Marathon to honour Mandela’s legacy

first_imgMandela Day Marathon ambassadors Bongumusa Mthembu, winner of the 2014 Comrades Marathon, and nine-time Comrades winner Bruce Fordyce (images: Nelson Mandela Foundation)The Mandela Day Marathon, covering 42.2 kilometres from Pietermaritzburg’s Imbali township, where Nelson Mandela made his last speech as a free man, to Howick, where he was finally captured, gives South Africans an opportunity to honour the great man’s legacy through sport, the organisers said on Wednesday.“Each marathon has a personality, and ours is unique,” uMgungundlovu District Municipality Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said at the official launch of the 2014 marathon at the Nelson Mandel Foundation in Johannesburg on Wednesday.“We have a race dedicated to the father of the nation, and via the AIMS-sanctioned Mandela Day Marathon, a world-class sporting event, we are championing understanding among all South Africans of where we come from and what Mr Mandela stood for.”The marathon takes place on Sunday, 31 August, with supporting events over the weekend including a children’s race, a 4.6664km run (commemorating Mandela’s prison number, 46664), a 10km road run, a 21.1km road run, and a 21km and 42km mountain bike dash and trail run.The total prize purse for the marathon is valued at R1.3-million. The overall male and female winners will each receive R50 000, while the first South African and first KwaZulu-Natalian home will also be rewarded.Twenty percent of all entry fees will accrue to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, to be donated to charities and institutions in KwaZulu-Natal that serve disadvantaged communities.Bongumusa Mthembu, the 2014 winner of the Comrades Marathon, will join veteran long-distance running stars Bruce Fordyce and Willie Mtolo and a number of radio personalities who have been chosen as ambassadors for the race.Race director Johan van Staden urged members of the public to enter the event as soon as possible, as entries will be capped at 10 000, and the closing date is 31 July.“We are thrilled that South Africa’s pro running clubs have pledged their top athletes to take part in the marathon,” Van Staden added. “We anticipate over 50 pro runners will take part.”For more information, and to enter, visit www.mandelamarathon.com.last_img read more

Dicamba and soybeans: What to expect in 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One barrier to weed control on soybean farms has just been lifted. In early November, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a label allowing use of the herbicide dicamba in dicamba-resistant soybean, although only one commercial product received that label. Many farmers anticipate this technology will provide a much-needed method to control weeds that are resistant to multiple herbicides, as well as other difficult-to-control species.“Without question, there are instances and scenarios in which dicamba will improve control of certain weed species, but dicamba will not bring back the ‘good ol’ days’ of POST-only weed control programs in soybean. Current expectations of what this technology can accomplish tend to be a bit more optimistic than what the technology actually will be able to deliver,” said Aaron Hager, University of Illinois weed scientist.Hager expects the technology will work well in a handful of scenarios. For example, dicamba should be effective for glyphosate-resistant horseweed (i.e., marestail) that does not respond to the traditional burndown tankmix of glyphosate and 2,4-D.“The new dicamba label allows up to one pound of dicamba acid-equivalent to be applied prior to planting dicamba-resistant soybean. This can provide better and more consistent control of glyphosate-resistant horseweed compared with 0.5-pound acid-equivalent 2,4-D,” Hager said.It is important to note that although the new label allows soybean to be planted immediately after dicamba application, Hager advises farmers to wait a few days following application before injuring the weeds with the planting operation.Hager also predicts that dicamba will provide good control of tall and ivy-leaf morning glory, as well as common and giant ragweed. “Dicamba certainly can provide better control of herbicide-resistant ragweeds than can glyphosate or ALS inhibitors,” he says.For farmers battling waterhemp, the solution may not be as simple. Most university weed control guides list dicamba as good or very good on waterhemp, but not excellent.“Dicamba can improve control of pigweed species, but it will never be as effective as glyphosate once was,” Hager notes. “Illinois farmers have made great strides toward utilizing more diverse herbicide programs for waterhemp control than they were using a decade ago. We suggest that dicamba should be used in a way that does not reduce this diversity. It is imperative to maintain a diverse weed management approach to prolong the effective utility of dicamba.”Waterhemp populations have evolved resistance to herbicides from six site-of-action groups. According to Hager, resistance to dicamba is not a question of “if”, but “when.”Hager points out some of the restrictions that come with the new dicamba label.“The current label contains several mandates related to the actual spray application procedure that are somewhat unique,” he said. “For instance, there are limitations on boom height, sprayer speed, and nozzle type that applicators must follow.”One of the most significant limitations is the inability to tankmix dicamba with other herbicides. There is an avenue by which other herbicides can be approved for application with dicamba, but if the current label remains unchanged during the 2017 growing season, applicators will be required to apply dicamba alone.“In other words, farmers will make a separate application of dicamba and another application of other needed herbicides,” Hager said.Additional concerns about the new product relate to yield potential of dicamba-resistant soybean and the possibility of particle drift and volatilization. For more information on these issues, please visit The Bulletin.More information will be shared about dicamba use in dicamba-resistant soybean as the product is rolled out. Hager suggests that dicamba will provide a solution to unique weed management challenges, but notes that not all weed management challenges can be met with dicamba.“Other herbicide-resistant crop technologies, such as Liberty Link and Enlist, also can provide solutions and remain viable options for soybean producers. Proper stewardship of all technologies is essential to prolong their effective utilization,” Hager said.last_img read more

