Tweet A local farmer is calling on players in the industry to take all precautionary measures to prevent another banana disease from entering the country. Amos Wiltshire, who is also a member of Fairtrade, says the industry will not be able to withstand another dreadful disease. The Black Sigatoka disease, which was confirmed here in 2012, has caused severe destruction to banana and plantain crops. Agriculture officials are now monitoring and taking measures to prevent one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium Wilt also known as Panama Disease, from entering the island. The disease, confirmed in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, has the potential to affect Latin America and Caribbean countries.“I am urging all farmers to take all the necessary precaution that they would do everything possible for us not to get that disease into Dominica because that would mean the end of bananas for us because we are unable to control those things,” he said. He is also hopeful that Ministry of Agriculture officials and other agricultural agencies will take all the precautions to ensure that the disease not arrive here.“I can see that there’s is a little bit of control, better control as what it was earlier on and I have also seen there are some fields that the Ministry of Agriculture and its staff have taken care of which is a good thing”.“So when you take on the abandoned fields you allow a little bit of more control through the system,” Wiltshire noted. While he stated that de-leafing is critical in eliminating disease, he said some farmers are not complying with calls by the authority to manage the disease. Wilshire is also hoping that the spraying cycle continues in order to have the Black Sigatoka fully under control. The government has expended hundreds of thousands of dollars in its attempt to rid the island of the disease.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Share 136 Views no discussions LocalNews Banana disease worries local farmer by: – June 30, 2014 Share
Sharing is caring! Share Share CoronavirusNewsRegional Trinidad & Tobago Looks to Open Borders by May 15 by: – April 27, 2020 Tweet 102 Views no discussions Share T&T Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley(SKN Observer) The Trinidad and Tobago government says it is looking to possibly reopen its borders by May 15, but it says that would depend on recommendations from its scientific community.Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley made the announcement at a news conference today. He said the country’s public health orders would also be extended, including the stay at home policy to May 10, as it continues efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.“We need a few more days of holding the fort…most of what we have experienced with this virus coming into our population, the vast majority came from persons who came into us from the outside,” he said.“So…it is imperative that we do not pollute that sampling of our population and the establishments of new contacts and the infection of new population cohorts by persons coming into Trinidad and Tobago. So unfortunately we have to keep our border closed.”“There are serious consequences to that (closing borders) but the greater consequence is to re-infect us and go back to square one where we were two months ago. If we hold the course, we are likely, I can’t promise you anything, I am not seeing anything, I am not influencing it, (but) I am simply saying if the outcome continues on the same trajectory, the curve that we are on now, by the ….15th of May Trinidad and Tobago should be in a good position to look at a lot of what we have shut down.He said for the first time, the country has a “mile post” to guide its journey.“A little light is appearing at the far end of the tunnel, so that by the 10th of May, if things go well we should be in a position to say that we can now relax. A lot of what we are now constricted to…but to get a get a good result by the 10th of May requires we do what we have been doing,” Rowley said.
