African FTA one step nearer fruition

first_img13 June 2011After many years of planning and coordinating, African leaders have moved a decisive step closer to establishing the long-conceived goal of a united African economic community.The leaders, meeting in Johannesburg over the weekend have agreed to formally launch negotiations to establish a grand free trade area that would encompass 26 countries in three regional economic communities, namely the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (Comesa), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).The first phase of negotiations on allowing the free movement of goods is expected to take three years. Future negotiations will tackle trade in services and other issues.Combined market of 700-million peopleThe creation of the single free trade area (FTA) would see the coming together of a combined population of approximately 700-million people and a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of US$875-billion.It would open borders between countries in approximately half of the continent, spanning the entire southern and eastern regions of Africa.In their communique at the end of their summit held in Sandton on Sunday, the leaders signed an agreement to launch talks and adopted a roadmap for the establishment of the FTA.They also adopted the FTA negotiating principles, processes and institutional framework, and directed that a programme of work and roadmap be developed on industrialisation.“The establishment of a FTA will bolster intra-regional trade by creating a wider market, increase investment flows, enhance competitiveness and develop cross-regional infrastructure,” said the communique, read by Richard Sezibera, secretary-general of the EAC.‘No country can prosper on its own’South African President Jacob Zuma, in his address to the summit, said the zone would help neighbours work together to alleviate poverty and build industrial capacity.“There is no single country that can prosper on its own,” Zuma said.The leaders also adopted a developmental approach to the integration process, saying it would be anchored on three pillars, namely: market integration; infrastructure development to enhance connectivity and reduce costs of doing business; and industrial development to address productive capacity constraints.During the one-day summit, the delegates from 26 member countries of the three blocs discussed how to enhance cooperation and coordination and improve infrastructure to facilitate trade.The summit reviewed the progress made in the implementation of the decisions of the first such summit, held in Kampala, Uganda in October 2008, regarding programmes in trade, customs and economic integration; free movement of business persons; and infrastructure development amongst the three regional economic communities.In the area of infrastructure development, the leaders noted the progress made in the implementation of the infrastructure programmes; and commended the international cooperating partners and the donor community for the support that was pledged for the North-South Corridor at a conference held in Lusaka, Zambia in 2009.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Justifying a corn fungicide application

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grey Leaf Spot and Northern Corn Leaf Blight were yield robbers in Ohio corn fields in 2014. Conditions so far this year are causing both of these diseases to show up again.Bill Mullen of Seed Consultants says a check of the fields will indicate what actions, if any, need to be taken, considering the current farm economics.last_img

Mets claim second Open’s title

first_imgBoth teams started off strong with opportunities but due to solid defence could not get the ball across the line.When it looked like the Mets would score the first touchdown after five minutes, the Cobras Emily Hopkin put everything into a diving touch to stop the half before the pass could be thrown. The Mets eventually scored the first touchdown of the game after a well planned half runner picked up Megan Campbell getting away from her winger.Both teams continued to pressure each other’s lines but with strong defence and touchdown saving touches Mets kept the lead at 1-0.The Cobras got the scores to 1-all with a few minutes to go in the first half with a diving touchdown to Stevie-Lee Thompson on the wing.Cobras started off the second half with the first two touchdowns to get out to an extremely handy lead, both scored by Stevie-Lee Thompson on the wing with one being a controversial decision with the wind playing havoc. The Mets were equal to the challenge thrown down by the Cobras and found themselves in the lead with three quick touchdowns. Nicky Albery started the second half scoring with a touchdown on the wing, which was followed by a dive over touchdown to Kate Fitzsimmons after a middle link switch. The third straight touchdown was scored by Kristen Boss bitting a hole between the two middles.Sam Hopkin came to the rescue, scoring in the link to get Cobras back to level pegging late in the second half. Comments were already starting to make their way around the fields question if the game would go to a drop-off or not?   The Cobras and Mets then traded touchdowns through Louise Winchester and Nicole McHugh for the Mets and Sam Hopkin and Kirsty Quince for Cobras.The drop-off only lasted three sets of six, with Cobras holding Mets off in the first set of six touches but were unable to score themselves.  The Mets took the ball down to the Cobras line and Louise Winchester scored a similar touchdown to her one during the match switching in from the link and diving at the line. The Touchdown secured the win for Mets.last_img read more