Trains to run again in Kashmir Valley

first_imgTrain services in Kashmir will resume on Tuesday, the Railway Ministry said here on Monday. The services were stopped nearly three months ago, following the Union government’s decision to withdraw the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and divide the State into two Union Territories.Safe operation“After appropriate action and assurance by the GRP [Government Railway Police], J&K regarding safe operation of trains in Kashmir Valley between 10 a.m. ans 3 p.m., the Firozpur Division will commence a limited passenger service of two set of trains between Srinagar-Baramulla-Srinagar with effect from November 12,” a Ministry official said. The Ministry said that train no. 74619 will depart from Srinagar at 10.05 a.m. and arrive in Baramulla at 11.45 a.m. and train no. 74618 will depart from Baramulla at 11.55 a.m. and arrive in Srinagar at 1.40 p.m. Train No. 74637 will depart from Srinagar at 11.10 a.m. and arrive in Baramulla at 12.55 p.m. and train No. 74640 will depart from Baramulla at 1.05 p.m. and arrive in Srinagar at 2.45 p.m..last_img read more

Goa DGP Pranab Nanda dies of cardiac arrest

first_imgGoa’s Director General of Police Pranab Nanda died of cardiac arrest in New Delhi last night, a senior official said. Inspector General of Police Jaspal Singh confirmed Nanda’s death. He was on a Delhi visit after attending official functions in Goa on Friday. “We were informed by his family that Nanda is no more. He died due to cardiac arrest. It’s shocking,” he said. The 1988-batch IPS officer was transferred to Goa on February 25, this year by Ministry of Home Affairs. BJP leader and former Member of Parliament Narendra Sawaikar tweeted, “Saddened by the news of demise of Director General of Goa Police Shri Pranab Nanda (IPS). My prayers are with his family. Om Shanti.”last_img read more

