BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer The Middletown High School South boys soccer team is off to a 4-0 start that coach Sean Reid is hoping will propel the Eagles through the campaign. The coach, however, is wary. Last season the Eagles got out of the game with a 6-0-1 mark, but slumped at mid-season and finished 13-7-1. Reid believes it won’t happen again, primarily because of Middletown South’s improved defense. Thus far, junior goalkeeper Brian Hessinger has not allowed a goal, and the players in front of him, particularly senior David Kumm, have excelled. “We emphasized defense during the preseason and the kids have taken the challenge,” Reid said. “Kumm has been phenomenal. I always saw him as a midfielder, and that’s my fault. David is 6-3, he’s great in the air and he doesn’t make mental mistakes. He’s really solidified the defense.” Stopper Anthony Testa and Christian Caldaro, both juniors, have been strong as well. And it’s been contagious. Knowing that they won’t be in shootouts, the Eagles’ midfielders have rarely been caught out of position. Billy Snyder, a solid two-way player, has been the key in the middle. Senior Steve Vullo and juniors Pete Ferrari, Tyler Kimble and Michael Sica all contribute valuable minutes in the middle. Meanwhile, the offense has churned along. Midfielder Tom Gray already has six goals and five assists, after leading the team in scoring a year ago with 21 goals and 19 assists. Gray’s accuracy also makes him Reid’s choice for penalty kicks. Junior Thomas Campbell has five goals and six assists, after posting 20 and 20 last fall. Sweeper Ryan Leahey has contributed a pair of goals, both on corner kicks, and junior forward Chris Trimboli can also put the ball in the net. Reid noted that his team, like others in the area, will face a real test in the coming weeks and when it will be playing three or four games a week. “Actually, I think the state should limit teams to two games a week and extend the season,” Reid said. “It’s tough for kids to play that many games, have practices, and most important, get their school work finished. I also think the games would be better. The players would have more practice time to work on things and they’d be better prepared. “That’s not the case, so we’re just going to take them one at a time and continue focusing on defense,” he said. “We can score, we’ll be in good shape if we continue taking care of the other end.” Notes… The Eagles are one of just three local boys teams ranked in the top 10 in the Shore Conference in the early going. While South held the No. 6 spot coming into this week’s action, their crosstown rivals at Middletown North were the third-ranked team. The Lions return a host of players from last year’s 10-6-4 team, and are anxious to defend their Class A North title. Monday night’s showdown with the Eagles promised to be a good early test for both teams. Meanwhile, the CBA Colts, ranked second in the Shore, suffered a surprising 2-1 loss against unranked Manalapan on Saturday to fall to 2-1 on the young season. However, the Colts return a slew of talented players from last year’s Parochial A championship squad (its third in five years), including junior goalie Mike Giallombardo, one of the top netminders in the state, and should rebound to be a force the rest of the way. Their next test comes tomorrow when a solid Freehold Township team comes to Lincroft to try to knock off the Colts.
By Matt Robinson and Benet KolekaSerbia summoned the Albanian ambasssador on Wednesday to protest at an incendiary flag-flying stunt at an international football match that caused a brawl on the pitch and set back hopes for detente between the Balkan neighbours.Tuesday’s Serbia-Albania Euro 2016 qualifier – at which Albanian fans were barred due to tensions between the two countries – was called off when a remote-controlled plane flew the flag of ‘Greater Albania’ above the field, sparking a brawl that forced the Albanian players to flee.With the countries trading accusations of xenophobia and extremism, a visit by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Ramato Belgrade next week, that was meant to mark a new chapter in their troubled history, looked at risk of being cancelled.Relations between Serbia and Albania have long been hostile and hit their lowest point during a war in the former Serbian province of Kosovo in the late 1990s when NATO, concerned about the “ethnic cleansing” of Albanians, deployed airstrikes against Serbian forces.Kosovo declared independence in 2008, but Belgrade refuses to recognise it, saying the territory, which has a majority Albanian population, is a heartland of the Serbian nation.Serbia’s foreign minister blamed the Albanian prime minister’s brother for the drone stunt, with some media reporting that Olsi Rama had been arrested in the VIP stands of the Belgrade stadium with the remote control in his hands.Olsi denied that and, on Wednesday, a group of Albanian fans said they were behind the incident. The Serbian government and media were livid.“It was clear they came with the plain and obvious intention to provoke their hosts,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told reporters. He told the Serbian daily Vecernje Novosti that “Albanian extremists” wanted to portray Serbia as intolerant.Belgrade summoned Albanian Ambassador Ilir Bocka to protest.“Serbia is working diligently on nurturing good relations with its neighbours, from whom it expects the same approach and it will not tolerate such provocations,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.Albania, however, said Serbia was to blame.“Hospitality, this sacred asset of all Balkan peoples, was trodden on like never before, in an anti-sporting and xenophobic atmosphere,” Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati told a news conference.Asked if Rama’s visit to Belgrade would go ahead, Bushati replied: “We stick to our objective, as we do to our policy of good neighbourly relations. However, depending on developments, this remains an open issue.”Belgrade’s diplomatic corps was dragged into the dispute when Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic was quoted as saying that several Albanian fans, including Rama’s brother, had managed to enter the stadium with the help of Western diplomats.EU and US envoys denied any involvement.The Albanian prime minister’s brother, who returned to Albania on the team’s plane, told Reuters he had been “taken aside” by Serbian police during the melee but not arrested.“I’ve never used a drone in my life, only bought my son a toy helicopter,” said Olsi Rama, who has joint Albanian and US nationality.A photograph posted on the Facebook page of an Albanian fan group showed men posing with a ‘quad-copter’ similar to the drone used at the match.Under the caption “Deeds, not just words,” one of the men, identified as Agron Sadiku, wrote: “This was not my idea, but that of my uncle’s son, Egzon Feri. We never believed it would be done so successfully. I am very happy about it.”There were celebrations on the streets of Albanian-populated towns across the Balkans after Tuesday’s match.‘Greater Albania’ – the area respresented by the flag flown in the stadium – covers Albania, Kosovo and parts of Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Greece claimed by Albanian nationalists.A Serbian player plucked the flag from the air, several Albanian players reacted angrily, and the pitch was invaded by several dozen Serbian fans. Fans threw flares and seats as the Albanian players raced from the pitch to the tunnel. The match was abandoned at 0-0.UEFA President Michel Platini called the incident “inexcusable”.On Wednesday night, the Serbian and Albanian football associations were charged by UEFAAlbania are charged with “refusing to play” and the “display of an illicit banner”, while Serbia face five charges related to Tuesday’s crowd trouble.UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will hear the case on October 23.
Image by Greenpeace Africa.Satellite imagery from Planet Labs and data from Global Forest Watch shows the extent of clearing at the Sudcam concession as of March 21, 2018.According to the Greenpeace Africa report, Sudcam’s concession violates a number of established rules and agreements. For one, its current proximity to Dja reportedly defies assurance by company management to UNESCO and IUCN inspectors that they would maintain a forest buffer belt of at least five kilometers between the plantation and the reserve.In June 2017, members of indigenous Baka communities reportedly told Greenpeace Africa researchers that their settlements inside the Sudcam concession had been completely destroyed. According to the report, this forced them “to move without being offered either a resettlement plan or compensation.”The 45,000-hectare concession was awarded to Sudcam in 2008. However, according to CIFOR research, this appears to have violated Cameroonian law that prohibits development in areas occupied by communities. The researchers write that the award of the concession may have been motivated by an “influential member of the Cameroonian political elite.”In the village of EmviengII, Sudcam reportedly offered fish for land compensation. Photo by Nchemty Metimi Ozongashu / Greenpeace Africa.While there is a lack of transparency regarding Sudcam ownership, Greenpeace highlights the proximity of the concession to land owned by Cameroonian president Paul Biya as well as family connections within the company.“Notably, Sudcam’s plantation lies only seven kilometres from the Mvomeka’a mansion, security compound and airstrip of Cameroon’s head of state Paul Biya, who has held power for over 35 years,” the Greenpeace report states. “A 2016 company document seen by Greenpeace Africa indicates Serge Baroux Mounier, the French brother-in-law of Biya’s son Franck, as a director of Sudcam.”The Greenpeace Africa report also finds Sudcam’s forest clearance and community displacement process violates the procurement policies of several of the rubber companies that buy from it. These include Bridgestone, Michelin and Goodyear, which require their rubber supply chains be free from deforestation (and land-grabbing, in the case of Goodyear).Mongabay reached out to Sudcam parent company Halcyon Agri Corporation Ltd., but received no response by press time. In an earlier response to Earthsite and Greenpeace reports released April 27 (but has since been removed), Halcyon Agri denied connection to the government and refuted allegations that it violated land rights of Baka communities.In an email to Greenpeace Africa referenced in their report, Halcyon Agri CEO Robert Meyer wrote the company is seeking to improve and that “Sudcam is a wonderful asset and one that has the potential to be a working model on how ecological, sociological and economical agendas can be dovetailed into a win-win situation.” A new report by Greenpeace Africa finds this future-plantation has grown by 2,300 hectares in one year between April 2017 and April 2018. In total, Greenpeace estimates around 10,050 hectares have been deforested since clearing began in 2011, and warns that 20,000 more hectares of rainforest are slated for clearing in the coming years.The 45,000-hectare (450-square kilometer) concession is owned by China-owned Sud Cameroun Hévéa (Sudcam), and is located less than one kilometer from Dja Faunal Reserve. The reserve is inhabited by at least 107 mammal species, including critically endangered western lowland forest gorillas. The reserve is also home to the indigenous Baka people.Watchdog and scientific organizations like Greenpeace Africa and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) warn rubber expansion threatens the integrity of Dja and the future of its wildlife.According to the Greenpeace Africa report, Sudcam’s concession violates a number ofestablished rules and agreements, including the rubber sourcing policies of several companies that buy from it. Southern Cameroon is home to some of the most biodiverse areas of African rainforest. It’s also home to a massive area of deforestation destined for rubber cultivation – right across the river from a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Now, a new report by Greenpeace Africa finds this future-plantation has grown by 2,300 hectares in one year between April 2017 and April 2018. In total, Greenpeace estimates around 10,050 hectares have been deforested since clearing began in 2011, and warns that 20,000 more hectares of rainforest are slated for clearing in the coming years.The 45,000-hectare (450-square kilometer) concession is owned by China-owned Sud Cameroun Hévéa (Sudcam), and is located less than one kilometer from Dja Faunal Reserve. The reserve is inhabited by at least 107 mammal species, including critically endangered western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), endangered chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis). The reserve is also home to the indigenous Baka people. Dja was incorporated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, and the organization notes that it is one of the “largest and best-protected rainforests in Africa,” with around 90 percent of its area intact.According to IUCN estimates, Cameroon is home to around 10 percent of remaining western lowland gorillas.But watchdog and scientific organizations like Greenpeace Africa and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) warn rubber expansion threatens the integrity of Dja and the future of its wildlife. An earlier report by Greenpeace Africa called its deforestation activity “by far the most devastating new clearing of forest for industrial agriculture in the Congo Basin.” And according to CIFOR, the development “may have serious negative impacts on the [region’s] rich biodiversity … particularly through the destruction of plant cover, increased hunting and poaching, and wildlife disturbance.”In its newest report, Greenpeace Africa details the clearance of 2,300 additional hectares between April 2017 and April 2018. Effectively increasing the size of the developed area by 22 percent in just one year, this newly cleared area represents a ramp-up in deforestation since clearing began in 2011. This new clearance extends the plantation area further south, as well as east along the border of Dja reserve. Banner image: Deforestation in the Sudcam concession. Photo by Nchemty Metimi Ozongashu / Greenpeace AfricaFeedback: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Agriculture, Animals, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Indigenous Communities, Industrial Agriculture, Plantations, Primates, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Rubber, Tropical Forests, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis
To warm up for Mashramani 2017, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) is set to host its fundraising pre-Mash “White Shorts: Soca Glow Party” this Saturday, February 18, at the Dutch Bottle Café, located at 10 North Road, Georgetown.Mix Master Tony will keep revellers energised with the best and latest in soca music. The revelries start at 21:00h and partygoers are encouraged to wear their best ‘white shorts’ and come ready to fete the night away as Dutch Bottle is transformed into the perfect Mash celebration.Limited pre-sold tickets cost $1500 and can be purchased from Oasis Cafe, 125 Carmichael Street; Vintage Wine Bar & Lounge, 218 Lamaha Street; and SASOD’s office, 203 Duncan Street, Lamaha Gardens. Admission at the door is $2000.All proceeds from this fundraiser go to SASOD’s LGBT Emergency Shelter Fund to provide facilities which facilitate urgent support for LGBT victims of violence in Guyana.
Survivors include Son: Tommy (Sherri) Brown III, Salem; Sister: Gail (Charlie) Miller, Bloomington and her canine companion: Mitzi Marie. She is also survived by 2 grandchildren and 12 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents & 1 sister, Mary Smith.Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Saturday and Noon to 2 pm Sunday at Dawalt Funeral Home.Funeral Service: 2:00 pm Sunday at Dawalt Funeral Home.Burial will be Monday at 11 am in Crown Hill Cemetery. Shirley A. Brown, age 69 of Salem, passed away Friday, October 27, 2017 at 3:34 am, in Baptist Health Louisville. Born August 22, 1948 in Sheffield, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Everett L. and Thelma Mae (Smothers) Daniel.She was a 1966 graduate of Butler County High School in Kentucky. She married April 18, 1969 to Howard Tommy Brown Jr., who survives.She was a retired employee of the old Smith Cabinet Manufacturing Company, OneMain Financial and was a former employee of Porter Paints in Louisville. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and had been a resident of Salem for most of her life. Shirley loved tending her flowers and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Click arrows below to scroll photos:Marshfield wrestling team begins defense of championshipBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD – The Marshfield wrestling team begins defense of its Wisconsin Valley Conference championship from a year ago on Thursday at home against Stevens Point, and comes into the dual match on a roll.Marshfield won seven-straight duals last week, beating Sparta and Antigo at home on Dec. 7 and going a perfect 5-0 at the Neenah Varsity Duals on Dec. 9, to bring positive momentum into the Valley schedule.The Tigers rolled past Racine Horlick 70-6, Manitowoc 60-18, and Campbellsport 60-18, and also defeated Two Rivers 42-36 and Neenah 36-30 at the Neenah tournament.Marshfield won its first Wisconsin Valley Conference title since 1959 and reached the WIAA team sectionals last season, and now are eager to get things rolling in conference action after a positive start to the 2017-18 campaign.“We take it day-by-day and making sure we’re taking advantage of the opportunity we have,” Marshfield coach Jackson Hein said. “We’re really excited to get back into the (Wisconsin) Valley Conference and get in those scrambles in the dual meets. When Thursday comes for Point, we’ll be ready.”Along with their two returning state tournament qualifiers, Nolan Hertel (152 pounds) and Sam Mitchell (195), a number of other Tigers are off to great starts.Caden Pearce (145 pounds) and Bentley Swanebeck-Ostermann (170), both sectional qualifiers last year, Hertel, and freshman Gabe Pugh (113) each were 5-0 at the Neenah meet. Pugh is now 11-0 this season. Alex Brost (220) and Mitchell both went 4-1 at Neenah.“The biggest thing I look for in our guys is to just go and compete,” Hein said. “I tell them all the time that I could care less if they actually win, if they go out and not afraid to make mistakes, then us coaches can really coach them up. We did that (against Antigo) and made a lot of adjustments from when we were at Stoughton. As a coach, that’s what I like to see, is the improvement.“I just try to focus on what we’re doing, what we can get better at, and what we’re doing that is good that we can make great.”Following the meet with Stevens Point, Marshfield will wrestle at the Shawano Invitational on Saturday, compete at Wisconsin Rapids on Dec. 21 in another WVC dual, and close out the calendar year at the Bi-State Classic in La Crosse on Dec. 29-30.
9 March 2007South Africa is moving to establish a biofuels industry that could create thousands of jobs and draw billions of rands in investment in the Eastern Cape, a part of the country that is rich in under-used, high-potential arable land.Felix Hobson, senior manager of the Eastern Cape government’s agriculture resource planning and management division, said this week that the government had set aside R9.5-million for fencing land and planting canola and R8-million for planting sugar beet in the N2 Mbhashe local municipality to kick-start the project.Developing a biofuels industry is part of a new agrarian transformation plan for the province and one of the Eastern Cape’s priority projects under the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), a government strategy to boost economic growth and reduce unemployment in the country.“The biofuel project is envisaged to be a major Asgi-SA project in the Eastern Cape,” Hobson said, adding that it would create “a huge market for agricultural products including canola, soya beans and sunflower which was not there before.”This would be achieved through establishing 500 000 hectares of currently under-used land for integrated rotational cropping within the next five years, Hobson said. The crops would be used to feed a planned 200 000 ton-per-annum biodiesel plant in the East London Industrial Development Zone, as well as other biofuel and agro-processing initiatives.European investors have reportedly expressed interested in developing the East London plant.“This intervention will require an investment by government of R1.5-billion that will secure a simultaneous R3.82-billion foreign direct investment and a R7-billion investment from local financial institutions,” Hobson said.According to Hobson, the initiative would create around 23 000 new jobs and a sustainable R2.9-billion a year in agricultural production and processing in the province.The biofuels industry is centred on the extraction of oil from food crops such as canola, soya, sunflower, sugar beet, maize, sorghum, wheat and sugarcane. These oils are then added to diesel or ethanol mixes, offering a cleaner alternative to non-renewable fossil fuels such as petrol.Source: BuaNews
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No. 10 The fifth of May was already taken.No. 9 It’s nearly impossible to enjoy a picnic in January.No. 8 Baseball needed an excuse for having fireworks after a game.- Sponsor – No. 7 Manufacturers of tiny American flags start their vacations on the 5th.No. 6 Statistically it never rains on the fourth day of the seventh month.No. 5 Whoever heard of eating watermelon in October.No. 4 It’s fun watching a parade on one of the hottest days of the year.No. 3 Thomas Jefferson finished his cursive writing certification in June.No. 2 Hallmark said so.And the No. 1 reason we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th That was the date that the Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence that had been drafted in June with the final draft submitted on July 2nd. The date of July 4th, 1776, was then added to the handwritten draft that is now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, DC, as well as on printed copies of the Declaration of Independence that were circulated throughout the colonies. The Fourth of July did not become a national holiday for almost a hundred years until the US Congress did so in 1870 along with Christmas and several other federal holidays.Happy Fourth of July to all our friends from the LPM team. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now