Forecasters call for cool dry Halloween across much of the country

first_imgTORONTO – Forecasters say the relatively cool, stable weather conditions expected this Halloween will feel like a particularly festive treat coming on the heels of a tumultuous week in much of the country.The Weather Network says parts of Ontario and Quebec will be digging out of a snowstorm in the days leading up to Oct. 31, while high winds are expected to batter areas including the Prairies and Atlantic Canada.Compared to those conditions, chief meteorologist Chris Scott says Halloween will feel like a reprieve across most of the country.Scott says temperatures are expected to be relatively cool and near average in most of Canada, even in regions that have experienced unseasonable highs for most of the month.He says most of the country will get a break from major precipitation that day, though bands of snow may still surface north of Fort McMurray, Alta.Scott says the areas contending with high winds may not be out of the woods come trick-or-treat day, adding that may pose some complications for Halloween decorators.“It’s not so much on Halloween day but on the Sunday and Monday leading up to Halloween,” Scott said in a telephone interview. “We will see very strong winds. And depending on where those are … some of these inflatable Frankensteins may be floating down the street.”Scott said the bulk of the windy conditions will be found in Atlantic Canada, though he said storm systems passing near the Prairies may result in stiff breezes there as well.The best conditions will be found in British Columbia, Scott said, adding that cities such as Vancouver and Victoria that typically find themselves under cloudy skies this time of year can expect dry weather and seasonably average temperatures. Southern Alberta, which will be feeling the chill from cooler temperatures in the run-up to Halloween, may also find some relief on the day of, he said.Scott said Canadians from Manitoba through Quebec may be less enthused about the Halloween forecast.Those provinces have all basked in temperatures well above seasonal norms, he said, with some areas experiencing days at a stretch where temperatures hovered around 20 Celsius.He said those balmy periods are likely done for the season, with temperatures forecast to revert to average daytime highs of up to around 10 degrees for Halloween.Scott said parents may want to consider having kids wear an additional layer under their costumes as they adjust to the return to cooler conditions.last_img read more

How Sports Can Be Part Of The Solution On Domestic Violence And

It’s been 13 months since Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with assaulting his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino, and six months since video of the attack went viral. The incident — and the NFL’s mishandling of it — dominated sports headlines for weeks. But while the Rice case brought new attention to domestic violence and sexual assault involving athletes, those problems didn’t begin with Rice, and they haven’t ended there. A database maintained by USA Today lists at least 94 incidents in which NFL players have been arrested for domestic violence or sexual assault. That list doesn’t include former Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, who is widely expected to be selected first in the NFL draft later this spring, despite accusations that he raped a fellow student. (Winston was never charged with a crime; a New York Times story last year found evidence that the investigation was “flawed.”) And the problem goes far beyond professional football: Athletes at all levels in virtually every sport have faced similar accusations.On Friday, SXsports — the sports-focused offshoot of the long-running South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas — hosted an hourlong discussion on sexual assault and domestic violence in sports. The panel, which I moderated and helped to organize, featured three people with different perspectives on the issue:Katie Hnida, a former placekicker for the University of New Mexico, in 2003 became the first woman to score in a Division I-A men’s college football game. She later went public with her story of being harassed and raped by teammates at the University of Colorado, where she first played.Jane Randel is the co-founder of No More, a coalition aiming to raise awareness and engage bystanders in ending domestic violence and sexual assault. No More has partnered with the NFL, and Randel is currently serving as a consultant to the league in its anti-violence efforts.Don McPherson was an all-American quarterback at the University of Syracuse, where he led the Orange to an undefeated record in 1987. He later played in the NFL and the Canadian Football League. Since retiring from football, he has dedicated his life to social justice causes, particularly ending violence against women.At the start of our discussion, I noted that the cases involving Rice, Winston and others are only anecdotes. Even the USA Today database only gives raw numbers of incidents involving NFL players — it doesn’t tell us anything about whether violence against women is a bigger problem in the league or in sports than it is in society at large. (My colleague Benjamin Morris tried to fill that void back in July when he found that NFL players are arrested on domestic violence charges at a far higher rate than would be expected based on their age and income.)Numerous studies have tried to perform a more rigorous analysis, and many have found evidence of a link between athletics and violence. But it’s hard to find definitive proof: Domestic and sexual violence are notoriously underreported, and data on perpetrators is even more sparse than information on victims. That forces most researchers to conduct research using surveys, often with sample sizes too small to allow them to draw strong conclusions about the causes of violence.In the absence of better data, I asked McPherson whether he thought there was a connection between sports culture and violence against women. He said yes — but that sports also has an opportunity to help reduce violence by confronting narrow definitions of masculinity.Hnida said locker rooms don’t have to be hostile environments for women. At the University of New Mexico, she said, there was a culture of respect that started at the top. At the University of Colorado, by contrast, she said she “felt like I was more of an object, that I was not actually a person.”The title of our panel was “Can Sports Help End a Culture of Violence?” I asked Randel what she thought the answer was — could sports not just address its own problems but also help have an impact in society at large? She said yes, explaining that sports offers an enormous platform from which to reach men and boys.But McPherson said we won’t make much progress fighting violence against women — either in sports or beyond it — until we start talking honestly about who the perpetrators are: men. The numbers back that up. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 99 percent of rapes and nearly 95 percent of sexual assaults against women are committed by men. Men also commit the vast majority of stalking offenses against women.After the Ray Rice incident, the NFL partnered with No More, which produced a much-discussed PSA that ran during the Super Bowl. The success of that ad — it’s been viewed more than 7 million times on YouTube — shows the reach of the NFL and other sports leagues. But I asked Randel how she could be sure No More was making a difference and not just providing public relations cover for the NFL.Hnida closed the panel with a message to the leagues, the media and sports fans: “Keep talking.” read more

