Organisation July 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Copies of two newspapers confiscated The security forces in the governorate of Taiz confiscated copies of two newspapers sent from Sanaa – the 19 July issue of the independent weekly Al-Ahali and the 19 and 20 July issues of the independent daily Akhbar Al-Youmi. News RSF_en Help by sharing this information
20 December 2010Blessed with a beautiful coastline almost 3 000 kilometres long, South Africa is a watersports playground – and in 2010 the country’s watersport athletes shone in a variety of disciplines.Durban surfer Jordy Smith made the headlines for a brilliant year on the ASP World Tour which finished with him as runner-up to the legendary Kelly Slater for the world title.He delighted South African fans by winning back-to-back events in the country, capturing the Mr Price Pro and then the six-star-rated Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay, one of the world’s most revered surfing venues.In addition, he placed second in the Quiksilver Pro on Australia’s Gold Coast and was also runner-up in the Rip Curl Pro in Peniche, Portugal.By claiming second spot behind the 10-time world champion Slater, Smith relegated 2007 and 2009 ASP World Tour champion Mick Fanning to third place.Surfing in the snowIn April, Royden Bryson scored a superb victory in amazing conditions at the six-star-rated O’Neill Coldwater Classic in Thurso, Scotland. During the event there was the remarkable spectacle of surfers catching waves while snow fell about them.After claiming victory, Bryson commented: This was one crazy day. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get a chance to surf in the snow again! So, on top of winning, this makes it one very special day for me.”Big wave surfer Chris Bertish scored the biggest win of his career when he captured the Mavericks Surf Contest at Half Moon Bay in California.The conditions were epic, with waves estimated to be in excess of 40-feet high. There was even an incident where a monster wave knocked down a viewing platform, resulting in serious injuries to 13 people, including broken limbs.Bertish, though, gutsed out a tough win and remarked afterwards: I took the worst beating of my life out there.”Rider of the YearGrant “Twiggy” Baker, a winner of the Mavericks Surf Contest in 2006, and acknowledged as one of the world’s leading big wave chargers, was rewarded for his efforts at the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards. He won the Ride of the Year and with it pocketed a cheque for $50 000.In November, both Bertish and Baker received invites to the most prestigious big wave event in the world, the 2010/11 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau.It wasn’t just the younger generation of surfers that excelled, either. South Africa finished second in the 2010 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship at Santa Catalina in Panama, picking up three gold, one silver and two bronze medals.Cowes Week winAlso out on the oceans, in August, for just the second time in the 168-year history of Cowes Week, one of the largest and most prestigious sailing regattas in the world, a South African yacht, Jeraboam, won its class.Competing in the very competitive J-109 class, the team from the Royal Cape Yacht Club raced to an easy class victory with a race to spare.The Durban Surfski World Cup underlined South Africa’s status as a powerhouse of the surfski world, with Dawid Mocke outsprinting Matt Bouman to take victory. Mocke’s brother, Jasper, rounded out the podium places.South Africans also claimed all the podium places in the women’s event, with Nikki Mocke winning from Michele Eray and Michelle Eder.Swimming starsSouth African swimmers continued to prove themselves world class competitors, excelling in the Fina/Arena World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.They led South Africa’s medal push at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, winning 16 of the 33 medals the country totalled. South Africa won 12 gold medals to finish fifth on the medal table and seven of those came from three swimmers.Natalie du Toit led the way with three victories: in the S9 50 and 100 metres freestyle, as well as in the 50 metres butterfly.Teenager Chad le Clos announced himself to the world with victories in the 200 metres butterfly and the 4 by 100 metres individual medley.Cameron van der Burgh, meanwhile, confirmed himself as the world’s fastest man in the breaststroke, taking victory in both the 50 metres and 100 metres against very strong opposition.Roland Schoeman, although not a winner in any event, deserves special mention. He won three medals to take his Commonwealth Games haul over the years to 11.South Africans also shone in long-distance events for the first time since Ryk Neethling, in the days before he turned his attention to shorter events: Wendy Trott won a silver medal in the women’s 800 freestyle and Heerden Herman picked up silver in the men’s 1 500 freestyle.Natalie du ToitNatalie du Toit also starred at the International Paralympic Committee’s Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, Holland, by winning six gold medals, one silver and one bronze.Her long-time excellence was recognised when she was named the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability at a gala ceremony in Abu Dhabi in March.In South Africa, the Midmar Mile, which in 2009 had entered the Guinness World Records as the largest open water swimming event in the world, produced even more finishers in 2010, with over 14 200 swimmers making it compared to the 13 755 of the previous year.Hank McGregor wrote his name into the record books by winning the 228-kilometre long Berg River Canoe Marathon, regarded by some as the toughest canoe marathon in the world, for a record seventh time.On a sad note, the paddling community said goodbye to Dusi legend Graeme Pope-Ellis, who won the race an incredible 15 times in three different decades. 