Silver a bonus – Knight-Wisdom

first_img REALLY HAPPY “It (silver medal) means the world to me. The focus was to qualify for the Olympic Games. I never expected that to translate to a World silver medal, so I’m really happy about that,” Knight-Wisdom told The Gleaner from Brazil yesterday. Knight-Wisdom returned to log 459.25 points in the final, to finish behind gold-medal winner Rommel Pacheco (Mexico), who scored 504.40 points, with the United States’ Kristian Ipsen tallying 362.05 points. “The qualifying spot was what I was aiming for, and once that was over, I was a lot more relaxed and so everything after that was a bonus. I was very relaxed going into the semi-finals and even more so in the final,” said Knight-Wisdom. Still, the youngster isn’t getting ahead of himself and is expecting the competition to be far tougher when the Olympics begin. He is, however, also hoping for improvement as he prepares to take on the world in Rio. “At the Olympic Games everyone will be at their peak and it will of course feature other divers that didn’t compete in this event, so it will probably be a harder competition. But I am also looking forward to getting even better as well,” Knight-Wisdom said. The Leeds-born diver booked his spot at the Olympic Games after finishing 17th in the preliminary round with a score of 397.90 points. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.com Jamaica’s Olympics-bound diver Yona Knight-Wisdom says winning the three-metre springboard silver medal at the FINA Diving World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a welcome bonus after his historic qualification to the Olympic Games. Knight-Wisdom scored 427.40 points in Monday’s semi-final to finish 11th in the 18-man field, before surprising the competition in the medal round of the competition, which was being used as a Rio 2016 test event at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center. The 20-year-old Britain-born diver pointed to his approach in the later rounds, noting that he was much more relaxed going into the semi-finals and final after already meeting his main objective of becoming Jamaica’s first Olympic qualifier in a diving event.last_img read more

Kerr’s lengthy practice sets the tone for Warriors’ workload ahead

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — In the first practice since five-straight NBA Finals runs, Warriors coach Steve Kerr opened training camp Tuesday with one of the longest practices under his tenure. Two-and-half hours. Probably an hour longer, to his estimation, than any practice last season.“This is different,” Kerr said. “We’re having to stop and teach, more stops and starts, more instruction, more Why’s and How’s. The first part of camp will especially be, I think, more detailed. And then once we get …last_img read more

Taxis for Confed Cup fans

first_img11 June 2009More than 3 000 minibus taxis and 450 buses, branded with the GauRide logo, will be made available to transport soccer fans to stadiums across Gauteng province during the Fifa Confederations Cup.The GauRide vehicles, complemented by the recently launched iTransie 2 Ellispark! Service, will ensure that spectators can travel safely to Confederations Cup games.PartnershipBoth iTransie 2 Ellis Park! and GauRide are run in partnership with the taxi industry.“Central to the hosting of the tournament will be the effectiveness and efficiency with which we help transport thousands of soccer supporters to the match venues,” said provincial Transport Minister Bheki Nkosi.He was addressing over 100 invited guests who braved the chilly weather to witness the launch of the GauRide initiative in Johannesburg on Wednesday.GauRide, which kick offs on Sunday when Bafana Bafana take on Iraq at Ellis Park, will transport fans from five hours before the match starts and up to three hours after the final whistle.Extensive trainingNkosi said the drivers to be used for the GauRide initiative had undergone extensive training on competency driving, customer care and loading and offloading skills.“Drivers who have not undergone the training will not be allowed to operate,” he said.He added that the department would distribute 100 000 public transport maps to help travellers during the tournament and beyond.The provincial government, he said, had also bought 2 000 Confederations Cup tickets to be distributed for free to disadvantaged communities across various townships.Nkosi said his department was working with experts from previous host countries and other transport authorities to ensure that Gauteng was ready to contribute to the success of both the Confederations Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Visible policingMeanwhile, provincial Safety Minister Nkabisi Mosunkutu said security would be beefed up to ensure the safety of supporters in and around the stadiums.“It is vital that we understand that safety comes first during the tournament … and traffic officers, police and emergency officials will need to come on board,” Mosunkutu said.He said police vehicles would be visible at all the venues throughout the tournament, while strict crime prevention strategies would be applied to protect soccer fans.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Oceans Day puts the focus on South Africa’s fish stocks