Farmington Public Schools trustees on Tuesday approved ballot language for a $98 million, 2020 bond question, saying the funds are about needs, not wants.Voters in 2015 approved a $131.5 million bond program that will soon wrap up with $800,000 in basic parking lot, roof and security upgrades at the Schulman Administrative Center and Maxfield Education Center; $1.1 million for the purchase of 10 new buses; and $1.1 million for improved technology infrastructure and devices for students and teachers.Thanks to construction and technology savings, Facilities Director Jon Riebe said, the district will have $3.5 million left from that bond issue for General Fund capital needs and to complete “critical projects”.Board Vice President Terry Johnson praised staff members and a citizen bond oversight committee for ensuring that funds were appropriately spent.“You guys did a fabulous job,” he said. “There’s more work that needs to be done.”Riebe said a 2009-2010 facilities study framed the 2015 bond proposal, and now those facilities are 10 years older.”To extend the life of these school buildings, we need to take a hard look at our infrastructure,” he said, adding that the district will need to replace more than 50 buses over the next 5-7 years.The new bond is expected to cover:$72.5 million in critical infrastructure needs$20 million in technology improvements$5.5 million in bus replacementsOverall millage rate will dropBond counsel Amanda Van Deusen of Miller Canfield reviewed the ballot question, which is mostly “boiler plate” language required by the State of Michigan. In addition to identifying the amount of the bond, it notes that the overall millage rate for debt will drop from 3.3 mills to 3.2 mills.The question also specifies that bond proceeds “may not be used to pay teacher or administrator salaries, routine maintenance costs or other School District operating expenses.”All seven trustees expressed support for the measure.Trustee Richard Mukamal, who served on the Building and Site/Safety Committee, said one of the reasons he ran for a board seat was to “look at how money was being spent and the thinking behind that.”“The process used, I can assure the public, was very thorough and we are mindful of the fact that we are spending the public’s money,” he said.Trustee Jessica Cummings pointed out that the district has two million square feet of facilities to manage. “We want our buildings to be presentable, safe, and ready for students to come in and learn.”Board President Pam Green singled out the technology piece as a critical part of preparing students for careers of the future. “We must maintain current and relevant technology for our students,” she said.You can watch video of Tuesday’s board meeting, and a November 14 special meeting during which trustees discussed the bond proposal, at farmington.vod.castus.tv/.To review the agenda and supporting materials for this meeting, visit v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000199Correction: The debt millage reduction numbers were incorrectly reported in the original version of this post. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedInilah Fakta Ryanair, Maskapai Penerbangan Berbiaya Murah yang Penuh Kontroversi01/11/2018In “Featured”[Video] Pesta di Kabin, Sekelompok Pemuda Tenggak Bir di Penerbangan Ryanair31/05/2019In “Featured”Alami Krisis Penerbang, Ryanair Undang Mantan Pilot Untuk Bergabung Kembali23/10/2017In “Destinasi” Tentu pernyataan dari pihak Ryanair ini terkesan seperti kurang persiapan, ditambah dengan statement yang dilontarkan oleh Sindicato Nacional do Pessoal de Voo da Aviação Civil (SNPVAC), serikat buruh di sektor aviasi yang mengatakan bahwa para awak penerbang yang ‘terdampar’ di Bandara Malaga tersebut tidak mendapatkan pasokan makanan dan minuman yang layak – bahkan tidak cukup.“Mereka tidak punya pilihan lain, seperti yang terlihat pada foto tersebut, mereka mencoba untuk beristirahat di lantai kantor Bandara Malaga,” jelas salah seorang personel dari SNPVAC.“Para awak penerbang ini terpaksa beristirahat di ruang kantor Bandara Malaga sejak pukul 01.30 hingga 06.00 (waktu setempat). Ketika dipindahkan ke ruang tunggu bandara, mereka masih tidak mendapatkan pasokan makanan atau minuman,” tambahnya.Pernyataan yang dilontarkan oleh serikat tersebut justru semakin memojokkan posisi dari Ryanair yang terkesan lepas tanggung jawab.