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matthew WildeDTN Progressive Farmer Crops Technology EditorJason Webster, commercial agronomist for Precision Planting, used the analogy during a recent field day at the company’s Precision Technology Institute (PTI), its research farm in Pontiac, Illinois. He told farmers that knifing in anhydrous ammonia, a popular nitrogen (N) fertilizer, after harvest for next year’s corn crop may disappear like the once-popular video store chain.“Ag retailers say you will never get rid of fall (anhydrous) ammonia,” Webster told farmers as they surveyed nitrogen research plots. “I told one major retailer, ‘Do you ever hear of Blockbuster, beta and VHS anymore?’”Farm practices evolve with the times, Webster added. Farmers can’t afford not strive for continual improvement, and that includes fertilizer.Agronomic, economic and environmental factors have farmers reevaluating fall-applied N in favor of spring preplant, at planting and with sidedress applications. Advances in fertilizer formulations and applicators also provide increased flexibility on when N can be applied.There’s little, if any, fall anhydrous ammonia applied in southern Indiana, explained Kevin Kalb, of Dubois.The grain and livestock farmer said climate and safety are factors. Yields and efficiency were his primary motivation to abandon spring anhydrous ammonia in the 1980s in favor of liquid N.“It’s the best thing we ever did on our farm, and our yields show it,” Kalb said.Commercial corn production averages increased from about 200 bushels per acre to about 260 bushels, he stated.While spring preplant, plant and sidedress N applications aren’t necessarily easier, Webster said they are more efficient and better for the environment. Nitrogen is applied closer to when corn needs it instead of seven to nine months prior, which increases the chance for leaching. Corn takes up half its N supply between the V8 to VT growth stages.“It’s more efficient banding N on both sides of corn seed at planting,” Webster said. “As roots grow at a 35-degree angle downward in the soil, they are going right through the band of N and don’t have to search for it.”NITROGEN TRENDMany agronomists, researchers and farmers agree less fall N is being applied to future corn acres. The trend toward more spring and in-season N started more than a decade ago, experts say. Agronomic, economic and environmental reasons top the list.But, the conclusion is more based on observations and conversations with producers than specific nationwide government or industry data. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) tracks annual N usage for corn, but application timing data is extremely limited.“I am not aware of historical survey data on it,” said John Sawyer, an Iowa State University (ISU) agronomy professor and soil fertility expert. “Is it [spring and in-season N] increasing? Probably, but I just don’t have the specific data to definitively say yes or no.”Twelve billion pounds of N was used nationally last year in corn production, according to USDA. That’s compared to 11.2 billion pounds in 2014, 10.1 billion pounds in 2005 and 9.8 billion pounds in 2000.Corn acres have increased the past two decades from 79.5 million acres in 2000 to 89.1 million last year. Acres exceeded 90 million several times since 2007.The only USDA survey of N application timing for corn was in 2010. The breakdown, which covers respondents’ multiple-season applications, includes:— 26.5% fall— 61% preplant— 34% at planting— 32% after planting.Some states such as Illinois keep track of N sales in six-month increments. Dan Schaefer, director of nutrient stewardship for the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA), said the numbers are a good indication of application timing.Illinois Fall N sales (last half of the year) consistently dropped from 430,986 units in 2012 to 403,380 units in 2016, according to the state’s ag department. Sales went up slightly in 2017 to 421,948 units but fell dramatically in 2018 to 286,744. Extremely wet conditions caused the drop.Spring N sales (first half of the year) in Illinois fluctuated wildly from 2012 to 2018 from a low of 403,380 units to 711,007.About 310,000 pounds of N was sold in November 2007 compared to 140,000 pounds six years later during the same month, according to the IFCA. Another good indication of less fall N and more split applications.