NEW YORK (CMM):As part of ongoing preparations for the annual Penn Relays, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) recently launched its 2016 season at a private reception held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston last Monday.A 20-member team travelled to the island to the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which took place from March 15-19 at the National Stadium.Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid spoke of his admiration for the organisation, and wished for its continued success.Stephen Drummond, a special guest of TJB, presented a cheque for US$10,000 to the organisation and announced a major financial boost by his law firm, Drummond & Squillace, PLLC, to Herbert Morrison (of which he’s an alumnus) to provide free lunch for one year to the entire student body.Dervan Malcolm, a host on Power 106 FM and the extremely popular ‘Diaspora Live’ programme, was presented with the TJB Award for using that platform to give the diaspora a greater voice.Now in its 22nd year, TJB has over the years formed numerous strategic partnerships to support not only Jamaican athletes, but the schools from which many ofthem hail.Support for athletes at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, includes meals, transportation, booking and coordinating hotel accommodation and chiropractic care.Having had the distinction of being the first Jamaican/Caribbean sponsor at the Penn Relays, TJB opened the doors and, consequently, the very lucrative Diaspora and mainstream markets to mega brands such as Grace Foods (now title sponsor), Jamaica Tourist Board, VMBS, LIME, Digicel, Jamaica National, Western Union/GKRS Money Services, Caribbean Food Delights, Golden Krust, Tower Isles and others, who now participate or have participated in the three-day carnival, gaining exposure to the over 115,000 spectators on hand and millions more through the NBC Saturday national broadcast.This year, the organisation welcomed on board Philadelphia International Medicine, which will provide two sports medicine physicians to assist with the care of the athletes at the Penn Relays on Saturday, April 30.The Penn Relays will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from April 28-30.
Eureka >> Baseball, complex in so many ways, is simple at its core.Field the ball, catch the ball, hit the ball.Typically, the teams that do the most basic of fundamentals the best, wins championships.Case in point, the St. Bernard’s Crusaders, who are out to a 6-0 record in the Little 4 after sweeping Ferndale in a doubleheader on Saturday at St. Bernard’s Academy. In the opener, St. Bernard’s (9-7 overall, 6-0 Little 4) got a solid outing by starting pitcher Caleb Ruiz, who …
Two Liverpool fans assaulted in Naplesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTwo Liverpool fans were assaulted prior to the Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday.Both fans were assaulted before kick-off but were able to attend the game.The police statement read: “At around 6pm local time (5pm GMT), it was reported a number of males on scooters approached the fans at a bar in the city before assaulting them.”Two men from the UK, aged 26 and 46, sustained superficial cuts and grazes to the head and were treated at the scene before continuing to attend the match.”Local police are aware and Merseyside Police are working with police colleagues in Naples to assist in the policing of the Champions League fixture.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
bayless smith ncaa tournament picksSkip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith may be 1-seeds in our 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media bracket, but it’s also true that they have a very highly-rated morning show on ESPN. Earlier this week, the duo made their NCAA Tournament picks – and neither picked a 1-seed to cut down the nets.That being said, they did pick big programs. Bayless took a shot on 4-seed Kentucky relying on talent to make its way through the tournament. Bayless cited Tom Izzo’s experience, taking Michigan State. You can view the segment below.Do you agree with either? Or will another team be winning it all in early April?
Land degradation and desertification are some of the greatest environmental challenges for the world in light of climate change, rapidly growing population and increasing demand for food, fibre and biomass energy. As the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says, land “provides the principal basis for human livelihoods and well-being, including the supply of food, freshwater and multiple other ecosystem services, as well as biodiversity.” Also Read – A special kind of bondBut the problem of land degradation and desertification is acute in Asia and Africa. Under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 15.3, a land degradation-neutral world by 2030 would not only depend upon the success of Africa and Asia to combat it, but the overall success would be critically determined by the success in achieving them in the two continents. UN agencies and the scientific community have been in a continuous discourse on identifying and generating empirical and scientific methods for monitoring, assessing and reporting the progress on land degradation and desertification. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn Asian countries, the degraded areas mainly include the deserts of China mainland, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan; the sand dunes of Central Asia; the steeply eroded mountain slopes of Nepal; and the deforested and overgrazed high-lands of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Asia holds almost 60 per cent of the world’s population. Of this, nearly 70 per cent live in rural areas and depend directly on land and land-based ecosystem services. As a result, Asia is most severely affected by land degradation, desertification and drought in terms of the number of people. In Africa too, the situation is alarming. Agenda 2063 – Africa’s blueprint for transforming the continent into a global powerhouse – talks about creating a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. The continent meeting the SDGs is in line with the aspirations of Agenda 2063. At the sixth special session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment held in April 2016, the ministers decided to use outcomes of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The 2015 ELD study provides a vehicle for the generation of policy-relevant information that links the biophysical aspects of land degradation with the economic drivers of change and subsequent implications for society. Africa is particularly vulnerable to soil erosion and is the most severely affected continent. Two-thirds of productive land has degraded, as per a UNCCD estimate. To achieve SDGs and to realise the aspirations of Agenda 2063, Africa needs to sustainably manage its natural resources. Desertification has affected 45 per cent of Africa’s land area, of which 55 per cent is at high or very high risk of further degradation. The socioeconomic consequences of land degradation are food insecurity, poverty, social tension, reduced availability of clean water and increased vulnerability of affected areas. Soil, especially topsoil, is an important natural resource base in the production of food, fibre and biomass energy. It takes 200 to 1,000 years to form 2.5 cm of topsoil under cropland conditions. Land degradation is causing loss of topsoil and the nutrients it contains, which, in turn, leads to reduction in crop production. Nutrient depletion from 105 million ha of cereal crop-lands in 42 African countries is causing a loss of 280 million tonnes of cereal crops a year. The economic value of this was estimated at US$ 127 billion per year by the ELD study. It shows that benefits of action against land degradation through sustainable land management are seven times higher than the costs associated in the next 15 years. Economic appraisal (cost of restoration v benefit of restoration) in the ELD Asia study indicates that if all Asian countries invest and develop sustainable land management technologies on its 487 million ha of agricultural land in the next 13 years, the total cost would be $ 1,214 billion, that is, $ 2,494 per ha. The present value of the flows of total benefits from investing in sustainable land management is estimated at $ 4,216 billion, or $ 8,663 per ha. This means Asia could create a net present value of $3,008 billion, equal to $6,169 per ha with a benefit-cost ratio of 3:5. China mainland, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Iran, Myanmar, Indonesia and Japan together account for 88.34 per cent of the net present value, with the ratio ranging from 3:02 in Japan to 6:75 in China mainland. The study also indicates that investing in sustainable land management technologies and becoming agricultural land degradation-neutral by 2030 would help countries reduce the poverty gap to zero, increase the total per capita domestic food crop production to 858 kg across Asia, and result in economic growth and expansion in the agricultural sector. The drop in annual production in Asia due to topsoil loss-induced loss of NPK (nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium) amounts to 16.7 million tonnes of crops with a total value of $ 9.9 billion at the weighted average price of crops produced in the region. In other words, preventing topsoil loss-induced NPK loss would increase productivity by 0.68 per cent per year. Annual production loss due to topsoil loss-induced NPK loss is 1.31 billion tonnes or close to 53 per cent of the annual total crop production in the region. The corresponding value of this annual loss at the weighted average crop prices amounts to close to $ 732.7 billion. Thus, Asian countries need to act against topsoil loss-induced soil nutrient depletion that is aggravating agricultural land degradation. This may require investment in sustainable land management technologies on agricultural lands. For both Africa and Asia to attract investment in sustainable land management practices, the study suggests that sustainable land management is the key to control land degradation and to achieve land degradation neutrality. The benefits of action through sustainable land management to control land degradation outweighs the cost of action in all studied African countries. The net present value of action is non-negative against changes in the discount rate, prices of cereals and planning horizon. The cost of inaction measured in terms of cereal crops loss due to soil erosion-induced nutrient depletion over 15 years (2016-30) is equivalent to 12.3 per cent of the GDP of the 42 countries, as studied. Investment in sustainable land management practices will only be equivalent to 1.15 per cent of the GDP of 42 countries in Africa. The scientific data and economic analysis indicate that in addition to achieving SDG 15.3, investment in sustainable land management on agricultural land would enable most Asian countries to achieve other related SDGs as well. Moreover, results of this study have an important contribution in providing the methods, indicators, and results for measuring and reporting SDG target 15.3 and for integrating particularly the value of soil as a natural capital in the nations’ social accounting matrices. (The author is Chief Environmental Economist, United Nations Environment Programme. The views expressed are strictly personal)
TORONTO – Sun Life Financial Inc. says it will take a $200-million charge related to U.S. tax reform when it reports its fourth-quarter results.The company says the one-time hit is due to the impact of the tax changes on actuarial liabilities, deferred tax assets and liabilities and a one-time tax charge on deemed repatriation of foreign earnings.Late last year, the U.S. cut its corporate income tax rate to 21 per cent, from 35 per cent, as part of an overhaul of its tax laws.The move is expected to lift future earnings, but it also reduced the value of deferred tax assets held on company balance sheets, prompting firms to recognize one-time charges related to the change.Sun Life (TSX:SLF) estimates that it expects the lower tax rate in the U.S. will mean that the tax expense included in its 2018 underlying net income will fall by approximately $130 million.The company is expected to report its fourth-quarter results on Feb. 14.
