PREMIUMBatan finds source of Serpong’s radioactive waste, dumper still unknown

first_imgNuclear waste radioactive Serpong South-Tangerang BATAN Bapeten Walhi Topics : Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Activists and experts are demanding to know how radioactive materials ended up in the Batan Indah housing complex in South Tangerang, Banten, saying that such dangerous substances should not be discarded in a residential neighborhood.“The radioactive waste in a populated area is quite unusual. It makes us wonder: Who threw the waste away in the [housing] complex?” Dwi Sawung, the head campaigner for energy and urban issues at the Indonesian Forum of the Environment (Walhi), told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Meanwhile, Heru Umbara, spokesperson for the National Nuclear Agency (Batan), said his agency had already determined the source of the waste, but a further investigation was still needed to find those responsible for leaving it in the residential area.“We have identified the source of the waste, but we still don’t know who dumped the waste at the site… Google Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Linkedinlast_img read more

Boxing trainers to face GBA over proposed congress

first_imgThe United Boxing Coaches Association(UBCA),are to meet the executives of the Ghana Boxing Authority(GBA) to discuss the roadmap for a proposed congress.The coaches who have been main advocates for the change in the leadership at the GBA boycotted a meeting last Thursday which was to decide a final roadIn an exclusive interview, Godwin Nii Dzanie Kotey (Coach Alloway) explained why they stayed away “We will just sit back to deliberate on what to do and take the next step. I believe that the invitation extended by the Ghana Boxing Authority to us was in the right direction. Nobody wants to break the neck of boxing in Ghana. We all want to move forward and that is what we want. It is just unfortunate that certain incidents happened that caused the chaotic situation in boxing,” he told Joy Sports.In another interview the spokesperson of the Ghana Boxing Authority, Mohammed Amin Lamptey has admitted that the proposed congress can be executed with all stakeholders contributing to the process.According to him the Coaches body is key to achieving this. The Ghana Boxing Authority has admitted that a proposed congress to elect a new executive cannot be executed without the United Boxing Coaches Association of Ghana.“We all agreed that we wanted to have a common committee to put together the modalities for the congress. But unfortunately, once we don’t have the coaches, the board has agreed that we re-invite the coaches to join us for a meeting set for October 2 so we can look at all the issues and set up a committee to draft a constitution,” Amin Lamptey said.last_img read more

Oliseh: Poor planning is Africa’s WC problem

first_imgFormer Nigeria captain Sunday Oliseh says that the time has come for a team from Africa to win the Fifa World Cup.In a chat with CNN’s Human to Hero series, Oliseh said that in the past poor preparation and planning have played a big part as to why teams from Africa have not gone further than the quarter-finals in the World showpiece.“I think an African country will eventually win the World Cup. What is lacking now, it’s simple to say … what is wrong is that we don’t plan well. We leave the planning ’until it is too late,” Oliseh said.“Africans need to learn how to start pressurizing the opponents. Football has changed now. It’s no longer football where you pick individuals and expect them to do well.“Now it’s more about team work, team dynamics, team schemes, things that are planned out like how to look at the opponent, how to bring about antidotes to the opponent’s playing star.“When it comes to physical strength and bursts of speed, you can’t beat an African. But what is lacking now is just that technical and tactical know-how. Then we’ll get it,” he added.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2017)–Under confident handling from Norberto Arroyo, Jr., favored Conquest Farenheit took Monday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths as he negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.83.  Trained by Peter Miller, he returned to turf following a disappointing effort going a mile on the main track in his Southern California debut here on Feb. 2.A close second to pacesetter Rockin Rudy crossing the dirt at the top of the stretch, Conquest Farenheit took command under a hand ride a furlong out and appeared full of run past the wire into the Club House turn.“The way he galloped out, he could be a miler, who knows?” said Miller, who notched the third of what would be four wins on the day, giving him the lead in the Santa Anita trainer standings with 20 wins through 31 days of racing.  “I’ve just gotta keep an open mind…I don’t want to pigeon hole him.  He’s a very nice horse that’s much better on the grass.”Off at 7-5 in a field of seven 3-year-olds, Conquest Farenheit, a Kentucky-bred colt by Scat Daddy, paid $4.80, $2.80 and $2.40.Owned by Chad Littlefield and Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch, he began his career at Woodbine in Toronto, Ontario Canada.  In securing his first stakes win today, Conquest Farenheit is now 4-2-1-1 and with the winner’s check of $47,100, he increased his earnings to $110,045.“I had a little concern today, he was more relaxed in his last race,” said Arroyo.  “Today in the paddock, he was jumping around and doing things he doesn’t usually do…He wasn’t sweating in the post parade but when we got to the gate he did start to sweat a lot.  But then, in the race, he did what he was supposed to do…It was easy for him, I didn’t even tap him.”Rockin Rudy, who had been idle since breaking his maiden on Aug. 5, made his first start today for trainer Doug O’Neill and he hung in gamely for the place, finishing three quarters of a length in front of Elwood J.  The second choice at 2-1 with Mario Gutierrez, Rockin Rudy paid $3.80 and $2.80.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Elwood J prevailed by a nose for third over Tipo Duro.  Off at 8-1, Elwood J paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.02, 43.67 and 1:06.63.Live racing will resume at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Soybean rust develops rolling epidemics as spores travel north

