Some 1,400 metres of farm roads in St. Toolies and Alvie in South Manchester have been repaired by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) at a cost of $12 million. “Farmers were having difficulty getting out their crops, the cost was extremely high, and so this section that is complete will help them greatly,” he said. Story Highlights Speaking at the official opening of the roadway on April 13, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson said the work undertaken will allow the farmers to transport their produce to the market. Some 1,400 metres of farm roads in St. Toolies and Alvie in South Manchester have been repaired by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) at a cost of $12 million.Speaking at the official opening of the roadway on April 13, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson said the work undertaken will allow the farmers to transport their produce to the market.“Farmers were having difficulty getting out their crops, the cost was extremely high, and so this section that is complete will help them greatly,” he said.He added that some 700 metres of roadway have been asphalted in St. Toolies, with another 700 metres to be repaired in the community this financial year.In addition, Minister Hutchinson said some $850 million has been earmarked for this financial year towards the rehabilitation of the island’s farm road network, adding that of this amount, $400 million will be spent in the coming months.He also informed that of the 60 farm roads due for repairs last financial year, some 52 have already been completed.Meanwhile, farmer in the St. Toolies community, Rudolph Freeman, told JIS News that he welcomes the work done on the roadway.“It is going to make a big difference, because customers will have it to use, and for my farm, it will prevent the dust from contaminating (it). I plant Scotch bonnet peppers, sweet peppers, tomatoes and others, based on rotation. If the Government could finish fixing the road and put in irrigation, all farmers would benefit,” Mr Freeman said.Councillor for the Porus Division and Principal of the Alexander Basic School, Claudia Morrant-Baker, said the refurbished roadway has been making a difference in the lives of her students.“It has made a difference because, over the years, with the bad road condition, students were unable to come to school. Taxi men did not want to come in, because the roads were too terrible. Now the taxis are running… and they are willing to carry the students,” she stated.Residents of Alvie, including senior citizen, Ellen Reid, welcomed the repairs to the 700 metres of farm roads. She told JIS that she is now able to go walking and running in the mornings.
DETROIT — The Autopilot system on a Telsa Model S may have helped the California Highway Patrol stop the car after its driver fell asleep on a freeway.Similar systems, now offered by nearly all automakers, use cameras and radar to detect objects in front of them and automatically keep a safe distance or even stop or slow the vehicles before a crash. The systems also can keep cars in their lanes. Tesla’s Autopilot feature allows the vehicle to change lanes automatically when prompted by the driver, navigate interchanges and exit freeways.In the case of the driver who fell asleep, California Highway Patrol officers spotted him Friday afternoon as they were looking for drunken drivers. They pulled alongside the grey Model S on U.S. 101 and saw that the driver was asleep. When the driver didn’t respond to their lights and siren, they slowed traffic behind him and tried to figure out if Autopilot or other driver-assist systems were engaged, according to Officer Art Montiel, a CHP spokesman. They then pulled in front of the car and slowed down, and the car eventually stopped.No one was hurt and the car didn’t crash. The 45-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.Systems like Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot are the building blocks of self-driving vehicles, but humans still must be ready to take control. Here are answers to questions about how the systems work and the incident in the San Francisco suburb of Redwood City:Q: Was the driver using Autopilot system?A: Maybe. Montiel said officers believe it was on but they haven’t confirmed that yet. Telsa won’t comment. The car’s automatic cruise control system, which keeps it a safe distance from vehicles in front of it, could have been operating without Autopilot being engaged, as could its automatic emergency braking system. Authorities are investigating which systems were in use.Q: Isn’t the system supposed to stop the car if the driver is not paying attention?A: Telsa’s Autopilot is designed to safely pull over if a driver doesn’t put force on the steering wheel. But some drivers have been able to fool the system. It’s unclear whether that happened in the case of the sleeping driver. A similar system from General Motors called Super Cruise monitors the driver’s eyes and will stop the car if they are not paying attention. Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that it is “default Autopilot behaviour” to gradually slow to a stop and turn on the hazard lights. “Looking into what happened here,” Musk wrote.Q: Can’t these cars drive themselves?A: No, they can’t. All manufacturers, including Tesla, warn drivers that the systems are for assistance only and they must pay attention and be ready to take over driving. Tests by AAA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety both found that the systems can’t handle every situation they encounter on the roads. Safety advocates criticized Tesla for naming its system Autopilot, especially after an Ohio man died in a crash while using it in Florida two years ago. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating several other crashes in which the drivers appeared to place too much confidence in Autopilot, including one fatality earlier this year near Mountain View, California.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – All previously approved water diversions under Section 10 of the Water Sustainability Act are immediately suspended by the BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC), due to drought conditions.Peace River Watershed: Alces River Beatton River (Doig River, Osborne River, Blueberry River) Farrell Creek Cache CreekTributaries to the Kiskatinaw River (but does not include the Kiskatinaw River) Liard River Watershed: Fontas River Kantah River Petitot River Gutah Creek Hay RiverThe suspension does not apply to the main channel of the Peace River or Dinosaur Lake and the diversion and use of water stored in dugouts or dams are not suspended.Water levels are anticipated to continue dropping until significant rain falls in the area. The Commission will assist industry in identifying options for alternative short-term water supply should it be required during this period of drought. Low streamflow conditions are escalating concerns for impacts to fish, aquatic resources and community supply in the above basins.More information can be found on the B.C. Government Drought Information page; CLICK HEREApplications for water diversion:Given local variability, it is possible some streams in the areas under suspension will have recovered sufficiently to allow some water withdrawal. The Commission will review new applications for diversion, or requests to use existing approvals, on a site-specific basis.Operators are requested to do the following to support their application or request to use an existing Section 10 approval: 1. Limit the application to water volumes and points of diversion that are realistic to the specific operational needs for the upcoming months.2. For new applications for diversion for water from rivers and streams, or to request use of existing approvals, provide a good discharge measurement at the point(s) of diversion, to provide information on current flow conditions in relation to the volume of water requested. The discharge measurement will be collected to an acceptable hydrometric standard by a qualified individual.3. For new applications for diversion from lakes, or reactivation of existing approvals, provide information on lake bathymetry:a. Surface area (hectares).b. Depth (metres). If lake depth information is not already available from provincial databases or previous surveys, obtain depth measurements at points along two transects representing the long and short lake axes, to determine maximum lake depth.c. Volume
Bengaluru: A titanic contest is on the cards as table-toppers Bengaluru FC look to overturn a one-goal deficit against a depleted NorthEast United FC in the decisive second leg semi-final of the Indian Super League (ISL) here Monday. Bengaluru have fought and won many battles at home but the biggest one awaits them at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. With the first leg in Guwahati having ended in a 2-1 win for the Highlanders, a 1-0 victory will be enough to send the Blues through to the final because of the away goal rule. On the other hand, a draw will favour NorthEast. A 2-1 result for the home team will send the fixture to extra time, while NorthEast scoring more than a goal will need Bengaluru to triumph by two goals or more to secure a spot in the final. The defeat against NorthEast United meant the Blue’s poor run of late has continued with their last five fixtures yielding just the single victory and three defeats. “We’re ready for a big game. We’re in a good mood and we have the feeling that here in Kanteerava in front of the supporters, we can give them one of the nights that we will remember through the years,” said Bengaluru FC coach Carles Cuadrat. Bengaluru will be buoyed by the crucial away goal scored by Xisco Hernandez at Guwahati as they look to enter the final for a second year in a row. The Bengaluru coach will look towards his main men, Miku and Sunil Chhetri, to step up at home as the Blues look to overturn a one-goal deficit. For NorthEast United, coach Eelco Schattorie will need to stretch his resources to the hilt after a fine victory which came at a cost. Having made it to the play-offs for the first time in their history, NorthEast will have to make do without the services of their star forward Bartholomew Ogbeche in Bengaluru. The Nigerian forward picked up a hamstring injury in the first-leg and he will be a big miss for the visitors on Sunday. The visitors are also sweating on the fitness of their midfielder Rowllin Borges who was replaced in the second-half at Guwahati due to an injury. With Ogbeche out, NorthEast will look towards Federico Gallego for inspiration with the industrious Uruguayan playmaker being one of the driving forces behind the side’s march to the play-offs. Gallego’s partnership with his compatriot Juan Mascia up top will be crucial to the visitors’ chances with the latter likely to start in Ogbeche’s absence after his late winner from the penalty spot in Guwahati. “I know exactly how Bengaluru FC play and they know how we play. Last game, first half we completely dominated. We lost two key players. Second half was way more difficult. But it had to with the changes we did in the team. But coming here we know that this is a game that is all or nothing. We will be trying to reach the final,” said Schattorie. Both coaches know this is the decisive clash. Both will be without their deputies after they were suspended for their role in the fracas that followed the first-leg clash at Guwahati. Both know there is just too much at stake now.
