AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAt 5.10pm on Saturday the 20th of May 2017 after a phone call from the public, two of Stranraer Lifeboat crew donned their dry suits, life jackets and helmets, to go to the aid of a dog which had become stuck under the pier.A spokesperson for the Stranraer RNLI said “Our lifeboat was not launched but the two crew members went down the pier ladders to discover the dog frightened at the top of a set of steps below the pier.Once the crew had settled the dog and it had got used to them, they managed to get a lead on to it and walk it back down the steps to the water. When in the water the dog swam with crew somewhat frightened, back to the pier ladders where the crew managed to climb back up the ladders with the dog and hand back to the grateful owners at 5.25pm”The Stranraer RNLI Crew stated in a note to the public – NEVER go in water after a dog always call for help!
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAn updated FLOOD ALERT has been issued for Dumfries and Galloway.Message issued at 10-08-2019 11:27Rivers in the south of the area are likely to respond to heavy rainfall that has occurred during Saturday morning. There is a risk of flooding to low-lying land, roads, properties and disruption to travel from rivers and surface water.Heavy and thundery showers then may develop anywhere in the area through Saturday afternoon and evening, although not all places will see them. This may lead to localised flooding from surface water and smaller rivers. The greatest risk is if these occur over built-up areas and the transport network. Possible impacts could include: flooding of low-lying land, roads, properties and disruption to travel.During Sunday more widespread persistent rain may affect the east of the area. This may lead to flooding from surface water and rivers. Possible impacts include: flooding of low-lying land, roads, properties and disruption to travel.Remain vigilant and remember, it is your responsibility to take actions which help protect yourself and your property. Advice and information is also available through Floodline on 0345 9881188. This FLOOD ALERT UPDATE is now in force until further notice. If you haven’t already signed up to receive free flood messages, please call Floodline or register online at sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup.Your Floodline quick dial number for this area is 24300
NewsRegional Summit takes up anti-hunger plan for the Caribbean by: Caribbean Media Corporation – January 29, 2015 109 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Director General Jose Graziano da Silva (foreground), during a news conference at the FAO headquarters in Rome. (Photo: AP)SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CMC) – A new plan to combat hunger in the Caribbean and Latin America presented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is being considered for adoption at a summit of the region’s leaders that ends here on Thursday.On Tuesday, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva presented the new regional Plan for Food Security, Nutrition and Hunger Eradication by 2025 at summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).“This proposal is a tool to help CELAC countries design national plans to transform their commitment to eradicating hunger and extreme poverty in the region into a reality,” said Graziano da Silva, later adding, via social media, that CELAC leaders were considering the plan.“The plan was developed by FAO – with support from the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) – at the request of CELAC governments.”“It is based on four broad pillars: strategy coordination at the national and regional levels, with a special focus on gender issues; sustainably ensuring access to safe and nutritious foods; widening school feeding programmes with a priority on addressing all forms of malnutrition, from under-nutrition to obesity, and; tackling the challenges posed to food security by climate change,” it added.The plan seeks to identify and establish links that can generate “virtuous circles of development,” said the food agency, citing as an example linking family farming with school feeding programmes.According to the FAO, Latin America and the Caribbean represent the only region in the world which has collectively achieved the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015.The FAO also said the region is set to reach the more stringent World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of undernourished people. Share Tweet Share Share
BusinessInternationalLocalNewsRegional ECLAC Presents Five Proposals to Increase Fiscal Space in Caribbean Countries by: – July 9, 2020 58 Views no discussions Share In a special session of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Small Island Developing States, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, called for urgently providing concessional funds to address these countries’ vulnerabilities, regardless of their per capita income.