Ronique Williams underlined his utter dominance by winning a third MoBay City Run overall title yesterday. It was brilliant run from the defending two-time winner, who used his experience to win the 10 kilometre road race. Williams’ time of 36 minutes 10 seconds was too great a mountain for the other competitors with none able to break the 40-minute barrier. Andrew Gayle ran 41:01 for second, while Carlyle Russell crossed the finish line in third place with a time of 41:20. A jubilant Williams said the win was the most challenging of his three titles, mainly because he was tired from running another event the day before. “This was the most difficult one of the three years that I have won; but I was strong enough and quick enough to still post a good time and win a third MoBay City Run title,” he said. The female 10K title went to Chris-Ann Lewis, who stopped the clock at 45 minutes and 11 seconds for first place, while Karlene Blagrove ran second in 47: 09 seconds. Third went to Pauline Murphy in a time of 48: 17 seconds. Juliett Dinnal took the female top position in the 5K run, while Horace Burey stayed true to form in landing the men’s equivalent. The event which attracted close to 4,000 participants in the 5K Run/Walk and 10K run races, also saw perennial senior female champion 76-year-old Gerline Nelson once again making her mark in the 5K run. It was Williams’ day however and he defended his title with guts and class before promising to return next year to do it all over again. “I love this event; I look forward to participating in the MoBay City Run because of this road race stands for,” said Williams. “It is a very important event and it puts me in the spotlight, which encourages me to keep doing what I do. I will be back next year,” he added. MoBay City Run is a charity road race from which funds will go to needy students attending the three tertiary institutions, UWI-Western Campus, University of Technology (Western Campus) and the Montego Bay Community College.
6 November 2012 It’s her signature that appears on them, so it’s fitting that Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus was the first person to use South Africa’s new Nelson Mandela banknotes, doing her fruit and vegetable shopping at a Pretoria green grocer on Tuesday. The new banknotes, featuring an image of the former president on the front and images of the country’s “Big Five” wild animals on the reverse, went into circulation on Tuesday. The new notes – in the same R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200 denominations – have upgraded, state-of-the-art security features, as well as enhanced features for the visually impaired, including raised print on both sides. Marcus was shopping at the Housewives Market at Glen Gables shopping centre in Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria – a store she has frequented for over 30 years. Jose Luis de Freitas, the shop owner, said: “I feel very excited and grateful.”Security features The public, Marcus said, should look out for several security features on the new notes, including the raised print, and a change to the colour of the note when lifted and exposed to the light. “That is what we would like everybody to be familiar with, so they know that they have a real note,” she said, adding that the old notes, while currently in the process of being phased out – would be legal tender for as long as they remained in circulation. For the visually impaired, the notes feature a different raised “flash” for each denomination, starting with one flash on the R10 and up to five flashes on the R200 note. For eager South Africans wanting to get their hands on the new notes, these would start becoming available during the day. “During the day, they will start to come through. They only started to load the new notes last night and this morning. They will start to come through,” Marcus said as she was about to pay De Freitas.‘A new image that builds us’ According to international best practice, banknote security features are upgraded roughly every seven years. “So there’s a difference in doing a redesign, which we’ve done,” Marcus said. “The new note has been in design for 20 years, while the previous [design] was done in 1992. “We felt it was time to reflect a new image that builds us. Everyone is excited about the new notes.” Marcus added that Mandela was happy with the new notes. “Madiba does represent something special, not just in South Africa but in the world. He’s really an extraordinary man, and this is a way in which we pay tribute to him. He’s delighted about it. I think it’s a great day for South Africa.” Asked about whether the use of cards was bypassing the use of cash, the governor said this was not the case. “Although there’s a move to the use of cards, what you’re seeing is that the use of cash has not diminished, in fact it grows. So we are still giving a 10% plus increase in the use of cash.” In December 2011, there was about R102-billion in notes in circulation in South Africa. Source: SANews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the aftermath of war and natural disasters, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command teams help restore the affected community’s infrastructure by building roads, schools, medical facilities, sewer lines, and other infrastructure and conducting follow-up assessments to ensure progress for the future. These soldiers are responsible for executing five core civil affairs tasks: civil information management, foreign humanitarian assistance, nation assistance, population resource control and support to civil Administration.In some situations, the Army tries to ease conflict with better resource use in the communities where they are deployed. This endeavor can often include agriculture.To help prepare and train for instances where they may need to parachute in and assist with a situation involving livestock, a group of around 25 soldiers with the U.S. Army Reserve 412 Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), based in Columbus, Ohio, recently spent part of a day at Ohio State University’s Columbus livestock facilities.