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Laurie Foster: Protecting Fuller’s legacy

first_imgLast Saturday, Manchester High School hosted the fourth staging of the Charlie Fuller Memorial field events meet. It was founded through the concept to relive the memory of a man who gave sterling support to track and field at the mid-island institution. The chief person who conceptualised the meet, still the engine that drives the event, is the former outstanding sprinter out of the neighbouring parish’s St Elizabeth Technical High School, Carlos Samuels. Issues of coaching leadership at the school have led Samuels elsewhere. Although he works assiduously to ensure otherwise, there is no doubt that the image of the event, could be tarnished. Fuller was a sporting personality, whose contribution to the upliftment and empowerment of the female track and field programme at Manchester High knew no limits. However, there were no geographic boundaries. This columnist recalls a trip to visit the Falmouth home of a girl from Vere Technical, who had been granted a track scholarship, just to offer congratulations and wish bon voyage. CLOUDS OF UNCERTAINTY With so many offers for Samuels’ talent as a coach and motivator of athletes, it is unlikely that his services will again be available to the Manchester team. What seems more likely is that with or without his invitation, some will want to take up residence within his new programme if logistically permissible. With all these clouds of uncertainty, where does this leave the event held to commemorate the excellence promoted and sustained by Fuller that was Manchester High School under his canopy of passionate support and stewardship? It must be remembered that even the inception of the event was contested by the organisers of the long-standing JAAA/Puma Invitational, held simultaneously crosstown at Kirkvine. They were not amused that competition would be coming from persons who once were aligned to their event. It is to the credit of the opposing parties and some fruitful dialogue following disruptive stand-offs that good sense triumphed and they can now coexist. An existing destructive culture may not allow this harmony to persist. Whatever happens, the CFMFEM should not suffer. The legacy of Charlie, his spirit of goodwill and malice to no one, need to be sustained. Foster’s Fairplay issues a fervent call for constant interaction with the parties to lift and sustain the positive direction in which the meet is now trending. It is incumbent on these stakeholders to ensure that this takes place. Do not allow the memory of this great man to be sullied in any way. – For Feedback, email: lauriefoster2012@gmail.com MEMORABLE SUNDAY Then came the thought that her younger teammate, slightly errant at times, would benefit from the trip as a motivational tool. The fact that the latter miss lived in Kingston was no hurdle. The stout-hearted benefactor, as was Fuller, journeyed from his Manchester home to the city, collected the young athlete, drove to Trelawny for the visit, returned to Kingston for the drop-off, and made his way home all in one memorable Sunday. The incidents of selflessness, displaying single-minded dedication to the female athletes at “Chester” were numerous. The accompanying, domestic deprivation is best described by his devoted wife, Olive. With what Mr Fuller gave to Manchester High during the years he substantially funded the track and field programme the areas of controversy surrounding the introduction and subsequent staging of the meet are unfortunate. There is a threatening situation that needs to be set right if the memory of the peaceful and non-contentious individual is to be adequately maintained. As this column is being written, former head coach Samuels has taken up duties at a Kingston school. This as the Mandeville school administration ponders an altercation between his assistant, Rahnsomn Edwards, and him. Reports are that there was a physical confrontation and both were placed on suspension. Previous to that development, former head coach Jerry Holness returned from stints overseas and resumed his position, displacing Samuels, who, from all reports, had endeared himself to the athletes. Tales of a fallout in enthusiasm are rife a testimony to the influence Samuels had, and presumably, still has, even from a position external to the programme. Holness, now seemingly firmly in the saddle, has gone for another experienced coach as his assistant in Duane Jarrett. Jarrett was his deputy in the first overseas stint in Dubai.last_img read more

