GALILEAN TO FOLLOW IN CHROME’S FOOTSTEPS? 14 57% John Sadler56 44% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato64 $786,679 Win% 21% 18% 45% 6 11 5 33 15% 7 Assael Espinoza84 2 $2,140,292 $178,578 $403,159 17 $370,317 ITM% 9% 11 $853,959 18% 20 21 9 39% PICK 6 JACKPOT CARRYOVER TODAY OF $148,819.50 Tiago Pereira102 $959,842 11 10 20% 12 9 Mike Smith53 $175,434 10 8% 8 12 15% Rafael Bejarano108 16 $406,088 31 24% 13 15% 8 1 16 18 12% 12 Money Won Tyler Baze150 Heriberto Figueroa137 $313,894 7 13 9 $1,019,565 3 45% Joseph Talamo99 42% 15% 43% Ruben Fuentes68 Richard Baltas79 15 Richard Mandella31 Doug O’Neill118 13% 33% Peter Miller79 $876,435 5 Aaron Gryder39 19% 9 8 $813,008 Simon Callaghan25 $773,216 ONE-HORSE TRAINER WINS WITH A MARE HE BRED 13 1st 18% 4 7 45% 24% 1st 14% $152,880 2nd 13% $261,058 28 9 12 Flavien Prat139 $447,393 54% 15% 7 $1,132,294 39% $746,711 $176,909 9 18 16 8 47% 15 47% 17% 7 11 6 17 31% 24% 3 43% 5 GALILEAN ON PATH THAT LED TO GLORY FOR ‘CHROME’California Chrome won the California Cup Derby in 2014 prior to capturing theKentucky Derby and Preakness before coming up short in his bid to sweep the Triple Crown.Galilean takes a similar first step Monday when the California-bred son of Uncle Mo runs in the $200,000 California Cup Derby at a mile and one-sixteenth.The bay colt trained by Jerry Hollendorfer is coming off a nine-length victory in the King Glorious Stakes at one mile against state-breds on Dec. 16, a race California Chrome also won in 2014 by 6 ¼ lengths. Chrome’s win in the Cal Cup Derby was by 5 ½ lengths.“Going a mile first time, he went very well,” said Hollendorfer, rarely one to head to the Winner’s Circle before the race is official.The California Cup Derby will be run as the fourth of nine races Monday with a 12:30 p.m. first post time.Monday, Presidents’ Day, is Dollar Day. Fans can imbibe on beer and soda for abuck apiece and feast on hot dogs for $2.The field for the Cal Cup Derby: Loud Mouth, Joel Rosario, 8-1; Whooping Jay, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Irish Heatwave, Kent Desormeaux, 3-1; Galilean, Flavien Prat, 2-5; and Feeling Strong, Tiago Pereira, 12-1.‘DAVID’ PROVES A GOLIATH WITH ONE-HORSE STABLEDavid Randall accomplished a racing rarity Friday. He ran every horse in his barn and won with all of them.Catch is, the 66-year-old trainer has only one horse, a five-year-old mare he also bred named Kaydetre, who broke her maiden in Friday’s first race, leading throughout the one mile test taken off the turf and run on the main track.A massive overlay at 6-1 on the morning line, Kaydetre won by three-parts of a length under Brice Blanc and paid $50.40 to win, earning a handsome $33,000 for Randall, who also owns the old gray mare, bred in Kentucky by David and his wife, Vida.Randall’s nom de course is Ranch Runners Ltd. Inc., named for the horse transportation company he formerly operated. The horse is named for Golden State Warriors’ superstar Kevin Durant (kay-de-tre), formerly of the Oklahoma Thunder.“We’re big fans,” said Randall, a native of Billings, Montana. “My grandson, Mino Solomon, was in charge of ticket sales for the Oklahoma Thunder and now holds a similar position with the Los Angeles Rams.”Randall, popular with his peers on the backstretch, got his trainer’s license in 1980 after running his horse transportation business for several years. Congratulations were the order of the day Saturday morning after Kaydetre’s victory.“I had one horse before Kaydetre, and that was her sister,” Randall pointed out. “I had one horse before that, and it was her mom. I like having one horse to mess with and enjoy. I don’t want all those headaches.“I had to lay up Kaydetre a couple times because she had some problems, but time is a great friend when you’ve got problems. She gets really game on the front end. That’s where she wants to be and they weren’t going to catch her yesterday.”Though he’s in his comfort zone with numbers now, Randall’s stable could double at any time. “I have a two-year-old out of Kaydetre’s sister, an Arch mare, and she’s back in foal,” Randall said, “but I’m just taking it one at a time with something I can afford.“You get horse-poor and it’s not fun then. You get too many bills. I’ve retired from the vanning business so this is enough.“It’s exciting to win, especially when you’ve bred the horse and bred their mom; it’s a family thing. That’s my joy, breed them and develop them to reach their potential.“I’ve been doing this a lot of years, just enjoying the life at the race track. We’ll give Kaydetre some time, get her feet back under her and let her keep doing what she does.”SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $148,819.50There is a 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $148,819.50 going into Saturday at Santa Anita.A total of 57 horses were entered on the 10-race card and are eligible to run in Saturday’s Rainbow Six sequence, making for average field size of more than nine runners per race. There were a total of 41 consolation tickets with six winners Friday, each worth $970.75.