Honduran Armed Forces Pave the Way for a Boost in Tourism

first_img“The airport connects the triangle,” analyst and columnist Juan Ramón Martínez said, referring to the Lenca Trail, the Maya Trail, and Roatán. “The Military engineers did a great job, they worked nonstop to have the airport up and running as soon as possible. It will facilitate the movement of people. Whereas a tourist chose only one destination before, to avoid the hassle of abandoning their convenience for more difficult and lengthy travel arrangements, they can now visit two or three places in one day, if that’s what they want. It was the great collaboration between the government and the Armed Forces that made it possible.” The benefits of these projects are already apparent. For example, the airstrip in Copán will dramatically increase of the flow of visitors for the remainder of 2015. The new Río Amarillo (Yellow River) Airport is open for business. Built by the First Battalion of Engineers, who were led by Colonel José Hilario Leiva, the facility is located 20 minutes from Copán Ruins Archaeological Park in the department of Yoro. Construction began in 2014, and the $4 million dollar effort concluded after eight months of work. “The work of the members of the Battalion of Engineers was crucial. Because the Batallion of Engineers carried out the project, we saved the country more than 35 percent of what it would have cost to build with an outside private company,” added Emilio Silvestri, the director of the Honduran Institute of Tourism. Silvestri took a 50-minute test flight between the capital, Tegucigalpa, and Río Amarillo. “For us the runway represents the take-off that we had been waiting for, economically, commercially, and socially, as now we will be able to establish ties with the people of friendly nations who come to visit us,” said Santa Rita Mayor Sergio Portillo. Community eagerly awaits benefits of airport The benefits of these projects are already apparent. For example, the airstrip in Copán will dramatically increase of the flow of visitors for the remainder of 2015. “We will accomplish our dream to be at the helm in all the region,” President Hernández said before the opening ceremony in Copán. Now that the airport has been opened, many more people will be able to fly between several cities and other locations. Local residents are excited about the positive and social impact the airport will generate. “For us the runway represents the take-off that we had been waiting for, economically, commercially, and socially, as now we will be able to establish ties with the people of friendly nations who come to visit us,” said Santa Rita Mayor Sergio Portillo. “The work of the members of the Battalion of Engineers was crucial. Because the Batallion of Engineers carried out the project, we saved the country more than 35 percent of what it would have cost to build with an outside private company,” added Emilio Silvestri, the director of the Honduran Institute of Tourism. Silvestri took a 50-minute test flight between the capital, Tegucigalpa, and Río Amarillo. Connecting different regions by improving infrastructure Now that the airport has been opened, many more people will be able to fly between several cities and other locations. Local residents are excited about the positive and social impact the airport will generate. Community eagerly awaits benefits of airport The same week Río Amarillo was completed, the Armed Forces picked up its machinery from Copán and headed to Tela to rebuild that runway. Tela is a port in the Caribbean where people flock to year-round for its white sand and palm-lined, seemingly endless beaches. In Tela, military engineers are expanding the deteriorated airstrip by 1,640 feet to bring the completed concrete infrastructure to 5,249 feet. And just like they did in Copán, they will build a terminal, hangars, and a parking area, in addition to the runway. “The airport connects the triangle,” analyst and columnist Juan Ramón Martínez said, referring to the Lenca Trail, the Maya Trail, and Roatán. “The Military engineers did a great job, they worked nonstop to have the airport up and running as soon as possible. It will facilitate the movement of people. Whereas a tourist chose only one destination before, to avoid the hassle of abandoning their convenience for more difficult and lengthy travel arrangements, they can now visit two or three places in one day, if that’s what they want. It was the great collaboration between the government and the Armed Forces that made it possible.” More airports will be built CM Airlines and Transportes Aéreos de Guatemala were the first two passenger carriers to request permission to operate from the airport and to fly to and from Tegucigalpa, as well as from San Pedro Sula and Roatán, three times a week. The Military engineers are working hard to fulfill President Hernández’s vision of improving the country’s transportation infrastructure. More airports will be built The work of the First Battalion of Engineers extends beyond the airport. The engineers have contingents working on projects in every part of Honduras. These efforts include the construction of an airport in Choluteca, in the southern region of the country; an airport in Catacamas, located to the east; and an airport in Trujillo, on the northern coast. In April, the Armed Forces completed an airport in Celaque, Lempira Department. What