“In Illinois, we’ve seen a slow progress away from fall N, which is indicative of what’s happening nationwide,” Schaefer said. “The movement is happening due to more farmers following the 4Rs — right time, right source, right rate and right place. The further out you put it (nitrogen) in, the more loss you can expect.”MONEY TALKSPrecision Planting’s research indicates multiple spring and summer N applications may be better for the bottom line.Sixteen corn nitrogen programs were tested last year at the PTI farm comparing single, dual and triple applications. These consisted of preplant weed and feed, banding at planting using Precision Planting’s Conceal dual band (a backswept knife located in the center of a planter’s gauge wheels) and V6 sidedress using a coulter rig or a combination of the three. N applications ranged from 150 to 250 pounds per acre of mostly 32% UAN (urea ammonium nitrate).Dual applications outyielded single programs by an average 17.2 bushels per acre, while triple programs outyielded single programs by an average of 27.5 bushels. If corn is $4 per bushel, that’s an extra $69 and $110 per acre, respectively, compared to a single N pass.Even though fall N wasn’t included in the studies, Webster is convinced spring and in-season programs are economically and agronomically better. Iowa State University research from 2007 to 2009 shows corn yielded consistently less after single fall anhydrous ammonia applications ranging from 80 to 200 pounds compared to equivalent preplant and sidedress applications.“I think fall N is going away, or it will at some point,” Webster said. “I don’t think anhydrous ammonia will go away; we just need to be smarter how we use it.”Sidedressing anhydrous ammonia at the V5 to V8 growth stage is a good practice if part of a planting and preplant N program, Webster asserts. He said the expense to outfit a planter to apply nitrogen and the time it takes during planting is worth it.Webster said his 70-year-old father refused to do it until studies showed otherwise.“I know running N on the planter is hard, but you can get rewarded with an extra $70 or more per acre,” Webster said. “I do see more liquid applications at planting than in the past.”SPLIT APPLICATIONJeff Vetsch, University of Minnesota soil fertility and nitrogen management specialist, believes there’s a movement toward more split-N applications in the spring and summer, and less in the fall. But, he doesn’t think it will go away.“Anhydrous ammonia is still a solid option in the fall with a nitrification inhibitor if applied late when soil temperatures are below 50 degrees F,” Vetsch said.Mark Tinnes, a grain and livestock farmer from Keota, Iowa, will continue to inject fall anhydrous ammonia as part of his corn fertilizer program, which includes a weed-and-feed preplant application and one sidedress pass.Tinnes doubts fall N will ever go away since the infrastructure is in place, and farmers like him need to spread out their workload. He’s also the agronomy manager at Vision Ag, in Keota.Plus, N is typically cheaper in the fall. Anhydrous ammonia averaged $488 per ton during the first week of October in 2018 compared to $582 per ton during the fourth week of July this year, according to DTN statistics.“I really don’t see us switching away from fall,” Tinnes said, noting tighter weather-related planting windows like this spring. “It’s motivation to get it on in the fall.”But, he understands persistent, heavy rain events, which promote N leaching, has convinced more farmers to sidedress to ensure enough N is available when plants need it.“We’re definitely seeing more of that,” Tinnes continued. “It’s an agronomically sound practice.”MORE BUSHELSKalb’s commercial corn fertilizer program consists of turkey litter and banding 20 gallons per acre of 32% UAN with the planter, along with other nutrients. He also makes at least two in-season sidedress passes with his Hagie sprayer. UAN is applied via Y-Drop based on tissue samples. Total N rates vary from 150 to 225 units per acre.Corn yields increased 60 bpa after nitrogen application was fine-tuned, Kalb said. He’s won the National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest multiple times, including last year in the AA nonirrigated class, with 388 bushels per acre.“Spring is better than fall (for N application), but if you can feed the plant two to three times during the season … it’s much more efficient and productive,” Kalb said.Banding and sidedressing ensure corn has easy access to N when it needs it the most, he asserts. The corn yield champ hasn’t cut back on nutrients, but he hasn’t increased N use to get more bushels. His contest acres do have a different N program.“We can grow a lot more bushels on less inputs using N efficiently,” Kalb said.Nitrogen use nationwide has gradually increased, but so has N use efficiency. A Purdue University study shows improved corn hybrids now use 1 pound of N to produce 65 pounds of grain compared to 42 pounds decades ago.Applying nitrogen in the spring instead of the fall doesn’t always mean higher yields. University of Illinois on-farm trials comparing N rates applied as ammonia in both the fall (with an N-Serve) and spring found little or no difference in yield responses.ISU and other university research do not show consistent increased effectiveness of sidedress applications compared to spring preplant N use.“If anhydrous ammonia is applied in the fall with an inhibitor, the performance is fairly good,” Vetsch said.ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNSDoug Haren could barely get through knee-high or taller corn July 15 with his seven-row toolbar with coulters, with an anhydrous ammonia tank in tow. Typically, the Grundy Center, Iowa, farmer would never sidedress N so late in the year or this tall, but the late, wet planting and early growing season dictated it.Still, Haren wouldn’t have it any other way. He believes knifing in 135 pounds of N per acre once corn hits the V4 stage, along with about 25 pounds per acre at planting, are environmentally and agronomically sound practices.