“Itu merupakan tanggung jawab hukum maskapai untuk menyediakan akomodasi yang sesuai, yaitu kamar hotel, sehingga awak penerbang dapat beristirahat di bawah persyaratan keselamatan nasional dan Eropa agar dapat mengoperasikan tugas berikut dengan aman,” jelas SNPVAC.Baca Juga: Tiga Jam Menanti, Bagasi Penumpang Ryanair Baru Keluar dari Baggage Carousel“SNPVAC akan melayangkan keluhan resmi kepada semua otoritas penerbangan sipil yang relevan dan kami mengharapkan intervensi yang mendesak dan kuat sehingga kejadian seperti ini tidak akan terjadi lagi.”Jika merujuk pada Komite Nasional Keselamatan Transportasi (KNKT), salah satu faktor keselamatan berkendara adalah fatigue atau kondisi tubuh si pelaku – dalam kasus ini pilot dan awak kabin. Semisal kondisi tubuhnya tidak mendukung (sakit), maka tidak menutup kemungkinan sebuah insiden akan terjadi. Sumber: stuff.co.nz Sebanyak delapan pilot dan 16 awak kabin dari Ryanair tertangkap kamera tengah beristirahat di lantai kantor salah satu bandara di Spanyol. Diketahui, para awak penerbang ini terpaksa tidur di lantai kantor Bandara Malaga pada Minggu (13/10/2018) pasca penerbangan mereka ditunda keberangkatannya. Tentu saja beredarnya foto ini menuai pertanyaan dari sejumlah pihak, “Bagaimana bisa awak penerbang tidak mendapatkan fasilitas menginap di hotel ketika penerbangan mereka ditunda?”Baca juga: Inilah Fakta Ryanair, Maskapai Penerbangan Berbiaya Murah yang Penuh Kontroversi Dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari laman stuff.co.nz (17/10/2018), penundaan penerbangan tersebut disinyalir karena terpaan badai di Porto. “Semua penerbangan dialihkan ke Malaga,” ujar salah satu pihak Ryanair. Menanggapi foto dan pemberitaan yang beredar luas di dunia maya, pihak Ryanair mengaku, “karena ini adalah hari libur nasional Spanyol, hotel-hotel sudah penuh dipesan,”
ilustrasi car free day (daysoftheyear.com) Kendaraan pertama kali meluncur ke jalanan tahun 1886 silam dan kini sudah lebih dari satu miliar kendaraan bermotor melaju di jalanan seluruh dunia. Namun sayangnya dunia tak bisa menghindari polusi udara dari asap kendaraan bermotor yang kini merubah tatanan dunia dan membuat pemanasan global semakin meningkat.Baca juga: Wah Ternyata Ada Loh Hari Bahasa Bajak Laut InternasionalKarena hal ini, negara di dunia kemudian menyadarinya untuk mengurangi penggunaan kendaraan pribadi dan beralih dengan jalan kaki, bersepeda atau kendaraan umum untuk mengurangi polusi udara. Biasanya setiap negara memiliki ketentuan masing-masing dengan mengadakan satu kali seminggu tanpa kendaraan pribadi atau tergantung dari kebijakan pemerintah. KabarPenumpang.com merangkum berbagai laman sumber, ternyata Hari Bebas Kendaraan Bermotor atau HBKB ini sudah dimulai sejak 25 November 1956 di mana hari Minggu bebas mobil pertama terjadi di Belanda. Kemudian pada 1992 di Ottawa mengikuti hal yang sama. Pada 1995, Prancis menggelar acara untuk memperingati Green Transport week di Kota Bath yang diikuti oleh semua masyarakat.Hingga akhirnya Asosiasi Transportasi Lingkungan menetapkan Hari Bebas Mobil tahun pertama pada hari Selasa pertama dalam Minggu Transportasi Hijau sekitar tanggal 17 Juni. Namun, tahun 2000, tepatnya 22 September disepakati untuk menjadikan sebagai Hari Bebas Mobil Internasional.Awalnya pun hanya diselenggarakan di bawah naungan Komisi Eropa dan kemudian di perluas ke Internasional dengan sejumlah besar kota di seluruh dunia diundang untuk menutup pusat mobil mereka. Lalu, pada Hari Bebas Mobil Internasional, orang-orang diajak untuk berjalan kaki, bersepeda atau menggunakan kendaraan umum.Pendukung hari Bebas Mobil Internasional mengklaim lebih dari seratus juta orang di 1500 kota merayakan ini meski pada hari dan cara yang dipilih masing-masing. Selama dekade pertama gerakan hari bebas mobil (1994-2005), dunia telah melihat ratusan kota memberikan pendekatan dalam keadaan yang sangat berbeda, beberapa baik, beberapa tidak dapat disangkal, beberapa di antaranya pada beberapa kesempatan. Adanya Hari Bebas Mobil ini sendiri sejak awal memiliki tujuan untuk menjadi sebuah langkah kecil, katalisator dalam proses transformasi sistemik di seluruh kota yang jauh lebih besar dan ambisius menuju sistem mobiliasai yang berkelanjutan.Nah, bagaimana dengan di Indonesia sendiri? Apakah merayakan Hari Bebas Mobil setiap 22 September? Ternyata Indonesia tepatnya di Jakarta pertama kali mengadakan Hari Bebas Kendaraan Bermotor pada 23 Mei 2002. Kegiatan ini di Indonesia awalanya dilaksanakan oleh Koalisi Lembaga Swadaya MAsayarakat atau LSM lingkungan sebagai wadah untuk menampung aspirasi masyarakat.Di Jakarta HBKB ini sendiri pertama diselenggarakan pada hari minggu terakhir setiap bulannya. Kegiatan ini berlangung selama delapan jam dari pukul 06.00 pagi hingga 14.00 WIB. Tetapi karena banyak keluhan kemudian dipersingkat menjadi dua jam dan kemudian menjadi dua kali dalam seminggu.Baca juga: Tata Ulang Trotoar Sudirman-Thamrin, Pemprov DKI Jakarta Canangkan #TrotoarKitaHingga akhirnya pada 13 Mei 2012 HBKB dilaksanakan empat kali dalam sebulan dari pukul 06.00 pagi hingga 11.00 WIB. Namun, semenjak pandemi ini, pemerintah ibukota Jakarta menghentikan sementara adanya HBKB untuk meminimalisir kerumuman yang terjadi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTernyata! Jakarta Dijadikan Panutan Dalam Program Pengurangan Polusi di Sydney27/07/2017In “Basis Aplikasi”Optimalkan Keselamatan di Jalan Raya, Uji KIR Wajib Bagi Kendaraan Umum17/03/2017In “Analisa Angkutan”Ingin Bantu Perangi Polusi Udara? Simak Tips Mudahnya di Sini!10/04/2018In “Darat”