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:San Antonio Stakes winner Gift Box working 6 Furlongs-SadlerGrade 1 placed Amandine working 5 Furlongs-SadlerEasy Shot working 4 Furlongs-DesormeauxNolo Contesto (Outside) & Encanta working 5 Furlongs-SadlerJonathan Wong talks Mayor Cobb in Saturday’s El Camino Real at GGFBlaine Wright talks Anothertwistafate in Saturday’s El Camino Real at GGFEoin Harty talks Royal Insider in Saturday’s El Camino Real at GGFDoug O’Neill Discusses His Runners in Saturday’s El Camino Real at GGFBob Baffert Talks Kingly in Saturday’s El Camino Real at GGFJeff Bonde Talks King of Speed in Saturday’s El Camino Real at GGFMy Gal Toots works 3 furlongs (Periban) 2/15/2019Royal Insider (Outside) & Union Station (El Camino Real Derby)-Harty-2/10/2019Kingly (Outside) & Green Fleet-Baffert-2/10/2019Roadster works 5 furlongs-Baffert-2/10/2019FINISH LINES: Flavien Prat scored a consecutive triple in races five through seven Friday to gain a 33-31 lead over Joel Rosario in the jockeys’ race before taking the redeye last night to Maryland where he rides in four stakes today at Laurel . . . Carolyn Conley, who booked Brice Blanc on Kaydrete for Friday’s first race victory, goes out a winner as an agent. She embarks on a new endeavor Monday with Kentucky Equine Research and will be traveling extensively throughout the United States and the UAE/Dubai . . . Today and Sunday, Santa Anita celebrates Lunar New Year, hosting a Santa Anita first, a Chinese cultural event featuring food and drink, on-site vendors, live lion dancers and musical acts, plus, one lucky fan will win $500 on Santa Anita’s Money Tree. General admission is just $5 . . . Horseplayer David Nance will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper at 11:20 a.m. Sunday . . . Talk about a blanket finish: in last Saturday’s San Marcos Stakes, the 13 runners were separated by less than 11 lengths at the end of a mile and a quarter on turf. Win% 19% $304,563 6 Hector O. Palma33 Mark Glatt47 40% Jeff Mullins37 TrainerMts 23% 42% Money Won 17% $423,596 Joel Rosario150 48% 7 6 39% 18 20 3 57% 5 $238,996 5 66% 11 8 61% $803,261 Jerry Hollendorfer70 15% 14 10 Vladimir Cerin33 42% $824,498 J. Keith Desormeaux41 8 Edwin Maldonado47 3 9% $498,764 29 40% 9 $1,738,860 $288,405 27 50% TOMORROW IS PRESIDENTS’ DAY AND DOLLAR DAY (Current Through Friday, Feb. 15) 14 Steve Knapp36 37% 21 21% 15 18 5 $902,798 9 9 59% $258,344 9 Geovanni Franco131 41% 3rd 11 32% $670,833 $891,399 16% William E. Morey44 Kent Desormeaux65 10 13 28 5 Agapito Delgadillo43 16 4 3rd 16% 6 Bob Baffert52 21 7 $592,240 59% ITM% 23% 5 7 JockeyMts 19 17% 13% 6 Mario Gutierrez71 6 5 4 44% 3 9 20 48% $695,674 2nd 2 9 18% 58% 16 Drayden Van Dyke94 9 30% 56% Peter Eurton33
For less than 25 million euros it is possible to find top players level in the current football scene. The economic scarcity looming before the coronavirus crisis It must be compensated in the market with players who end the contract and leave at zero cost or with those young people – already international – who have excelled in some leagues. In the first section enter the Cavani, Mertens, Silva, Willian, Pedro or Götze; in the second, even with transfer money involved, the Boadu, David, Edouard, Boga or Sorloth. Many teams of The league They should pull this strategy on the market.MEUNIER (PSG). VALUE € 24M. AGE 28 YEARSContract ends. As a right back he leaves some doubt in defense, but as a lane he is a differential player. With Belgium he still has a place and at PSG he has suffered ups and downs of all kinds. Great poster in the Premier, perhaps there will pass their options to continue in the elite.WILLIAN (CHELSEA). VALUE € 22.5M. AGE 31 YEARSContract ends. Colder this season than in previous ones, like almost all Chelsea, he has not managed to have his magic with the ball prevail like years ago. One of the best free kick pitchers in the world, he reached a very high level at Chelsea and previously at Shakhtar. You need motivation to dazzle.DAVID (GANTE). VALUE € 22.5M. AGE 20 YEARSTop scorer in the Belgian league with Ghent, revelation of the season in the Europa League, the Canadian arrived a couple of years ago from a university team. Smell. It has even been rumored with Barça lately. His case is reminiscent of Haaland’s due to the well-known irruption from one season to another.MERTENS (NAPLES). VALUE € 20M. AGE 32 YEARSContract ends. Very high level throughout the season at Naples, even knowing that the contract ends he remained the starter at decisive moments. Also with Belgium it is still in the plans of Roberto Martínez. Very dynamic, in the Premier they are fighting for him because he is a sure performance signing.CAVANI (PSG). VALUE € 20M. AGE: 33 YEARSContract ends. The candy of the market, without a doubt. PSG did not want to get rid of it in the summer