Honduras did not have until March was an airport where tourists interested in visiting the ruins could land. Now it does, thanks to the hard work of the Honduran Armed Forces. The airport will connect both the Lenca Trail and the Maya Trail with Roatán, the largest of the Bay Islands, an archipelago Honduras owns in the Caribbean Sea, to increase tourism between the insular department and the mainland. The islands have long been popular destinations for tourists from all over the world, especially those interested in first-quality diving, but direct access to the Mayan ruins from the islands was non-existent. “We will accomplish our dream to be at the helm in all the region,” President Hernández said before the opening ceremony in Copán. The new Río Amarillo (Yellow River) Airport is open for business. Built by the First Battalion of Engineers, who were led by Colonel José Hilario Leiva, the facility is located 20 minutes from Copán Ruins Archaeological Park in the department of Yoro. Construction began in 2014, and the $4 million dollar effort concluded after eight months of work. Hernández has been advocating for the airport since at least 2007, when he was a congressman and introduced a bill to declare the “Ruta Lenca” (Lenca Trail) a national priority. The Lenca Trail is a 76-mile route connecting Santa Rosa de Copán to La Esperanza, in the department of Intibucá, along which travelers get to enjoy quaint villages, colonial architecture dating back to the 1600s, and colorful markets filled with clay pottery and textile handiwork made by members of one of Honduras’ largest indigenous groups, the Lencas. “We are expecting an influx of 180,000 tourists from Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Central America,” Silvestri told reporters. That would be “almost double what we receive annually in Copán.” “This is only one of several locations in which we will be improving infrastructure,” President Hernández said in his speech inaugurating the airport on March 10. “These works will be paired with the construction and improvement of highways as well.” The same week Río Amarillo was completed, the Armed Forces picked up its machinery from Copán and headed to Tela to rebuild that runway. Tela is a port in the Caribbean where people flock to year-round for its white sand and palm-lined, seemingly endless beaches. In Tela, military engineers are expanding the deteriorated airstrip by 1,640 feet to bring the completed concrete infrastructure to 5,249 feet. And just like they did in Copán, they will build a terminal, hangars, and a parking area, in addition to the runway. Honduras takes pride in having the largest inscribed text of the Mayan civilization: 1,800 individual glyphs on the Hieroglyphic Staircase in Copán, declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1980. The high-relief artwork the ancient Mayans created in Copán is second to none in the Maya world. The work of the First Battalion of Engineers extends beyond the airport. The engineers have contingents working on projects in every part of Honduras. These efforts include the construction of an airport in Choluteca, in the southern region of the country; an airport in Catacamas, located to the east; and an airport in Trujillo, on the northern coast. In April, the Armed Forces completed an airport in Celaque, Lempira Department. What Honduras did not have until March was an airport where tourists interested in visiting the ruins could land. Now it does, thanks to the hard work of the Honduran Armed Forces. The airport will connect both the Lenca Trail and the Maya Trail with Roatán, the largest of the Bay Islands, an archipelago Honduras owns in the Caribbean Sea, to increase tourism between the insular department and the mainland. The islands have long been popular destinations for tourists from all over the world, especially those interested in first-quality diving, but direct access to the Mayan ruins from the islands was non-existent. By Dialogo April 30, 2015 The airport’s hydraulic concrete runway measures 4,593 feet and has additional 490-feet buffers on each side. “This airstrip has a capacity to receive airplanes of 40 to 50 passengers,” explained Corps of Engineers Major Óscar Soler Soto, who was in charge of the construction. Connecting different regions by improving infrastructure CM Airlines and Transportes Aéreos de Guatemala were the first two passenger carriers to request permission to operate from the airport and to fly to and from Tegucigalpa, as well as from San Pedro Sula and Roatán, three times a week. Hernández has been advocating for the airport since at least 2007, when he was a congressman and introduced a bill to declare the “Ruta Lenca” (Lenca Trail) a national priority. The Lenca Trail is a 76-mile route connecting Santa Rosa de Copán to La Esperanza, in the department of Intibucá, along which travelers get to enjoy quaint villages, colonial architecture dating back to the 1600s, and colorful markets filled with clay pottery and textile handiwork made by members of one of Honduras’ largest indigenous groups, the Lencas. The airport’s hydraulic concrete runway measures 4,593 feet and has additional 490-feet buffers on each side. “This airstrip has a capacity to receive airplanes of 40 to 50 passengers,” explained Corps of Engineers Major Óscar Soler Soto, who was in charge of the construction. The Military engineers are working