officials call for urgent attentionThe rediscovery of asbestos at the Christianburg Wismar Secondary School (CWSS) in Linden Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has led to urgent calls by regional officials and parents for immediate attention by the Education Ministry.Regional Chairman Renis Morian has indicated that officials recently received reports from parents while conducting checks on the school’s readiness for reopening, as the asbestos had been discovered in the ceiling of the school by contractors who were conducting repairs.“This is a great problem for us because school is reopening on Monday… I am calling on the Ministry of Education to move urgently. This is disaster risk mitigation right now and we need to move now to remove this asbestos before Monday… These are the findings of the parents in this community and it’s valid and this matter needs to be addressed,” Morian stressed. He added that there might be a few days delay for the school’s reopening when asbestos is removed sinceChristianburg Wismar Secondary Schoolthe school would have to be ventilated.He pointed out, however, that this should not be considered a form of strike action but a genuine cause for concern. The Regional Chairman further related that officials are aware that in 2001 to 2002, a contract was handed out for the removal of asbestos from inside the school; however, he noted that it appears as though some had been hidden given the way they were placed. “Now that a new contractor is doing works, those things are being discovered… Our interest is the health of our children and teachers…,” the Regional Chairman said, as he promised to make contact with several education officials. Meanwhile, Region 10 Education Committee Chairman Denise Belgrave confirmed that based on a visit to the school, there is indeed the presence of asbestos as she noted that it is important to look at the health of students and teachers. She also thanked parents for bringing the issue to the attention of officials.“We are trusting that the relevant authorities will give us that time so that we can rectify this issue and have school sessions continue on a regular basis,” Belgrave said. Officials are presently in the process of visiting schools across Linden to ensure that they’re ready for next week’s reopening.The removal of asbestos must be done with great care due to the toxic properties of this substance. Asbestos removal is a very dangerous and expensive undertaking. Locally, very few companies have the capacity for proper removal of this hazardous substance.
Fifty-six-year-old Christopher Harry Bramble of Lot 39 West Ruimveldt, Georgetown perished in a fire that consumed the home he had shared with his reputed wife in the wee hours of Monday.What remains of the wooden structureHis remains were discovered in the ruins of his former dwelling after the flames had been extinguished. They are currently at the Lyken’s Funeral Home.Bramble’s reputed wife, Jewel Coats, who suffered burns to her hands and about her body, was evacuated from the burning one-flat wooden building by persons at the scene. She reportedly was covered in blood, and had told her rescuers that Bramble was not at home. However, it is now being alleged that she had set the home on fire.According to information received, smoke was seen emanating from the home in the wee hours of Monday, and alerted neighbours managed to evacuate Coates from the building even as they summoned the Guyana Fire Service (GFS).When <
Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg 1 Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has joined Monaco in a season-long loan deal.The 31-year-old Dutch stopper had a disappointing season at Craven Cottage last term after arriving from Roma and was unable to prevent the London club’s relegation from the Premier League.He will compete with Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic for the number one spot at the Ligue 1 side.Stekelenburg, who missed out on selection for the Netherlands’ 2014 World Cup squad, told the club’s official website: “I am happy to be a part of the project of the club.“I am fully going to give myself for my new colours. I am a ‘technical’ goalkeeper. I like playing far from my goals and helping the team.”Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev was pleased to have bolstered his club’s goalkeeping options, having been heavily linked with Victor Valdes earlier this summer only to withdraw their interest in the former Barcelona man over medical concerns.He said: “We are happy to have another goalkeeper with such an international experience, having played in the final of the 2010 World Cup with the Netherlands.”