first_img9 June 2015The oceans around South Africa have the potential to unlock economic development opportunities in the country, according to Deputy Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Thomson.“We thus need to develop a proactive approach to understand our oceans’ capacity and role to ensure socio-economic emancipation while protecting this vast and fragile environment,” she said yesterday at celebrations of World Oceans Day in Port Elizabeth.World Oceans Day is an annual event on 8 June, recognised by the United Nations and run by its Environment Programme (UNEP). It was declared to remind people of the major role the oceans play, as well as to educate people of the impact humans have on the oceans. “They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe,” says the UN.Thomson said the use of various marine resources in South Africa had increased, but the Department of Environmental Affairs would continue efforts to protect and maintain the country’s marine biodiversity. “We aspire to create partnerships while strengthening existing ones to develop means and ways to share the wealth of the ocean for the benefit of all South Africans.”Sassi StoriesTo mark the day, as well as World Environment Day on 5 June, WWF South Africa’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (Sassi) is running its #SASSIStories campaign. It is about telling the inspiring stories of fishers, retailers, chefs, and ordinary people who are driving positive change in the seafood sector.WWF-Sassi points out that the oceans are the cornerstone of life on Earth. They cover more than two thirds of the planet’s surface, produce 70% of its oxygen and are responsible for driving weather systems.“Oceans are also a critical source of food, culture and history. Every year they feed over a billion people and almost 1 in 10 people around the world rely on fishing and fishing-related activities for their livelihoods. Yet both locally and globally we are not doing enough to look after this incredibly value asset,” the organisation says.Humanity’s impact can be seen in reports of climate change, overfishing and the increasing user conflicts.It was an issue Thomson also raised. “Aspects of climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, unsustainable coastal area development and unwanted impacts from resource extraction need to be addressed for human well-being, environmental prosperity and integrity,” she said.Blue economyWorld Oceans Day this year is celebrated under the UNEP’s theme “Healthy oceans, healthy planet”. The department expanded this to “Healthy oceans, healthy planet: enabling sustainable ocean economy development”, to highlight the government’s commitment to sustainable ocean economy through Operation Phakisa.Operation Phakisa promotes economic growth and job creation in line with the goals outlined in the National Development Plan. Its oceans economy laboratory is estimated to have the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to South Africa’s gross domestic product and create just over one million jobs by 2033.The oceans economy lab has four priority areas: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, and marine protection services and ocean governance. –Senzeni Zokwana, the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, said almost all humans on Earth depend on the seas’ natural resources. “The sustainable use and management of the oceans, even its resources, is critical to us today and for future generations.”OverfishingThe question, he said, was how to forge an economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible vision for the use of the oceans’ natural resources without compromising future generations.“Fish supply the greatest percentage of the world’s protein consumed by humans, making the oceans critical to food security. [but] According to the [Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN], most of the world’s major fisheries are being fished at levels above their maximum sustainable level with a number of fish stocks completely depleted.”In addition in South Africa, many coastal communities had been marginalised for many years and denied access to fish resources, which resulted in compromised fishing livelihoods and economic viabilities.Its Small-scale Fisheries Policy sought to redress this and ensure equitable sharing of the oceans’ resources.“One of the biggest challenges that we face in South Africa today is striking a balance between meeting the food security needs of our people while at same time ensuring that the resources they depend on are managed sustainably,” Zokwana said.“We also have to increase our efforts to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing which are serious crimes because they also cause a huge threat to the collapse of our resources.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Companies Are Dropping IE6; Vendors Follow Accordingly