Despite recent struggles mens hockey team improving coach says

With only four games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State men’s hockey team has little time to make a push for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament. OSU is currently the ninth seed with the top five seeds receiving a first round bye. “It’s crunch time,” senior forward C.J. Severyn said. “These last four games could mean life or death for us.” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said he likes the way his team is playing, though it lost six of its last seven games. He said he thinks the team hasn’t gotten the puck to slide its way. “That’s the hard thing,” he said. “We don’t have that puck luck.” Osiecki said it has been the same for his team all year. The pucks don’t seem to go its way, but he said that’s something the team has to overcome. “You’ve got to have great will,” he said. “You’ve got to have a relentless part of your game.” Though Osiecki said he thinks his team has been playing well, he said it’s not where the players expected to be at the beginning of the season. “I’m not sure if it’s where we want to be,” he said, “but we’re certainly better.” Four of the six losses — all of which were conference games — have been by two goals or fewer, so the team is usually within a couple of plays of winning. “We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes of Buckeye hockey,” Severyn said. “That’s where we’re going to get our wins.” The Buckeyes have two home series, of two games apiece, to round out the regular season: one against Lake Superior State and one against Ferris State. This weekend’s series against Lake Superior State is senior weekend, a time when the senior players reflect on their four years — especially this one — at OSU. One of the things the seniors have had to adjust to is a coaching change. Osiecki is in his first year as the men’s hockey coach, and it has been a transition for the seniors who had a different coach the previous three seasons. “It’s a hard thing to go through as a senior,” forward Kyle Reed said, “but I’m happy with it.” The Buckeyes (14-15-2, 9-13-2) have played well at home this season, going 7-5-1, and will look to continue to do that this weekend against Lake Superior State (10-12-8, 8-9-7). The games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. read more

25 year old male arrested and charged for Robbery

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 23, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives if the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have formally Charged and Cautioned a 25 year old male with Robbery and Possession of Imitation Firearm in connection with a report Thursday 11th May 2017 in Kew Town Providenciales.Around 8:31pm that day, officers responded to the Shanda Bar after receiving reports of a Robbery and that the culprit was subdued by someone outside of the bar. Upon arrival, the victim was located and told officers that the 25 year old male approached him with a scarf over his face and demanded money. After he told the man he has no money and walk off, the culprit pulled what appears to be a gun and followed him into the bar. HE ordered the victim out of the bar and while back on the outside, he was tackled to the ground and held down until police arrival. In his possession was a Black and Pink BB Gun.He was arrested and taken to the station. He will be taken to court sometime later this week.Press Release: RTCIPF#KewTownrobbery#25yearoldmalecharged Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#25yearoldmalecharged, #KewTownrobberylast_img read more

Alaskas Mt Redoubt Volcano Ranked As Very High Threat By Government

first_imgThe U.S. Geological Survey is updating its volcano threat assessments for the first time since 2005. The danger list is topped by Hawaii’s Kilauea, which has been erupting this year. The others in the top five are Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier in Washington, Alaska’s Redoubt Volcano and California’s Mount Shasta. The agency says a dozen volcanoes have jumped in threat level since 2005. Twenty others dropped in threat level. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享WASHINGTON (AP) – Government scientists are classifying 18 U.S. volcanoes as a “very high threat” because of what’s been happening inside them and how close they are to people.center_img Among those where the threat score is higher are Alaska’s Redoubt, Mount Okmok, Akutan Island and Mount Spurr. Threat scores also rose for Oregon’s Newberry Volcano and Wyoming’s Yellowstone.last_img read more

1 suspended as Ilias Kanchan passes airport security with gun

first_imgIlias Kanchan. File PhotoThe Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) on Wednesday suspended one of its officials for negligence of duty as film star Ilias Kanchan passed security check with a bag containing his revolver at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Tuesday, reports UNB.CAAB chairman air vice marshal M Naim Hassan told UNB that they have been investigating into the incident and on-duty operator Fazlar Rahman was suspended over the issue.However, the former film star and an activist demanding road safety told this correspondent that the breach was “unintentional” and in the first scanning the gun was not detected while he was going to Chattogram from Dhaka.Meanwhile, Mohibul Haque, secretary to ministry of civil aviation and tourism, said that the revolver was spotted by the on-duty security officials during second scanning of Ilias Kanchan’s luggage.They immediately brought it to Kanchan’s notice and he admitted that he was carrying a licensed gun, he added.But the film star denied it saying, “During the second scanning after getting the boarding pass, suddenly I could recall that I had a gun in my bag and immediately I informed it to the security officer.”last_img read more

