FIFA venues set to complete on time

first_imgFifteen other nations are turning their attention to the host nation Papua New Guinea and wondering if they can deliver such a striking tournament.Despite ongoing talks, preparations for the games continue ahead of schedule.All are due to be completed before  November 13.last_img

Past The Finishing Post

first_imgTrack: Good Weather: Fine Race 1 1200 M (Purse $690,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO&UP(NW3) *1. #1 HOLOGRAM SHADOW AntThomas2 53.0 $72.00 $51.00 2. #4 PRINCE SAMMO RHalledeen 55.0 2-3/4L $64.00 3. #5 BIG BLACK NATION RLahoe 53.0 1-3/4L $63.00 4. #3 SMASHING ONE NBerger3 51.0 5L Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 23.1, 47.2 Winner : 9yo dkb gelding – DISTORTED – UNREAL FANTASY Trainer : STEVEN TODD Owner : PATRICK HALL Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. Qu: $316.00 Ex: $292.00 Tri: $165.00 Superfecta: $1,735.00 Race 2 1300 M (Purse $600,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3) *1. #3 LUANA OWalker 55.0 $110.00 148.00 2. #9 SONADOR EXPRESS NBerger3 49.0 5-1/2L $142.00 3. #10 PRINCESS STATISTIC DCardenas 52.0 3-1/4L $191.00 4. #5 BIGBROWNGREYHOPE PParchment 57.0 2-1/2L 5. #2 KING NEBARUE BebHarvey* 54.0 5-1/2L JF #8 QUEENOFSAINTROSE JInnis* 51.0 Note: Horse #2 KING NEBARUE passed the post 3rd but was disqualified and placed 5th. Horse #4 MR. COOKIE passed the post 2nd but was also disqualified and placed 6th. Final Time : 1:23.2 Splits : 23.3, 48.1, 1:15.2 Winner : 3yo b filly – CASUAL TRICK – DIAMONDNTHERUFF Trainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ARSCOTT FARMS Bred by MARK HUGH ARSCOTT CROSKERY Qu: $377.00 Ex: $375.00 D/E: $175.00 Tri: $404.00 Superfecta: $1,125.00 Hi-5: $1,880.00 Race 3 1700 M (Purse $620,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) 1. #7 SENOR KWANZI RMcNaughton 55.0 $673.00 $106.00 *2. #3 BLOOD SONG SEllis 52.0 1L $54.00 3. #4 EL MAESTRO BebHarvey* 54.0 3-1/4L $72.00 4. #6 BORONIA GRichards 51.0 2-3/4L Final Time : 1:51.3 Splits : 24.1, 47.4, 1:14.1, 1:42.3 Winner : 4yo dkb colt – STORM CRAFT – SHE SELL OFF Trainer : DONOVAN RUSSELL Owner : BARRINGTON BERNARD Bred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD. Qu: $295.00 Ex: $985.00 D/E: $3,724.00 Tri: $1,340.00 Rolling Triple: $3,428.00 Race 4 1000 M (R) (Purse $650,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) *1. #6 ZI BEAST OMullings 54.0 $136.00 $67.00 2. #12 SILENCE GRichards 54.0 4-1/2L $133.00 3. #10 AMAR RHalledeen 55.0 1-1/4L $82.00 4. #14 TAZ DDawkins* 52.0 1-1/2L 5. #5 REGAL PROSPECTOR BebHarvey* 56.0 Sh.Head Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits : 22.4, 46.0 Winner : 4yo dkb colt – ADORE THE GOLD – LIMBO DANCER Trainer : ALFORD BROWN Owner : BARSHER Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. Qu: $1,226.00 Ex: $2,070.00 D/E: $3,020.00 Tri: $2,656.00 Superfecta: $39,625.00 Hi-5 carry-over : $101,721.75 Rolling Triple: $8,943.00 FRONT RUNNER DASH Race 5 1000 M (R) (Purse $1,100,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (SPONSORED BY NUTRAMIX “The BIG Feed”) 1. #2 BALTUSROL DCardenas 54.0 $146.00 $50.00 *2. #5 PRINCESS ANNIE OWalker 52.5 5-1/2L $50.00 3. #3 TOP SHELF GRichards 52.5 2-1/4L $50.00 4. #1 MATRIARCH SEllis 54.0 3L Final Time : 1:01.3 Splits : 23.3, 47.3 Winner : 2yo b colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – STAR FLYER Trainer :ANTHONY NUNES Owner: ELIAS HALOUTE & PATRICK A. HENRY & STEPHAN A. NARINESINGH Bred by CHRISTOPHER .BOORMAN, ELIAS HALOUTE & ANTHONY HART Qu: $119.00 Ex: $277.00 D/E: $350.00 Tri: $102.00 