despite having an agreement with Atlético de Madrid. It is not being the best season of his career, but the Uruguayan is a sure goal. He only has four goals, made 18 the previous cure and reached 35 three.BOADU (AZ ALKMAAR). VALUE € 19M. AGE 18 YEARSThe great revelation of the Dutch league with Malen, has already been called by Koeman for the Dutch team, is scoring goals in the surprising AZ and will not last long in a team of the second eredivisie step. Ghanaian by origin. Add 14 goals this season.BOGA (SASSUOLO). VALUE € 16M. AGE 23 YEARSThat exquisite Chelsea youth squad who amazed in the Youth League and then had a stint in Spain for Granada is now the star of Sassuolo. He seemed to be lost like many other French youths, but he has rebounded. Pure talent.VERTONGHEN (TOTTENH.). VALUE € 14.5M. AGE 32 YEARSContract ends. Central, winger and even left-handed midfielder, remains in the gap in the Belgian team and in Tottenham, but the bad season of the Spurs may prevent him from renewing his contract. Great ball out.EDOUARD (CELTIC). VALUE € 13.5M. AGE 22 YEARSHe dazzled as France’s center forward in lower categories, then hit a downturn and came to Scotland to do what he knows best, scoring goals of all kinds. Impressive 21 goals this season. Very powerful.SORLOTH (TRABZONSP.). VALUE € 13M. AGE 24 YEARS It has already sounded even for Madrid, it is another of those Norwegians who have excelled, in his case in the Turkish Trabzonspor with which he has 19 goals. On his back he is very complete and he is also scoring goals. It belongs to the English Crystal Palace.SILVA (CITY). VALUE: € 12M. AGE: 34 YEARSContract ends. He will leave Manchester City after becoming one of the best players in his history. He went from being a fine footballer with a silk left foot to a complete player and owner of Guardiola’s style at City. Milan and several clubs in Asian leagues are interested, perhaps they still have some more left.KOUASSI (PSG). VALUE € 11M. 17 YEARS OLDContract ends. PSG does not seem to be able to maintain it, despite the fact that this season, at 17, he has had many minutes with Tuchel. Physical midfielder, central in lower categories with France, looks like he will be a footballer with a long career in Europe.GAICH (SAN LORENZO). VALUE € 11M. AGE 21 YEARSHe was about to sign with Bruges in winter and San Lorenzo knows that it will be very difficult to retain him. Top scorer in the Pre-Olympic, powerful, good on his back and head. It is the nine for the future of the Argentine team, as demonstrated in the Pre-Olympic.GÖTZE (DORTMUND). VALUE € 10.5M. AGE 27 YEARSContract ends. He scored the goal that gave Germany the title in the 2014 World Cup final, but serious physical problems have hurt him greatly. He returned to Dortmund after a stint at Bayern and has ended up being a kind of false nine without much travel. It has lost a lot of competitive character.MARTÍNEZ QUARTA (RIVER). VALUE € 10M. AGE 23 YEARSStarting center with the River de Gallardo, very serious, effective, there has been interest from several teams in Europe and it is normal for him to leave shortly. Absolute international already with Argentina by Lionel Scaloni.ALLEY (NAPLES). VALUE € 9.5M. AGE 33 YEARSContract ends. After a brilliant stage at Naples, you can end your stage at Calcio and start a new adventure. One of the best players in the world reaching the far post from the right wing, he has known how to make a prolific career outside of Madrid.PEDRO (CHELSEA). VALUE € 9.5M. AGE 32 YEARSContract ends. An agitator par excellence, until the last minute he has given war at Chelsea but the end of his contract and the irregular season of the blue team make him be on the exit ramp, especially after the signing of Ziyech. He is still a valid footballer.LALLANA (LIVERPOOL). VALUE € 9.5M. AGE 31 YEARSContract ends. The Southampton midfielder who signed Liverpool became a converted midfielder with a great leg to organize. Klopp found that new role some advantage, although it could never be imposed and never ended up being a starter in the reds.DAKA (RB SALZBURG). VALUE € 7.2M. AGE 21 YEARSAfter Sané or Minamino, he is another of the young people trained at the RB Salzburg academy who will make the leap to a great. Zambiano, powerful but with good footwork, is one of the top scorers in the Austrian league, a springboard assured to the European elite.GIROUD (CHELSEA). VALUE € 7M. AGE 33 YEARSContract ends. Inter had it close in winter, finally it did not materialize and it will be free in summer. Starting with the world champion France of Deschamps, at club level he has dropped many points since he left Arsenal and came to Chelsea. Two goals this course.MORO (DINAMO ZAGREB). VALUE € 6M. AGE 22 YEARSAn 8 of pure quality, the Rakitic, Modric, Brozovic and company already have the relief ensured in this fine midfielder, absolute international already with Croatia. I look at Dinamo Zagreb that this year has given such a good performance.