Did You Know

first_img Did you know…?A student-athlete must be enrolled full-time to be eligible for practice, financial aid, and competition. If a student-athlete drops a class and becomes less than full-time, he or she is immediately ineligible for practice and competition. When adding a course to become full-time, the student is eligible for practice and competition once the course has been approved by the appropriate department head and submitted to the registrar. See Bylaw 14.2 below for more information. Print Friendly Version 14.2.2 Requirement for Competition. To be eligible for competition, a student-athlete shall be enrolled in at least a minimum full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree, which shall not be less than 12 semester or quarter hours. (Revised: 6/1/07)14.2.2.1 Exceptions. The following exceptions to the minimum 12-semester or 12-quarter-hour enrollment requirement are permitted:14.2.2.1.1 Competition Prior to Initial Enrollment. A student-athlete may compete during the official vacation period immediately preceding initial enrollment, provided the student has been accepted by the institution for enrollment in a regular, full-time program of studies at the time of the individual’s initial participation; is no longer enrolled in the previous educational institution; and is eligible under all institutional and NCAA requirements. (See Bylaw 16.8.2.1.)14.2.2.1.2 Eligibility Between Terms. To be eligible for competition that takes place between terms (including competition between a student-athlete’s final term as an undergraduate student and first term as a graduate or post baccalaureate student), the student-athlete shall: (Revised: 1/11/89, 3/27/18)    (a) Have been registered for the required minimum full-time load (see Bylaw 14.2.2) at the conclusion of the term immediately preceding the date of competition, if the     student is continuing enrollment; or    (b) Be accepted for enrollment as a regular full-time student for the regular term immediately following if the student is either continuing enrollment or beginning enrollment     (see Bylaw 14.4.3.4).14.2.2.1.3 Final Semester/Quarter. A student-athlete may compete while enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is enrolled in the final semester or quarter of the baccalaureate or graduate degree program and the institution certifies that the student is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete degree requirements. Thereafter, the student shall forfeit eligibility in all sports, unless the student completes all degree requirements during that semester or quarter and is eligible to receive the baccalaureate diploma on the institution’s next degree-granting date. (Revised: 1/10/92, 1/16/93, 1/10/95, 2/1/05, 11/1/07 effective 8/1/08, 1/14/12, 8/21/12, 3/27/18)14.2.2.1.3.1 Eligibility Following Final Term. A student-athlete who is eligible to compete while enrolled less than full time during his or her final term remains eligible for regular-season competition that occurs after the term and any postseason event that begins within 60 days following the term. A student-athlete who attends a quarter-system institution and who graduates at the end of the winter quarter may compete in any postseason event (and preceding regular-season competition) that occurs during the same academic year following the completion of the winter quarter. (See Bylaw 12.8.) (Adopted: 4/29/04 effective 8/1/04, Revised: 3/27/18) Story Links 14.2 Full-Time Enrollment.14.2.1 Requirement for Practice. To be eligible to participate in organized practice sessions, a student-athlete shall be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree as defined by the regulations of the certifying institution. (See Bylaw 12.8.2.5.) [D] (Revised: 1/10/92, 10/28/99,3/27/18)14.2.1.2 Drop/Add Course. A student-athlete no longer shall be considered enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies (after dropping a course that places the student below full-time status) when the dropped course becomes official in accordance with procedures determined by the institution for all students. A student who is adding a course to reach full-time status shall become eligible for practice and competition once the course has been approved by the appropriate department head (or designated representative) and submitted to the registrar. (Adopted: 1/10/92)14.2.1.3 Exception—Final Semester/Quarter. A student-athlete with athletics eligibility remaining may participate in organized practice sessions while enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is enrolled in the final semester or quarter of the baccalaureate or graduate degree program and the institution certifies that the student is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete the degree requirements, as determined by the faculty of the institution. (Revised: 3/27/18)14.2.1.3.1 Eligibility Following Final Term. A student-athlete who is eligible for practice while enrolled less than full time during his or her final term remains eligible for practice during the remainder of the institution’s season, including postseason events. (See Bylaw 12.8.) (Adopted: 3/27/18)14.2.1.6 Exception—Practice During First Week of Class. A student-athlete may practice, but may not compete, during the institution’s first five days of classes if the student-athlete is enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is otherwise eligible under all institutional, conference and NCAA requirements. (Adopted: 1/10/95 effective 8/1/95)last_img read more