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Although Midwestern soybean growers have yet to experience the brunt of soybean rust, growers in the southern United States are very familiar with the disease. Every year, the fungus slowly moves northward from its winter home in southern Florida and the Gulf Coast states, and eventually reaches midwestern soybean fields—often just before harvest.Research shows there is a possibility the disease could jump much longer distances and reach the Midwestern soybean crop earlier in the growing season. Studies suggest that air masses moving from the south could sweep up rust spores from infected plants (kudzu or soybean) and transport them hundreds of miles north earlier in the season, potentially endangering the Midwestern soybean crop.This could be happening right now as the storm system that created Hurricane Harvey moves north, according to Glen Hartman, a USDA Agricultural Research Service plant pathologist and professor in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. After all, hurricanes have been responsible for long-distance movement of rust spores in the past; scientists think Hurricane Ivan brought soybean rust to the United States from Colombia in 2004.Although long-distance movement can and does happen, short-distance spore movement has been responsible for most of the annual northward spread of the disease since 2005. Hartman thinks this short-distance movement has been occurring as usual this season and, barring any unusual fallout from Hurricane Harvey, he expects to see rust showing up in Midwestern soybean fields late in the 2017 season.It is this short-distance movement that intrigues Hartman; he says predictions of long-distance spread haven’t taken real-world spore movement into account. Without knowing the number of rust spores that actually escape from the canopy and the conditions that favor spore dispersal, long-distance spread models could be inaccurate. So, in a recent study, Hartman and his colleagues placed two kinds of spore-collecting traps in, around, and above rust-infected soybean fields in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The team also measured environmental data, including air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, precipitation, and leaf wetness.The majority of spores stayed within the canopy, but a proportion (one-third to one-half) floated above. Spores moved laterally away from the field, too, but most stayed within 50 feet, with about half as many moving out to 200 feet.These numbers explain how short-distance spread of this disease typically works. Rust might spread within a field, then jump to a nearby patch of its alternative host, kudzu. Considering how much kudzu is spread around the south, it’s a good bet another soybean field is within a couple hundred feet. From there, it jumps again, moving incrementally to the north. In an average summer, soybean rust rolls up from the south at a rate of about 30 miles a day.Hartman’s study also identifies environmental factors that favor or impede short-distance movement of rust spores. Using a statistical approach known as machine learning, the team found that spores went farther in hot and windy conditions, and stayed closer to the canopy in humid, wet conditions.“What really drives local infection is humidity and moisture,” Hartman said. “Those are good conditions for fungal infection and production of spores. When it rains, it washes the spores out of the leaf lesions, so they’re not available for long-distance transport. But then the fungus just forms new spores that are ready for transport on a dry and windy day.”The study explains short-distance transport, but how do the results inform predictions of long-distance movement?“I think the study gives a good idea of rust spore counts in the atmosphere in and above the soybean canopy and a distance away from an infected field. There is a lot of variation in the number of spores in that air space,” Hartman said. “If you think of the airspace beyond the field, the dilution factor is huge.”In other words, the chances of spores making it out of the canopy and picked up by updrafts for long-distance movement might be lower than assumed. And the chances are lower still if you consider what it’s like for spores to survive in high-elevation air currents.“Spores in these high-elevation air masses are exposed to temperature extremes and to UV radiation. Not many spores survive that, although those that are darkly pigmented may have a better chance. Soybean rust spores have very little pigment, and lightly pigmented spores are very susceptible to UV,” Hartman said.New models will need to incorporate Hartman’s findings to better predict the chances of long-distance movement of soybean rust throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world.For further information regarding soybean rust, Hartman suggests the soybean rust website, He also encourages Midwestern soybean growers to contact their local Extension office if they see symptoms of rust developing earlier than usual.last_img read more