hard to fulfill President Hernández’s vision of improving the country’s transportation infrastructure. Honduras takes pride in having the largest inscribed text of the Mayan civilization: 1,800 individual glyphs on the Hieroglyphic Staircase in Copán, declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1980. The high-relief artwork the ancient Mayans created in Copán is second to none in the Maya world. “This is only one of several locations in which we will be improving infrastructure,” President Hernández said in his speech inaugurating the airport on March 10. “These works will be paired with the construction and improvement of highways as well.” “We are expecting an influx of 180,000 tourists from Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Central America,” Silvestri told reporters. That would be “almost double what we receive annually in Copán.” I like this news report on my country, Honduras.But we have an accusation of corruption in our country, unlike anything we’ve had for a long time, and I don’t see any reports on the IHSS scandal.I hope you provide coverage.Thank youlast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgThe Champions for Charity match was shown on TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN.The PGA Tour is set to return in two weeks at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Charles Schwab Challenge.NASCAR-HAMLIN CREW SUSPENSIONSHamlin crew members suspended 4 races over tungsten dropCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR on Monday suspended three critical crew members for Denny Hamlin’s team because a piece of tungsten fell off his car on the pace lap before the Coca-Cola 600. Update on the latest in sports: TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19 under a plan that excludes fans.League commissioner Atsushi Saito made the announcement Monday after an online meeting with representatives of the league’s 12 teams.He said, “I hope we can provide some guidance for sports other than professional baseball.The announcement came as the state of emergency was lifted in Tokyo and on the northern island of Hokkaido by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The state of emergency was lifted earlier this month for other parts of the country. Teams can being practice games on June 2.The season was to have begun on March 20 but the start was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Japan has reported about 850 deaths from COVID-19. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL looks to take next step toward resuming playTORONTO (AP) — The NHL is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol early next month. That includes opening practice facilities and allowing small group workouts. — The French tennis federation will set aside $9.8 million for its players who financially struggle as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The money will come from a larger $38.1 million support plan for French tennis as a whole. It will go to the players ranked outside the Top 100 who won’t receive any compensation from tennis’ international governing bodies.— The Italian Winter Sports Federation (FISI) is making a formal request to postpone next year’s Alpine skiing world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo until March 2022. Moving the worlds to March, 2022 would put the event one month after the 2022 Beijing Olympics.— Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the swift development of vaccines and effective treatments for COVID-19 are priorities towards achieving the Tokyo Olympics next year. Abe says recovery from the coronavirus pandemic only in Japan would not be enough to hold the Games because it involves spectators and athletes from around the world. Japan and the International Olympic Committee have agreed to postpone the Games by one year to July 2021. Experts say developing an effective and safe vaccine by the Games next year will be difficult.GOLF-CHARITY MATCH RATINGSPGA, NFL stars attract nearly 6 million viewers in TV match Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Two of the biggest names from the PGA Tour and the NFL proved to be must-see TV.Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of “The Match: Champions for Charity” attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history.It said the previous record was 4.9 million viewers on ESPN at the 2010 Masters, the year Tiger Woods returned to golf for the first time since the scandal in his personal life.Woods and Peyton Manning scored a 1-up victory over Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club, a match that featured high entertainment with shots and with words, along with raising $20 million for COVID-19 relief funds.The peak was 6.3 million average viewers from 5:45 to 6 p.m. EDT. That was about the time Brady, who had been lampooned on social media for his golf skills, silenced analyst Charles Barkley by holing out from the fairway for birdie. Six players will be allowed in team facilities at one time for the voluntary workouts. No on-ice coaching or instruction is permitted.A 22-page memo detailing the plan stresses there’s no exact date for the start of Phase 2 or a timetable for how long it will last.The NHL season was paused March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.JAPAN-BASEBALL RESUMESJapanese baseball season to start on June 19 without fans The tungsten is required to meet minimum weight requirements on the car and the NASCAR rule book states if it is separated at any point it is an automatic four-race suspension for the crew chief, car chief and engineer.Chris Gabehart, the crew chief, was suspended through June 10 along with car chief Brandon Griffeth and engineer Scott Simmons.The piece of ballast added to the car weighs 35 pounds and costs $1,877 from the supplier. It fell off the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota before the start of Sunday’s race and Hamlin went to pit road for additional weight to be added back to the car. He didn’t join the race until eight laps had been completed.