DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Embattled West Indies will spend Christmas at number eight in the ICC Test team rankings.In the most recent rankings released yesterday, the Caribbean side were still languishing on 69 ratings points in the nether regions of the tables – a position they have occupied for most of the year.They are only four points clear of minnows Bangladesh in ninth.The year was another dire one for West Indies as they won just one of their eight Tests, while suffering four defeats and four draws.They went down 2-0 in a four-Test home series against India and lost 2-1 to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.The other game was the drawn third Test against Australia in Sydney – a series West Indies lost 2-0.Once the dominant side in the game’s longest format, West Indies have struggled badly over the last two decades and their last success over a major Test-playing nation came when they defeated England 1-0 in a five-match series seven years ago in the Caribbean.In yesterday’s rankings, India stormed to 120 points following their crushing innings victory over England in Chennai, guaranteeing themselves top spot at the end of the year.They are 15 points clear of Australia, with Pakistan third on 102 points and South Africa fourth on 102 points. England, who started the series against India tied for second, have slipped to fifth after losing the five-match series 4-0.
The Number 66 Fishermen’s Co-op Society is trying to introduce scientific ways of fishing. This is being done with the use of water-testing devices to test the acidity of the water, the amount of oxygen present in the water and its solidity. The project will also see fisher-folk using Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Number 66 Fishermen’s Co-op Chairman Parmeshwar Jainarine said that fish catch had been on the decline and fishers are spending more days out at sea.“We do not have any data as to whether we have been over-fishing or if we have been fishing in such a way that we have been putting pressure on our fishing stock so that they are not regenerating,” Jainarine recently said.With this in mind, the Co-op has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to ensure fisher-folk have the relevant skills and equipment to provide the information which will be able to address their concerns.The project will see fisher-folk being equipped with GPS and water-testing kits.Speaking with this publication on Friday when the devices were handed over to the fisher-folk— after they were trained to use them— Jainarine said the aim of this project is to train Fishers in the use of GPS.“The handheld device that fishers would use when they go to sea and it will help them to operate in a more efficient manner. It will help them to save fuel, whereby it’s a fishing ground that is profitable. With the features of the GPS, you can go back to the direct spot”.Another benefit of the GPS is in the case of a boat having difficulty at sea, another boat will be able to rescue them quickly by knowing the exact position of the boat.“At present, when a boat is having distress at sea, there is nothing in place to assist. The rescuer would just drive until they find the boat, but with the GPS, they can go to the exact position of assistance. GPS is the modern way to navigate the sea. Years ago, fishers did not have this technology”.He said that management has now seen it fit to train fisher-folk to be able to use the devices with the hope that they will share the knowledge with all the fishers.The programme also has a third aspect, which will see fisher-folk being trained to record data as they catch.According to Jainarine, Guyana has a data collection problem.“The current system has a lot of gaps. The Fisheries Department is understaffed; the country is so large that the landing sites are so scattered, so it is a challenge to collect information on the amount of fish that has been caught on a daily basis”.The current system being used by the Fisheries Department allows officers to go to landing sites once per month and get an average to record as the month’s catch.Jainarine felt that this is wrong.“You cannot come once a month and collect data and then come up with an estimate of the total cash for the month from records of that one day. That is wrong. With this system that we are planning to implement, fishers will be filing logbooks daily. When they pick up the scene, they will record in the log book the amount of fish they caught. And when they come in to the landing site, they will give us, the management, this information so that we can have it documented,” he contended.This information is likely to be used by researchers who will be able to use the information to have an indication of whether they have been over-fishing or fishing in a way that the fish stock is not being replenished.“Sometimes we could be catching the fishes with eggs and we have to desist from all of those practices,” Jainarine said.According to him, the data to be collected could be used by scientists with an aim of being able to use it advise whether to restrict the amount of boats or to fish only in certain areas. At the end of the training, fishers will be allowed to keep the devices. They are being encouraged to share with other fisher-folk and also to teach others how to use the devices. Jainarine said within the next six months, it is hoped that the second project of a similar nature will commence, hitting another group of fishers. The co-op has an excess of 500 fisher-folk. The project, which falls under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grant Programme, also saw a 10-tonne ice-making machine.National Coordinator for the programme, Patrick John explained that the previous ice-making machine used by the Number 66 Fisherman’s Co-op used dangerous gases. The Fisheries Department provided training on the water-testing kits and the Coast Guard provided training on the use of GPS at Friday’s one-day training session.A total of 30 kits and 30 GPS were given to the fisher-folk. (Andrew Carmichael)