CSME– as EU rep stresses need for common customs policyBy Jarryl BryanLocally-hosted consultations bringing together top customs officials from across the Caribbean to consider the implementation of a single regional policy governing customs systems got underway on Tuesday at the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat.Representative of the EU delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Adam WisniewskiAmong the topics that will be covered is the Automated Systems for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), long touted by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) as its e-service and modernisation saviour.In his address to delegates, representative of the European Union (EU) delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Adam Wisniewski, conveyed the EU’s commitment to providing technical assistance to the Region. The EU itself is well known for being a contemporary example of regional integration.“The EU has been the lead partner of the [African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States] ACP-EU trade programme. Behind each of the projects, there are indications that the programme is still appreciated by the beneficiaries. One of its most unique features is the technical assistance it brings to the Region.”“The developing of common import procedures, declarations, and customs valuation procedures is an important step towards regional economic integration, strengthening the Region as a global economic player and significantly contributing to its inclusion in global value chains.”He contended that this was also a step in the right direction towards achieving a single economic market – one of the reasons Caricom was formed in the first place. He noted that this would increase the Region’s viability towards the EU and other trade partners.Assistant GRA Commissioner with responsibility for Customs, Shawn RichmondBut despite the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which was signed in 2008, Wisniewski noted instances where provisions to foster regional integration were still not being implemented.“Although much has been achieved, there are still certain shortfalls, specifically in the case of the Region. Countries still have to ratify the agreement. Some provisions to promote regional integration are still to be put into practice. And rules on competition, policing intellectual property stealing are still to be implemented,” he pointed out.“Our expectation and hope are that this and other similar projects will not only contribute to the overall goal, but will also strengthen the dynamics of the already present in the Region. Workshops like this can no doubt serve this purpose.”The EU reportedly funded the project at the behest of the ACP Group of states. The workshop will also provide customs valuation training; participants are expected to discuss this concept, learn the methods of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) valuation system, and how to apply these principles.Guyana’s representative at the horseshoe table, Assistant GRA Commissioner with responsibility for Customs, Shawn Richmond, gave an update on the country’s progress with ASYCUDA.Representatives of customs administrations from across the Region pose for a group photo outside the Caricom Secretariat“Guyana is currently implementing ASYCUDA worldwide. Should we agree on a standard or a module for the SAD (Single Administrative Document), we would be the first to implement that. So, the workshop would be very useful in that regard,” Richmond said.ASYCUDAASYCUDA World is intended to replace the Total Revenue Integrated Processing System (TRIPS) GRA used for some time. The GRA has expressed expectations that it would improve efficiency and effectiveness in the trade environment, specifically as it relates to customs clearance.ASYCUDA World is a recognised Internet-based software system used in several Caribbean territories. Besides simplifying procedures and minimising administrative costs, the GRA has said the system would allow a paperless environment, facilitate e-payments, improve its risk management capacity, and connect with allied agencies.Among the other benefits that were touted were a reduction in processing time of customs documentation and the quick release of imported and exported goods. Earlier this year, the GRA had embarked on a round of sensitisation seminars with key trade stakeholders in the lead-up to the official launch of ASYCUDA World.This consultation had involved the ASYCUDA National Project Team (ANPT) of the GRA, together with its consultants from the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), facilitating a seminar for freight carriers and their agents at the Authority’s Camp Street headquarters.As the facilitators had already requested shippers, wharf owners, and agents to submit advance cargo manifests in electronic format, the seminar was specific to the manifest module of ASYCUDA World and the mandatory fields associated with the module.