“When deployed, civil affairs soldiers act as a liaison between local communities and the theater military commander. We are doing animal training to get some agricultural familiarization,” said James McKasson, Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. “When these citizen-soldiers train with OSU, we are learning skills that we will likely employ when deployed around the world. When we are deployed, we are often trying to improve stability productivity and efficiency of food and animal systems. I feel its important because having a safe and reliable food supply is important to our global well-being.”McKasson is a veterinarian from Montana with extensive large animal experience, but many in his battalion previously had little to no experience working with livestock.“We went through basic animal handling and some on animal restraint, deworming, facility analysis, and environmental assessment,” McKasson said. “The others in this unit just need to be exposed to livestock and get familiar with them. This is the first time we have had this training since I have been with the unit. We have to be prepared for a really broad spectrum of things and this is one component of that training. They have been having a good time and learning a lot. It has been informative, eye opening and fun for them.”Several students and staff were on hand to assist with the training, including Gregg Fogle and Marty Mussard, farm managers of the OSU Beef and Sheep Centers. They were impressed with how quickly the group learned how to handle the livestock.“Some had experience with animals and some didn’t. I was surprised they had as much experience as they did. They learn pretty quickly. This is about the same as the introductory animal science course,” Fogle said. “We covered things like diseases, body condition scoring, calving, nutrition, bloat treatment,Ohio State University Extension beef specialist Steve Boyles covered a wide variety of livestock-related topics for the soldiers.and vaccinations. We also showed them how to euthanize animals correctly.”This is the third time OSU has hosted a military group for similar training.“They were interested in low-tech information they could pass on to the people they are working with overseas without overwhelming them,” Mussard said. “This group has been to places like Guatemala and Ethiopia. They had questions about how to treat diseases without antibiotics and how to handle situations with no facilities.”Ohio State University Extension beef specialist Stephen Boyles led much of the program. Boyles has done a fair amount of work with similar situations and was well prepared to start with the very basics of working with animals.“We have to understand our audience. This audience knows what they are doing in the military but many of them have very little animal handling experience. We went over some key points that they will be using if they have to work with livestock when deployed,” Boyles said. “We have worked with other groups that do not have a lot of familiarity with livestock. We work with police officers and emergency crews on how to work with animals and we have questions just about how you handle the animals. With this group we had questions about how animals kick and how animals move.”Getting more advanced, Boyles also talked about the benefits and advantages of the OSU facilities and how those could compare to what the Civil Affairs soldiers could encounter when deployed.“We tried to point out that they would not necessarily have facilities like we do here. We used a squeeze chute and said that they will not necessarily see that where they will be,” Boyles said. “We did provide materials on how to build a facility if they need to hold animals and we also talked about ways to work with a veterinarian to administThe training featured hands-on work with livestock and facilities.er medication for sick animals if needed on a more basic level. We talked about finding salt as a supplement for improving the performance of animals on grass. We tried to come at it from that basic standpoint.“We also covered food and environmental safety to improve conditions in some of these places. We talked about how you handle animals when they die in a safe way to avoid spreading sickness to other animals and people. They are working at making lives better with safer food and a cleaner environment around the world. We told them, ‘This is how you do it in America. Here is how you could do it where you are going.’” The training only consisted of a half day, but it covered extensive information to better help the soldiers serve their country by serving others.“This gives us really international extension of knowledge. The military is interested in helping those populations around the world that we all have an interest in benefitting their well-being. This is just one other way we can provide benefits to people in other parts of the world,” Boyles said. “This is a non-traditional clientele for us, but being part of OSU Extension I think we really made a difference today.”