The higher costs associated with consumer pressure for more humane, cage-free eggs is another factor, experts say. “The state has grown and grown, and urban encroachment is something that significantly impacts any farmer,” said Doug Kuney, a poultry expert with UC Riverside. “As the farmer fights off development, development fights off animal agriculture and all that comes with it.” The number of chickens in California fell to 19.2 million last year, down from nearly 40million birds in the 1970s, when egg production reached highs of more than 8.5 billion eggs. The state failed to reach the 5billion egg mark last year for the first time since 1959, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In fact, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania have all passed California, once No. 1 in the U.S., according to numbers released in March by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Until 1991, California was an egg exporter but now brings in eggs from other states to meet demand, Kuney said. The amount producers were paid for eggs has also dropped over the past few years to $182million in 2005, down 37percent from 2004 and the lowest value since 1962, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Food and Agriculture. Consumers are increasingly interested in how the crops and animals that become their food are raised and treated. In March, Burger King pledged to begin buying eggs and pork from suppliers that do not keep their animals in cages. Many milk producers have stopped using hormones on their cows and organic products have become a booming business. Although quality of life and real estate values are a big concern, Courtemanche said she’s also worried about animal rights. “There are so many restaurants that are going cage-free, we can’t believe something like this can be proposed,” Courtemanche said. She began an animal sanctuary after another nearby egg ranch shuttered. The high costs of being in the egg business now has also been hard on the aging, smaller farms. The increased rules regarding animal treatment have added to already high costs for electricity and building coops, said Chuck Elste, president of NuCal Foods Inc., a Ripon-based egg distributor. Farmers have long complied with guidelines adopted by the United Egg Producers calling for lower density of birds in cages, said Debbie Murdock, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento-based California Egg Industry Association. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRESNO – Karen Courtemanche might be getting new neighbors, and she hears their stench is unbearable. Courtemanche lives a mile and a half from the site of a proposed 900,000-chicken farm, but she and other residents aren’t putting out any welcome mats. “I’m sorry, we just don’t want them here,” said Courtemanche, who lives in Lathrop, a city of about 15,000 about 60 miles south of Sacramento. As California’s agricultural heartland becomes increasingly suburban, the state’s egg production has fallen to its lowest level in 50 years. Residents like Courtemanche – as well as developers of a nearby 11,000-home subdivision under construction – don’t want the stench of egg farms near their homes.
Nearly two dozen elected city, state and county officials voiced support Friday for a controversial boycott of the LAX Hilton Hotel as part of a labor dispute at the facility. City Council members Janice Hahn and Ed Reyes joined Assemblyman Mike Eng, D-Los Angeles, in releasing the list of officials urging tourists to boycott the hotel until it improves working conditions. The hotel has been targeted by UNITE HERE because of its refusal to negotiate a union contract for its workers and its efforts to overturn a city ordinance that would impose a “living wage” on airport-area hotel workers. “I will not eat, I will not sleep, I will not go to the Los Angeles Airport Hilton until they change,” Hahn said. “Right now, the Los Angeles Airport Hilton is the worst employer in the city.” “Our hotel is disappointed that UNITE HERE and elected officials like Eric Garcetti and Janice Hahn are willing to jeopardize jobs and the local economy by supporting the boycott of our hotel,” Beach said. “Their inappropriate comments about our hotel demonstrate that they are anti-business and anti-worker.” But Hahn discounted that. “We have 75,000 other hotel rooms in this city where we would love for people to spend their money,” she said. UNITE HERE Vice President Tom Walsh said the union is considering expanding its boycott to other hotels in the area that have joined in opposing the living-wage ordinance for LAX-area hotel workers. The ordinance is pending in court amid opposition from the hotels and the business community. Officials signing letters of support for the boycott include council members Wendy Greuel, Jose Huizar, Herb Wesson and Bill Rosendahl. State officials include Sens. Alex Padilla, D-San Fernando; Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles; Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles; and Sheila Kuehl, D-Los Angeles. Several members of the state Assembly and the Los Angeles congressional delegation also issued statements of support. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Last month, Council President Eric Garcetti issued a letter on behalf of UNITE HERE urging potential Los Angeles convention attendees to stay at other hotels. Council members Dennis Zine, Greig Smith and Bernard Parks voted against the living-wage ordinance. All City Council members except for Zine, Smith and Parks supported the ordinance and now support the boycott. Hotel representatives would not disclose Friday whether the boycott has affected hotel operations. They have said they are concerned the action will hurt the entire city by discouraging visitors from coming to Los Angeles. Officials with the LAX Hilton criticized the lawmakers, saying they are pawns of the union, which the hotel claims bullied workers into supporting the living-wage ordinance. “UNITE HERE has not been able to organize the employees of our hotel for the last two years and it is simply irresponsible for any member of the Los Angeles City Council to serve as their mouthpiece,” Eric Beach, a spokesman for the LAX Hilton, told City News Service.
The company says it had signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nations along the 670-kilometre route to LNG Canada’s export terminal on the coast in Kitimat, including the Wet’suwet’en council.It says the land cleared in the affected areas measure 600-by-50-metres and 240-by-10-metres respectively and assessments of neighbouring lands had identified them as having low likelihood of archaeological significance.Coastal GasLink president David Pfeiffer says he regrets the errors that led to the construction.“I have directed the team to complete a thorough investigation of these incidents and have halted clearing work in the area until the investigation is complete and recommendations are put into practice,” Pfeiffer said in a statement Thursday.Advertisement KITIMAT, B.C. — The company behind a controversial natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia says construction began in a number of places before archaeological assessments were complete.Coastal GasLink says an internal audit found there were two areas along the right of way east of Kitimat where land was cleared before archaeological impact assessments occurred.It says the assessments are conditions of the permits issued by the BC Oil and Gas Commission and the B.C. government’s Environmental Assessment Certificate.- Advertisement -Coastal GasLink says it has suspended all clearing activity in the area until an internal review is complete and actions are taken to prevent it from happening again.It says it has also notified affected Indigenous communities and welcomes their participation in post-impact assessments.The Coastal GasLink pipeline inspired global protests when hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation said it had no authority without their consent.Advertisement The Canadian Press
Before Bush’s decision to step in, what law enforcement officials described as a tense drama had played out as Justice Department officials, backed by career prosecutors, refused to give up the material seized in the search of Jefferson’s office. At one point, Paul J. McNulty, the deputy attorney general who was once chief counsel to the House majority leader, told Scott Palmer, chief of staff to Hastert, that he would quit rather than relinquish the materials to Jefferson. By Wednesday evening, Justice Department lawyers and lawyers for the House had staked out nonnegotiable positions, with House lawyers demanding return of the Jefferson documents. Justice lawyers, backed by the FBI, would not agree to hand over any of the material, which included a copy of the hard drive of Jefferson’s office computer, along with calendars and date books. Throughout Wednesday, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, who had signed off on the search warrant of Jefferson’s office, sought unsuccessfully to speak with Hastert. At the same time, McNulty, who has long-term Republican ties to the Hill, sought to placate infuriated lawmakers. The stalemate was broken Thursday morning, when White House aides suggested an intermediate step of turning the material over to the solicitor-general. Sealing the material for 45 days allows the House and the Justice Department to continue to discuss a more permanent resolution of the matter, which could be important in several other pending criminal inquiries that have focused on sitting House members of both parties. Those include the influence-buying inquiry involving Abramoff, the former lobbyist, and the broadening investigation that grew out of the inquiry into the activities of Randy Cunningham, the San Diego Republican who was a member of the House Appropriations Committee.