The Athletics Banquet on Thursday night recognized the successes of all of our sports teams. Congrats Grizzlies and thank you, coaches! See below for a full list of award winners: Sr. Girls VolleyballRookie of the Year: Megan SalinasCoaches of the Choice: Jessie CopesMVP: Daelyn Jeffers Sr. Girls BasketballRookie of the Year: MacKenzie O’BrienRoss Memorial Most Inspirational Award: Alexis ZiebartCoaches Choice: Claire TurnerMVP: Celine Quigley Sr. Boys VolleyballRookie of the Year: Drew WoodruffCoaches Choice: Thomas TaylorMVP: Michael McDermott Jr. Girls Basketball Coaches Choice: Jenna MirandaMVP: Isabella Ziebart Girls RugbyMost Improved: Maddison HollowayCoaches Choice: Michelle KalkmanMVP: Linsey Edwards Jr. Girls VolleyballCoaches Choice: Raya HeinrichsMVP: Taylor Schmidt Athlete of the Year – Male: Quinlan SniderAthlete of the Year – Female: Celine Quigley Outstanding Athletic Performance: Kenzie Chilcott Girls SoccerRookie of the Year: Maddison HollowayCoaches Choice: Kenzie ChilcottMVP Attacking: Emma CloseMVP Defending: Teagan Clement NPSS Grizzlies 2018-19 Athletes of the Year Celine Quigley and Quinlan Snider. Source NPSS Athletics FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Our Boys Rugby team was in Grande Prairie on Friday for a 7s tournament. The boys went undefeated – a great way to finish the season! Jr. Boys BasketballCoaches Choice: Colton DyckMVP: Gryphon Talbot Sr. Boys BasketballRookie of the Year: Liam PetersonRoss Memorial Most Inspirational Award: Earl ConcepcionMVP: Mason Miranda Boys SoccerRookie of the Year: Harrison SewellCoaches Choice: Caleb MohningerMVP: Devin Velkjar NPSS Grizzlies 2018-19 Outstanding Athletic Performance Award winner Kenzie Chilcott. Source NPSS Athletics Track and FieldRookie of the Year: Jacob HaluzkaCoaches Choice: Tyler TurnerMVP: Kenzie Chilcott Boys RugbyBest Back: Tristan HynesBest Forward: Noah KlassenMVP: Tim Zimmer Cross CountryCoaches Choice: Leigh HedgesMVP: Kenzie Chilcott Ultimate Most Improved: Brooklyn WillmsCoaches Choice: Connor KindratMVP: Kurtis Lee- Advertisement –
SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry almost gave up, but he’s giving the tunnel shot another try.Curry’s pregame tunnel heaves became a spectacle at Oracle Arena that attracted the attention of thousands of cameras and fans. The move to San Francisco’s Chase Center this season presented some obstacles for Curry to recreate that routine — mainly, geometry.Before the Warriors’ season opener against the Clippers Thursday, Curry tried and missed his shot attempt from his new tunnel.At Oracle Arena, …
The Nelson Mandela Bridge, named after South Africa’s first democratic President, has won several awards. The bridge is situated in Johannesburg.The Nelson Mandela Bridge get a pink illumination every year since 2012 to raise awareness for breast cancer. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterParis has its Eiffel Tower, New York its Statue of Liberty, Sydney its Harbour Bridge. And downtown Johannesburg has the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge.Named after the man who led South Africa across the apartheid divide, the bridge was opened by Nelson Mandela in July 2003. Crossing no less than 46 operational railway lines, the 284-metre-long bridge is largest cable-stayed bridge in southern Africa.Designed by Dissing+Weitling Architecture, the bridge has won numerous awards, including the South African Institute of Civil Engineering Award for Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Achievement in Technical Excellence category.The bridge links the Braamfontein business area with the Newtown precinct. Taking two years to build, the bridge was at the heart of a inner city renewal project by Gauteng province’s economic development initiative, Blue IQ. (Blue IQ has since merged with the Gauteng Development Agency to become the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency).The rejuvenation project aimed to create a “cultural arc” – a crescent from Constitution Hill through Braamfontein and down to Newtown, which is now known as the city’s cultural precinct.The bridge links important civic and cultural institutions: the Constitutional Court, the Civic Theatre and Wits University in Braamfontein; Mary Fitzgerald Square, the Market Theatre and the 1913 Museum Africa in Newtown.Other attractions in the area are the Dance Factory, the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and the SAB World of Beer. The square regularly hosts several big events, including the Joy of Jazz festival and Diwali.During 2011’s Joburg Fashion Week, South African designer David Tlale turned the bridge into the longest ramp in the history of South African fashion. Tlale’s Made In The City collection featured 92 models in celebration of 92 years of Nelson Mandela’s life.Watch:In 2012, the City of Johannesburg and a cosmetics company lit the bridge pink for a week in an effort raise awareness about breast cancer.Facts about the bridgeNelson Mandela Bridge carries two lanes of traffic and has two sidewalks for pedestrians as well as a cycle path, with a continuous toughened glass parapet to ensure pedestrian safety.According to Construction Weekly:The asymmetrical dual-pylon cable-stay bridge is made up of a 66-metre north back span, a 176-metre main span and a 42-metre south back span, giving a total length of 284 metres.The north pylon is 42-metres high and the south pylon 27-metres high, creating a delicate balance and an interesting visual appeal.The main span was built as light as possible, using structural steel with a concrete composite deck, while the heavier back spans were built from reinforced concrete to counterbalance the long main span.The bridge is supported on the largest pot bearings ever to be installed in South Africa. The 1.5-metre diameter bearings, which have a capacity of up to 27 Mn, are designed to accommodate the large temperature movements of the bridge.Approximately 4 000 cubic metres of concrete and 1 000 tons of structural steel were used to construct the bridge, with around 500 tons of reinforcing steel cast into the concrete.Sources: South African Tourism, Dissing+Weitling Architecture, Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, Construction Weekly, and the City of Johannesburg.