Facebook Has 1 Billion Users & I Have Three Questions

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit So Facebook has reached the impressive milestone of 1 billion active monthly users. What does it mean? Hard to know without a bit more information.In today’s exclusive interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show, Zuckerberg said, “I really only want to go out and talk when there’s something to say.” But that’s not entirely true. Zuckerberg only likes to go out when there is something good to say, and, even then, only when the interview is highly scripted.And that’s why Lauer pressed Zuckerberg harder about his May wedding than the company’s dismal stock performance. Lauer seemed more interested in comparing who has more drawers for their clothes (Zuckerberg one, Lauer considerably more) than digging in deep on how the company plans to catch up in mobile. The interviewer let it go after the CEO pointed out that there are five billion mobile phone users in the world that Facebook could capture as customers.)The tech and business press weren’t much more circumspect. In the most-widely circulated story so far, TheNextWeb’s Emil Protalinski gushed over Facebook’s “big news” and even Bloomberg assumed “the next billion” was a given.Unasked & Unanswered QuestionsI wish Lauer had asked Zuckerberg the following questions. (I’ve been trying to do it myself. I’ll update this post as soon as I hear back.)Facebook officially recorded its billionth signup on Sept. 14. Why the delay after months of predictions that it would reach one billion users in August, if not sooner? (Some reports have alluded to the fact that Facebook has had trouble with phony accounts and was most likely waiting until it was sure it had one billion “real” users. Could be.)What exactly is an active monthly user? It has been widely reported how difficult it is to delete a Facebook account, but I’ve heard anecdotal reports of people deactivating their accounts, either permanently or for long stretches of self-imposed Facebook exile. Is there an uptick in deactivated accounts and, if so, were those counted in the 1 billion figure?How are we to understand the lag time between 900 million and one billion when compared to 800 million and 900 million? To me, it suggests that Facebook has saturated the market.But even those question obscure the bigger issue: 1 billion users is impressive, but it’s an arbitrary milestone. If Zuckerberg is serious about only talking when there’s something to say, now is the time to say something. It’s time to let shareholders know exactly how (whether?) the company hopes to reach 2 billion users and to tell users how their experience will change as Facebook’s status as a public company forces it to focus more on revenue and less on its original mission of connecting the world.center_img dave copeland Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#web last_img read more


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a month agoMan Utd keeper De Gea: Away support crucial at West Ham

first_imgMan Utd keeper De Gea: Away support crucial at West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea says their support will be key at West Ham.United fans will be out in force at the London Stadium and, now in his ninth season at the club, De Gea knows exactly how significant our travelling supporters are for the team.“They are vitally important to us,” said the goalkeeper.“Our fans that follow us away from home are just incredible. Sometimes it’s just like we are playing at home in those away fixtures! “It’s amazing… it helps us all tremendously down there on the pitch, we can always feel the warmth from our fans and that is hugely important to us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoInter Milan boss Conte defends Lukaku: He’s trying his best!

first_imgInter Milan boss Conte defends Lukaku: He’s trying his best!by Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte defended Romelu Lukaku after defeat to Juventus.Lukaku struggled to make an impact on the night.But Conte insisted: “He is definitely a player who has to train, he has an impressive physical size, he needs to train and play to be in great condition.”In the beginning he had this problem in his back. “I think he gave everything, it is inevitable that with Barcelona we lacked Lukaku.”Romelu is committed, he has tried to do his best. I hope he overcomes these small problems.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

7 days ago​Brighton manager Potter: We must take care of Connolly

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Brighton manager Potter: We must take care of Connollyby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton manager Graham Potter believes the club must ensure they are protecting teenager Aaron Connolly.The youngster got his first chance to shine for the Republic of Ireland during the recent international break.It has been a rapid rise for the teenager, who played his first Premier League game two weeks ago.And Potter wants to ensure the 19-year-old is protected.”He’s had quite a couple of weeks, hasn’t he? He’s 19-years-old, we have to look after him, make sure that he has a long successful career,” said Potter to reporters.”But he was great in the (Spurs) game for us, not just his goals, I thought his overall contribution to the team was really good, pressed well, defended well.”And then just for him to get that international debut, it’s fantastic for him – disappointed obviously for him and the Irish boys that the result wasn’t what they wanted.”But that’s part of life as well, he has to deal with that and it’s now case of recovering him and seeing how he is for the weekend.” last_img read more