Slaughter doubtful for semis opener as Ginebra faces ‘monster’ SMB

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Kings took down the Beermen in the 2017 Governors’ Cup Finals, but Cone said it’s an entirely different story in the all-Filipino conference.“They’re actually a different in all-Filipino. I think they’re better all-Filipino than they are with imports. So there’s the difference.” Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Lady Warriors get newfound joy under Roque Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRelief hit Tim Cone just moments after Barangay Ginebra went through the wringer in sweeping Rain or Shine in their best-of-three quarterfinals series on Wednesday.But hitting a certain level of comfort won’t last long for Cone and the rest of the Gin Kings, who now face an uphill climb against defending champion San Miguel Beer in a best-of-seven semifinals showdown.ADVERTISEMENT “Wow what a relief. It’s always a big relief to get through the quarters. To me, it’s the hardest series to win, the quarter series,” Cone said after the Gin Kings held on for a 99-91 win over the Elasto Painters.“Now we face the monster. That’s San Miguel. You can refer that to San Miguel or you can refer that to June Mar,” Cone went on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEither way, it’s an apt description for the Beermen, who have won the last three all-Filipino conferences and June Mar Fajardo, who is the reigning four-time MVP.“Again, San Miguel, what can you say? They won three championships in a row in this conference for a reason,” Cone said. “You watched San Miguel-Talk ’N Text and Talk ’N Text was really playing good basketball up until that game. They were really turning a hole or a big corner and still, San Miguel, outsteadied them all the way through the game. June Mar came up with 30 plus points.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The top-seeded Beermen entered the semifinals after dumping the KaTropa, 106-93, on Tuesday with Fajardo posting 35 points on 15-of-19 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds and two blocks.Making it doubly hard for the Gin Kings is that Greg Slaughter, their best defender against Fajardo, could still be out early in the series due to an ankle injury.“Our big question mark obviously is whether Greg is gonna play. I would say, if we’re gonna play a day after tomorrow, he won’t play. But if given another day or two, he may play. But we do expect him back some time in the series,” Cone said.“We just hope we don’t fall too far behind without him, whether he can make an impact. That’s the big thing for us, whether Greg can play. That would really help us equalize San Miguel. He’d be the great equalizer.”The semifinals could start as early as Friday and Saturday at the latest depending on the result of the quarterfinals matchup between NLEX and Alaska.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READlast_img read more

FAO Director-General Calls for Collaboration to Combat Malnutrition and Obesity

first_imgStory Highlights “The prevalence of malnourished people increased in 2016. This includes here in Latin America and the Caribbean, where the numbers went up from 20 million to 42.2 million. So now it is time to take stock of the promise made, then find the reasons for this setback and draw conclusions on how to move forward to make sure that the numbers go down,” he said. Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, has called for a multisectoral approach in combating malnutrition and obesity, which are on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). “The rate of overweight children under five years of age is about seven per cent, exceeding the world average. Obesity has increased in all groups. In 24 countries of the region, about 20 per cent of the population is obese,” he pointed out. Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, has called for a multisectoral approach in combating malnutrition and obesity, which are on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).Speaking on day two of the FAO’s 35th Regional Conference for the LAC at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on Tuesday (March 6), Mr. da Silva said there is a “disturbing change”, which has resulted in the prevalence of malnourished people increasing in countries of the Caribbean, South and Central American subregions.“The prevalence of malnourished people increased in 2016. This includes here in Latin America and the Caribbean, where the numbers went up from 20 million to 42.2 million. So now it is time to take stock of the promise made, then find the reasons for this setback and draw conclusions on how to move forward to make sure that the numbers go down,” he said.Mr. da Silva noted that obesity is of grave concern to the FAO, as there has been a marked increase in the onset of childhood obesity in LAC member states.“The rate of overweight children under five years of age is about seven per cent, exceeding the world average. Obesity has increased in all groups. In 24 countries of the region, about 20 per cent of the population is obese,” he pointed out.Mr. da Silva said the FAO will be undertaking a comprehensive and extensive debate with countries, civil society and the private sector and exchanging ideas on the best way to tackle all forms of malnutrition during the regional conference.“Let me highlight this loud and clear – eradicating hunger must not be our only concern. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number Two calls for the eradication of all forms of malnutrition,” he noted.The FAO’s Regional Conference for the LAC is an official biennial forum where Ministers of Agriculture and high-level officials of member nations meet to discuss challenges and priority matters related to food and agriculture as a means of ensuring the promotion of regional coherence on global policies and political issues.The key agenda items at the four-day conference are eradicating hunger, overweight and obesity; ending rural poverty; promoting climate resilient sustainable agriculture.Regional Conferences are geared at ensuring the effectiveness of the work of the FAO as well as the definition of its priority areas of work for the next two years.In addition to Ministers of Agriculture, representatives of regional, intra-regional, international organisations, civil society and the private sector are also hosted as Observers to the sessions.last_img read more