Nigeria men national basketball team head coach Alex Nwora believes the D’Tigers made up for missing out on a medal place at the 2019 FIBA World Cup by securing Africa’s sole ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but says keeping the present squad together as well as starting preparations early will be key to the team’s chances in Tokyo. Nigeria’s place at the 2020 Olympics was confirmed with a magnificent 86-73 victory over hosts China in their final classification game at the Guangzhou Gymnasium on Sunday.And although D’Tigers didn’t the progress they set out to in the tournament, Nwora who like the rest of the squad was making his World Cup debut said the experience has been a valuable learning curve for the entire team.Of particular delight to the coach was the clear signs of improvements shown by his side in each passing game after early losses to Russia and Argentina in the group stages.Just like in their opening game against Russia, Nigeria had led China by eight points going into the fourth quarter but unlike the game against the Europeans where they blew the lead to lose, D’Tigers showed remarkable resolve to defy the Asians in front of their home crowd to increase their lead and win by thirteen points. “I feel really great knowing that we wanted to be on the medal table but I will settle to go to the Olympics,” he said. “I learned a lot from this and you could see that when we were up by eight points we made the necessary adjustments so that the mistake we made against Russia wasn’t repeated.”“It’s a learning experience for me and the players like you can see we got better every game and this was a very important game for us, I know we’ve got the talent to compete with anybody on this planet.”Download AudioThe coach who took charge of the team in 2017 and led them to second place at the 2017 AfroBasket in Tunisia also reserved some praise for the team’s General Manager Musa Adamu and the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Musa Kida for their roles in the facilitating the team’s success.“I’m proud of the Federation for the opportunity they’ve given me, I’m proud of my team manager [Musa Adamu] for assembling this team, for what he has done from day one since we’ve been here for the last two years.Download Audio“I give a lot of credit to Engr. Musa Kida for all he has done to make us qualify for the Olympics.”Many watchers had tipped Nigeria to go far at the World Cup but the team saw its preparations nearly torpedoed by a lack of funding from the Ministry of Sports which adversely affected their chances at the tournament.Having overcome that hurdle to secure Olympic qualification, Nwora says ahead of the 2020 Olympics, the NBBF and the Sports Ministry must ensure early preparations for the team he believes to be one of the most talented ever assembled by Nigeria.The US-based coach said keeping this particular squad together would be vital for Nigeria’s chances in Tokyo and that plans must be in place to help facilitate early scouting of Nigeria’s prospective opponents.“It’s going to be up to the Federation to start early and also for the government to help them so that we can have early preparation and do scouting early,” Nwora said about preparations for the future.“We are going to be playing a couple of these teams that are going to be playing the qualifiers to go to the Olympics and I know that I can make time between me and my GM to make sure that we go scout, those teams physically so that we can be well prepared.Download Audio“And also keeping this group together is very important to me because like I said they have enough talent here to play with anybody in the world. So, now that we know each of their strengths and weaknesses, I think we can put it to better use going forward.”Related2019 FIBA World Cup: D’Tigers Can Emulate D’Tigress Quarterfinal Feat – Ahmedu (AUDIO)April 5, 2019In “BasketBall”FIBA WC: D’Tigers Plot China Downfall (AUDIO)September 7, 2019In “BasketBall”2019 FIBA WC: Tunisia’s Win Against Angola Leaves D’Tigers Needing To Beat China For Olympics SpotSeptember 8, 2019In “BasketBall”