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 25, 2020 Japan joins South Korea and Taiwan whose leagues are open and playing largely without fans.SOUTH KOREA-KANG BANNEDEx-Pirates infielder Kang banned 1 year by Korean leagueSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Korean Baseball Organization has suspended ex-Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang for a year and ordered him to perform 300 hours of community service over a series of historical drunk driving cases.South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports the suspension for Kang will come into effect when he joins a KBO team. He applied to come off the voluntarily retired list last week in a bid to return to the Korean league. Yonhap said the 33-year-old Kang was in the U.S. and didn’t attend Monday’s KBO disciplinary committee hearing. Kang was the first position player to jump directly from the KBO to the majors when he signed with Pittsburgh in 2015.  The elder Ewing became Georgetown’s coach in 2017.Here are other stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— The National Women’s Soccer League says players may start training in small groups, provided it is done under league protocols and meets the requirements of local authorities. Teams will be able to progress to full team training on May 30 once they complete five days of small group training. The NWSL season was originally scheduled to start April 18. The league allowed voluntary individual outdoor workouts on May 6.— Spanish league clubs are now allowed to train with groups of up to 14 players as the league stays on track to restart in less than three weeks. Only 10 players had been allowed in group training last week because of confinement restrictions that are gradually being lifted across the hard-hit southern European nation. Nearly 30,000 people have died with COVID-19 in Spain.— Europe’s top basketball league has canceled the remainder of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. It says health concerns had to be paramount despite numerous attempts to find ways to resume play. The EuroLeague is composed of 18 teams across 10 European nations. It had been suspended since March 12. League officials say they “explored every possible option” in trying to find a way to resume the season. VIRUS OUTBREAK-GEORGETOWN-EWINGPatrick Ewing released from hospitalUNDATED (AP) — Patrick Ewing’s son says the Georgetown basketball coach and former NBA great has been released from the hospital and is recovering from COVID-19 at home.The 57-year-old Hall of Famer who played for the Hoyas in college and the New York Knicks for 15 seasons announced Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was being treated at a hospital.Patrick Ewing Jr. said three days later on Twitter that his father was getting better and thanked the doctors and nurses who looked after him during his hospital stay. He also thanked fans for their thoughts and prayers.last_img read more

Parliamentary Golf Group holds inaugural annual dinner

first_img England Golf joined a celebration of golf when the All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group held its inaugural annual dinner in the Palace of Westminster. The golfing community was widely represented at the event and Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, commented: “It’s good to have Parliamentarians talking about the benefits of golf, to be finding out what we do and how they can help us.” Group Co-Chairman, Karl McCartney MP, reflected on the Group’s first year of activity and said: “One thing that has become clear since we formed the Group is the huge support for the sport across the UK, and we are delighted to have the support of so many of the various bodies that represent different elements of the sport. “The Group’s initial focus has been on increasing participation, particularly amongst women and BME groups, and also on improving perceptions of the sport, and I hope that we can continue to be an active voice for the sport in Westminster, Whitehall and beyond.” The Group’s inaugural Parliamentary Golfer of the Year award was announced by as Andrew Bingham MP. He organised his own golf challenge in July this year, in which he played nine holes of golf on each of the seven courses in his High Peak constituency, raising over £6500 for four Mountain Rescue teams in the process. Andrew has also been a vocal advocate of the 9-hole version of the game, and particularly England Golf’s Golf Express initiative, which promotes 9-hole golf to inspire busy people to play more often. The evening’s guest speaker was Ken Schofield CBE, former European Tour Executive Director and a past President of the Golf Foundation. He gave his thoughts on the state of the game, and also discussed the work of the Golf Foundation and its work to help more young people enjoy golf and the many benefits it brings. The evening raised over £4500 for the Golf Foundation. The dinner was hosted by Group Vice-Chairman, Baroness Nye of Lambeth, on the House of Lords terrace, and brought together Members of both Houses of Parliament, Associate Members, Group supporters and dinner sponsors, Covéa Insurance. The Group was established in 2015, and has since grown to over 60 Members from both Houses and across all major parties. 23 Nov 2016 Parliamentary Golf Group holds inaugural annual dinner last_img read more