first_imgWhile Internet Explorer 6 collapses in the enterprise, Internet Explorer 8 is picking up fast:“Current data from the exo.repository shows a dramatic spike in IE 8.0 adoption, with over 70% of Windows XP systems – sampled from the exo.performance.network’s IT-centric community of nearly 23,000 registered sites – now running Microsoft’s latest web browser. This compares to the less than 10% of XP systems that are still running the aging IE 6.0, and the roughly 20% who are stuck on the in-between version, IE 7.0.And now Google Apps, Salesforce.com and Atlassian have all dropped support.The Atlassian news appeared on its forums:“Hi guys,We are announcing our end of life of Atlassian support for Internet Explorer 6 on JIRA.This will be effective from the launch date of JIRA 4.2 (target Q3, 2010). This means that JIRA 4.1 will be the last version of JIRA to support IE6. (From JIRA 4.0 to JIRA 4.1, all of the main functionality will work in IE 6; however, some of the visual effects will be missing).”Socialtext is still providing support for IE6. Co-founder Ross Mayfield told us that, “as much as we would like to move beyond IE 6, we have enterprise-wide security-conscious customers that still require supporting it for their users. These are valuable forward looking customers for whom we must be backwards compatible.”Microsoft does not seem to be fighting the effort. They will continue to support the product. Here’s what the Microsoft IE blog states:“Dropping support for IE6 is not an option because we committed to supporting the IE included with Windows for the lifespan of the product. We keep our commitments. Many people expect what they originally got with their operating system to keep working whatever release cadence particular subsystems have.” Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news#Trends Every product sees a twilight. IE6 has reached that point in the enterprise. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Companies are dropping Internet Explorer 6 in droves and vendors are quickly following the lead by sunsetting support.It’s a pretty safe move on the vendor’s part. Data collected by the exo.performance.network shows how quickly companies are dropping the IE6, which was first introduced in 2001. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now alex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Agriculture Minister Calls on Jamaicans to Invest More in Idle Lands

first_img Speaking at the St. Mary Agricultural Show at Gray’s Inn Sports complex, Annotto Bay, St. Mary, on Monday (April 2), Mr. Shaw said more investments from Jamaicans are needed in the agricultural sector, “so that we can ensure food security and decrease our importation to satisfy the demands of our local market”. New Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has reiterated calls for Jamaicans to invest more in farming on idle lands across the island. New Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has reiterated calls for Jamaicans to invest more in farming on idle lands across the island.Speaking at the St. Mary Agricultural Show at Gray’s Inn Sports complex, Annotto Bay, St. Mary, on Monday (April 2), Mr. Shaw said more investments from Jamaicans are needed in the agricultural sector, “so that we can ensure food security and decrease our importation to satisfy the demands of our local market”.“In Jamaica, we are too blessed with so many acres of idle lands. We have got to put them into production,” the Minister emphasised.“I am tired to see idle lands [of which] a lot was in sugar, and all over the world, sugar is a declining business, but even in sugar, we can rationalise our sugar lands and make them produce more efficiently while we make other lands available for use,” he added.The Minister pointed out that numerous hectares of idle lands already have irrigation, which investors will not have to worry about before planting.“Plenty of the idle lands are between St. Catherine and Clarendon. There are 18,000 hectares that are idle, and 70 per cent already has irrigation,” he noted.Mr. Shaw also called on more Jamaicans to set up small gardens in their back yards, as is done in other developed and developing nations.“Last week, I went to a conference in Argentina in a place called Mendoza, and when I was flying across the South American continent (Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina), all I could see is production. Everywhere, something was being produced, whether grapes or corn…Where you don’t see crops growing, you see cattle. When I fly over Jamaica, I am tired to see idle lands,” he said.The Minister pointed out that countries such as Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic export a lot of fresh vegetables and processed foods to the United States, and Jamaica needs to do more of this.Mr. Shaw said since he has been working in the capacity of Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, he has been impressed by the interest, involvement and initiatives of youth in agriculture.“I’ve seen so much initiative and enterprise. I’ve seen so many young entrepreneurs who are committed to doing something and devising new products from our locally produced material, and this is how we are going to move in Jamaica, from poverty to prosperity,” he said.The St. Mary Agricultural Show was being held for the 32nd year, under the theme ‘Climate Smart Agriculture, the Key to Food Security’.Annually, the event is hosted to bring farmers from the parish of St. Mary, neighbouring parishes and other stakeholders together, where ideas for innovation are shared, along with the introduction of new technology, which they can incorporate in their practice. “I am tired to see idle lands [of which] a lot was in sugar, and all over the world, sugar is a declining business, but even in sugar, we can rationalise our sugar lands and make them produce more efficiently while we make other lands available for use,” he added. Story Highlightslast_img read more