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) and Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) welcomed Emilie Regula as the OSA Policy & Membership Coordinator/OSC Marketing & Outreach Coordinator.As Policy & Membership Coordinator, Regula will assist with OSA’s legislative and policy program, coordinate membership campaigns, and organize OSA participation in statewide, regional and national programs and events. As Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Regula will assist with OSC’s marketing projects related to animal agriculture and soy biodiesel, and coordinate outreach to key industry partners.Regula joins OSA and OSC after several years of legislative experience, first as Legislative Aide with State Senator Frank LaRose, and then as Legislative Liaison with the Ohio Treasurer of State. Most recently Regula was Senior Legislative Aide in the office of State Senator Cliff Hite, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Regula also is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute.Regula grew up on her family’s Stark County farm and showed steers every year with her 4-H group. She earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Akron.
When Brian Schwartz, a Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist researching the public health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, read about an environmental group that uses satellite imagery and aerial photography to track environmental degradation, he was intrigued.It was the summer of 2013, and the group, SkyTruth, had just launched a crowdsourcing project on its website to map fracking activity in Pennsylvania. The site provided volunteers with U.S. government aerial images from across the state and a brief tutorial on how to identify fracking locations. Within a month, more than 200 volunteers sorted through 9,000 images to pinpoint 2,724 fracking wellpads. Schwartz ended up using this data in a study published last October in the journal Epidemiology, showing that women living near hydraulic fracturing sites in 40 Pennsylvania counties faced a significantly elevated risk of giving birth prematurely.That’s precisely the sort of result that John Amos, SkyTruth’s president, envisioned when he founded the group in 2001. He has since become part data analyst, part environmental advocate, and part satellite-imagery proselytizer as he looks for ways to use remote sensing to call attention to little-noticed environmental damage.This month, SkyTruth’s website is displaying a map showing the global prevalence of flaring, the wasteful and carbon-spewing oil industry practice of burning natural gas and other drilling byproducts. Through most of December, SkyTruth and another satellite-focused nonprofit, Moscow-based Transparent World, displayed images of a burning oil platform and a 2,300-barrel oil slick in the Caspian Sea. The platform’s owner, Azerbaijan’s state-owned oil company, SOCAR, denied that any spill had occurred.SkyTruth’s defining moment came in 2010, when Amos — analyzing satellite photographs — sounded the alarm that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was far larger than the petroleum company, BP, and the U.S. government were acknowledging.“If you can see it,” says SkyTruth’s motto, displayed at the top of its website, “you can change it.” For the first time, a coal permit is revokedSkyTruth has also affected the course of mountaintop removal coal mining. Appalachian states have issued hundreds of permits for mountaintop removal mines, but they’ve rarely checked to see whether the mines have stayed within the permitted boundaries.Permits are supposed to be issued only after assessing impacts on downstream waterways, and a study of 10 West Virginia counties published in 2004 by the state’s environmental protection department found that nearly 40 percent of mines in ten counties were situated outside permitted locations.Acting on a request from Appalachian Voices, a North Carolina-based nonprofit that opposes mountaintop removal mining, SkyTruth devised a technique for identifying the mines from satellite images, then mapped their growth over three decades and posted the results on its website in 2009.The information was used in six peer-reviewed academic articles, including a Duke University study that found that once 5% of a watershed is mined, water quality in its rivers and streams usually fails to meet state standards.That study in turn provided empirical backing for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 revocation of a mine permit in West Virginia that had been issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The decision marked the first time the EPA had ever reversed a coal mine’s permit under the Clean Water Act. Remote sensing tools are commonOne indication of SkyTruth’s influence is a cautionary headline that appeared after SkyTruth formed a partnership with Google and the nonprofit Oceana in November 2014 to launch a system called Global Fishing Watch, which uses the satellite transponders found aboard most large fishing vessels to track the activities of the world’s fishing fleets. “Big Brother is watching,” warned World Fishing & Aquaculture, a trade journal.Illegal logging is one target of environmental groups using satellite imagery. [Photo credit: Creative Commons license / Flickr]That admonition could be extended to all the extractive industries — oil and gas, mining, logging, and fishing — whose operations can be tracked by remote sensing. A growing number of governments now conduct environmental