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is one of the jewels of South Africa’s coastline, with a unique mosaic of ecosystems – swamps, lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands – supporting an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life.Dawn over Lake St Lucia seen from Fanies Island in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first Unesco World Heritage site. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterFormerly known as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, iSimangaliso was renamed in the early millennium to better reflect its African identity – and to avoid confusion with the Caribbean island country St Lucia.Lying on the northeastern coast of KwaZulu-Natal, stretching from Kozi Bay in the north to Cape St Lucia in the south, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park was the first site in South Africa to be inscribed on the World Heritage List by Unesco, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.Remarkable diversityiSimangaliso’s uniqueness lies in its remarkable diversity, particularly its combination of a subtropical coastline and a classic African game park.It is South Africa’s third-largest national park. It runs along 280 kilometres of coastline, from the Mozambican border in the north to Mapelane south of the St Lucia estuary. The park is home to some 328 000 hectares of pristine natural ecosystems – including swamps, lake systems, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands and coastal forests.A satellite view of Lake St Lucia, a 60-kilometre estuary lying just inland of KwaZulu-Natal’s Indian Ocean coast, and the wider iSimangaliso Wetland Park. (Image: Nasa Earth Observatory)iSimangaliso Wetland Park includes a river mouth, 60 kilometres wide, that creates a huge estuary. This is Lake St Lucia, which runs parallel to the coast and is separated from the sea by the world’s highest forested sand dunes. The lake is part of the St Lucia estuarine system, the largest estuarine system in Africa.The park incorporates the whole of Lake St Lucia, the St Lucia and Maputaland Marine Reserves, the Coastal Forest Reserve and the Kosi Bay Natural Reserve. The 40 000-hectare Mkuzi Game Reserve is also in the process of being incorporated into the park.Variety of ecosystemsiSimangaliso’s wide variety of ecosystems and natural habitats provides for an astounding diversity of species in the area.With its lakes, lagoons, freshwater swamps and grasslands, iSimangaliso supports more species of animal than the better-known and much larger Kruger National Park and Okavango Delta. It is home to South Africa’s largest population of hippos and crocodiles. It also harbours giant leatherback turtles, black rhino, leopards, and a vast array of bird and marine life.A baby hippo in the iSimangaliso wetlands. The park is home to South Africa’s largest population of hippos. (Image: South African Tourism)According to the Global Nature Fund’s Living Lakes project, more than 530 species of birds use the wetland and other areas of the Lake St Lucia region. “These waters also are graced by 20 000 greater flamingos, 40 000 lesser flamingoes, as well as thousands of ducks. With 36 species, this area has the highest diversity of amphibians in South Africa.“Here, and nowhere else in the world, can one find hippopotamuses, crocodiles and sharks sharing the same waters.”In proclaiming the iSimangaliso Wetland Park a World Heritage Site in 1999, Unesco said: “The interplay of the park’s environmental heterogeneity with major floods and coastal storms, and a transitional geographic location between sub-tropical and tropical Africa, has resulted in exceptional species diversity and ongoing speciation.“The mosaic of landforms and habitat types creates superlative scenic vistas. The site contains critical habitat for a range of species from Africa’s marine, wetland and savannah environments.”Tourist attractionThe variety of natural settings, the abundance of wildlife, and the sheer beauty of the place draw tourists to the area in increasing numbers. There is plenty to do – from fishing, boating and scuba diving to hiking, horse riding, game viewing, and whale- and bird-watching.The African jacana is one of the many species of bird to be found in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. (Image: South African Tourism)The park is also one of South Africa’s most popular fishing destinations, lending itself to rock and surf fishing, kite fishing, spear fishing, fly fishing, estuary fishing and deep sea fishing.There are plenty of hiking trails through the park – ranging from a few hours’ to a few days’ worth – offering the opportunity to see a huge variety of animal and bird life. Accommodation options are extensive, ranging from camping to private game lodges, and including hotels, flats and chalets in the nearby town of St Lucia.Editing and photo research by Mary Alexander.