The 20 teams, including defending champions Ballaz Academy, will participate in three zones. Simone Walker, director of marketing programmes at ScotiaBank, said her company was pleased to be the title sponsor of this tournament. “We are very pleased to be a part of the tournament as football is a great pastime for most Jamaicans,” she added. Walker also said she was happy that girls will be participating in the programme. Jamaica Football Federation grassroots programme coordinator, Andre Virtue, says the Emmanuel Christian Academy (ECA) is moving in the right direction with the staging of the Scotiabank ECA/Norbrook Cup, which kicks off tomorrow. “We expose kids from early because they are behind in terms of development of our football,” Virtue said yesterday at ECA. “There is no outlet for those kids Under-9, so this tournament is a welcome one. It is about enjoying the game at that age group,” the former prep school and Manning Cup star said. “We must do our part in passing on the right information. We don’t have many youngsters moving on professionally; very few people are going to make it. The reality is one out of 80 that will make it,” he disclosed. Gregory Jones, league director, said a change has been made to the format of the programme this year: “This year, we’ve moved away from a one-day format to four weekends starting on February 20 to March 12. A total of 20 teams from schools and clubs will be participating.” TITLE SPONSORS
(Updated January 1, 2010) Even though the market for new homes continues to struggle, some builders in the affordable green category continue to edge into the homebuilding spotlight. Among those that seems to have gotten the most attention are Clayton Homes’ i-House, Philadelphia developer Postgreen’s 100K House, and the prefab housing being developed by San Francisco-based Zeta Communities, which opened its own factory in September.But another affordable-green rollout is said to be in the offing, this one by American Sustainability Institute, whose target market includes homebuyers just starting out and seniors and others seeking an energy efficient, relatively compact home. Based in Penns Park, Pennsylvania, American Sustainability – otherwise known as AmeriSus – offers a choice of several designs and says its homes will deliver a combination of insulation and airtightness that will lower energy costs by 70% from those attainable through conventional construction.The company’s managing director, Charlie Kamps, told Ecohome magazine that AmeriSus has teamed up with more than 25 manufacturers to implement its Ready Build kit system. The company currently has commitments from builders to construct 300 homes using AmeriSus designs and materials, and aims to attract enough builders overall to get 12,000 such homes in the ground two years from now, Kamps said.Geographical preferencesAmeriSus has selected sites in 14 states Delaware, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. These states were selected in part because they are rarely exposed to catastrophic weather conditions such as hurricanes and long, fire-prone dry seasons, Kamps said. Formal plans for the first projects, which are set to begin mid-February in Philadelphia, are expected to be unveiled on January 15.Kamps told the magazine that prices will range from $200,000 to $270,000 for homes of 1,200 to 1,800 sq. ft. All buyers, he adds, will have the option of adding renewable-energy systems to their house, at extra cost, to bring its performance to net-zero-energy.There was, however, a point of confusion in the Ecohome story — and, consequently, in GBA’s original citing of that story on Tuesday, when this blog posted: the AmeriSus construction process, Kamps says, does not include manufactured modules or panels. The idea that modular construction was part of the company’s program, and the extraordinary scope and scale of the AmeriSus plan raised questions for at least one regular observer of the modular/affordable-home industry, Gary Fleisher, whose Modular Home Builder blog site tracks the sector. We contacted AmeriSus for more details and a response to some of MHB’s questions, and Kamps replied via email.The homes are “not built in a factory,” Kamps wrote in his email. “They are not an assemblage of pre-manufactured pieces. Our homes are built piece by piece at the jobsite. So it is quite understandable that nobody in the modular home industry knows of us or is working with us.”The kit-construction approachAmeriSus itself won’t be buying landing, pulling permits, or prepping sites. Those tasks are still up to the participating builders. The company’s role is to supply the design options and deliver construction materials and other components to its client builders on each of their job sites in a timely and cost-effective way. Kamps says the company is working with a range of builders, from those who build a few homes a year to those who build hundreds, and has struck agreements with several appliance and component manufacturers (a deal with Whirlpool was announced in November) to help co-market both the homes and the products.Kamps said the thermal resistance of Ready Build exterior walls, constructed with SIPs, will exceed R-25 overall, while the roofing system will deliver R-38. All designs feature vestibules at the front and rear entries to reduce heat loss, an air-conditioning system with a SEER rating of 23, and radiant floor heating. Kamps added that the company has developed a monitoring system for both climate and security that can be controlled by the Apple computer that is included with each house or via an iPhone link to the home computer’s operating system. All houses are designed to accommodate solar panel installations in case homeowners want one them installed during construction or later on.AmeriSus homes are designed to accommodate everything from infill lots to large-scale development configurations. So far, Kamps said, builders are preparing to break ground on AmeriSus projects in four states.
Touch Football Australia launched it’s new publication The Hard Wrap at the National Touch League in March. Participants & spectators at the event each received a copy and affilates will receive complementary copies of the magazine in the coming weeks.Free electronic versions of the magazine are also available, please contact [email protected] to obtain your copy.