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In one interview, the normally reticent speaker portrayed a report broadcast by ABC News on Wednesday evening as calculated retaliation and said that he had demanded a retraction. The Justice Department issued firm denials of the ABC report, which was attributed to anonymous federal sources, regarding Hastert’s advocacy for Indian tribes – a pet cause of the convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In a morning interview with a radio station in his home state, WGN in Chicago, Hastert said: “This is one of the leaks that come out to try to, you know, intimidate people,” he said. He stopped short of that charge when pressed later by reporters on the West Front steps of the Capitol. But he and his allies were clearly furious. “I don’t know if this leak out of the Justice Department or wherever it came was a coincidence or not,” the speaker said. “But I will let anybody else try to connect the dots.” Tony Snow, the White House spokesman, said senior officials at the Justice Department had assured the White House there was no effort to embarrass Hastert. Meanwhile, ABC News continued to defend its report. “We stand by the story,” said Jeffrey W. Schneider, vice president of ABC News. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush intervened directly Thursday in a tense constitutional fight between Congress and the Justice Department by ordering records seized from a congressional office over the weekend sealed for 45 days. “Our government has not faced such a dilemma in more than two centuries,” the president said in his first statement on the swirl of events surrounding the FBI’s search of the office of Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-La. “Yet after days of discussions, it is clear these differences will require more time to be worked out.” The president said that the material in question would be turned over for 45 days to the solicitor-general, the Justice Department official who represents the government before the Supreme Court. That step would allow the Justice Department to claim it had not given up material that prosecutors regarded as lawfully obtained evidence needed for a criminal case. The presidential intervention came as House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, normally the administration’s champion on Capitol Hill, suggested that the Justice Department had tried to intimidate him through a news leak because of his challenge of the agency’s authority to conduct the search.
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A man who was kidnapped, stuffed into the boot of a car and then savagely assaulted has become good friends with his kidnapper.Letterkenny Circuit Court has heard how Martin Golek was taken to Ned’s Point in Inishowen after being kidnapped from his home in Buncrana on January 19th, 2009.However since the incident, Mr.Golek and the accused Michal Kotecki have become good friends and the victim even drives his attacker to court for hearings. Kotecki, 30, pleaded guilty to charges of false imprisonment when he appeared in court.Kotecki and a number of other men arrived at the house where Mr Golek’s was staying which belonged to another local man Paul Doyle.He was taken barefoot form the house, stuffed into the boot of a red Fiat Punto car and driven to Ned’s Point where he was beaten and then dumped.He made it to the home of local woman Margaret McAteer in Glen, Buncrana, who found Mr Golek in a terrible state.Gardai revealed he had blood around his mouth, his clothes were soiled and he was barefoot.He was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital along with his landlord Paul Doyle and he made a statement of complaint against his three attackers.The court heard the attack arose of an allegation that Mr Golek owed the men €500 which he had borrowed for travel to Poland.The men, including Kotecki, threatened they would kill Mr Golek if they did not get the money back.Judge John O’Hagan said what the men did at home was their business but this was a different jurisdiction.He adjourned the case until November 4th warning Katecki that he wanted to see €2,000 in compensation before the court.He also indicated that he would consider imposing a community service order in lieu of a jail sentence.EndsKIDNAPPER AND VICTIM BECOME GOOD FRIENDS SINCE HORRIFIC INISHOWEN ATTACK was last modified: October 27th, 2011 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:attackerLetterkenny Circuit CourtMichal Kotecki
Brand South Africa has country offices in the UK (London) and the US (Washington).The objective of country offices, led by country managers, is to promote South Africa’s global reputation in line with Brand South Africa and strategic national goals, as alive with possibility for trade, tourism, investment and other forms of co-operation that will benefit the country.Country offices assist both public and private stakeholders to achieve this objective in a consistent, co-ordinated and effective manner, tailored to specific audiences.Country managers play five key roles: communication; networking: inbound and outbound; mission development and support; brand co-ordination, and media-related counsel.The country managers also work closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs’ missions in their countries. Country Managers’ contact detailsUnited Kingdom: John BattersbyUnited States: Simon Barber