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Location#web chris cameron Related Posts Wait, what the heck is geofencing? No, it’s not some virtual sword fighting app for your phone. Geofencing, or a geofence, is exactly what its name implies – a virtually fenced-off geographic location. When this concept is applied to mobile phones, it refers to a device’s ability to receive automatic alerts or notifications when entering, leaving or moving within a specific geographic area. Location Labs, providers of location services for mobile developers, announced earlier this week the release of its library that will allow iPhone developers to build geofencing apps thanks in no small part to new features included in the new iOS 4.0.Location Labs’ Geofence Library for iPhone As the company points out, location services on mobile devices have been hindered both by differences in location technology standards, and the significant drain on the device’s battery caused by its use. With the introduction of background applications with iOS 4.0 and increased battery performance in the new iPhone, Apple has created a fitting platform for geofencing apps, the company says.One aspect of background location capabilities in the new OS is and API that notifies apps “based on configurable accuracy and distance change filters,” which is a highly-accurate “always on” battery drainer, says Location Labs. A new service, the “significant change location service,” uses less power but the lower accuracy and frequency makes geofencing useless, delaying notifications by several hours.“With the iPhone, we employ a combination of […] the standard and significant change location services, intelligent interaction with the iPhone backgrounding and suspending logic as well as local awareness of proximity to the geofence boundaries,” the company said in a blog post Wednesday. “Together these allow us to offer a high quality firing latency guarantee (measured in minutes) while keeping impact on battery life to a minimum.”What This Means for Location AppsTo get an idea of how geofencing technology could improve on existing location-based applications, just look at the current popular apps. Apps like Foursquare and Gowalla could implement this infrastructure to allow users to automatically check-in when entering the geofence of a particular location. I can’t even count the times I’ve been out and forgotten to check-in at various locations, robbing myself of precious Foursquare points. With geofencing, I could have been automatically checking in as I went from place-to-place, or perhaps a push notification would have reminded me after I was within the perimeter of the geofence for a certain amount of time.Additionally, geofences could allow for a feature of location apps that Robert Scoble advocated for earlier this month. As Scoble points out, it is helpful to location app users if they can tell if their friends are still at a location, and determining how long users spend in businesses can have a significant impact of location-based marketing.“For instance, I hate shopping so I’ll only spend four minutes inside the Gap, if I go at all. But there are many people who will linger there for hours,” he said. “If you are another clothing store, which customer is more valuable to you to get to come to visit your store? Me or that other customer?”Other interesting ideas for geofences include connecting mobile devices to house lights or air conditioning units to automatically activate them when users approach their homes. Friends could even be notified when they are within a certain distance of one another. The possibilities for geofencing applications are enormous with this new library from Location Labs.Photo by Flickr user KWDesigns. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Solar Hot Water and PV Make Them Near-Zero-EnergyCAPE CORAL, FL — Greencastle, a green builder in Cape Coral, Florida, is aiming at the small-home market with three new designs for near-zero-energy homes. Called the MicroModern, the MicroFlorida, and the MicroTuscany, each of the three models measures under 1,600 square feet. According to Greencastle president Shawn Harvey, the homes are “not too big, not too small, but just right.”The energy-efficient homes have low-e double-glazed windows (0.30 solar heat gain coefficient), Icynene-insulated attics, and above-grade walls made with insulating concrete forms (ICFs). The tight, well insulated envelopes “should reduce the cooling demand to probably one ton,” said Harvey. The homes will include metal roofing, hard-surface flooring (Travertine tile and hardwood), and LED lighting.Greencastle will build one of the homes on your lot for about $300,000, a price which includes a solar hot water system and a 3-kW photovoltaic array. Although the PV array isn’t big enough to provide all of the electricity for a typical family, it should make a big dent in the average utility bill. “I would love for these homes to be true zero-energy homes,” said Harvey. “But really, what I am selling is a near-zero design. The hot water demand has been almost eliminated and lighting demand is reduced dramatically. I know that the 3-kW array should more than meet the demand of the air conditioning system.”According to Harvey, Florida builders are facing a tough economic climate. “If I told you the market was challenging, that would be an understatement,” he said. “There are tens of thousands of foreclosed properties around here. A year ago when we developed the concept for these homes, it was clear that things were going to get tougher. We decided we were going to do our best to create demand. We believe that good design will sell if priced right. Based on the reaction we have had to these houses, we believe there is a market for this niche, and that this niche has been totally unserved. Certainly, there are days when there is no good news at all and you have to work at keeping your chin up and moving forward in the belief that things will improve.”For more information, visit www.greencastleinc.com.