(July 8, 2020) Concessional financial support for Caribbean countries is imperative as a response to the crisis unleashed by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to confront the economic and climatic vulnerabilities affecting them. So said Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), today during a session of the United Nations High-level Political Forum 2020 (HLPF), which is taking place virtually this July, where she also presented five proposals that would enable these countries to increase their fiscal space.The event entitled Mobilizing international solidarity, accelerating action and embarking on new pathways to realize the 2030 Agenda and the Samoa Pathway: Small Island Developing States was presided over by Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, who is Vice President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and moderated by Fekitamoeloa ʻUtoikamanu, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). Participating in the discussion along with Alicia Bárcena were Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney-General, Minister for Economy and Minister responsible for climate change in Fiji; Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives; Terri Toyota, Head of the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Markets Group; Karol Alejandra Arambula Carrillo, Executive Director and Founder of MY World Mexico; Marsha Caddle, Minister of Economic Affairs and Investment of Barbados; and representatives of various countries.In her presentation, Alicia Bárcena specified that Latin American and Caribbean countries are suffering the effects of the COVID-19 crisis through five channels: a drop in trade with their main trading partners, lower prices for commodities, the disruption of global value chains, lower demand for tourism services, and a decline in remittances.In particular, Caribbean nations currently face three significant vulnerabilities, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary said: a fall in tourism-related visits calculated at between 57% and 75% in 2020, which will entail a loss of between US$22 billion and US$28 billion in income; high exposure to climate change, which is manifested in the 400 disasters that occurred between 1990 and 2019, 90.4% of which were caused by hydro-climatic phenomena (and 2020 is forecast to be a very active year with an estimated 16 named storms expected); and a high level of public indebtedness: 11 countries have a debt/GDP ratio that is above the 60% threshold for sustainability, and three are nearing or have exceeded 100% of their GDP.“High debt service in Caribbean countries limits their fiscal space for responding to the COVID-19 crisis,” the senior United Nations official emphasized. They are currently spending US$1.2 billion to address the pandemic, but debt service is very high, between 30% and 70% of their revenue, which puts great pressure on their fiscal space, Bárcena added.Alicia Bárcena also underscored that the countries of the Caribbean do not have concessional financial support, and receive very little Official Development Assistance (ODA). “Concessional financial support (to the Caribbean) is an imperative, regardless of whether they are considered to be middle-income countries,” she indicated.In this area, she explained that ECLAC is proposing five, very concrete recommendations: a debt relief initiative through a debt for climate change adaptation swap, which includes the creation of a resilience fund; a debt service standstill and a change in international financial institutions’ (IFIs) eligibility criteria for granting concessional funding; stage contingency bonds, especially with hurricane clauses; green and blue bonds; and liquidity support via the issuance of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).“There are warning signs with 10 years left to fulfill the 2030 Agenda and the Samoa Pathway. We are not going to achieve the goal of reducing poverty, or the full goals related to women’s empowerment, food security, unemployment and the strengthening of health and sanitation. That is why concessional funding is a must,” Bárcena stated.“At ECLAC, we are carrying out our ‘Caribbean First’ strategy as a priority. We are fully prepared to support Caribbean countries on the promotion of a debt relief initiative. We will advocate for a reduction and elimination of debt, regardless of the income status that countries have,” she emphasized.Alicia Bárcena also insisted on the need to open political spaces at an international level so that the voices of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) may be heard. “We need the G-20 to go further and not only consider the challenges of low-income countries, but also those of middle-income countries, especially SIDS,” she stressed. Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet
Nokia has signed an agreement with Japan’s NTT DOCOMO to supply 5G baseband products for deployment in Japan’s new 5G mobile network planned to be in commercial service by 2020. Nokia will support NTT DOCOMO’s commercial 5G operation by further enhancing existing baseband units and integrating its 5G New Radio (5G NR)-based AirScale hardware in the network, which will provide NTT DOCOMO’s mobile customers with a unique experience fueled by 5G’s extreme high speed, superior capacity and ultra-low latency.With NTT DOCOMO looking to get its 5G commercial service by 2020, Nokia’s solution will provide a natural evolution to existing 4G/LTE deployments and also successful integration into the existing operational environment. Nokia has enjoyed a long-term working relationship with Japan’s largest operator that has produced supply agreements for 3G and 4G/LTE networking technology.The two companies have also worked