LONDON (AP): Jamaican Garath McCleary will not be returning to the English Premier League next season as his club, Reading FC, were beaten 4-3 in a penalty shootout by Huddersfield Town in the English League Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium yesterday. The Terriers will play in England’s top division for the first time in 45 years after winning world football’s richest single game worth a minimum US$220 million. After the teams ended extra time tied at 0-0, Christopher Schindler converted the winning spot kick for the team managed by Germany-born American coach David Wagner. Huddersfield, which was the English champion each year from 1924-26, was most recently in the top flight in 1972. The northern team will be the 49th different club to play in the Premier League since the competition’s inaugural season in 1992. Promotion is worth at least £170 million (US$220 million) because of future prize money and broadcast earnings from being in the Premier League, the wealthiest league in the world. “We can give lots of people hope,” Huddersfield Chairman Dean Hoyle said. “Smaller clubs can keep believing; you can achieve the impossible.” The 45-year-old Wagner, a former US international, arrived at the northern English club in 2015 from Borussia Dortmund, where he was reserve-team coach, and only just managed to keep Huddersfield in the second tier. WORKED WONDERS From that 19th-place finish, Wagner worked wonders on one of the smallest budgets in the division signing many players on loan and from Germany to challenge for the title this season. Huddersfield eventually dropped away to finish in fifth place, two spots behind Reading. Now Wagner will be coming up against managers like Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp, who was coach at Dortmund when Wagner was at the German club. They are long-time friends. “I am so happy because when I arrived, people said I had no experience, no experience of British football, no experience of players I always had to fight against that,” Wagner said. “It’s proved experience is important but not everything. It’s heart and desire.” Reading, managed by former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam, was most recently in England’s top division in the 2012-13 season.
STARKVILLE Austin Sexton’s start provided the sophomore with a numbers of stats he could be proud of. He began Mississippi State’s 6-2 win against Arizona by recording the first five outs by way of strikeout. He punched out the side twice. He finished with the first 10-strike performance by a Bulldog in a year.After MSU’s 8-2 win against Samford to sweep the doubleheader, Sexton only smiled about one stat .“Zero walks,” Sexton said. “I hate to say it but it’s been a while since I went up there and not walked someone.”The last MSU pitcher to finish with 10 strikeouts and no walks was Chris Stratton in 2012. Lucas Laster took the baton in the second game striking out eight Samford batters without issuing a walk.“I think the story of the day was our starting pitching,” MSU coach John Cohen said.Mississippi State provided plenty of offense in the two games at Dudy Noble Field. MSU broke open a tie with a four-run sixth against Arizona. Mississippi State took advantage of five first-inning walks to score five run in the first against Samford.Sexton had no problems with his control in game one. He threw two balls to a batter once in the first three innings. He dealt with his first three-ball count in the sixth inning.“Coach (Butch)Thompson is big on that. Get ahead, stay ahead,” Sexton said. “There’s all kind of numbers on that. Anytime you can get ahead it’s just helps a lot.”Sexton relied heavily on his two-seam fastball. The downward sink allowed Sexton’s pitches to dive under Arizona’s bats.It’s a pitch the right-hander worked on this week with Thompson.“I think that really helped me today,” Sexton said. “I was able to get some sink and miss some barrels.”Sexton’s only mistake on the day came to Jared Oliva on a 1-2 pitch. He hung a change out that the Arizona left fielder deposited in the Left Field Lounge.Sexton responded striking out the next batter.Saturday’s performance follows an outing against Alabama A&M on Feb. 21 where Sexton struck out 8 in six innings. He and Friday-night starter Preston Brown offer two live arms to start the weekend rotation. Brow leads the team with 22 strikeouts in three starts. Sexton has 20 in three.The two arms are part of the reason Mississippi State is 12-0 for the fourth time in school history.“When you get on that roll, you keep riding it,” Sexton said. “I think that’s what this team is going to do, keep getting on a roll.”