Gurugram: On a petition filed by Defence Minister, the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered that 900 metres around the Indian Air Force depot were illegal. It was later reduced to 300 metres by the court after politicians from all parties highlighted that how it would be difficult to accommodate the four lakh people who are settled around the area.Subsequently after court’s permission, some of the houses were also given electricity and water connections. Various houses and shops in the Sheetla colony being sealed, a situation that has not gone well with thousands of residents residing in the area. What, however, generated controversy was the sealing of a mosque last year which after hue and cry was made to function. On his recent visit, Gurugram MP Rao Inderjit Singh minced no word in highlighting that irregularities were maintained by the officials giving licences to the people around the ammunition depot. He also, however, highlighted that now since the people were settled, their interests had to be taken care of. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsEven as objections were raised by Airforce officials to prohibit the setting up of civil establishments, a number of civil setups have only grown around the area. Not only the Airforce station but even an Army cantonment area that is located few kilometres away face the similar challenges. On the repeated complaints by Defence personnel, a plea was filed seeking the intervention of judiciary into the matter. The real estate development over the years has led to unchecked rise in the commercial establishments. The presence of the Maruti Suzuki factory further expedited the real estate development. Automobile garages, wedding banquet halls, marble market and various consumer showrooms began to be set up in the vast swathes of land around the Defence land. The issue has been in controversy for long where various prominent citizens including the sitting MLA Umesh Aggarwal has advocated of the relocation of the Airforce station. At present, the High Court has directed the DC office to only remove the civil establishments situated around 300 metres area of the Airforce ammunition station.
Former Ohio State running back stands in the end zone during warmups of a game against Illinois Oct. 15, 2011 in Champaign, Ill. OSU won, 17-7.Lantern file photoFormer Ohio State running back Jaamal Berry had it in his head that he was going to be able to showcase his talents for NFL scouts and general managers at OSU’s Pro Day Friday.But then Berry said he was told he couldn’t, because of an NFL rule that was “new” to him.“I guess it’s a rule that I could only do it in my hometown, like a hometown state school or school I was just attending,” Berry said.That school was Murray State in Murray, Ky., where Berry transferred to prior to the 2012 season. He was suspended from the OSU football team Nov. 2, 2011, after his involvement with an incident that saw him charged with assault, battery and disorderly conduct.Former Buckeye linebacker Etienne Sabino — who graduated from OSU after the 2012 season — was allowed to participate Friday, because of a rule that allows players who are just one year removed and not with an NFL team to work out at their former college, an OSU spokesman said.In Berry’s case, he was unable to work out Friday with former Buckeyes who he called “some of his best friends” because he has not been at the school since being charged.An OSU spokesman said Friday he “was under the impression” Berry was going to work out Friday.“(I thought) that he had gotten some approval like that,” the spokesman said.Despite the circumstances under which Berry left OSU, he said he still views his time at OSU as a positive in his life.“Leaving here was a big wake up call for me, even going to a smaller school,” Berry said. “A lot of things that I got here wasn’t going down at Murray State. It made me grow up real fast and appreciate the moment, live in the moment. So I’m definitely grateful for that.”Berry played in 11 games as a Buckeye from 2010-11, averaging 25.4 yards per kickoff return after being recruited by former OSU coach Jim Tressel.Berry said he called his former coach after he graduated from Murray State in December, to thank him.“When I graduated and finished I let him know I graduated and thanked him for the opportunity to experience some of the best years of my life to come here,” Berry said.The former OSU running back — who is from Pinecrest, Fla. — said he might go back to his home state to see if he can get a chance to show scouts what he can do, after he talks to his agent.