closely together in trials of 5G technologies, and now agree on supply of Nokia’s 5G BBUs to be able to do centralized management for 5G RRHs (remote radio heads) for aiming to deploy in 5G network. This is aligned with NTT DOCOMO’s 5G direction, which is fully utilizing existing C-RAN architecture for 5G. Based on the agreement, Nokia will support NTT DOCOMO in the evolution of its network from 4G/LTE to 5G, providing technology based on the new 3GPP-compliant 5G NR standard, the first stage of which was published shortly before the end of 2017.Nokia is fully focused on applying the 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio standard, and is involved in more than 50 customer trials of the technology around the world, ahead of expected commercial launches between 2019 and 2020. It is also active within the broad industry ecosystem, working closely with chipset and device manufacturers alike, as well as working with all initial 5G frequency bands, including 3.5 GHz, mm-wave bands, 28 GHz, and 39 GHz.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The Japan Table Tennis Association announced Thursday it will not send a team to either the Kuwait Open or the Qatar Open later this month after two Japanese hostages were killed by the Islamic State group.The JTTA was planning to dispatch 33 players for the Kuwait and Qatar tournaments, which start on Wednesday and Feb. 17, respectively, but pulled the plug after it was warned about traveling to the Middle East by the Japanese government. Japan Table Tennis Association KEYWORDS The JTTA relayed its decision to the organizers of the two competitions on Thursday. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
Current Assistant Head Coach Dean Holden will take over immediately in a caretaker capacity as the club look to appoint a successor.City Chief Executive Mark Ashton said: “We recognise the huge amount of work that Lee has put in over the last four-and-a-half years to move this club forward and we thank him for all his efforts. There have been some special moments over those years and Lee has played a significant part in them.“However, success in football is ultimately judged by results and league position and the Board believes that a change of management is needed now for Bristol City.”The club will be making no further comment at this stage as we prepare for next Wednesday’s Sky Bet Championship match against Hull City.
Mike Larabee (Courtesy: @CoachMikeUA)FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) – Mike Larabee has resigned from his position as the head women’s softball coach at the University of Arkansas it was announced on Sunday by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long.“This evening I accepted the resignation of Coach Mike Larabee from his position as our head softball coach,” Long said. “I want to thank Mike and his staff for their hard work and dedication to the Razorback program and to our softball student-athletes. I am appreciative of their efforts on behalf of the University of Arkansas.“Over the past six seasons, while we have seen some success, we have not made the progress necessary to compete and win in the Southeastern Conference and on a national level. With Bogle Park, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation, the growing popularity of SEC softball and the comprehensive student-athlete experience afforded to all Razorback student-athletes, the University of Arkansas has much to offer to prospective student-athletes both on and off the field. Those same attributes will assist in our efforts to identify a head coach who can help us attain our goals of competing for SEC championships and consistently competing in the NCAA Tournament.”Long announced a national search for the next head coach of Razorback softball will begin immediately.Arkansas ended the 2015 season with a 16-37 record (1-23 SEC). In his six seasons with the Razorbacks, Larabee posted a record of 149-181, including a 38-114 record in SEC games. During his tenure, the Razorbacks made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Rugby Union Wales never take the easy route at Rugby World Cups and this breathless triumph was no exception. Having built an 18-point advantage early in the second-half they had to withstand a spectacular Australian comeback before sealing one of their most significant victories of the modern era. The result puts the Wallabies on a potential collision course with England in the quarter-finals, while Wales are now looking at a possible last eight clash with France or Argentina if they finish top of Pool D. Warren Gatland’s side were indebted to well-taken tries by Hadleigh Parkes and Gareth Davies but they also had an unlikely hero in replacement fly-half Rhys Patchell, who scored 14 points after Dan Biggar failed a head-injury assessment in the second quarter. It was a gripping contest from the outset, with Biggar requiring just 35 seconds to register the fastest drop-goal in World Cup history. Wales looked sharp and purposeful and put Australia under persistent early territorial pressure. With penalty advantage already being played Biggar hoisted a teasing kick towards the right corner and, with Marika Koroibete all at sea, Parkes rose superbly to gather the high ball and score. The Wallabies badly needed some kind of foothold in the game and a stolen lineout and a messy Welsh scrum finally offered some