Holmdel Committee Introduces $25M Budget

first_imgCurrently, the township has one volunteer fire company. It responds to all calls, including reports of fire, smoke, hazardous materials releases, carbon monoxide, motor vehicle accidents with serious injuries, and more, the report claims. It answers to about 400 calls for service each year. There are about 525 veterans in town and 22.1 percent of residents are foreign-born. There are 5,516 housing units, with the median value of owner-occupied housing units being $652,100. The median gross rent is $2,045. The Breakdown Additionally, looking back on 2019, the Holmdel Police Department’s calls for service were above 25,000 for the fourth consecutive year. Motor vehicle stops, “a proven crime deterrent,” the department said, were also high and officers have remained “vigilant and proactive” to address increases in vehicle thefts and burglaries. Accidents have increased by less than 2 percent, mostly resulting from increased traffic, the report continued. There are 11 major line items in the police department’s budget requests for 2020, with goals to increase public engagement and public information, hire a new officer due to an anticipated retirement, purchase five vehicles and trailers, finalize a radio project and implement E-Ticketing and body cameras. Unanimously approved on introduction that night, the public hearing and adoption is now set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9. The proposed township tax rate is $0.340, a zero percent increase from 2019. According to the township, the average homeowner in Holmdel will pay $2,334 in municipal taxes, based on the average home valuation of $686,578. “I am very proud of this because we delivered this in unprecedented areas that we’re dealing with, uncharted territories,” said Mayor Greg Buontempo. “This was a concern since we started out, in this pandemic, being able to deliver to Holmdel residents the same quality of service, not cutting anything from the budget.”  As introduced, appropriations for the budget are broken down as 40.8 percent for salaries; statutory expenditures at 10.95 percent; 2020 capital at 0.4 percent; debt service, 13.07 percent; and uncollected taxes, 5.4 percent; The remaining 29.38 percent goes to other expenses, including over $1.3 million in outside contracts. The COVID-19 pandemic will also have an impact on the township’s revenues, and officials anticipate that. According to the budget presentation, the proposal reduces projected revenues from uniform fire safety inspections from $25,000 to $16,000, court fees from $525,000 to $250,000 as well as payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) revenues by approximately 35 percent from the amount in 2019. The anticipated uniform construction fees remain the same as 2019, however, though the township anticipates collecting 18 percent more than last year. Public Safety “The Fire Department requires an increase in funding to ensure apparatus, personal protective equipment, recruitment services and maintenance needs are all met,” the report states. Demographics By Allison Perrine According to the township, the salary and wage obligation will increase overall by $9,385 over last year. Police and fire retirement systems will also increase by about $125,000. And the municipal debt service obligations will increase by nearly $810,753 in the current fund and Open Space Trust Fund. About 53.6 percent are female. About 75.3 percent are white alone and 1.20 percent are black or African American alone. About 19.70 percent are Asian alone, according to the presentation. Its goals for 2020 are to find more volunteers, increase training, find more office space and better accommodations for its operations and to increase funding. Members propose a $136,660 fire department budget with two major line items – salaries and operating expenses. Buontempo said that the township incurred “expenses that were never anticipated” because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “To come up with a flat tax rate,” at the same time, he said, showed that the Holmdel team did an “outstanding” job with this budget. HOLMDEL – The township committee introduced a $25 million 2020 municipal budget May 26, after a public presentation about the township’s tax rates, debt service, demographics and much more. Holmdel Township has an estimated population of 16,668, according to the most recent U.S. Census data from 2010. That is expected to increase in 2020. About 3.8 percent of the population is anticipated to be children under 5 years old, 22.6 percent under 18 and 22 percent individuals over the age of 65. “While we have not seen a significant decrease in revenues as a result of COVID-19, we kept this number flat in an effort to be conservative,” according to the presentation. The township broke down its departments through the presentation, highlighting accomplishments, savings and future goals for each. One of those included the department of public safety, a topic of conversation in Holmdel lately as the township prepares plans for a new fire department. On the other hand, fewer summonses were issued last year, “which tells us that they continue to use discretion and are issuing ‘warnings’ to violators when warranted,” the report claims. Arrests were down 10 percent. The 2020 budget proposes a 2.76 percent increase over last year, bringing the total to $25,084,009. Of that total, $19.8 million is within the cap and $5.1 million is outside of the cap.  