“You can argue all day with people how much leaching occurs with fall N application, even with a nitrification inhibitor,” Haren said. “I’m not a believer in fall N. If it isn’t in the field, it won’t go away, so I can put on 20 to 30 pounds less per acre in the spring.“There’s little chance of (spring and in-season applied N) getting in the water because the plants use it so soon,” he continues. “It’s more environmentally friendly, and I like my yields (220-bushels-per-acre average).”Recent University of Illinois tile-drainage studies show more N loss from fall-applied compared to various spring and sidedressed N applications, including one with cover crops. Fall N increased tile nitrate loads by 30%.Haren thinks the trend of less fall N application will accelerate as water-quality concerns increase. Nitrogen eventually breaks down into nitrate, which moves with water through soil and tile lines, and into waterways and drinking water supplies. High concentrations of nitrate can be harmful to humans, especially infants. The federal drinking water standard is 10 milligrams per liter.The Des Moines Water Works, in Des Moines, Iowa, unsuccessfully sued three counties for allegedly allowing nitrates coming from 10 drainage districts they control to pollute the Raccoon River, a primary source of water. The water works occasionally needs to operate expensive nitrate-removal equipment to meet federal drinking water standards. The entity pushed for stronger regulations on agriculture and fertilizer use.Ingrid Gronstal Anderson, water program director for the Iowa Environmental Council, said the group is “looking at” supporting measures to regulate N application in the state.“It’s definitely something we talk to experts about and try to figure out policy implications of different approaches,” Gronstal Anderson said. “Fertilizer application timing and rates affect water quality.”Haren thinks it’s only a matter of time before nitrogen is regulated in Iowa like in other states.Minnesota recently passed a Groundwater Protection Rule that bars farmers from applying nitrogen in certain seasons in certain parts of the state and regulates application in 30 areas where community water supplies have high nitrate levels. Farmers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed must follow strict fertilizer application rules.Rod Sommerfield, who farms north of Rochester, Minnesota, said the state should have enacted nitrogen rules 50 years ago. He grows corn in an area prohibited from applying fall N starting in 2020.“It’s eight months before plants need it, why apply it?” asks Sommerfield, noting he puts on N just before, during and sometimes after planting.It’s the right thing to do environmentally and economically, he believes. Not counting land costs, Sommerfield claims he spent $1 per bushel to raise corn from 2014 to 2018.“That makes us very sustainable,” he said.NITROGEN APPLICATION DATA AND TIPS(Source: Corteva Agriscience)— Corn takes up half its nitrogen (N) supply between V8 and VT, a period that may comprise 30 days. Providing adequate N for this period is a key goal of N management.— Spreading N applications is a good way to spread risks and reduce costs, but the extent to which this is practical depends largely on prevailing weather conditions.— Fall-applied N is at the highest risk of loss. In all instances of fall application, only anhydrous ammonia should be used, as well as a nitrification inhibitor.— Preplant N application may be considered in areas where growers are able to complete this practice without delaying planting beyond the optimum window.— Planter N applications are sure to occur, unlike preplant or sidedress applications that may be disrupted by the weather.— In-season sidedress N applications allow for adjustments to planned N supply based on weather variations.— If weather interferes with the originally planned in-season application, a quickly implemented backup plan can help avert N deficiency and yield loss.FOR MORE INFORMATION:Farmers can learn more about nitrogen management, application and timing for corn by visiting:— www.bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/?p=4529— www.agronext.iastate.edu/soilfertility/info/Nitrogen-TimingApplication.pdf— www.extension.umn.edu/nutrient-management/nitrogenFollow Matthew Wilde on Twitter at @progressivwilde(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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There is only one way to ensure that you have an accurate sales forecast. You don’t need software, and you don’t need dozens and dozens of questions. A single question will suffice to provide you with all you need to know about the accuracy of your forecast. That question is this:“What date did the prospective customer select for their ‘go live’ date and why?”Close Dates Mean LittleClosed dates are relatively meaningless. Anything with a month ending date should be discounted on principle. Your prospective clients don’t select a “go live” date or a “deal ink” date by looking at the last day of the month.If the last day of the month is bad, then the last day of the quarter is even worse. The last day of the quarter is a day only sales organizations care about. Your prospective client did not choose that date, and the one thing you can predict with absolute certainty is