observation by satellite; for example, the government of Brazil monitors deforestation in the Amazon. And environmental groups now commonly use remote sensing tools. One prominent example is Global Forest Watch, a system launched two years by Washington-based World Resources Institute to monitor logging and fires in the world’s forests. Russia-based Transparent World employs satellite imagery for many purposes, including monitoring of protected areas and observing the impacts of dam construction.Amos, 52, says he considered himself an environmentalist even while he spent a decade working for oil and gas companies as a satellite imagery analyst looking for drilling sites. He quit in 2000 to start a non-profit that would apply his skills to environmental protection. For years he ran SkyTruth from the basement of his Shepherdstown, West Virginia, home on an annual budget of less than $100,000, and he still speaks of “begging” satellite images from commercial providers.Although SkyTruth has expanded in recent years to eight employees supported by a $600,000 budget, it is still tiny, particularly compared to the U.S. government’s massive satellite resources. Nevertheless, SkyTruth has delved into realms that the government has avoided. One reason, Amos says, is that satellite imagery analysis is so unfamiliar that “nobody has known what to ask for” — thus, one of SkyTruth’s missions is to show what’s possible. Its usual method is to release a trove of environment-related data, then invite researchers and crowdsource amateurs to analyze it.SkyTruth has benefited enormously from the explosion in the last 15 years in satellite imagery and other digital technologies. When Amos started SkyTruth, a single Landsat satellite image cost $4,400; now the entire U.S. government collection— more than 4.7 million images and growing daily— is available free of charge. Not only have satellites and satellite imagery become cheap, but the capacity to analyze, duplicate, send, and store satellite data has expanded by orders of magnitude. In fact, satellite technology is now considered a subset of a larger field, geospatial intelligence, which has tens of thousands of practitioners around the world employing an array of optical, thermal, radar, and radiometric remote sensing tools.“It’s evolved from a problem of getting imagery to deciding which image do I want to pluck out of this massive cloud,” Amos told me. Oil industry website thwarts researchersThe finding by Schwartz, the Johns Hopkins epidemiologist, on premature births suggests a correlation between fracking and poor human health; but because the chemical trigger wasn’t identified, the link isn’t regarded as causal. From more than 1,000 available chemicals, fracking operators select a dozen or so that fit the geological challenges of a particular site.People living near the site typically can’t find out whether their wells and aquifers have been contaminated because the cost of testing for all 1,000 chemicals is prohibitive, and operators treat each site’s chemical recipe as a trade secret.The quandary led Amos to venture beyond satellite imagery into the larger field of geospatial data. Along with several better-known environmental groups, SkyTruth argued for disclosure of the recipe used at each fracking site.Two industry lobbying groups, the American Petroleum Institute and America’s Natural Gas Alliance, defused mounting Congressional pressure for mandatory disclosure by launching a website, FracFocus, where operators could post their recipes voluntarily. But soon after the site’s launch in 2011, users found that information posted on it was entered in the wrong field, misspelled chemical trade names, or omitted key facts deemed proprietary.The site thwarted researchers by requiring postings in a format that computers couldn’t read. Although 23 states require fracking companies to use FracFocus to disclose their chemical use, a 2013 Harvard Law School report concluded that FracFocus “fails as a regulatory compliance tool.”SkyTruth’s lead programmer, Paul Woods, devised a way around some of FracFocus’s barriers by writing software that “scraped” all the chemical data from the tens of thousands of reports posted on the site. Then he posted it in a database on SkyTruth’s website.In addition, under pressure from SkyTruth, other environmental groups, and an Energy Department advisory board, FracFocus agreed to make its data available in machine-readable form beginning in May 2015. These developments have yielded more and more information for researchers, such as Schwartz, who are investigating fracking’s health impact.“This is a very wonky issue that makes people’s eyes glaze over,” Amos said. “But it’s where the rubber meets the road in terms of understanding if fracking is bad for you.” The Deepwater Horizon blowoutThe first time that SkyTruth attracted national attention was in April 2010, when Amos received a Google alert that an oil platform called Deepwater Horizon, 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, had exploded and burned. Amos knew explosions like this one were uncommon and usually led to spills.Early estimates were wrong. Persistence by SkyTruth helped disclose the amount of oil leaking in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill was more than 60 times as much as initial announcements from BP. [Photo credit: Ideum / Creative Commons License / Flickr]He began searching for satellite photos, but the first ones he found were obscured by clouds. Meanwhile, BP, which leased the rig, and the Coast Guard, echoing BP, maintained that the ruptured well beneath the rig was leaking oil at a rate of 1,000 barrels a day— a major spill but perhaps not a catastrophic one. The number was vital, for it would help determine the scale and strategy of the leak containment effort, the eventual cost to BP in fines and damages, and the scope of preparations for the next spill.It