The Canadian Press Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down six cents, or 3.11 per cent to $1.87 on 22.5 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up $1.06, or 2.56 per cent, to $42.44 on 19.7 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up 17 cents, or 8.5 per cent, to $2.17 on 11 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 30 cents, or 4.03 per cent, to $7.14 on 9.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Gold. Down 28 cents, or 6.76 per cent, to $3.86 on 8.1 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up one cent, or 0.05 per cent, to $19.52 on 7.8 million shares. Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,264.06, down 152.83 points). Companies reporting major news:Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Down $2.48 or 15 per cent to $14. Home Capital Group says Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is reducing its stake in the mortgage lender to less than 10 per cent. Buffett’s investment firm helped restore confidence in the lender following accusations that it misled investors by acquiring a nearly 20-per-cent stake in Home Capital in 2017. Buffett says with the full repayment of the $2 billion credit line, Berkshire’s investment in Home Capital is now not of a size to justify the firm’s ongoing involvement.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Down $1.12 or 1.2 per cent to $92.68. Royal Bank is denying a report that it was able to read, write and delete users’ messages on the social networking website Facebook. The New York Times has published a story claiming Facebook gave RBC, along with Spotify and Netflix, the ability to see private messages between its users. RBC says it was given permission to send messages to Facebook users from 2013 to 2015 when it offered a mobile app service that enabled customers to send money to their friends through the social network. It says it did not have the ability to see users’ messages.
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) nominee Poonam Sinha, wife of actor-turned politician Shatrughan Sinha who had rebelled against the BJP leadership, on Thursday filed her nomination papers for the Lucknow parliamentary seat from where Union Minister Rajnath Singh is seeking re-election. Accompanied by SP MP Dimple Yadav and Shatrughan Sinha, Poonam filed her papers at the Collectorate as the candidate for the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in the seat, which goes to polls on May 6. Clad in a green saree, the SP nominee, who had joined the party two days ago, arrived at the Collectorate in the afternoon after a road show. Thursday is the last date for filing of nominations for the seat. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Her husband, Shatrughan Sinha, was present during the filing of the nomination as well as the road show, which was taken out from the party office. The road show up till the Collectorate passed through the main market of the state capital where Dimple Yadav was seen waving at the crowd carrying flags of the SP and the BSP. Sinha, who had recently quit the BJP, has joined the Congress and is contesting from the Patna Sahib seat in Bihar. The SP had Wednesday announced the candidature of Poonam Sinha from the prestigious seat. Earlier in the day, accompanied by SP leaders, Poonam Sinha had filed another set of papers at the Collectorate.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager loves the Netflix TV series and compares what happens in the show to what happens in footballTalking just before Tuesday’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven, Spurs’ manager Mauricio Pochettino believes football is sometimes like House of Cards.The Netflix TV series is famously known for its crude shown of politics.“It’s a weird season but I look so happy now because the new season of House of Cards has started,” Pochettino told ESPN.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Yesterday I watched three episodes.”“I learn a lot from this series. I recommend it. I think it represents very well sometimes how we are. Sometimes football is so political, and it’s going in this direction,” he added.“Which character am I? I don’t know, it’s difficult to say. It’s dangerous to say this or this one. It’s fiction but it can translate to many businesses.”
Fire Crews are responding to unauthorized burns in our service area, and have issued a reminder that the burn closure still remains in effect. Original Post: All burning, including campfires and the use of charcoal grills, is prohibited, including campfires in established fire pits or rings in designated campgrounds. Devices that can be turned on and off — such as gas and pellet grills and backpacking or camp stoves that use fuel or compressed fuel canisters — are still allowed, though users are urged to be cautious with them as well. Additionally, available Alaska Division of Forestry resources are limited due to the Swan Lake Fire. So, the DOF reminds Kenai residents to remain vigilant and report any open burning. Although there was a slight amount of rain overnight (0.20 in) and the temperatures are cooler, we still have the significant potential for extreme fire behavior. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated 9/4/19: Burn Closure Lifted For Kenai Peninsula. An emergency burn closure issued two weeks ago on state, private and municipal lands in the Kenai Peninsula is being rescinded effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday September 4th. Click here to read the story. Howie Kent with the Kenai/Kodiak Division of Forestry: “This is a plea from the Alaska Division of Forestry to the public to please adhere to the burn closure. Our firefighters have their hands full working to suppress and contain devastating wildfires in both the Mat-Su Valley and Kenai Peninsula. Any new fires will make that job even tougher and could put the public and firefighters at risk.” The burn closure will remain in effect until conditions moderate in the form significant rainfall.