that they have no idea that the last day of the quarter is the forecasted close date in your CRM.Stages Mean Even LessThe stages in your sales force automation software are meaningless. It doesn’t matter whether the stage is negotiation or acquisition or some other stage deep in the sales process. Regardless of what the stage is indicated in your CRM, the customer is still controlling the date the deal closes. You can’t close without them.The percentages attached to your stage are also meaningless. First of all, they probably do not reflect an accurate percentage based on stage if you were to look at your past wins and losses. Second, an opportunity with two competitors has only a 50 percent chance of winning; it can’t be 90 percent. The stage of your sales process is not a particularly accurate indicator.The Only Date That MattersIf you expect the customer to close on a certain date, shouldn’t they be aware of that date? Are they going to be surprised when you ask them for their business and show up with a contract and a pen? Should they not have something on their calendar indicating that they are signing a deal or going live with your solution?Could you acquire and agree on a date and still not have an opportunity close on time? Absolutely. But if you want forecast accuracy, you ask for the date to which the customer has agreed.
CLEVELAND — LeBron James has turned in countless clutch performances during his career.The four-time MVP added another to the list Nov. 28.James made a running hook shot with a second left and scored 26 points, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 90-88 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.“Obviously, I want the ball in my hands down the stretch,” he said. “I feel like I can make something happen for not only myself but for our team. I’m happy I was able to come through for us.”After Joe Johnson’s three foul shots tied the game with 15.2 seconds left, the Cavaliers called timeout and took the ball at midcourt.James took the inbounds pass, dribbled to the top of the key before cutting to the right of the lane and hitting a hook shot over Brook Lopez, the Nets’ 7-foot center.“I got to my spot where I wanted to,” James said. “I work on those shots. I work on my game a lot. Actually sometimes it’s a little easier when you get someone bigger because you have to get it over the top of them and you just float it right over the top of them.”Said Lopez: “LeBron made a great play. I thought we guarded it well, but he made the shot.”James believed it was the first time he hit a game-winner with a hook shot.“I’ve made layups, I’ve made pull-ups, obviously I’ve made step-back jumpers,” he said. “I might go for the Sky Hook next time.”Asked if that’s the play he diagrammed in the huddle, Cavaliers coach David Blatt smiled and said, “Yeah, just the way I drew it up. Yep. Give it to No. 23.”James scored 10 points and added a key steal late in the game to help Cleveland (13-4) remain unbeaten at home in nine games.Kevin Love also scored 26 points for Cleveland, which played a sluggish first half and didn’t take its first lead until midway through the third quarter.Lopez led Brooklyn (4-12) with 22 points. Johnson added 17 for the Nets, who fell to 1-10 on the road.Tristan Thompson’s basket with 1:13 remaining gave Cleveland an 86-85 lead and James made two free throws with 16 seconds left, but Johnson was fouled by J.R. Smith attempting a 3-pointer.Johnson hit all three foul shots, but James made sure the Nets’ strong effort fell short.James helped Cleveland rally from an 83-76 deficit in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and a three-point play before the Cavaliers took the lead on Thompson’s basket with 2:44 remaining.Brooklyn built the lead to double figures in the second quarter and led 50-44 at halftime. Cleveland took its first lead at 61-60 on Love’s 3-pointer midway through the third. Matthew Dellavedova’s 3-pointer gave the Cavaliers a 69-68 lead going into the final period.Mo Williams scored 14 points for the Cavaliers while Thompson had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Thaddeus Young had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets.(STEVE HERRICK) TweetPinShare0 Shares
The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have collaborated to launch a manual for reporting on Local Government issues. The 88-page manual, ‘Reporting Local Government Issues – A Manual for Jamaican Journalists’, was developed by noted Communication Specialist and Adjunct Lecturer at CARIMAC, Claude Robinson. It is intended for Jamaican journalists to use as a key resource as they focus more of their reporting on issues of accountability and transparency as well as other areas relating to local government reform. The document was done with the support of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development. Speaking at the launch, held at CARIMAC, today (December 7), State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, said the manual is a timely addition to the Local Government Reform process, as well as a critical means of strengthening relationships with civil society partners and the media, in the pursuit of more effective governance. He said that the administration welcomes any partnership that proves beneficial to the people, especially when the standards defend openness, accountability, transparency and probity as well as provide the necessary tool that will allow the