The article originally appeared in the June 4 – 10, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Gor to face Espérance in Champions League first round

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia players jostle for space with Leones Vegetarianos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 21 – Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will take on Espérance de Tunis in the first round of the CAF Champions League after eliminating Equatorial Guinea side Leones Vegetarianos 3-1 on aggregate in the preliminary stage.This is after K’Ogalo rallied a goal down to hold Vegetarianos 1-1 in the return leg played away in Malabo on Wednesday. The first leg staged in Machakos’ Kenyatta Stadium 10 days ago, ended 2-0 in favour of the Kenyan champions. Gor now has a mountain task in handling Espérance who have been a hard nut to crack with the last time the two sides met seeing the North Africans thrashing the record 16 time KPL champions 8-2 on aggregate.Esperance de TunisEsperance had earlier dumped out ASAC Concorde of Mauritius with an emphatic 6-1 aggregate win.K’Ogalo will host the first leg between March 6-7 before travelling to Tunis for the return leg a week later.The winner between Gor and Esperance will grace the lucrative group stages – with the draw set for March 21.-Gor too sweet for Vegetarios-Gor Mahia defender Wellington Ochieng in action against Vegetarinos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor coach Dylan Kerr made eight changes from the team that beat Zoo Kericho 4-2 in a Kenyan Premier League match on Thursday last week with Boniface Oluoch returning to man the post as captain Harun Shakava partnered Joash Onyango in central defence.Wesley Onguso, Meddie Kagere and Shakava were the only faces that featured against Zoo while Ernest Wendo and Humphrey Mieno resumed their midfield roles.Godfrey Walusimbi started on the flanks alongside Francis Kahata with Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi – who scored in the 2-0 first leg win in Machakos – playing behind lead striker Kagere.Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi in action against Leones Vegetarianos’ Jesus Tomasosngong during the first leg of the 2018 CAF Champions League played at the Machakos Stadium on 10th February 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAfter a cagey start, Gor settled in the match towards the end of the first half which ended goalless.Leones took the lead in the 55th minute and pushed for another goal which would have taken the match to penalties.But Gor levelled after Francis Kahata’s corner was redirected into the net by a Vegetarianos player, making matters harder for the hosts as they now required to score three unanswered goal to progress.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Condolences for helicopter crash victims

first_img2 April 2013President Jacob Zuma, as the commander-in-chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), has expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the five soldiers who died in a helicopter crash at the Kruger National Park on the weekend.The SANDF helicopter had been on a scheduled aerial patrol of the park as part of Operation Rhino, which is aimed at stemming the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa.The tragedy occurred as the nation mourns the 13 soldiers who fell in Bangui in the Central African Republic last week.“We certainly hope that investigations will shed light on the circumstances of the crash, but the whole country is saddened by the loss of our national servicemen on duty,” Zuma said.“On behalf of government and the entire nation, we wish to express our sincere condolences to the families of these five soldiers and may their souls rest in peace.”Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and her deputy, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, together with the South African National Parks (SANParks) board, have also expressed their condolences to the families of the soldiers.The ministry and SANParks Board said they supported the SA Air Force in determining the sequence of events that led to the fatal crash.“We hope this sad event will not deter our men and women working tirelessly to protect our country’s rhino population against the ongoing scourge of poaching by marauding bandits,” the ministry said in a statement.Of the 188 rhinos poached in South Africa since January, 135 were killed in the Kruger National Park.The park remains the hardest hit by poaching, having lost 425 rhino to poachers during 2012.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Pro/Con: Does Passivhaus Make Sense Over Here?

