RADA Officers Benefit from Training to Improve Sorrel Harvesting

first_imgRelatedRADA Officers Benefit from Training to Improve Sorrel Harvesting RelatedRADA Officers Benefit from Training to Improve Sorrel Harvesting FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Several Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) extension officers are currently engaged in a two-day sorrel harvesting training programme, aimed at equipping them with knowledge on production techniques to be transferred to farmers. Experts from the University of Chapingo in Mexico, are providing training to 20 officers from all parishes on the correct use of the sorrel harvesting machine, designed and manufactured by the university, to reduce harvesting time and cost.  They will also receive instruction in colour stabilisation in sorrel and secondary products. Speaking at the opening ceremony for the training programme, held at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) at Hope Gardens, St. Andrew on November 7, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, said the initiative will help to increase the efficiency of sorrel production and reduce labour costs. “In Jamaica, the challenge exists in the harvesting of the sorrel, which is very labour intensive. It takes two persons approximately 15 days to harvest one acre of sorrel. In order to increase our competitiveness on the global market, we must find a way to reduce our labour cost,” he said. Minister Clarke further expressed the hope that the knowledge and practical skills garnered in the training programme “will not end with our extension officers but will be promulgated to our farmer groups, agro-processors and even the small and medium entrepreneurs”. Mexican Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Gerardo Lozano, reiterated Mexico’s commitment to “continue consolidating our co-operation exchanges with Jamaica within the primary fields of agriculture modernisation, crop health and food safety”. He reminded that through a previous co-operation programme between Jamaica and Mexico, the Scientific Research Council (SRC) gained knowledge on sorrel cultivation, harvesting and processing operations developed in Mexico, while Mexico identified new areas for development of sorrel. “Based on this good experience, the Jamaican authorities were able to identify the potential of the utilisation of the sorrel harvesting machine as a relevant tool to increase effectiveness in sorrel harvesting,” the Ambassador said. The extension officers will participate in a demonstration exercise today on the proper use of the machine at the Bodles Research Station in St. Catherine. RADA Officers Benefit from Training to Improve Sorrel Harvesting AgricultureNovember 8, 2012center_img Advertisements RelatedRADA Officers Benefit from Training to Improve Sorrel Harvestinglast_img read more

Clock ticking on Lyle’s comeback to PGA Tour

first_imgNAPA, Calif. – The PGA Tour leader in inspiration can’t escape the cold, hard numbers. It doesn’t seem fair. The greetings are a little warmer, and the embraces are a little longer, and the cheers are a little lustier, but once he gets back inside the ropes Jarrod Lyle, the two-time cancer survivor, is judged just like every other player – by the cold, hard numbers on his scorecard. And after nearly five months away, Lyle’s numbers weren’t good enough this week at the Frys.com Open. He shot 69-77, a 2-over 146 total that left him well below the cut line. He now has nine more PGA Tour starts to earn $217,680, or else he’s out of a job. “It’s still, unfortunately, a work in progress,” he said Friday. “I don’t know if there was a bit of rust in there or not, but it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow missing the cut.” That’s now eight missed cuts in nine starts this calendar year; the only time he played the weekend, at Colonial, he missed the secondary cut and earned $12,350. His game in shambles, Lyle decided in late May to sit out the rest of the Tour season. At that point, he wasn’t sure if he ever would return. “A lot of doubt,” he said, “but it was nice just to get away from it. It was giving me gray hairs. It was frustrating me, and I just needed to get away from it and not spend every minute thinking about golf.” His remarkable comeback put on hold, it gave Lyle and his family time to reflect. At 17, he was stricken with acute myeloid leukemia and confined to a children’s hospital in Melbourne. Doctors gave him a 20 percent chance of surviving. Frys.com Open: Articles, photos and videos It was there that he met one of Australia’s sporting heroes, Robert Allenby, for the first time. Lyle dreamed of becoming a professional golfer, and Allenby offered him hope. They kept in touch for the next few years, and Allenby rode shotgun for many of Lyle’s career milestones, playing a practice round with him before Lyle qualified for the Tour, before he qualified for his first U.S. Open, before he won the Australian Open. “I don’t think people really realize what he’s gone through,” Allenby said Friday. In 2012, entering his fifth year on Tour, Lyle learned that the leukemia had returned. The news arrived the same week that his wife, Briony, gave birth to the couple’s first child. Lyle endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. He was declared cancer-free in June 2013 and made an emotional return to golf later that year at the Australian Masters. “There’s two miracles in his life – having a child and also being alive,” Allenby said. “That’s why golf, to him, is not the be-all and end-all. It’s definitely his passion, so that’s why he wants to play and pursuit it with all of us.” Lyle didn’t play again in the States until July 2014, when he tied for 11th in a Web.com Tour event, but he has fallen on hard times since. He ended the year with three consecutive missed cuts on that circuit, and now has cashed a check in only seven of 10 starts this season on the big tour. So he stepped away. Lyle worked on a few projects at home. He spent time with his wife and young daughter. He watched his favorite Australian rules football team. He paid closer attention to his fitness, shedding 20 pounds with a more rigorous workout schedule and diet. Allenby checked in with frequent text messages, just like he has for the past two decades. “When he took that leave,” Allenby said, “I was like, OK, maybe that’s a good thing. He knows where he is mentally and physically. If he was feeling good, he would have stayed, I’m sure, but obviously he wasn’t feeling great and his health was a bit of a concern for him.” It’s easy to second-guess now. Maybe Lyle rushed his return at the start of the year. Maybe the week-in, week-out toil of a touring pro was too much, too soon for his body, for his mind. “I thought I was ready,” he said, “but I could have sat back for another 12 months and thought I was ready, too. The more I sat at home, the less I’d want to come over.” What brought Lyle back to the game was his competitiveness. That part has never waned. He started playing three or four times a week at his local club, but he couldn’t get a true read on his game while playing with 20-handicappers. So Lyle returned here this week at the Frys, eager and ready for another, likely final, try. “I’ve said all along that I want to give it one last chance,” he said. “I’ve been given one last chance to play golf. If I unfortunately lose my status and lose my job, then I can’t sit back in years to come and say that I didn’t try hard enough. “I’m giving it everything I’ve got to stay out here, but I guess in the long run, at the end of those 20 events I’ve played, if I miss every cut or I haven’t made enough money, then reality might set in and maybe I’m not good enough anymore. It’s always in the back of your mind that maybe I’m not good enough.” And then Thursday happened. The opening-hole birdie. The hole-out for eagle on the 16th hole. The 3-under 69 that put him in a tie for 29th, in line for a much-needed paycheck. “It still gives you that glimmer of hope that there’s still some game left in the body,” he said. His late-afternoon play was the highlight of another otherwise sleepy opener at Silverado. Problem was, he had a tee time some 13 hours later, the second group off at 7:30 a.m. local – and that’s a big ask for a player with already low energy levels. Sure enough, he looked like a different player Friday. He opened with a bogey. He dropped two other shots. He made a triple on the par-4 third (his 12th of the day), when his tee shot kicked out of bounds after an unlucky bounce off a tree. Playing in the group ahead, Allenby occasionally turned around and watched his mate’s progress. “A few lazy shots,” he said, “and it could just be fatigue. And that can happen. He probably put a lot coming into this tournament. He had a good round yesterday; he’s pretty excited. And then to try and come out early this morning, it’s very difficult for anyone, really, but even more so for him.” To his credit, Lyle didn’t blame his second-round 77 on fatigue: “Just one of those days things didn’t go my way,” he said. Instead, he lamented a poor setup with his wedges that seemingly always left him stuck between 100 and 130 yards, unable to create enough spin on three-quarter shots into Silverado’s rock-hard greens. “He needs to get his swagger back,” said Lyle’s caddie, Darren Woolard. “He’s been out of the mix. He needs to start believing that he belongs. He showed me a lot today.” But the cold, hard numbers show that the clock is ticking on his comeback. Nine events remain, and the goal remains the same: $217,680. He hopes to Monday-qualify for next week’s stop in Vegas. If he misses out, his next (and only) other Tour start the rest of the year will come in the opposite-field event in Mississippi. Why not tee it up at Mayakoba, he was asked, because he has a stellar record there, with three top-10s in his last four tries? “It’s bad juju down there,” he said, a sad reminder that his past is never too far behind. The Mexico event is where he found out that the cancer had returned, in 2012. “I work in weird ways,” he said, “and I don’t want to go to a place where I’ve got nothing but bad memories.” Who knows if this will work out, if the numbers will turn in his favor, if this is his last attempt. He has beaten long odds before. “I still want to do it – it’s always been my dream,” he said. “I guess at some point if it’s not working out the way I want it to, I think the decision for me would be pretty easy to walk away and be happy. But there’s always that glimmer of hope that I keep in my back pocket everywhere I go, like maybe next week will be the week.”last_img read more

Donna The Buffalo To Team With Peter Rowan, Ben & Jerry’s Founder For ‘Stampede’ Tour

first_imgTwo legends of the folk-rock music scene will join forces this fall, as Donna the Buffalo will team with Peter Rowan for a hearty fall tour. As Rowan said in a statement, “At last, it comes around again; making music with Donna the Buffalo, one of my favorites.”David Grisman and Peter Rowan Joined String Cheese At VibesDubbed “The Stampede”, the tour’s mission is to raise awareness to the inappropriate use of corporate finances in politics. The bands will be joined by Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. In the statement, Cohen said, “Since 2000, special interest groups have poured over $11 billion into federal elections. The absurd level of money in politics from corporations and billionaires is raping and corrupting our democracy. The Stampede is a demonstration of public outrage and its working.”The groups will be selling “Stamp Money Out Of Politics” stamps at each show, with a suggested donation of 5 dollars. The tour kicks off on November 11th at the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA, and runs through December 4th in Chicago, IL. The full schedule can be seen below:11/11: Ardmore Music Hall – Ardmore, PA11/12: Highline Ballroom – New York, NY11/13: German House – Rochester, NY11/14: Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT11/15: Spruce Peak – Stowe, VT11/18: Ziggy’s By The Sea – Wilmington, NC11/19: Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC11/20 – Neighborhood Theatre — Charlotte, NC12/02: Mainstage 444 – Morgantown, WV12/03: Kent Stage – Kent, OH12/04: Old Town School Of Folk – Chicago, ILlast_img read more

New Deputy Directors At New Mexico Historic Sites

first_imgPromoted from within the Historic Sites’ staff, Tim Roberts was named deputy director for Facilities and Interpretation. Before joining New Mexico Historic Sites, Navarro-McElhaney was a research administrator for the School of History, Philosophy, & Religious Studies at Arizona State University where she was responsible for development and oversight of collaborative and innovative humanities research and projects, interdisciplinary scholarship, and external community collaboration with nonprofits, museums and libraries, school districts and historical associations.  She also served as interim executive director of the Oral History Association (OHA) and serves as their treasurer. NMHS News: “And, after an extensive search, we found Kristine Navarro- McElhaney’s credentials and extensive experience in organizational and financial administration of public historic archives ideal qualifications for the New Mexico Historic Sites deputy position,” Moore said. Navarro-McElhaney has comprehensive knowledge of organizational and financial administration of centers of higher education and public history based nonprofit professional service organizations including executive oversight. Following tenures at public institutions including West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc., he moved to the private sector where he served as a project manager for Historical Research Associates, one of the oldest and most respected cultural resource management firms in the country. It was during his time at HRA that Roberts began working in the southwest, specifically New Mexico. He returned to the public sector in 2016 when he accepted a position with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and took over management of Lincoln and Fort Stanton historic sites before moving into his role as deputy director for Facilities and Interpretation. Roberts hails originally from the state of Florida but has been working as a professional historian in the Southwest for more than five years. Roberts earned his BA in History and MA in Historic Preservation from the University of West Florida. SANTA FE ― New Mexico Historic Sites have named two new deputy directors to assist in oversight of the State’s eight Historic Sites. “Now that we are fully staffed with two skilled professionals positioned as deputy directors, New Mexico’s Historic Sites will see direct benefit in our fiscal and facilities management,” said Executive Director Patrick Moore of New Mexico Historic Sites. “Tim Roberts is well-versed on the challenges of managing facilities at our eight diverse sites. Tim Roberts is the new deputy director for Facilities and Interpretation at New Mexico Historic Sites. Courtesy/NMDCA Kristine Navarro-McElhaney is the new deputy director for Operations and Special Initiatives. Courtesy/NMDCA Navarro-McElhaney has more than 20 years’ experience in fiscal management with experience overseeing and implementing historically significant projects in public history with emphasis on oral history programs and initiatives. For more than 16 years, Navarro-McElhaney also served as the executive director of the Institute of Oral History at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she worked with diverse organizations and government entities including the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities and others on nationally significant projects and exhibits, including the Bracero History Archive, the single largest collection of bracero oral histories in existence.last_img read more

Worthington Industries improves quality of cylinders

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36 Days to go…

first_imgRemembering the iconic 1982 showdown between Italy and BrazilThirty-six years on, Italy and Brazil from 1982 remains one of the most talked about games in World Cup history. It pitted an underwhelming underdog against the tournament favourite and one of the greatest teams ever, and, in true football style, it was the underdog that prevailed.Having re-emerged as a potential power in the late 1970s, even beating hosts and winners Argentina during the 1978 World Cup, Italy had entered the 1982 tournament off the back of huge domestic shame. The Totonero match-fixing scandal resulted in sanctions for as many as seven clubs–five in Serie A, with AC Milan and Lazio both relegated for their part.Officials and players were also swept up in the punishments, including national team-striker, Paolo Rossi. He was slapped with a three-year ban, and it was only his suspension being cut by 12 months that allowed him to play in the 1982 World Cup in Spain.In what should have been a fairly straightforward group stage against Poland, a debuting Cameroon and an ageing Peru, Italy drew all three of their first round games. It was enough to progress to the second round, but only by virtue of having scored two goals to Cameroon’s one.Brazil, on the other hand, were revered. Zico and Socrates were among the best players in the world and the Selecao squad was filled with supreme talent–Eder, Junior, Falcao, Toninho Cerezo, Serginho… “The Brazilian side of 1982 played the game beautifully, but there was something ethereal about them,” Andreas Campomar noted in Golazo–A History of South American Football.Hoping to replicate the generations of Pele, Garrincha and Jairzinho, Brazil had cruised through their group, narrowly beating the Soviet Union before thrashing Scotland and New Zealand. Only Hungary scored more than Brazil’s 10 goals in the opening round, but their inflated tally of 12 had been the result of a 10-1 victory over El Salvador, still the World Cup’s biggest ever win.Socrates, who was a qualified physician and later practised medicine after his retirement, was the captain and brightest star.Italy and Brazil wound up in Group C of the second round, alongside holders, Argentina. Gli Azzurri won their first game of the tournament when they faced the champions in Barcelona, thanks in no small part to Claudio Gentile’s infamous treatment of Diego Maradona. They prevailed 2-1, while Brazil beat Argentina 3-1 a few days later, meaning that the subsequent game between Italy and Brazil would decide which of the two made it through to the semi finals. But because of the latter’s superior goal difference, a draw would be enough for them, whereas Italy needed to win.Italy 3 vs Brazil 2. Italy’s Paolo Rossi battles for the ball with Brazil’s Junior (July 5, 1982).Just as the group’s other game had been, the fixture was played at the Sarria Stadium in Barcelona, home to Espanyol until it was bulldozed in 1997.This was a huge mismatch. Italy had scraped through the first round and employed dirty tactics to get the better of Argentina, while Brazil were simply magical and surely destined for glory.And yet, it took just five minutes for Italy to take the lead on that famous day. Rossi headed in a back-post cross from Antonio Cabrini to score not only his first goal of the tournament, but his first international goal since 1979. He had been decidedly poor in the first round games, but both he and Italy were building momentum as the World Cup progressed.Gentile, just as he been with Maradona in the previous game, was tasked with silencing the brilliant Zico in the hope of stifling Brazil’s creativity. But when Zico beat his marker with a quick turn and played in Socrates just seven minutes after Rossi’s opener, the Selecao were level.Barely any later, Rossi restored Italy’s lead. This time, he capitalised on a sloppy pass across the field by Cerezo, racing through on goal before taking an early shot from the edge of the penalty area.Early in the second half, Cerezo and Serginho were both denied by smart saves from Italy’s goalkeeper and captain Dino Zoff, a veteran of the Azzurri’s 1970 World Cup squad. Within seconds of the Zoff’s save to stop Serginho from equalising, Rossi could and probably should have had his hat-trick, but fired wide after Francesco Grazziani found him in acres of space in front of goal.That was Italy’s chance to give themselves a two-goal cushion and perhaps sew up the shock result. They were ruing the missed opportunity when Falcao, who played his club football for Roma in Serie A, then scored a marvellous left footed drive to make it 2-2 with just over 20 minutes to play.Cerezo had been at fault for Italy’s second goal and the Atletico Mineiro midfielder shared some of the blame for the third after a poorly directed header back towards goalkeeper, Waldir Peres, handed Italy a corner in the 74th minute, their first of the match. As the ball was swung across, it dropped to Marco Tardelli, whose shot was turned in by Rossi in the six-yard box. The score read 3-2.In the closing stages, Italy thought they had gone 4-2 up, only to see the offside flag raised when Giancarlo Antognoni put the ball in the net after a counter attack. Brazil then had one more big chance when a header from defender, Oscar, was gratefully grasped by Zoff on the goal line.Israeli referee Abraham Klein soon blew the final whistle. Against the odds, Italy had won and, more importantly, were through to the last four of the World Cup.The Brazilian team had even agreed to give up drinking and smoking in the lead up to the tournament to give themselves the best chance and were reduced to making up for lost time as they drowned their sorrows on an ‘all-nighter’ led by Socrates mere hours after the defeat, continuing the next day.With Brazil on their way home, Italy went on to beat Poland 2-0 in the semi-final, still in Barcelona but now at Camp Nou. Rossi, now on fire after a slow start to the tournament, scored both goals. They then met West Germany in the final in Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu, emerging victorious after goals from Rossi, Tardelli, whose emotional wide-eyed celebration is the lasting image of that World Cup, and Alessandro Altobelli rendered Paul Breitner’s late goal for the Germans consolatory.It was one of the single best games the World Cup has ever seen, but Italy’s win over Brazil had a much deeper impact as well, because it changed something in world football.The free flowing attacking style played and perfected by the likes of Hungary’s Magical Magyars in the 1950s, Pele’s Brazil in the 1960s and Johan Cruyff’s Netherlands in the 1970s was over, replaced by a more cautious style, an Italian style, that would come to define the next 20 years.As Cruyff went on to say in his eulogy-like foreword for ‘Doctor Socrates’, “It was a huge disappointment for the whole of football because after that World Cup, teams started to play like Italy did. No one knows what would have happened had Brazil triumphed.”But try telling Italy it was a tragedy…last_img read more