Stress during corn reproductive stages a concern

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Roy Ulrich, Technical Agronomist for Dekalb/AsgrowThe growing season has been quite variable across the region this year so far. For some regions of Ohio, the start to the growing season may have been slightly delayed, but once it was fit the crop went in relatively fast and stress free. For other regions, the growing season was extremely late to get started and each management step has been a struggle to accomplish between all the rains. So, whether your crop started out stress free or it has been under stress since the beginning, the state’s corn crop has transitioned from the vegetative stages into the ever-critical reproductive stages.The first of those stresses to show up in fields this year was foliar diseases. The warm, humid weather conditions of late June were the perfect environment to develop foliar diseases in corn. The development and progression of these foliar diseases leads to a direct loss in the photosynthetic ability of a plant as leaf surface area is compromised and lost for photosynthesis.The second stress is water stress due to the lack of rainfall this summer. Some areas are already several inches below the 10-year average since planting. The plant needs that water to cool itself through evapotranspiration. Moisture stress can be magnified by conditions that limit root development including sidewall compaction, tillage compaction or insect damage.Heat stress on a corn crop can negatively affect corn yield from two separate fronts. The first is the number of days that a plant is in the grain fill period. Corn development is based on growing degree units (GDUs), which are calculated by the day max temp + day minimum temp/2 – 50 with the highest maximum temperature being 86 degrees and the lowest minimum being 50 degrees. High nighttime temperatures and high daytime temperatures together increase the daily gain of GDUs. For example, a day with a high of 86 and a low of 74 results in 30 GDUs accumulated. Contrasted with a cooler day with a high of 78 and a low of 52 results in 15 GDUs accumulated.Each corn product has a set number of GDUs that it takes to complete grain fill or to move from R1 silking to R6 blacklayer at physiological maturity. So, if a product requires 1,550 GDUs to move from R1 to R6, the more GDUs per day that are accumulated the fewer days that the plants can produce photosynthate and accumulate dry matter in the form of grain. The other way that heat can negatively impact corn yield is when nighttime temperatures are high, dark respiration rates are high. This means that plants must burn more sugar to keep the plant cool and for plant maintenance. Photosynthate that is burned during this dark respiration is not available for grain fill.Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension corn specialist, reports that for every 13-degree increase in temperature, respiration rates may double. So, with high nighttime temperatures, a corn plant is burning more energy for maintenance and to stay cool, which results in less energy left to utilize for grain fill. The high temperatures result in a double hit to yield potential as it takes the plant fewer days to reach the required GDUs for blacklayer, which results in less total photosynthate produced for grain fill. In addition, plants are burning more of that energy for maintenance at night. Simply put, there is less total energy produced and more of that energy lost to maintenance in a growing season with high day and nighttime temperature compared to a growing season with cooler day and nighttime temperatures.Stress during grain fill may have a direct impact on corn yield. At this point in the growing season these are some of the main stresses on the corn crop. As I am writing this, the forecast is for the trend of above average temperatures and below average rainfall to continue so these stresses are more than likely to continue through grain fill, unless the weather pattern begins to change.last_img read more

Prevent Ice Dams With Air Sealing and Insulation

first_imgDuring snowy winters, many northern homes are plagued by ice dams. If your house suffers from wet ceilings during the winter, you may be ready to call up a contractor. Be careful, though: since most contractors don’t understand the causes of ice dams, they often suggest the wrong solution.Ice dams form when a home’s escaping heat warms the roof sheathing and melts the underside of the snow layer on the roof. Water trickles down the roof until it reaches the cold roofing over the eaves, where it freezes. After a while, the ice at the eaves gets thicker and thicker, forming an ice dam. Eventually, water backs up behind the ice dam. If the water reservoir is large enough, it can back up under the roof shingles and damage ceilings. (Image #4, below, depicts the complicated shape of a typical ice dam more accurately than the simplified drawings in Images #2 and #3.)The four possible solutions to ice damming are:While the first two of these solutions can reduce or eliminate the problem, the last two solutions are the equivalent of waving a white flag and admitting defeat.Most ice dams are caused by flaws in a home’s air barrier. If escaping indoor air finds its way to the underside of the roof sheathing during the winter, the heated air raises the temperature of the sheathing. That’s bad.One energy expert who made a career of correcting ice-dam problems was the late Tony Woods, a Canadian physicist and founder of CanAm Building Envelope Specialists in Mississauga, Ontario. After diagnosing problems in hundreds of homes, Woods knew from experience that most ice dams were caused by air leaks.I interviewed Woods a few years ago for an article in Energy Design Update. “You can’t say to the consumers,… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Vijay Mallya case: PMLA court to give verdict on “fugitive” status on October 30

first_imgThe Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court is likely to pass an order on October 30 on whether or not to declare liquor baron Vijay Mallya a Fugitive Economic Offender (FEO) .Senior counsel Amit Desai, appearing for Mr. Mallya, said the FEO Bill, 2018 is violative of Article 21 (right to life) of the Constitution. He pointed out, “Section 14 (power to disallow civil claims) of the said Act is an indirect way of confiscating the properties by declaring a person as a FEO and prohibiting him from defending his claim in a civil court.” This, he said, is a draconian measure, which takes away the right of an individual to defend himself, “a right accorded to even convicted prisoners, under Article 21.”Mr. Desai termed the main intent of the Act to be “the confiscation of property.” He also argued that under Section 14 (B), anyone can file a wrong suit and the right of defending the case is taken away. The counsel appearing for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) argued that the language used throughout the Act on declaration of an individual as an FEO shows a court “may” disallow the person from putting forward or defending any civil claim. So, it is left to the judge’s discretion. He also said, “The intent of the Act is to get somebody back to the country and make him abide by the law. It is not draconian. If Mr. Mallya comes back now then this will lapse.” On June 22, ED had filed an application at the PMLA court to declare him an FEO and sought orders to confiscate all his properties, estimated to be around ₹12,500 crore. This is the first case under the new law.The agency has filed two separate complaints with the PMLA court for money laundering against Mr. Mallya, Kingfisher Airlines Limited and United Breweries Holdings Limited. The court has taken cognisance of both cases and issued fresh non-bailable warrants against Mr. Mallya. He has also been declared a proclaimed offender and an “absconder” by court.last_img read more