Both played plenty of Touch Football in the junior days growing up in New Zealand. After moving to Australia, Marshall competed in the 2003 Federation of International (FIT) World Cup for the Mixed Open team, which defeated New Zealand in the final. Friday’s Sydney Morning Herald had a great feature on the two players, with plenty of references to both players’ background in Touch Football. http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/shaun-versus-benji-contest-has-kearney-thinking-about-future-20110915-1kbzd.html To view some highlights from Marshall and Johnson’s Touch Football careers, please click on the following links:Shaun Johnsonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMY0lvn52HM&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1GHYSVJoGE&feature=related Benji Marshallhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UewTmI4qo3I
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Cesc doesn’t want to leave Chelsea until he reaches landmarkby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCesc Fabregas doesn’t want to leave Chelsea until he plays his 500th English game.The Irish Independent says the Spanish midfielder missed the victory over Crystal Palace with a neck injury, but could return to the squad for tomorrow night’s game against Southampton.He has made a combined 499 appearances for Chelsea and Arsenal, and one more would see him reach his target ahead of his expected departure.Having moved to Arsenal as a 16-year-old, Fabregas has spent over 12 years in English football and has been one of the best ever Premier League players.He is second only to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs in the all-time assists chart, despite having spent three years in Spain at Barcelona, and has won every English domestic trophy including two league titles with Chelsea.
The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will be developing a national statistical migration database this year as it continues work on the formulation of a National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development.The project aims to build the capacity of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to implement the national plan of action. It also seeks public ownership and participation in the implementation of the action plan.An allotment of $31.1 million has been set aside in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure to facilitate the development of the database along with other project activities.These include conducting peer-to-peer learning sessions with participating countries as well as facilitating the integration and coordination with local governance structures and planning mechanisms at parish, community and municipal levels.Up to December last year under the project, a policy on international migration and development (Green Paper) was developed, a multi-agency stakeholder governance structure (National Working Group on International Migration and Development) was developed to oversee policy formulation and implementation, and the country’s migration profile was developed and published.In addition, a National Diaspora Policy was drafted, capacity development training workshops were held for migration stakeholders, technical support was provided for the Diaspora Mapping Project, training was conducted in International Migration Law, a Policy Implementation Plan for 2017-2022 was developed, and a Plan of Action was developed for admission for forced returnees.The project, which was originally slated for January 2011 to June 2012, is now scheduled to end in March 2022 after several extensions.It is being funded by the Government of Jamaica with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Organization for Migration (IOM). The project aims to build the capacity of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to implement the national plan of action. It also seeks public ownership and participation in the implementation of the action plan. The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will be developing a national statistical migration database this fiscal year as it continues work on the formulation of a National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development. Story Highlights These include conducting peer-to-peer learning sessions with participating countries as well as facilitating the integration and coordination with local governance structures and planning mechanisms at parish, community and municipal levels.
zoomSource: Wikimedia – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Nick Savchenko The 1980-built ferry Aurelia, carrying almost 350 people aboard, has been stranded off the coast of Split, Croatia.According to local media reports, one of its engines malfunctioned in the early morning hours of May 9, causing the ship to drift into the Adriatic Sea.Italian firm SNAV, the ferry’s operator, confirmed that the Aurelia “suffered a power failure in its propulsion system yesterday morning, around 40 nautical miles from Split (Croatia), its destination.”Two tugboats have been sent to assist the stranded ferry, however, due to strong winds the units had to return back.A third tug managed to attach a tow line to Aurelia.“Shortly after 3:30 pm, a tugboat reached the ship and started towing it towards Split, where it arrived today,” SNAV said, adding that “all passengers are in good condition, having received full assistance from the ship’s crew.”Aurelia is deployed on a service between Ancona, Italy and Split, Croatia. At the time of the incident the vessel was travelling overnight to the Croatian port.World Maritime News Staff
TV presenter and choreographer Arlene Phillips, who was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony earlier this year, has called today on His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to strip Fortnum & Mason of its Royal Warrants for continuing to sell foie gras – a product that is illegal to produce in the UK.“Holding Royal Warrants should be an immense privilege bestowed only on establishments with extremely high standards”, writes the former Strictly Come Dancing judge. “In light of Fortnum & Mason’s cavalier attitude towards animal welfare and for continuing to promote a product that is illegal to produce in Britain, may I respectfully request that you consider revoking the Royal Warrants until it ends its sale of foie gras?”Philips’ judgment comes after PETA showed her undercover video footage, narrated by acting legend Sir Roger Moore, which exposed terrible abuse on foie gras farms supplying Fortnum & Mason – including at the abattoir, where birds had knives plunged into their throats without prior pre-stunning, in contravention of both UK and French law.During foie gras production, huge amounts of grain are pumped into the stomachs of geese through metal pipes, which are rammed down their throats several times a day. Their distended livers – which can swell to up to 10 times their normal size – press against their lungs, causing them to pant constantly. Veterinarians and avian experts agree – there is no humane way to produce foie gras. Animal protection groups – including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Compassion in World Farming, Animal Defenders International, Animal Aid, Viva!, Four Paws, One Kind, Save Me and the International Veterinary Society – have all joined PETA in calling for Fortnum & Mason to stop selling foie gras.