encouragement. With space materialising to his right, Bernard Foley put in a neat cross kick and Adam Ashley-Cooper, playing in his fourth World Cup, cut back inside to score. This was always going to be a night of fine margins and the ongoing confusion over high tackle sanctions was again underlined. First Michael Hooper received no punishment for a late shoulder hit on Biggar before Samu Kerevi, Australia’s most threatening back, was penalised for what the referee Romain Poite eventually decided was a forearm to the head of Patchell. It has hard not to feel sympathy for Kerevi, however, given Patchell’s upright position at impact which left the ball carrier unable to do much except brace himself. Given Reece Hodge’s three-week suspension for getting into a not dissimilar defensive position against Fiji, the search for consistency over tackle heights at this World Cup is proving distinctly elusive. Wales, though, had rather more immediate priorities. Patchell, back on his feet following the Kerevi collision, landed his second penalty of the night via a post to put his side 16-8 ahead and worse soon followed for the Wallabies. From a juggled restart they regained possession only for Will Genia’s attempted pass to Foley to be intercepted by the fleet-footed Davies, who outpaced the despairing cover to increase Wales’ interval lead. Their 23-8 advantage widened by a further three points when Patchell slotted his side’s second drop-goal four minutes after the restart, leaving Australia seemingly staring down the barrel. But within a minute of Matt To’omua replacing Foley, however, the Wallabies had grabbed a try back, a lovely offload from Pocock putting Dane Haylett-Petty over. To’omua’s conversion made it 26-15 and, with Kurtley Beale also on the field in place of Ashley-Cooper, Wales’s supposedly substantial cushion began to feel significantly less comfortable. Hooper ratcheted up the tension even more with a 62nd minute try and a conversion and a penalty from Toomua made it a one-point game with 12 minutes to go. It all made for wonderful entertainment on another warm, humid evening, with so much red and gold in the stands it could have been full of MCC members. Ultimately, though, it was a Welsh night to savour. They will be hoping this is just the springboard to something even more special.
Vanderbilt running back Ralph Webb’s longest run of his career at Ole Miss last week was immediately followed by one of freshman Josh Crawford’s first carries.The Commodores (1-3) hope that sequence continues at MTSU (2-2) on Saturday (6 p.m./CBS SN).Vanderbilt running back Ralph Webb (7) dives into the end zone for a touchdown at Ole Miss on Sept. 26, 2015.“(On) the (43-yard) run, you saw Ralph come out the very next play,” offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig said. “We want guys in a position to play their absolute fastest. … (Running backs) coach (Charles) Bankins does a great job of keeping him fresh over the course of the game and the course of the season.”The balance of Webb, the team’s workhorse, and newcomer Crawford, who debuted against Ole Miss, could be a combination to jump-start Vanderbilt’s ground game against the Blue Raiders.At Ole Miss, Webb rushed for a season-high 90 yards on 25 carries along with a receiving touchdown. Crawford chipped in six carries for 20 yards and two receptions, exciting Ludwig about the freshman’s potential.“(Crawford) was dynamic. That was great to see him play,” Ludwig said. “He looked like he had been playing college football a long time — unfazed by the speed of the game and very productive with his reps. He’s an exciting young player.”Freshman Josh Crawford (22), running against Denzel Nkemdiche (4), got his first carries for Vanderbilt against Ole Miss on Sept. 26, 2015.Dallas Rivers could also get some carries against MTSU, though he logged a season-low three rushing attempts at Ole Miss after Crawford got in the game.Webb has labored for every yard. His 83 carries are the third-most in the SEC, trailing only Arkansas’ Alex Collins and Tennessee’s Jalen Hurd, who have 86. But Webb’s 282 yards rank ninth in the conference.Ludwig’s “tailback-driven offense” has averaged 137 yards rushing. That’s a significant improvement over last season’s 109-yard average, but it ranks 103rd nationally.“(The offensive line is) coming together,” Ludwig said. “But we still need more production in the run game, obviously.”MTSU allows 120.5 rushing yards per game, which is less than eight SEC teams, including Vanderbilt (125.8). Ludwig said the Blue Raiders are built well defensively.Vanderbilt downplays first game vs. MTSU in decade“I have a lot of respect for the way they play,” he said. “They have some real good size players in the interior and great skill players in the back end. The linebackers can run and play with great violence.”Webb said he is OK with giving up some of his carries to Crawford if it means he’s fresh in the fourth quarter.“I believe that two and three yards start to turn into five and seven yards and those turn into long runs,” Webb said. “Eventually it wears a defense down. We are conditioned, and I think we can run into the fourth quarter. The runs are supposed to open up as the game goes on.”Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks.SEC Week 5: Viewer’s guide, picksNEXT GAME VANDERBILT (1-3) at MTSU (2-2) When: 6 p.m. Saturday TV/radio: CBS SN/1510-AM, 95.9 FM