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is targeting a record-equaling 38th game unbeaten against the lowly Leganes on Saturday’s La Liga gameThe last time the Spanish league leaders lost in La Liga came in their 2-0 defeat against Malaga on 8 April 2017 and the Catalan giants will now the opportunity of equaling Real Soceidad’s 38 year-old unbeaten record against Leganes this weekend.Barcelona are looking to set to win the league title this season with a comfortable nine point lead over nearest challengers Atletico Madrid at the top of the standings and could very extend that advantage due to the Madrid derby that Diego Simeone’s side will have against local rivals Real Madrid.Valverde has enjoyed a superb first season in charge at the Nou Camp and has also guided Barcelona to the final of the Copa del Rey and they recently won their first leg against AS Roma 4-1 on Wednesday in the Champions League with the Catalan side also boasting an unbeaten run in the competition.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“All I care about is that the team keeps on winning,” said midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to The News.“We are still winning and we are growing in every game. Right now we are at the most exciting stage of the season but also the toughest part.”Barcelona are also looking likely to become the first team in the history of La Liga to go an entire season unbeaten with the club having no tricky away trips against any of the top sides in their remaining eight matches.The closest any team has come to having an unbeaten season in La Liga was Sociedad in 1980, who lost the penultimate game against Sevilla and consequentially cost them the league title to Real.
After speculations have been going around for quite some time that Anthony Martial will be leaving Old Trafford this summer, new rumours have spread, confirming Jose Mourinho is not standing in the Frenchman’s way.Martial has reportedly been linked on a few occasions with Tottenham, Juventus and Bayern Munich. His agent is definitely working on his way out and Jose Mourinho will not be the one to stop him at the doorway.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…However, if and when Martial was indeed to leave, among all of the Red Devils there wouldn’t be a single left-footed winger, which has led the Portuguese coach to start considering looking for a replacement in the likes of Bordeaux’s Malcom, Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and Ajax teenager Justin Kluivert, according to 101 Great Goals.Lemar, who has been long associated with interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, has been reportedly valued by Monaco at 90 million pounds now, which might be a key factor for Mourinho when he is taking a decision on bringing someone from the list.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has thanked the club supporters for the reception they gave Loris Karius in Tuesday’s friendly home win over TorinoThe Reds wrapped up their pre-season preparations by defeating Torino 3-1 in what was their first game at Anfield this summer with goals from Roberto Firmino, Georginio Wijnaldum and Daniel Sturridge.The game also saw Karius make his first appearance at Anfield since his infamous blunders in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May.It has not been an easy time for the German goalkeeper, who has recently been displaced as the number one by new record signing Allison after making more mistakes earlier this summer.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But the Liverpool fans gave the 24-year-old a rousing reception and Klopp later thanked them for their support in these difficult circumstances for Karius.“It helps everybody. I haven’t spoken to him because I was immediately in the signing session, if you want. I was not surprised, to be honest, but as a human being I was hoping for it, that it would be like this,” said Klopp on the club website.“I loved it, to be honest. Is it possible being different in a really hard world? Yes, I think it is possible. We showed tonight a really nice face and I liked it. It helps not only Loris, it helps Alisson as well, that you can see this is a very special place. It was a really big gesture.”Liverpool will face West Ham United at home on Sunday for their first Premier League game of the new season.