took Amos six days to acquire clear images. His first thought, he says, was: “Oh my God! This is much bigger than anybody realizes.” He calculated that the slick was 50 miles long and covered 817 square miles. He outlined the slick, along with his calculations, and posted both on SkyTruth’s website.Within a day, Ian MacDonald, a Florida State University oceanographer and oil slick authority, notified Amos that the leak’s flow rate was much bigger than a thousand barrels a day. Using Amos’ calculations of the slick’s size and conservative assumptions about its thickness, MacDonald concluded that it was “not unreasonable” that the leak was 20 times BP’s initial estimate.Undermined by SkyTruth’s numbers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conceded the next day that BP’s initial estimate was too low: over BP’s public objections, NOAA revised the government estimate to 5,000 barrels a day. Two months later — prodded, in part, by SkyTruth — government scientists concluded that the initial flow rate was 62,000 barrels a day, 62 times BP’s initial estimate. Jacques Leslie writes narrative nonfiction about global environmental issues. His books include Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People and the Environment, which won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. This post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360. Going beyond the newsIn search of images that tell environmental stories, SkyTruth pays close attention to news reports, but occasionally it finds stories of its own. One example is what is probably the Gulf of Mexico’s longest-running commercial oil spill, at the site of a rig destroyed by an underwater mudslide during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.The slide buried 28 wells on the sea floor under 100 feet of mud, which made sealing them extremely difficult. The rig’s owner, Taylor Energy Company, went bankrupt trying. Amos discovered the leaks in 2010 while studying Hurricane Katrina’s impacts, and has been sounding an alarm ever since. The leaks have trickled steadily into the Gulf’s waters since 2004 at a rate Amos estimates at between one and 20 barrels a day, creating a slick that is sometimes 20 miles long. The wells are ten miles offshore in federally managed water, but no federal agency has tried to seal the leak.Given the controversial issues SkyTruth has been involved with, the group has attracted surprisingly little criticism, perhaps because so much of its work is grounded in visual data— for SkyTruth, seeing really is believing.A notable exception occurred in 2009 when Amos testified at a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on the under-appreciated risks of deepwater oil drilling. Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, attacked Amos for overlooking the oil industry’s safety record and economic benefits. “You do a great disservice by not telling the American people the truth about drilling and putting it in the perspective it deserves,” Landrieu told Amos.Landrieu didn’t give Amos a chance to respond, but, as it turned out, he didn’t have to. The BP spill occurred five months later.
CPI(ML) Red Star leader Alik Chakraborty, who was arrested in Bhubaneswar by police team on charges under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, was produced before a court here on Saturday and sent to police custody for 10 days.Transit remandMr. Chakraborty, who has been leading an agitation against the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited in Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal for the past few years, was brought here by the police on a transit remand from Bhubaneswar.He was produced before the sub-divisional magistrate’s court at Baruipur in the district.The police said he has been charged with instigating and deliberately misinforming villagers of Bhangar, which witnessed violent clashes against the PGCIL’s proposed unit on 16 acres.Mr. Chakrabarty, who is in his mid-40s, was arrested from near a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.The West Bengal government has registered cases under the UAPA and of murder against Chakraborty, who is one of the leaders of ‘Jomi Jibika Poribesh o Bastutantra Raksha Samiti’ (Committee for the Protection of land, Livelihood, Environment and Ecology).
The special CBI court here is likely to pass an order on the bail plea of Indrani Mukerjea, a prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, on December 10.Indrani had applied for bail on health grounds around six months ago before special Judge J.C. Jagdale, and this is her fourth attempt at seeking bail.Making his submission on Saturday, Indrani’s lawyer Tanveer Ahmed reiterated that she is suffering from a “terminal illness” and her condition is “deteriorating”.Also Read Indrani’s medical condition irreversible, says her lawyer He argued that there was a change in circumstance since her last bail plea was rejected about a year ago.At least 36 witnesses have been examined during this period, and Indrani has been suffering from frequent blackouts, he said.Countering the prosecution’s claim that Indrani may influence witnesses if released on bail, Ahmed said the court can give her an interim bail for certain period and check her conduct.Earlier, the prosecution had argued that since September 2018 (when she had applied for bail), there is no new report indicating that her health has worsened and she is critical.Indrani is accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora, with the help of two other accused, in April 2012.The matter came to light in August 2015, after her driver Shyamvar Rai confessed to the crime following his arrest in an arms case.It led to the arrest of Indrani and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna.Peter Mukerjea, Indrani’s husband at that time, was later arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder conspiracy.