Rolling Triple: $3,189.00 Pick-5: $18,206.00 (5/5) Single Winner Bonus: $1,010,766.54 Race 6 800 M (S) (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT 1. #9 SMARTY TRADITION DCardenas 54.0 $631.00 $150.00 2. #6 YOUNG BOY EDDY JPatterson* 56.0 2L $80.00 3. #11 MRS. KIM OScott2 51.0 Nose $78.00 4. #4 PARAJET SEllis 54.0 1-3/4L 5. #10 BLACK POINT RHalledeen 54.5 1L Note: Horse #11 MRS.KIM passed the post 1st but was disqualified and placed 3rd. Final Time : 0:48.0 Splits : 23.2 Winner : 3yo b colt- TRADITIONAL – SMARTY MARTY Trainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner : JOY-US RACING Bred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD. Qu: $3,716.00 Ex: $8,976.00 D/E: $1,060.00 Tri: $2,450.00 Superfecta: $19,463.00 Hi-5: $37,175.00 Rolling Triple: $6,226.00 Pick-4: $64,692.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus: $1,069,474.51 Race 7 1700 M (Purse $930,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO(NW3O/T)NB3YO-REST.STAKES 1. #1 SUPER SPARKLE DCardenas 54.0 $166.00 $51.00 *2. #7 MY ELLE BELLE AntThomas2 53.0 2-1/2L $50.00 3. #3 AZARIA DAThomas 50.5 11L $57.00 4. #4 ANNA LISA DDawkins* 51.0 Neck Late scratch : #2 HARRY’S TRAIN Final Time : 1:46.0 Splits : 24.1, 47.1, 1:12.1, 1:38.2 Winner : 3yo b filly – BLUEGRASS CAT – KARAKORUM KAREN Trainer : IAN SPARSARD Owner : P. J. K TEAM Bred by DANZEL BRENDEMUEHL Qu: $109.00 Ex: $231.00 D/E: $3,974.00 Tri: $133.00 Superfecta: $389.00 Rolling Triple: $2,497.00 Super-6: $134,065.00 (6/6) Race 8 1820 M (Purse $900,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II 1. #5 STORM AntThomas2 51.0 $418.00 $142.00 2. #9 INNOVATOR OWalker 54.0 3-1/4L $111.00 3. #8 VIKUNA KRobinson 52.5 1-3/4L $452.00 4. #2 ACKEE PIE DCardenas 50.5 *6/5 1-1/4L 5. #6 GIFT OF LAW GRichards 51.0 2L Late scratch : #1 TRADITION Final Time : 1:58.3 Splits : 28.0, 53.0, 1:17.4, 1:44.1 Winner : 3yo b gelding – NATURAL SELECTION – ALL FOR PLEASURE Trainer :WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : MR. J.P.S. Bred by Y.S. (1955) LTD. Qu: $519.00 Ex: $1,101.00 D/E: $1,969.00 (1-1) $134.00 Tri: $17,686.00 Superfecta Carry-over : $88,289.50 Hi-5: $35,737.00 Rolling Triple: $24,493.00 Race 9 1200 M (Purse $750,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO&UP(NW4) *1. #8 LITTLE BIG HORN OScott2 52.0 $144.00 $72.00 2. #3 KILLER BEE AChatrie 55.0 1L $70.00 3. #5 PLEASANT SECRET OWalker 57.0 3-3/4L $142.00 4. #6 ICTUS LSteadman* 57.0 2-1/2L Final Time : 1:13.4 Splits : 22.3, 46.0 Winner : 5yo b horse – WAR MARSHALL – LITTLE WASP Trainer : LEROY TOMLINSON Owner : PINK ALAINA Bred by E. DACOSTA, G. DULAL-WHITEWAY, W. KONG & RAYMOND ROUSSE Qu: $243.00 Ex: $484.00 D/E: $1,648.00 Tri: $557.00 Superfecta: $2,669.00 Rolling Triple: $11,055.00 Pick-9: $23,048.00 (8/9) Race 10 1400 M (Purse $870,000) NB3YO MDN.COND.RACE (NOT FIN.2nd or 3rd IN AN OPEN MDN. RACE) 1. #7 BULA OScott2 52.0 $204.00 $85.00 2. #5 DARE TO SPEAK SEllis 56.0 2-3/4L $123.00 *3. #13 SLY STALLOON AntThomas2 54.0 Sh.Head $72.00 4. #16 LAZER LIGHT PParchment 56.0 5-1/2L Final Time : 1:30.0 Splits : 24.1, 48.1, 1:14.3 Winner : 3yo b filly – DISTORTED – TRAIL RIDER Trainer : DENNIS LEE Owner : FAYE LEE Bred by ROGER NEWMAN, MARK & SUSAN WATES Qu: $1,196.00 Ex: $2,339.00 D/E: $426.00 Tri: $1,498.00 Superfecta: $9,710.00 Hi-5 Carry-over: $105,134.25 Rolling Triple: $7,505.00 Pick-4: $22,086.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus: $1,213,031.43 Pick-5: Carry-over $370,526.00 Single Winner Bonus : $1,010,766.64 Super-6: $244,128.00 (6/6) Placepot-8: $:10,239.00 (8/8)last_img read more

Guyana has, to a large extent, lost its sense of history

first_imgDear Editor,Boat dun gon a falls, and it can’t turn back. I learnt that many years ago. Editor, did I not pen a correspondence very recently stating that Guyana needs to have a museum that houses artefacts of British Guiana because it plays a pivotal role within the tourism sector?Editor, did I not, in another article, suggest we should consider erecting a Photography Museum on the premises of the National Park, because of the historic events held there?Editor, have I not said in past articles, via the press, that the subject areas of History and Geography need to be more vibrant within the school’s curriculum, because of their relevance to the tourism sector?Editor, have I not brought to the public’s attention, via the press, the vintage British- made vehicle once used by the late President LFS Burnham, which is now in a storage bond decaying? And did I not suggest we need to have it restored and perhaps put on display?Does the above not all coincide with preserving Guyana’s history, past and present, towards tourism development?Past or present Government of the day, has anyone ever considered my suggestions?I do welcome to the shelves of Guyana Pro. McGowan’s book titled “A Survey of Guyana’s History”, and I do support President David Granger’s call for History to be given its rightful place in the education system. In my opinion, Guyana has, to a large extent, lost both its sense and preservation of history, and only God knows in which decade we will actually witness such a development. Sometime in 2016 (I think), I was tasked with a little project to sell 10 copies of The Guyana Annual Magazine (1000), and I never managed to sell any. No one I contacted was interested, and that magazine also relates to Guyana’s history. I did have the books returned, and I hope they were sold off.I wish Professor McGowan total success in having his books sold off at $4000 each, as reported in the press.I continue to wish that all stakeholders who have not given up the fight would keep fighting harder, and hopefully, one good sunny day, Guyana will shine like a diamond as an elite tourist destination.Unfortunately, my resource has dried up, and whenever I can manage to squeeze in additional work from the sidewalk, I will continue to so do.Yours faithfully,T PembertonTour Guide/Photographerlast_img read more

Govt want a proper functioning Integrity Commission – Granger

first_imgPresident David Granger has stated that the Administration is working on “tightening” the legislations governing the operations of the Integrity Commission, pointing out that they cannot go ahead with what obtained previously.He told reporters on his weekly programme ‘The Public Interest’, which aired on Friday, that he expects the legislation to be tabled in the National Assembly before the end of the year.“We are looking at tightening the legislation to make sure that persons who may have committed illegal acts are actually prosecuted. Right now, it does not happen so we are working on the legislation, it will be brought to Cabinet and I expect before the end of this year, there will be a functioning Integrity Commission… We want a proper functioning Commission,” the Head of State said.The President further stated that the Administration is going to create functional laws and functional organisational structure.“Right now, what we inherited from the previous Administration is unworkable and you can see the attempts the previous Administration made, appointing chairpersons, it was poorly funded, poorly administered and it was just a dysfunctional organisation. So give us time but the work has to be correct, we cannot go into it with what we had before,” he remarked.According to the Head of State, in the past, the Commission operated like a “post office”. He noted that persons would submit their returns but no action was taken. The Commission which is responsible for accountability of persons holding public office has been without a Chairman for some time and has reportedly been functioning with a skeletal staff. It is functioning under a CEO and a very small staff and a very limited budget. Based on the Commission’s Act, the Commission’s staff should comprise a Chairman, three Commissioners, a Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, an Accounts Clerk, a Clerical Officer, a Receptionist, an Office Assistant and a Cleaner. However, Guyana Times understands that almost half of these positions are vacant. From the beginning of the Integrity Commission’s mission, the People’s National Congress stymied its effectiveness when it refused to accept Bishop Randolph George as Chairman. The party refused to submit information on assets and other personal financial transactions. The Alliance For Change followed their lead after it was formed. In the meantime, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and other smaller parties made submissions.Government had said there is still some work that has to be done on the Commission. President Granger noted that while he recently held talks with staff members, which included a Chief Executive Officer, the question is the appointment of Commissioners.On the other hand, in pushing transparency among public officials, the PPP/Civic Opposition had proposed a motion to have Ministers’ tax records and statements be made available to the Integrity Commission and be released to the public. However, that motion was defeated by Government. On the other hand, Opposition Leader Bharat Jagdeo had stated that he has already declared all his assets to the Integrity Commission and is willing to disclose his international possessions as well, if Government is prepared to follow suit.last_img read more

Barca pays out 13.5m euros Neymar tax

first_imgHe sought to establish whether or not Neymar, who joined Barcelona in May 2013, was counted as a taxpayer in Spain or his native Brazil that year.Barcelona, currently trailing Real Madrid in La Liga by three points, said the club would still “present a legal defence in the case opened against it” and assured fans it has “always acted within the law.”The payment was made to “cover any potential interpretation made concerning the contracts signed in the transfer process for Neymar,” the club stressed.Nevertheless, they strongly denied any wrongdoing, insisting: “We remain convinced that the original tax payment was in line with our fiscal obligations.”State prosecutors have alleged that Barcelona owe the taxman nine million euros.Including the potential fine, this brought the total to the paid-out 13.5 million euros.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Madrid, SPAIN 25th February – Spanish football champions Barcelona said Monday it would make a voluntary tax payment of 13.5 million euros over the club’s signing of Brazilian star striker Neymar but denied tax fraud.Judge Pablo Ruz at Madrid’s National Court indicted the Catalan giants on Thursday after seeing “sufficient evidence to investigate a possible crime against the public treasury” over the 86-million-euro ($118-million) transfer of Neymar from Brazilian club Santos.last_img read more

Neville suffers new low in derby defeat

first_imgVictory revitalises Levante’s chances of beating relegation as they remain bottom of the table but move to within three points of safety.Valencia’s season now hinges upon overturning a 1-0 first-leg deficit at home to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League on Thursday.Despite making five changes from the side that lost in the Basque country in awful weather conditions in midweek, Valencia looked weary from their European exploits as Levante should have had just their sixth win of the season sewn up before half-time.Rossi hit the post, whilst Diego Alves made fine saves from Deyverson and Zouhair Feddal.Sofiane Feghouli also had the visitors’ two best chances before half-time, but was firstly denied by Diego Marino and then curled wide.The second-half was shorter on goalmouth action, but despite Neville’s pre-match warning that they had to improve, Valencia were made to pay once more for poor defending at set-pieces as Rossi swivelled to volley a long-throw into the far corner 25 minutes from time.Neville also insisted before the game that he will fulfil his duties as an England coach during a 10-day international break later this month.That decision is likely to come under further scrutiny in the coming week with his future at the Mestalla far from secure.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Valencia coach Gary Neville is under pressure after a string of poor results at the Spanish club (AFP Photo/Biel Alino)MADRID, March 13 – Gary Neville’s troubles as Valencia boss continued as Giuseppe Rossi’s solitary strike handed Levante a deserved 1-0 win in the Valencian derby on Sunday.Neville has now won just three of 15 La Liga games in charge with Valencia rooted in mid-table mediocrity in 12th, just eight points above the relegation zone.last_img read more

Tornado Safety Tips From NOAA

first_imgWhat is a tornado watch? A tornado watch defines a cluster of counties where tornadoes and other kinds of severe weather are possible in the next several hours. It does not mean tornadoes are imminent, just that you need to be alert, and to be prepared to go to safe shelter if tornadoes do happen or a warning is issued. This is the time to turn on local TV or radio, turn on and set the alarm switch on your weather radio, make sure you have ready access to safe shelter, and make your friends and family aware of the potential for tornadoes in the area. The Storm Prediction Center issues tornado and severe thunderstorm watches; here is an example. For more information on tornado watches and other SPC bulletins, go here. BACK UP TO THE TOPWhat is a tornado warning? A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted, or that Doppler radar indicates a thunderstorm circulation which can spawn a tornado. When a tornado warning is issued for your town or county, take immediate safety precautions. local NWS offices issue tornado warnings. BACK UP TO THE TOP Do mobile homes attract tornadoes? Of course not. It may seem that way, considering most tornado deaths occur in them, and that some of the most graphic reports of tornado damage come from mobile home communities. The reason for this is that mobile homes are, in general, much easier for a tornado to damage and destroy than well-built houses and office buildings. A brief, relatively weak tornado which may have gone undetected in the wilderness, or misclassified as severe straight-line thunderstorm winds while doing minor damage to sturdy houses, can blow a mobile home apart. Historically, mobile home parks have been reliable indicators, not attractors, of tornadoes. BACK UP TO THE TOPLong ago, I was told to open windows to equalize pressure. Now I have heard that’s a bad thing to do. Which is right? Opening the windows is absolutely useless, a waste of precious time, and can be very dangerous. Don’t do it. You may be injured by flying glass trying to do it. And if the tornado hits your home, it will blast the windows open anyway. BACK UP TO THE TOP I’ve seen a video of people running under a bridge to ride out a tornado. Is that safe? Absolutely not! Stopping under a bridge to take shelter from a tornado is a very dangerous idea, for several reasons: The people in that infamous video were extremely fortunate not to have been hurt or killed. They were actually not inside the tornado vortex itself, but instead in a surface inflow jet–a small belt of intense wind flowing into the base of the tornado a few dozen yards to their south. Even then, flying debris could have caused serious injury or death. More recently, on 3 May 1999, two people were killed and several others injured outdoors in Newcastle and Moore OK, when a violent tornado blew them out from under bridges on I-44 and I-35. Another person was killed that night in his truck, which was parked under a bridge. For more information, meteorologist Dan Miller of NWS Duluth has assembled an online slide presentation about this problem. BACK UP TO THE TOPSo if I’m in a car, which is supposed to be very unsafe, and shouldn’t get under a bridge, what can I do? Vehicles are notorious as death traps in tornadoes, because they areeasily tossed and destroyed. Either leave the vehicle for sturdy shelter or drive out of the tornado’s path. When the traffic is jammed or the tornado is bearing down on you at close range, your only option may be to park safely off the traffic lanes, get out and find a sturdy building for shelter, if possible. If not, lie flat in a low spot, as far from the road as possible (to avoid flying vehicles). However, in open country, the best option is to escape if the tornado is far away. If the traffic allows, and the tornado is distant, you probably have time to drive out of its path. Watch the tornado closely for a few seconds compared to a fixed object in the foreground (such as a tree, pole, or other landmark). If it appears to be moving to your right or left, it is not moving toward you. Still, you should escape at right angles to its track: to your right if it is moving to your left, and vice versa–just to put more distance between you and its path. If the tornado appears to stay in the same place, growing larger or getting closer–but not moving either right or left–it is headed right at you. You must take shelter away from the car or get out of its way fast! If the tornado starts to hit your car, get as low as you can while staying in your seatbelt, leaning down and away from the windows and windshield as far as possible. BACK UP TO THE TOP I have a basement, and my friend said to go to the southwest corner in a tornado. Is that good? Not necessarily. The SW corner is no safer than any other part of the basement, because walls, floors and furniture can collapse (or be blown) into any corner. The “safe southwest corner” is an old myth based on the belief that, since tornadoes usually come from the SW, debris will preferentially fall into the NE side of the basement. There are several problems with this concept, including:Tornadoes are mostly circular, so the damaging wind may blow from any direction; andTornadoes themselves may arrive from any direction.In a basement, the safest place is under a sturdy workbench, mattress or other such protection–and out from under heavy furniture or appliances resting on top of the floor above. BACK UP TO THE TOPWhat is a safe room? So-called “safe rooms” are reinforced small rooms built in the interior of a home, fortified by concrete and/or steel to offer extra protection against tornadoes, hurricanes and other severe windstorms. They can be built in a basement, or if no basement is available, on the ground floor. In existing homes, interior bathrooms or closets can be fortified into “safe rooms” also. FEMA has more details online. Those who have safe rooms, or any other kind of tornado shelter, should register them with the local fire department to help with rescue in case the entrance(s) are blocked by debris. BACK UP TO THE TOP How can building codes help, or hurt, tornado safety? Building codes vary greatly across the country, not only from state to state but even from place to place in one county. Codes also have changed over time so that different ages of housing stock in the same community can have different legal standards of strength. Enforcement of codes also can be highly variable, both over time and from place to place. Even the strictest codes won’t help without rigorous enforcement. The bottom line: if you buy an existing house or business structure, you cannot fully know its tornado resistance without knocking holes in wall paneling and exposing areas such as wall-foundation attachments, wall-roof connections and (for multi-story structures) internal attachments from one level to another. The best bet for existing stock may be to retrofit or add on a tornado shelter of some sort, depending on your needs and finances. For new construction, the most tornado-ready codes require, among other things: anchor bolts with nuts and washers attached (connecting foundation to floor plate), strong ties (a.k.a. hurricane clips) connecting floor plate to wall studs and wall studs to roof, and use of straight nails or screws for other connections, not cut nails. If you are considering new construction, please check with your local building-regulation agency, demand above-code work to the level you can afford, and directly monitor your builder’s subcontractors at those crucial early stages to ensure compliance with your own higher standards. NIST has recommended raising standards nationwide, based on their study of the Joplin tornado from 2011. BACK UP TO THE TOPWhat about community tornado shelters? Community tornado shelters are excellent ideas for apartment complexes, schools, mobile home parks, factories, office complexes and other facilities where large groups of people live, work or study. FEMA has some excellent design and construction guidance for these kinds of shelters; and a licensed engineer can help customize them to the needs of your facility. BACK UP TO THE TOPWhat about tornado safety in sports stadiums or outdoor festivals? Excellent question–and a very, very disturbing one to many meteorologists and event planners. Tornadoes have passed close to such gatherings on a few occasions, including a horse race in Omaha on 6 May 1975 and a crowded dog track in West Memphis AR on 14 December 1987. A supercell without a tornado hit a riverside festival in Ft. Worth in 1995, catching over 10,000 people outdoors and bashing many of them with hail bigger than baseballs. Tornadoes have hit the football stadium for the NFL Tennessee Titans, and the basketball arena for the NBA Utah Jazz. Fortunately, they were both nearly empty of people at the time. There is the potential for massive death tolls if a stadium or fairground is hit by a tornado during a concert, festival or sporting event, even with a warning in effect. Fans may never know about the warning; and even if they do, mass disorder could result in casualties even if the tornado doesn’t hit. Stadium, race track and festival managers should work with local emergency management officials to develop a plan for tornado emergencies–both for crowd safety during the watch and warning stages, and (similar to a terrorism plan) for dealing with mass casualties after the tornado. BACK UP TO THE TOP I am a school administrator, and I don’t know where to start with developing a safety plan. Can you help? Gladly. Every school is different, so a safety plan which works fine for one may not be well-suited for another. There is a website with preparedness tips for school administrators which can provide helpful tips in devising a safety plan. These strategies can be adapted for nursing homes, dorms, barracks and similar structures as well. BACK UP TO THE TOPI am seeking advice to protect employees in a large, one-story commercial building that has pre-poured cement outer walls and a metal roof. We have no basement, the interior offices are drywall partitions with a dropped ceiling and there does not appear to be any area that is secure. The local fire department has no suggestions. This manner of construction is very common; however, it’s hard to know the integrity of any particular building without an engineering analysis, preferably by hiring a specialist with experience in wind engineering. My experience doing damage surveys is that large-span, pre-fab, concrete and metal beam buildings are sturdy up to a “failure point”–which can vary a lot from site to site–but then crumple quickly and violently once that threshold is reached. A concrete-lined (and -topped) safe room with no windows is recommended. This is an emergency bunker that may double as a restroom, break room or employee lounge, but should be big enough to fit all occupants in the event of a warning. For more information on safe rooms, see FEMA’s safe room page, which deals mainly with residential construction, but which can be adapted for office use. FEMA also has posted a page on in-hospital shelter in Kansas, that may be useful for this purpose also. The Wind Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University also provides guidance about shelters. The insulated concrete form (ICF) is a very wind- and debris-resistant construction method for many small buildings or additions, whether doing new construction or retrofitting. BACK UP TO THE TOPWhat would happen if a large, violent tornado hit a major city today? This has happened on several occasions, including in parts of Oklahoma City on 3 May 1999 and Birmingham on 27 April 2011. Because of excellent, timely watches and warnings and intense media coverage of the Oklahoma tornado long before it hit, only 36 people were killed. The damage toll exceeded $1 billion. Still, it did not strike downtown, and passed over many miles of undeveloped land. Moving the same path north or south in the same area may have led to much greater death and damage tolls. The threat exists for a far worse disaster! Placing the same tornado outbreak in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, especially during rush hour gridlock (with up to 62,000 vehicles stuck in the path), the damage could triple what was done in Oklahoma. There could be staggering death tolls in the hundreds or thousands, devastated infrastructure, overwhelmed emergency services, and massive amounts of rubble requiring months of cleanup. Ponder the prospect of such a tornado’s path in downtown Dallas, for example. The North Texas Council of Governments and NWS Ft. Worth has compiled a very detailed study of several such violent tornado disaster scenarios in the Metroplex, which could be adapted to other major metro areas as well. BACK UP TO THE TOPCould we have some sort of alert system where a computer automatically calls people in a tornado warning to let them know they could be in danger? This idea has some merit. Right now, though, there are several logistical problems. First, a tornado may take out phone lines, or the power to run them. Barring that, the phone network reaches saturation pretty easily if someone (or something) tries to try to dial thousands of numbers at once. Finally, people would need to be patient and willing to accept a majority of false alarm calls. Most tornado warnings do not contain tornadoes, because of the uncertainties built into tornado detection which we can’t yet help. And even when a tornado happens, it usually hits only a tiny fraction of the warned area (again, because of forecasting uncertainties); so most people called by the automated system would not be directly hit. BACK UP TO THE TOPAre there smartphone apps that offer warnings for tornadoes and other kinds of dangerous weather? Yes, private companies have developed several apps that relay NWS tornado warnings to smartphones, based on their location and/or user-specified places. For example, you can set some apps to always provide warnings for certain ZIP codes or addresses of interest away from your current location, such as those of your home, business, or friends and loved ones. We cannot endorse any particular apps, but a search in your device provider’s app store should yield some that are highly rated, along with reviews by users. NOAA has partnered with major cellular providers to push “Wireless Emergency Alerts” to most modern cell phones, and those include tornado warnings. Also, some local governments have enacted warning-alert systems that alarm phones in their jurisdictions when warnings are issued. Please check with your local emergency management agency to see if such a system is in place in your area, or soon will be. Caution: cell-phone warnings cannot work if the phone system is disabled, and might fail or be delayed if the network is overloaded (as can happen during a major storm or other disaster). BACK UP TO THE TOPI recently moved from the Plains and noticed that there are no “tornado warning” sirens here. Is this because tornadoes don’t occur here? Isn’t it required to have sirens everywhere? There is no nationwide requirement for tornado sirens. Siren policy is local and varies from place to place. The National Weather Service has no control over sirens or siren policy. The NWS issues watches and warnings; but it is up to the local governments to have a community readiness system in place for their citizens. In conversations with emergency managers and spotter coordinators, I have found that the two most common reasons for a lack of sirens are low budgets and the misconception that tornadoes cannot happen in an area. Your city and/or county emergency manager would be the first person to query about the tornado preparedness program in your community. Remember: outdoor sirens are for outdoor use. Everyone should have ways to receive warnings besides sirens. BACK UP TO THE TOPOur office would like to print signs (universal symbol image type signs) similar to “emergency exit,” “fire extinguisher,” etc. that could be used to identify designated tornado shelter areas. Can you provide me with a graphic or something I can use? Sure! There isn’t a universal tornado shelter symbol yet. Any such sign should be very bold and noticeable–yet designed to be simple, with minimal visual clutter, so even a small child can recognize it. In response to this question, here is one possible tornado shelter sign which may be printed and used freely. There are also versions with arrows pointing right, left, up, and down. The signs ideally should be printed in color, on heavy card stock or sticker paper for durability. Deadly flying debris can still be blasted into the spaces between bridge and grade, and impaled in any people hiding there.Even when strongly gripping the girders (if they exist), people may be blown loose, out from under the bridge and into the open–possibly well up into the tornado itself. Chances for survival are not good if that happens.The bridge itself may fail, peeling apart and creating large flying objects, or even collapsing down onto people underneath. The structural integrity of many bridges in tornado winds is unknown–even for those which may look sturdy.Whether or not the tornado hits, parking on traffic lanes is illegal and dangerous to yourself and others. It creates a potentially deadly hazard for others, who may plow into your vehicle at full highway speeds in the rain, hail, and/or dust. Also, it can trap people in the storm’s path against their will, or block emergency vehicles from saving lives.center_img The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides the following Tornado safety tips: What should I do in case of a tornado? That depends on where you are. This list of tornado safety tips covers most situations. BACK UP TO THE TOPlast_img read more

Football – South Africa style

first_imgThe colourful makarapa – headgear thatstarts off humbly as a miner’s helmet,and is lovingly and completely transformedinto an essential item for the SouthAfrican football fan.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff, For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Find out more about using materialFlying in from Canada to experience African football first-hand, Peter Severinac, from Ontario, was blown away by the electric atmosphere inside the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday evening, when Bafana Bafana took on New Zealand in a 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup match.Surrounded by thousands of celebrating South African fans, all making their way out of the stadium, Severniac could hardly contain his amazement at what he experienced during the game.“Those trumpets are great, I have never experienced anything like it,” Severinac said, referring to the air horns (vuvuzelas) that distinguish football matches in South Africa from anywhere else in the world. “Nothing compares to the feeling of being in the stands with all that dancing and noise.“They treated me like a member of their family when they found out I was from outside South Africa. I will definitely be back next year for the World Cup, and will bring back as many friends as I can,” said Severinac before he was swallowed up by the moving crowd.Once-in-a-lifetime experienceBenito Lenon, who travelled from Madrid, Spain, to watch La Furia Roja play in Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions”, said South Africa “seems like such a good country.“I have been here for six days now watching football, and I really love the friendly people here,” Lenon said. “I must tell you, South Africans are the most friendly and hospitable people I have met.”Although Spain were playing Iraq in Bloemfontein on the same day, Lenon chose to experience a Bafana Bafana match in Rustenburg instead, having heard from friends that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate football in South Africa.He certainly wasn’t disappointed.As tens of thousands of spectators made their way to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium before the game, the city of Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West province, came alive with the sound of a distinctively African Fifa Confederations Cup.The drone of vuvuzelas competed with hooting and cheering as fans made their way toward the stadium through the city, hoping for – and getting – a night of celebration as South Africa beat New Zealand 2-0.Hours before the match had even started, crowds were gathering outside the stadium as music and dancers entertained the excited crowd.“I am here to support my country, and the vibe around the city is great,” said Lebogang Molefe, adding that the Confederations Cup was all about showing the world what South Africa is all about.“We are a nation that likes to sing, and we are a happy nation,” Molefe said. “I hope our visitors see this now and on television, and I hope they come back for the 2010 World Cup.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising CommitteeRelated storiesViva the vuvuzela orchestra!Big teams qualify for World CupUseful linksMakarapa 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup South Africa 2010last_img read more