Raised more than $35,000 Saturday night’s annual Campbell County Cancer Association telethon on WLAF was a hit. At the West End Community Center aka the West La Follette School, the CCCA raised $35,630.31. Lots of local entertainers performed. Mason T. and Carl Capps opened the evening. Vanessa Dupuy and Bobbie Archer sang as well. Tribute also graced the Dottie Rogers Stage. Second Chance, the group with the most members, performed in the 8 pm hour. Closing out the evening was New Harvest. New Harvest celebrates its 30th year this month.New Harvest performs on Saturday night CCCA Treasurer Clarence Lowe tells WLAF, “Traditionally, we have more donations dropped off at our office the week after the telethon. So, that total will likely increase.” The office is in the West End Community Center. If you would like to donate, please mail your check to the CCCA, P.O. Box 122, Jacksboro, Tennessee 37757. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/16/2018-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)Share this:FacebookTwitter
JACKSBORO, TN- (WLAF)- Lindsay Craw’s (above) first degree murder trial is slated to begin next month. However, she is lacking a lawyer to represent her.Last week, Craw saw the second attorney she hired to represent her withdraw from her case. Both attorneys cited non- payment of fees for their reasons to leave the case.Craw is accused of stabbing Billy Partin, Jr., her boyfriend, in 2018. The two were living together in a LaFollette apartment at the time, according to police records. Partin died from his injuries later the night he was stabbed.Shortly after her arrest, Craw retained Tom Tabor to represent her. During his time on the case, he filed a motion for a change of venue naming “undue excitement” created by the media about the case. Because of media interest, Tabor said the jury pool in Campbell County was “tainted” meaning it was “unlikely” Craw would receive a fair trial in the county, the March 2019 motion said. The request to move the trial was denied. In Sept. 2019, Tabor filed a motion asking to withdraw from Craw’s case.Within the motion Tabor said he and Craw were unable to agree about how to handle her case. “The client insists on taking actions the lawyer finds repugnant or imprudent,” Tabor wrote. He also mentioned a non- payment of fees. Court records indicate Tabor and Craw agreed to a $50,000 fee for his services. She only paid him a $5,000 down payment in the months he was working for her.The next day, a motion was filed noting that Charles Deas was now Craw’s attorney.Earlier this month, he asked to withdraw from the case. The agreed fee for Deas’ services was $23,000, according to court filings. While Deas didn’t require a down payment, he and Craw allegedly agreed to a $200 a week payment. At the time of the February filing, Craw had only paid $300 since Sept. 2019.To continue to devote time and resources without payment can’t be done, Deas said in the motion. It would amount to “ineffective assistance of counsel,” the motion to withdraw said.The motion was granted.Craw’s case is now in legal limbo while she is jailed. She is on the trial calendar but lacks a lawyer to defend her.In 2018, Craw was arrested following Partin’s death. She initially told police an intruder stabbed Partin and assaulted her. Two days after Craw told police that story, they searched the home where she was staying and found a red handled large knife under her bed believed to be the one used in Partin’s stabbing. That is when she was arrested and charged in Partin’s death, police records said.Shortly after her arrest, Craw underwent a competency evaluation. Mental health experts deemed her competent to stand trial. They also noted that at the time of her actions she wasn’t suffering from a “severe mental disease or defect,” as defined by state law. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED -02/17/2020- 6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter