WESTERN BUREAU: Eight records tumbled as St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) returned as double champions at Saturday’s County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) Western Championships – part of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship – at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, but the undoubted star of the show was the champions’ super athlete, Junelle Bromfield. Bromfield used her scintillating form to send a message to all-comers at March’s Girls Champs and the remainder of the Digicel Grand Prix Championship by blitzing two records. The STETHS athlete shattered the old mark of 54.49 to easily win the girls’ Class One 400m in a time of 52.43. Kimisha Chambers of STETHS and Segale Brown of Petersfield High took silver and bronze, respectively. Bromfield returned later to obliterate the Class One 800m field in 2:07.37, destroying the old meet record of 3:13.53. Shaniq Summerville of The Manning’s School was second and Shaneice Buchanan of Rusea’s High placed third. It marks a triple gold run at these championships for Bromfield, who had already secured the 1,500m title at last Tuesday’s girls’ eliminations at Rusea’s High School. “The feeling is great, but I think I may have disappointed my coach a little because he wanted me to take it a little easier on the first lap. But I pushed myself harder without anyone giving a serious challenge,” Bromfield said. “I was never challenged by the other athletes today. I thought it was an easy victory, and to get not one, but two records in one day, is fantastic,” the usually shy athlete told The Gleaner. NEW FRONTIERS With Western Champs out of the way and having no clear challenge in either the 400m, 800m or the 1,500m, Broomfield is setting her sights on conquering new frontiers. “ISSA Girls Champs is my aim right now; I plan on getting three gold medals there, also in the 800m, where I am gunning for a fourth straight win in that event. Also, I hope to win gold in the 400m flat, as well as the 400m hurdles,” declared Bromfield. Bromfield wasn’t alone in the books as multiple record holder, as Cornwall College’s triple jumper Alrick Ottey twice extended the top mark. His first mark came after leaping 15.56 metres to win the boys’ Class One title, eclipsing the previous meet record of 15.37m held by Odaine Lewis. Ottey later extended the record, this time jumping 15.69m. There were other impressive performances, including STETHS’s Winsome Harris’ record run to win the girls’ Class Three 80m hurdles. Harris clocked 11.64 seconds for gold, beating the old mark of 12.07. Nigel Ellis, another star from the STETHS factory, commanded attention as he made light work of the field in landing the boys’ Class One 100m with a new record. Ellis clocked 10.20 seconds, erasing the old standard of 10.32 seconds. Mathew Brown of Cornwall College and Marquis Jones of STETHS grabbed silver and bronze, respectively. Vanessia Pusey won the girls’ Class One equivalent in 11.28. Aberdeen High School, based in St Elizabeth, broke new ground by winning their first ever medal at Western Champs through 12- year-old Jadau Burke, who won the boys’ Open 3000m. Petersfield High’s Antonio Watson ran into the record books, posting 50.82 to win the boys’ Class Three 400m. His time bettered the old record of 50.87. Munro College’s Devante Heywood was equally impressive in the boys’ Class Four 400m, setting a new record of 52.81 seconds. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship events include the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x400m, long jump, high jump and discus.
Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy has said Irish vessels could be boarded if they do not stop fishing in the waters around Rockall.The Scottish government last week threatened to take action against Irish vessels that it says are fishing illegally around Rockall.A number of Donegal-based vessels and their crews fish in the area. The uninhabited rocky outcrop lies around 230 nautical miles northwest of Donegal and 240 miles west of Scotland in the North Atlantic.Fergus Ewing, who serves as the country’s Fisheries Minister, said it was disappointing that Irish fishing activity in the area was continuing.Speaking on RTÉ’s This week programme, he said the Scottish government’s threat of action was entirely routine and part of ongoing enforcement of fisheries legislation.Mr Ewing said Irish vessels had never been allowed to fish in this way in the UK’s territorial sea around Rockall. He said that there was a set prescribed process that involves taking appropriate action.Mr Ewing said: “The normal approach is to invite the captain to cease and desist. If that instruction is obeyed, then there’s no need for further action.“If it’s necessary to do more, then the vessel would be boarded and action would be taken in accordance with the law.”However, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has said he would not be asking Irish fishermen to leave waters around Rockall, despite the threat of enforcement action by the Scottish authorities.Speaking on the same programme, Michael Creed said Ireland had never recognised UK jurisdiction over Rockall and that since Scotland passed the Island of Rockall Act in 1972, it had never sought to enforce a 12-mile exclusion zone. He said that Ireland had a right to fish there under EU common fisheries law and that it had a quota known as Rockall Haddock Quota.He said: “Our fishermen that are there now, and those that are planning to go there, are doing so under EU law.“We believe they are legally entitled to be there and we won’t be asking our fishermen to leave the region around Rockall.”Minister Creed said the Government would exhaust all legal options in the context of defending the interests of the State and Ireland’s fishing industry. He said he believed a sensible solution could be found and that Scotland’s threat of enforcement could be withdrawn.Mr Ewing also said it has always been Scotland’s preference that the Irish Government intervened and advised Irish fishermen to cease and desist.He said it was the expectation of fishermen in Scotland that their government would take steps to enforce the law.When asked about Ireland’s activity in the area over the last number of years, he said that it had never been authorised and that persistence did not make it legal.Mr Ewing said the matter had been repeatedly raised at an official ministerial and diplomatic level, and that it had nothing to do with Brexit.Irish fishing boats could be boarded in Rockall row, warns Scottish Minister was last modified: June 9th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFishingrockallrow
Eureka >> Del Norte point guard Peyton Healy scored 13 points against the St. Bernard’s Crusaders at St. Bernard’s Academy Monday evening. But it was the last point she scored that held the most importance. Healy’s free throw with 3.6 seconds left gave Del Norte a one-point lead as the Warriors held on for a 54-51 win over the Crusaders.“Chest back and arm through the rim,” said Healy when asked what she was thinking of when she approached the free-throw line in a tie game after grabbing a …
A view of the Johannesburg city centre over the Nelson Mandela Bridge. “Local government is where the rubber hits the road” in the global fight against climate change, Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau said at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group summit. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Fred MokokoSpokesperson for the mayor of Johannesburg+27 11 407 7557+27 82 447 [email protected]burg.org.zaLucille DavieAfrica produces the least amount of greenhouse gases, yet will bear the brunt of global climate change. At the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group summit in Johannesburg this week, mayor Parks Tau welcomed three new African megacities to the network, bringing the total to seven out of 66 world cities.C40 is a network of megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the local and global impact of climate change. The 66 cities are home to 600 million people, and produce 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and 21% of world GDP.“We welcome the inclusion of more African cities on the C40 network,” Tau said in an interview at the summit. “This expansion will stimulate direct action for mitigation, adaptation at local government in Africa, acknowledging that Africa carries a disproportionate burden that climate change has on the poor and developing world.”According to the International Panel on Climate Change, Africa is the most exposed region in the world to the impact of climate change. It will make dry areas drier and wet areas wetter, more crops will fail, and diseases will spread to new altitudes.The African members of C40 are Johannesburg, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Cairo in Egypt, and Lagos in Nigeria, recently joined by Nairobi in Kenya, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and South Africa’s Cape Town. Some 45 cities were represented at the three-day summit at the Sandton Convention Centre in northern Johannesburg, with over 18 mayors present.