Q&A With Richard Muller: A Physicist and His Surprising Climate Data

first_imgLawrence Berkeley Laboratory Richard Muller of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California has gained a solid scientific reputation for his work in astrophysics and particle physics. He’s waded into policy debates over nuclear weapons and terrorism as a member of the secretive JASON panel. And his introductory course, Physics for Future Presidents, is popular among undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley. But that impressive track record of research, teaching, and service wasn’t why the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives invited Muller to testify last week. The topic was climate change research and policy, and Republicans wanted Muller to discuss his recent reanalysis of global temperature records. Republicans expected Muller to challenge the accepted wisdom that the earth has warmed 0.7˚C since the 1880s. But to the dismay of skeptic bloggers, his preliminary analysis supports that canonical view. Muller first delved into paleoclimate research in the 1980s to counter what he calls “a lot of B.S.” in the field. Over a decade, his papers in Nature, Science, and other journals questioned standard explanations of the ice ages involving eccentricities in the planet’s orbit. 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He does not take it for granted when he is told something. His instinct is to go check it out for himself,” says fellow Berkeley physicist Raymond Jeanloz, who has served with Muller as a JASON panelist. “He’s a very eclectic, very broad scientist. He’ll apply physics to earth science, and apply earth science to physics or astronomy.” He also began to question what scientists were saying about the likely impacts of present-day climate change, and in November 2009 he became concerned about what he regarded as the imperial behavior shown by some climate scientists in leaked e-mails released as part of what’s become known as Climategate. So in 2009, Muller assembled a team of physicists and statisticians and launched the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project. The project has sought to use new techniques to analyze temperature data to see whether problems like the bad stations could bias the results. Muller says he admires the work of prominent skeptic blogger Anthony Watts, a bête noire for most climate scientists, who has published photographs that document problems with hundreds of official U.S. government temperature stations. (Whether those problems affect reported climate trends is controversial.) Muller spoke twice with ScienceInsider after testifying on 31 March before the science committee. Here are excerpts from those conversations. Q: You testified that the scientists maintaining the three climate temperature sets—maintained by NASA, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.K. Met Office—have done “excellent” work. So how did you feel when the e-mails from the University of East Anglia emerged? R.M.: I felt like a woman who’s just learned her husband was cheating on her. It doesn’t mean he’s a bad husband in all ways, but that trust is lost. … The e-mails didn’t relate at all to the temperature work. … It was all the [paleotemperature] proxy data. [But] that disillusioned me. Q: What does your initial examination of 2% of world temperature stations find in terms of world climate? R.M.: Some [readings] are going down—but more are going up. The average is going up. Q: You compared U.S. climate trends from some 300 stations deemed well or moderately-well located with 800 stations that are poorly sited. What did you find? R.M.: There was no statistical difference [in the data] between the good groups and the bad groups. Q: Why was that surprising? R.M.: Because the stations were so bad. … You see stations right up against buildings, next to heat sources. Q: How is your technique different than the methods used by the teams analyzing the three major datasets? R.M.: [Their goal is] to generate long continuous methods. … If there was a change, [like] a station moved, they would adjust the data to try to eliminate that. [But] it makes me very uncomfortable when you adjust the data. … [So] we just cut the data at that point [and create two shorter records]. It means we wind up in our analysis with [not very many] continuous records. Q: Did you have any trouble getting access to data? Access was central to the fight that led to the East Anglia e-mail flap. R.M.: We believe we have 95% of the data that the U.K. [Met Office] is not releasing. … Merging the data—from 16 sources—we found there is a great deal of overlap. Q: You say that “openness and transparency” are central to your project. So why present your findings to Congress before describing your methods in a publication that everybody can read? R.M.: We were originally planning to submit a paper at the same time as the testimony, to a journal which would allow simultaneous publication of the draft online. … This is a problem that causes us great concern. What do you do when you are working on [something] and Congress asks you to testify? It’s a difficult issue. Q: Did photos on [skeptic] Anthony Watts’ Web site showing official temperature gauges in flawed locations like parking lots inspire you to get involved in the debate over the accuracy of the weather stations ? R.M.: I realized that Watts was doing something that was of importance. The issues he raised needed to be addressed. It made me seriously wonder whether the reported global warming may be biased by poor station quality. Watts is a hero for what he’s done. So is [prominent skeptic blogger] Steve McIntyre. Q: What are you hoping to accomplish with Berkeley Earth? R.M.: There’s a huge penumbra of scientists who have … heard from prominent scientists that the debate is over, it’s all been settled and so on. … [So] when they stumble across things like the Watts pictures they’re disturbed. …They feel that many of these questions haven’t been answered. What I’m hoping to do is calm the debate. Q: What’s next for your project? R.M.: Very soon we hope to have both the data and the programs online. And if you don’t like our results, my [advice] is to change the program, but be open and transparent about it. Let us know what you changed. If there’s some assumption we make that you think is invalid than change the assumption and run the programs and see what answer you get. I’m hoping that if we make it that open and that accessible that the people who are interested in the answer … will be won over. Q: Are there any other lines of research that you want to pursue? R.M.: We’re applying for funding to study the ocean temperature data. That will allow us to get a true global picture of temperature trends. *This item has been corrected. Anthony Watts was originally identified as Andrew.last_img read more

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first_imgEd Moses event ambassador of Mumbai Marathon Mumbai, Jan 6 (PTI) Americas hurdles legend Edwin Moses is the Event Ambassador of the 13th edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, to be held on January 17 on the winding roads of the metropolis. The Montreal Olympic 400m hurdles champion, who recaptured the gold eight years later in the home Olympics in Los Angeles and was unbeaten in a staggering 122 races (107 finals) between 1977 and 1987, is expected to arrive in Mumbai next Thursday. “It feels to be great to be a part of a marathon that started it all for India. I am honoured by being the Event Ambassador and would be more than happy to extend my support to all the participants across this diverse country,” said Moses in a message to event promoters, Procam International. “I have admired long distance runners and the challenge, perseverance it takes to run 42km or 22km (half marathon) is remarkable and highly commendable,” said the 60-year-old Ohio-born US track legend, who had set four world records and bagged two World Championship and three World Cup gold medals to add to his two Olympic titles and a bronze medal in the Seoul Games of 1988 during his glittering career. “Hope that my presence at the event helps to motivate and encourage each participant and inspires them to reach their full potential. Impossible is only a state of mind,” added the all-time great athlete who founded the Laureus World Sports Academy in 1999 and influenced drug policies as a member of the US and international Olympic committees. The marathon, carrying a total prize fund of USD 3,77,000, will see top Indian distance runners – O P Jaisha, Lalita Babar and Sudha Singh – attain the qualifying mark for the August Rio Olympics. Course record holders Jackson Kiprop of Uganda, in mens race, and Valentine Kipketer of Kenya, in the womens run, would be striving to repeat their triumphant finish in 2013.advertisementA total of over 40,000 rpt 40,000 registrations, in all categories, have been received so far, it was announced at a media conference today. PTI SSR KRK NRB FK FKlast_img read more