media to garner full and balanced material and content on which to report. Mr. Fagan pointed out that the Ministry is working to fast track the entrenchment of Local Government in the Constitution, as well as continuing to work with the Ministry of Justice to see the promulgation of three critical laws – the New Local Governance Act; the Unified Services Act and Local Government Financing & Financial Management Act. “The critical upgrade of our laws and regulations will significantly streamline the local governance process and ensure greater efficiency and service delivery to our clients,” he said. The manual was created as part of a larger UNDP-funded Jamaica project on ‘Building Civil Society Capacity to Support Good Governance by Local Authorities’, which was implemented between 2010-12. It had as one of its objectives, the improvement of media’s capacity to report on local authorities’ use of public funds. New UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Dr. Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, said the project supported the GOJ in the Local Government Reform Process. “In giving more autonomy to local authorities, there was a greater need to ensure that the authorities were able to handle their expanded powers competently and responsibly. The project worked at strengthening the capacity of civil society and public institutions to provide oversight of public expenditure at the local level,” Dr. Laurence-Chounoune said. She noted too, that the UNDP’s initiative through this project fits into the wider efforts to rid Jamaica of corruption. The manual was awarded first place in the Knowledge Fair of the 5th UNDP Global Anti-corruption Community of Practice in Brazil, last month.
Columbia Springs is hosting a Family Nature Festival, an event it describes as a celebration of Clark County’s natural treasures.The event will feature crafts, activities, games, guided walks and hands-on presentations of creatures living in our backyards. There will also be live music, a forest pumpkin hunt and educational displays.The free event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Columbia Springs, 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway, Vancouver. A $5 donation per child is suggested.Organizations, including Mount St. Helen’s Institutes, New Seasons Market, Clark County Historical Society, Clark Public Utilities Stream Team, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife among others, will be present.Food and raffle prizes will be available.
TV Commercial Campaign under consideration for destination TCI says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:earth day, jags mccartney international airport, lavern reynolds, LED Industrial group, providenciales airport Hotels clean up four islands for Earth Day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Apr 2014 – Earth Day brought planet friendly moves from some in corporate TCI, including from the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority which announced it was going Green with indoor and perimeter lighting. We learned on Earth Day, April 22, that the Provo International Airport has adopted what it called, ‘a sustainable approach to lighting’… using only LED lights in the newly renovated terminal facility and roadway. Terminal Marketing Manager, Lavern Reynolds explained that this solution is 90% more energy efficient, generates a lower electrical cost and burns less fuel. The LED lights are nontoxic, 100% recyclable and reduces the PIA’s carbon footprint by as much as 40%. Reynolds assured that the lighting will be sufficient and the outdoor lights in particular, will be more durable. American company, LED Industrial Group/Lightdec America guided the process, having already assisted Florida International University, Miami Dade Transport and the City of Hialeah. CEO of the TCIAA John Smith comments: “The LED lights easily allowed the TCIAA to find a solution to handle all of these challenges in our extremely warm climate where conventional lights could be a challenge.” The LED bulbs will last 15-20 years and the same treatment has already happened for the JAGS McCartney International Airport in Grand Turk and is planned for the airport redevelopment in South Caicos. AIRPORT REOPENED after the day helping school with fire Recommended for you
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:new home, North caicos, social services New Government contracts mean new clinic for Kew in North Caicos PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Oct 2015 – Social Services is busy looking for a new family for the three year old boy who was taken into their care following the arrest of his parents. The husband and wife were arrested on Friday in connection to the death of their five year old son, Joas St Louis on September 30. Reports are the boy was living with an uncle for the past few days, but that is not a long term solution. Magnetic Media is also told there are two North Caicos families which have expressed an interest in taking in the younger son.Time is of the essence as background checks are conducted on the potential adoptive families; Social Services will have to send the child back to Haiti if no suitable home can be found for him here in TCI. Social Services may also be considering strengthening policies when it comes to school officials and how they deal with suspected cases of child abuse. Agriculture Police consultation meeting announced