KINGSTON: THE Kingston Waterfront will be transformed for the 2016 staging of the Jamaica Cycling Federation (JCF) Kingston Criterium today as parts of Orange Street, Port Royal Street and Ocean Boulevard will comprise the closed-circuit road race event. With national and regional champion Marloe Rodman and former national cyclist Oneil Samuels among the entrants cycling fans are in for a real showpiece. Action is scheduled to get under way at 1 p.m., with the featured events slated for a 3:30 p.m. start. Registration will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kirk Finnikin, president of the JCF, hopes to use the event as a catalyst to rejuvenate local cycling. “It is going to be a cracker. This form of cycling is one of the most exciting and I believe we have everything in place to execute a professionally done event come Sunday,” said Finnikin. “The riders have been buzzing and are anxiously waiting to get out there as the circuit is one of the best in terms of the quality of the roads. This is our first major event of 2016 and we believe it has all the right ingredients to generate enough excitement and interest to spill over into other cycling events for the remainder of the year and beyond,” he added. The JCF’s mission is to restore cycling as a premier sporting activity and has been using 2014 Commonwealth Games representative, Rodman, as the flag bearer. This year, Maliek Byndloss will be looking to fly the flag in his pursuits to represent Jamaica at the Rio Olympics. Byndloss is the current BMX national champion and is considered to be among the world’s elite in the BMX category. The Kingston Criterium itself is a closed-circuit event that will see cyclists racing several laps to complete an event. The events will be contested based on categories, including women’s and men’s elite, masters’ and juniors’. In addition, there will also be a kids’ sprint event, plus an all-comers ‘Rambo Race’, which will be a cash-prize race for anyone brave enough to enter. The event is free to the public.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A newly developed genetically modified soybean, called Balance GT, was highlighted at a recent field day in Miami County. This new trait, developed by Bayer and MS Technologies, confers tolerance to both isoxaflutole (an HPPD inhibitor) and glyphosate herbicides and is intended to be an important tool for weed control and herbicide resistance management. The first launch is planned for the U.S. in 2017, pending final key import approvals.Plots showcased how well the new herbicide, Balance Bean, and the Balance GT varieties have performed so far this summer. Similar results are being noticed across the region.“University weed scientists are saying that the best thing they have seen, in terms of control, is Balance Bean in combination with a little bit of Metribuzin or Dual is keeping the weeds out for 60 days plus, said Mike Reed, seed technology account manager with Bayer Crop Sciences. “All of the other new traits that are coming only just address the post emergence side of things, but Balance GT actually brings with it a residual that will keep fields clean until you can get back in a spray the post product.”The Balance™ GT system will give growers the benefit of two modes of herbicide action to combat a broad spectrum of grasses and broadleaves, including a number of herbicide-resistant weeds.The dual herbicide tolerance trait recently received a positive scientific opinion from EU Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which was subsequently accepted by the European Commission for the importation of Balance ™ GT soybeans for food and feed uses. This follows approvals received already from the U.S, Canada, and Brazil for cultivation, and is near completion of receiving all key required import approvals globally.“We were very excited to make that announcement just a few days ago,” said Lindsay Seitz, brand manager for MS Technologies. “It’s a step in the right direction and we are hoping that China will follow suit shortly and everything is progressing as well as we could hope for.”Balance™ GT is owned by MS Technologies and is being co-developed through a joint development agreement between MS Technologies and Bayer.Bayer and MS Technologies have been collaborating since 2007 with new herbicide tolerance technologies for soybeans.Currently, more than 90 percent of soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified and tolerant to either glyphosate or glufosinate (Liberty®) herbicides. Balance™ GT is expected to be one of the key dual-herbicide tolerant products for soybeans on the market in the U.S. and an important alternative to current herbicide options.
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement readwrite Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#Microsoft#microsoft surface#mobile#Nokia#now#smartphones Microsoft and Nokia—now the tightest of friends, following Microsoft’s $7.2 billion bid for the phone maker’s devices and services arm—could well have had it in for each other had things gone otherwise. Nokia, it turns out, already had Android running on its Lumia smartphones as an experiment (says the New York Times), while Microsoft was testing its own smartphone based on its Surface tablet (says the Verge).Alas for the fratricidal possibilities that now we’ll never see. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …
From left to right: Loic Amado, Head of Uber Sub-Saharan Africa Expansion, Leon Mwotia, Uber SSA Expansion, Alon Lits, GM Uber SSA, Honourable Fifi Kwetey, Minister for Transport, Robert Porter Jackson, Ambassador of the United States to Ghana Advertisement Accra, Ghana, last week joined Uber’s booming network in Africa just a week after the company had launched in Kampala, Uganda as the 462nd city on it’s global network.The Ghanaian Ministry of Transport entered into a Statement of Understanding (SoU) to officially welcome the San Francisco based transport startup.At the launch, Uber was privileged to have Hon. Fifi Kwetey the Minister for Transport and the Ambassador of the United States to Ghana, Robert Porter Jackson to sign the SoU along with Alon Lits, the General Manager for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa. – Advertisement – The agreement takes note of the discussions that have been started with the Ministry on growing the shared economy and the benefits of efficiency and competition that will be passed onto every day Ghanaians in the form of increased choice and lower costs.Ghana becomes one of the first countries on the continent to sign this type of agreementThe SoU is a start in producing a new, forward-looking regulatory framework that allows for ride sharing technology and regulates its use and adoption by both riders and the individual drivers and companies that use it to source business.Alon Lits and Honorable Fifi Kwetey.Uber’s technology has the potential to reduce the number of cars on the road and create thousands of economic opportunities across Accra.[related-posts]General Manager Sub-Saharan Africa for Uber, Alon Lits said in a statement that, “The SoU is a fantastic first step for Ghana to become a smart city of the future and shows the critical role technology will play in creating thousands of economic opportunities for Ghanaians as well as assisting in reducing congestion on roads.”“Ghana is a top priority for Uber and we are excited about this agreement to update regulations, drive innovation, create thousands of entrepreneurship opportunities, and provide safe, reliable transport options for the people of Ghana.” Alon concluded