first_imgWe recently read John Straube’s paper comparing the Passive House (PH) standard with the Building Science Corporation (BSC) cold-climate approach. After a careful reading we find that the conclusions reached are based on some significant misunderstandings about the Passive House standard. Read more… John Straube, a prominent building science professor and a principal of the Building Science Corporation in Westford, Mass., asserts that applying the German Passivhaus standard to North American houses often results in expensive details that yield few energy-saving benefits.In response, two prominent energy consultants, Marc Rosenbaum of Energysmiths and David White of Right Environments, challenge some of Straube’s conclusions and defend the goals and methods of the Passivhaus standard.Click the links below to read more. The Passivhaus (PH) standard is a set of voluntary criteria for an ultra-low energy use home. Originally developed in Germany for houses and low-rise multi-unit residential buildings, the standard has been applied to houses in a range of other countries and to commercial buildings as well. Read more…In Defense of the Passive House Standardby Marc Rosenbaum and David Whitecenter_img Comparing Passivhaus Standard Homes to Other Low-Energy Homesby John Straubelast_img read more

Seahawks QB Wilson Sticking Around: ‘Seattle, We Got a Deal’

first_imgRENTON, Wash. — Russell Wilson is sticking around with the Seattle Seahawks as the highest paid player in the NFL.Wilson posted a video on social media early Tuesday saying, “Seattle, we got a deal,” shortly after agreeing to a $140 million, four-year extension with the Seahawks, his agent Mark Rodgers told The Associated Press. Wilson’s new deal runs through the 2023 season and includes a $65 million signing bonus, a no-trade clause and $107 million in guaranteed money.Wilson’s per year average of $35 million tops Aaron Rodgers’ average annual salary of $33.5 million as part of the $134 million extension he signed last year with the Green Bay Packers.Wilson’s current $87.6 million, four-year deal was signed at the beginning of training camp in 2015 and was set to expire after next season.“Russell’s goal and his hope was that he would continue his career with the Seahawks and continue to bring championships to this town,” Rodgers said. “He believes there is still unfinished business and he is looking forward to pursuing that without having to worry about contracts and his future.”The 30-year-old Wilson had set a midnight deadline for a new deal with Seattle. He wanted certainty about his contract before the start of the team’s offseason workout program, which began on Monday. Wilson showed up for the first day and by the end of the night was posting a video with wife Ciara announcing the agreement.The deal ends the debate about Wilson’s future with the Seahawks, although there seemed to be little doubt he would remain in Seattle for a while. The team held leverage knowing it likely had at least three more seasons with Wilson under center. Even if he played out 2019 under his current deal, Seattle could have used the franchise tag if needed to keep him under contract through 2020 and 2021 at a reasonable price by quarterback standards.SEATTLE. Let’s get it. @Seahawks #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/xeWnEnUzmR— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 16, 2019But the extension allows Seattle to budget for the future knowing how to work with Wilson’s hefty paycheck in the years ahead and build a contender around the former third-round pick that has developed into a franchise QB.Wilson’s new deal was going to have to top the extension signed by Rodgers before the start of last season. Wilson was the second-highest paid player in football behind Rodgers when his deal was signed in 2015, but had fallen to the 12th highest-paid QB in the league, according to Overthecap.com.The five-time Pro Bowl selection is coming off arguably his best season as Seattle went a surprising 10-6 and earned an NFC wild card before losing to Dallas in the opening round of the playoffs. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but the Seahawks were ahead of schedule thanks to their return to a run-first offense and Wilson’s exceptional performance when tasked to throw.The 5-foot-11 Wilson threw for a career-high 35 touchdowns and matched his career low with seven interceptions. He attempted only 427 passes — his lowest total since his second season when Seattle won the Super Bowl — but his efficiency was a career best with a 110.9 passer rating. He also ran only 67 times, a career low, as the improved run game and offensive line play allowed Wilson to stay in the pocket more and scramble for his life less.It was a stark change from the 2017 season when Seattle missed the playoffs for the first time under Wilson. He led the league in touchdown passes, but also was Seattle’s leading rusher due to a non-existent run game.The idea of Wilson ever leaving Seattle has always seemed a stretch. Teams simply don’t give up on quarterbacks with the kind of success he’s had. Wilson has led the Seahawks to the playoffs in six of his seven seasons, the only miss coming in 2017 when Seattle finished 9-7. He won a Super Bowl in his second season and got back to the championship game a year later before making the one major mistake of his career that will linger until he wins another title, throwing a goal line interception in the final minute when the Seahawks had a chance to take the lead on New England.Wilson has shelved the stigma of short quarterbacks being unable to play in the NFL. He’s also been extremely durable, never missing a game while playing through significant knee, ankle and shoulder injuries.By: Tim Booth, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more