“This is really where we’re able to share best practice and make commitments to both mitigate the impacts of climate change,” Tau said, “but also find mechanisms to adapt to the realities of the changes in weather patterns and the pollution that we are experiencing.”Watch Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau speak at the C40 summit:Cities’ role in a global fightWelcoming mayors and city official to the summit, Tau said in his opening address: “South Africa’s approach to climate change flows from the National Climate Change Response Policy. This policy framework aims to reduce the rate at which the country contributes to climate change, with a special focus on a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and developing adequate responses to its impacts on society.”Tau referred to the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement which commits governments to setting binding emission reduction targets, linked to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The protocol was originally adopted in December 1997, and came into force in February 2005. The rules for its implementation were adopted at the seventh Conference of Parties, or COP, in Morocco in 2001. The latest COP meeting, COP18, was held in Doha in 2012. A criticism of these meetings is that agreements are not easily reached, and when thy are, often not adhered to.While the Kyoto Protocol talks to governments, the C40 is a grouping of mayors of megacities getting together and implementing practical measures that affect their cities and citizens. “Local government is where the rubber hits the road,” Tau said. “We can say this is where we have to provide these services and this is what can be done differently to mitigate the impact of climate change.”World map of carbon dioxide emissionsSource: Wikimedia Commons. Click for a larger view.Corridors of FreedomTau spoke of the effects of apartheid city planning, which forced black people to live on the periphery of towns and cities. As a result, the poorest people have to spend more on transport to get to and from work. The city’s new Corridors of Freedom project aims to counter this and other planning problems, part an effort, he said, to “restitch the city”.The corridors will be high-density mixed-use residential areas along transport routes serviced by the city’s bus rapid transit system, or BRT. This new form of public transport was pioneered in South America, and has caught on around the world, jumping from 13 a few years ago to 29 systems now, 16 of those in developed countries.Dedicated bus routes take passengers to urban hubs, collected in the suburbs by feeder buses. The corridors will help to curb urban sprawl in Johannesburg, and create a more inclusive city with better access to government services, schools and medical facilities, said Tau.The BRT system cuts carbon emissions by reducing the number of cars on the city’s roads, currently saving around 380 000 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. By 2030, when it is fully implemented, it will save 6-million tons annually. Over 270 BRT buses are already running in Johannesburg, transporting more than 50 000 commuters daily.The city has recently unveiled new dual fuel buses, using diesel and biogas in a hybrid system that will reduce the vehicles’ carbon emissions by some 70%. The buses are 20% cheaper to operate, and much quieter. More buses are on order.“In future, we intend to develop and produce fuel filters, conversion kits, for both the public and private vehicle sectors,” Tau said. “This further contributes to generating new economic activities.”From coal power to renewable energySome 87% of Johannesburg’s electricity is generated through coal, adding to the country’s greenhouse gases. “We have in the past reduced reliance on coal-generated electricity by as much as 20% mainly from energy efficiency and demand management initiatives that the city has implemented – all this while continually increasing access to electricity, especially for the poor.”The city is also in the process of taking landfill gas and converting it to energy. The city has five landfill sites, with one site producing 5MW of renewable electricity, enough to power 4 500 homes. This reduces the carbon emissions from the landfill by some 149 000 tons of carbon dioxide annually. When the other four sites come online they will generate 19MW of electricity for 12 500 households.Johannesburg has also installed over a thousand low-pressure solar water geysers to households in Cosmo City, a housing development in the north of the city. Launched in 2012, the programme aims to roll out 110 000 geysers to poor and low income households over three years. Another project is using sludge from the city’s sewage treatments plants to generate energy.Food securityTau has made food security a priority, in a city where informal settlements punctuate its borders.Poor households spend up to 65% of their monthly earnings on food, and up to 42% of households are food insecure, meaning that for three days every month people go without a meal.“While the problem is driven by climate change, the solutions also come from climate change interventions, like more localised food value chains and the increased use of urban fringe land for urban agriculture,” said Tau. “The city’s access to food and urban agriculture programmes are already implementing this form of climate-proofing through the city’s food supply.”Some 30 organic food gardens were planted in schools and communities in 2010 and 2011. The project supplements school feeding programmes, at the same time giving communities an additional source of income through the sale of produce.Tau said that the city is investing R110-billion in climate change initiatives over a 10-year period, starting in 2012. “This would enable the city to invest in programmes that combat climate change as well as to fight poverty as such asserting the agenda of the city to fight for food security.”