By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROWhen actress Tatyana Ali faced isolation as a new mom in a new city —San Francisco — she realized she had to find her own community of mothers. “San Francisco’s wonderful, it’s very liberal, but it’s very segregated and so on the playground, you know, listening to other moms talk, I found that in some cases, I didn’t necessarily fit in with the moms that were there. And I didn’t necessarily fit in with the nannies that were there,” says Ali, 40, who has a two-year-old son and is expecting her second child in August. “I was somewhere in between I guess, or at least to some people that’s how they saw me.”Actress and TV host Khadeen Ellis standing next to actress and singer Tatyana Ali at the Momference on May 18 at the Renaissance in Downtown Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)Ali, known for playing the beloved Ashley Banks on the 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” found her mommy tribe by going to different parks and finding other like-minded moms. She used FaceTime to stay in constant contact with longtime girlfriends.“Even if you’re in a segregated place, and you’re the only one there, there are cool gems of people in all of those places and I just didn’t stop until I found what I needed,” Ali said. Ali, a Harvard alum, made her comments Saturday at the one-day Momference, billed as America’s first full-day conference centered on millennial moms of color. The sold-out event took place at the Renaissance Downtown D.C. hotel and attracted nearly 500 moms, including ticket holders, vendors and speakers.Momference founders Nikki Osei-Barrett (left) and Simona Noce Wright. (Courtesy Photo)Nikki Osei-Barrett and Simona Noce Wright, cofounders of District Motherhued that supports millennial moms of color in the DMV, created the Momference to celebrate Black mothers because they couldn’t find a conference that exclusively caters to them. The event embraces Black mothers, addresses their needs and shows them in a positive light. Beyond the conference, 80 moms met up Sunday morning for rooftop trap yoga and brunch.“Black motherhood always looks like just struggle and stress and anger and poverty, when in fact, it’s not,” Osei-Barrett says. “And the Momference is an opportunity for us to really display Black mom magic and just gather a room full of affluent, gorgeous, educated Black women … and put that on a platform.” At the event, moms met and networked with other moms, pampered themselves, shared their struggles and learned from experts about monitoring their physical and emotional health.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black women in the United States are three to four times more likely than White women to die of pregnancy complications, regardless of income or education. Tausi Suedi, now the maternal and child health deputy director of centralized intake at the Baltimore City Health Department, said she didn’t feel like her doctors at another facility listened to her when she was beginning contractions with her first child. She recalls telling her doctor, who was out of town, that the child was too big, and he authorized a Caesarean section. But the doctors onsite kept her in labor for two days, and she nearly died from the experience, she said. Her advice is to fight back against the culture of blindly taking doctors’ advice, and to instead speak up if something doesn’t feel right, or if you’re in pain. If you aren’t in a position to do that, have your doula do it for you. “Those theories are there that Black women have a higher threshold for pain, but that’s not necessarily the case,” says Suedi, a panelist on the conference’s panel that focused on maternal health, wellness and loss. “You know, for me to be in labor for two days because the doctors weren’t listening, and nearly dying, that was unacceptable.”Helena Andrews-Dyer lives in the gentrifying Bloomingdale community and identifies with Ali’s struggles to find black moms in her neighborhood. The young white mothers Andrews-Dyers meets at the playground or the yoga studio don’t share her same concerns about motherhood, so being surrounded by women who look like her and have the same interests makes her feel like she’s not alone. “Being around those women gives me strength,” says Andrews-Dyer, 39, who has a two-year-old daughter and is expecting another girl. Meanwhile, this year’s Momference sold out in two days, and the inaugural Momference also sold out the year before. Organizers are figuring out how they’ll meet the demand next year — ideas include selling more tickets or adding another day to the conference. That the event continues to sell out is a testament to how much it’s needed, Osei-Barrett says. “You create experiences for Black women, we show up,” she told the AFRO.