The Ardley Cove area (located on the Maxwell Bay shoreline, Fildes Peninsula, King George Island, Antarctica) is characterized not only by its high biodiversity, but also by a high density of scientific stations, making it potentially one of the most impacted areas of Antarctica. In order to assess the source, contamination levels, distribution and availability of several trace elements (Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Pb, Cd and Hg) in and around Maxwell Bay, soil and seawater samples were collected. Soil samples were also collected in the study reference site near the Bellingshausen Dome area, as it lies far from centers of human activity and associated infrastructure. Enrichment factors (EFs) and sequential extractions were also used to assess the degree of contamination and availability of the trace elements under investigation. The results obtained in this study pointed to the existence of several contamination hotspots, mainly related to high levels of Zn, Pb, Cd, Cr and Ni. Comparison of the contaminant distribution patterns with data from earlier studies allowed the identification of anthropogenic sources. Use of the EF approach and sequential extractions confirmed these findings. In particular, higher extraction proportions were obtained for Zn and Pb (68 and 71%, respectively), which were also the same elements where the highest EFs were determined. The results obtained in this study clearly point to human impact on the natural environment in this region of Antarctica and we recommend the implementation of appropriate contamination control and remediation methods.
The midfielder’s compatriot at ‘The Blues’, Victor Moses bagged a 50,000 pounds-a-week when he joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic in 2012.Watford striker Odion Ighalo is believed to have improved on his 25,000 pounds-a-week after he recently signed a contract extension.Defender Kenneth Omeruo is on 15,000 pounds every week even though he has yet to play an official match for Chelsea.It was further gathered that Iheanacho’s new handlers negotiated this bumper deal even though they are still locked in an ownership tussle with the player’s previous representatives, who are based in the United States of America.Iheanacho’s former agents had proposed a new contract of 50,000 pounds-a-week for the 19-year-old forward.He earned less than 18,000 pounds-a-week when he first joined Manchester City.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City starlet Kelechi Iheanacho is now the top Nigeria earner in the English Premier League on 85,000 pounds-a-week to knock off Chelsea star John Mikel Obi.This month, Iheanacho signed a new two-year contract extension at City till 2021, saying his new contract will “change the lives of his family”.Mikel, who moved to England 10 years ago, has been the ‘Biggest Boy’ from Nigeria for many years and he is now on 70,000 pounds a week at Stamford Bridge.
Tags: Costa Ballena, elite golf, England teams England ended the Costa Ballena Octagonal match in Spain on a high after sweeping away with the singles to beat Portugal 5.5-0.5.The foursomes were cancelled because of fog, but when the players got out for the singles they meant business.They won all five matches on the course and also claimed a half for the game of Joe Long, who withdrew from the tournament with a foot injury.Sam Done (6/5) and Ben Hutchinson (6/4) had the biggest wins, followed by David Langley (3/2), Jake Bolton (3/1) and Harry Goddard (2/1).Spain retained the title, beating the Netherlands 4-2. The bronze medal went to Germany, beating Iceland 4.5-1.5. The remaining places were taken by Finland, Italy, England and Portugal.Click here for full scores25 January 2019England’s medal hopes are dashedEngland’s hopes of a medal in the Costa Ballena Octagonal match in Spain were dashed yesterday when the team lost to Germany 5.5-3.5 on the final day of the group stage.A win would have put England in a tie to defend last year’s bronze medal, but now they play Portugal for place.The team made a good start to the match against Germany, leading 2-1 after the morning foursomes.Harry Goddard and Jake Bolton paired up to halve their game, are were followed by David Langley and Ben Hutchinson, who won on the 18th. The third game was shared after Joe Long’s withdrawal with a foot injury.But the afternoon singles went Germany’s way, with just Jake Bolton and Sam Done squeezing halved results from their games. Long’s game was also scored as a half.The championship final is between last year’s winners, Spain, and the Netherlands. German and Iceland will play to decide the bronze medal.Click here for full scores23 January 2019Spain pulls out the stops to halt EnglandDefending champions Spain pulled off a remarkable singles performance to thwart England 6-3 on the second day of the Costa Ballena Octagonal match in Spain.England got off to a great start, with two fighting performances, to lead 2.5-0.5 after the morning singles.Harry Goddard and Jake Bolton were all square after 12 holes but battled away to win 1up. The same spirit drove David Langley and Ben Hutchinson, who were two down after 12 but were back on level terms after 14 and also went on to win 1 up.The team’s morning scoreline was completed by the half point allocated to the final game after Joe Long had to withdraw from the tournament with a foot injury.With half a point straight in the bag from Long’s singles, England needed just two points from the afternoon’s sessions for the win.But Spain had other ideas and, although Harry Goddard, Sam Done and Ben Hutchinson all went to the 18th, the hosts completed a clean sweep of the live games to score their second win of the championship.England coach Paul Ashwell said: “It was a tough afternoon. Spain got off to a very strong start in the singles matches and despite a brave fightback by England we could not find the two points required to win. Congratulations to Spain.”Tomorrow England play Germany.Click here for full scores22 January 2019 Winning start for England in Costa BallenaEngland made a winning start to the Costa Ballena Octagonal match in Spain with a 5.5-3.5 win over Finland.They got off to a good start with a 2-1 lead after the morning foursomes. Jake Bolton and Sam Done pushed ahead after the turn to secure their 2/1 win, while David Langley and Ben Hutchinson halved their game.The third game was scored as a half, following the withdrawal of Joe Long who has a foot injury and is unable to play in the tournament.In the afternoon singles, the team forged further ahead with big wins from Harry Goddard (6/5), Langley (4/3) and Hutchinson (6/5).Tomorrow, England will play the hosts and defending champions, Spain. They will complete their group stage with a match against Germany on Thursday. The other group involves Italy, Iceland, Holland and Portugal.The winners of both groups will play the final on Friday, with the other teams playing-off for places.Last year England won the bronze medal, fighting back from disappointment after they were unbeaten in the group stage but missed out on a place in the final on countback.The team, captained by Tony Moran and coached by Paul Ashwell, is:Jake Bolton, 20, (Ogbourne Downs, Wiltshire)Sam Done, 21, (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire)Harry Goddard, 18, (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire)Ben Hutchinson, 23, (Howley Hall, Yorkshire)David Langley, 24, (Castle Royle, BB&O)Joe Long, 21, (Lansdown, Gloucestershire) withdrawn 25 Jan 2019 England sign off with a big win
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. pork and beef exports continued to trend above year-ago levels in June, capping a very strong first half of the year. According to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), exports also achieved higher values on a per-head-slaughtered basis and accounted for a steady-to-higher percentage of total production.June beef exports were the largest of 2017, reaching 109,554 metric tons (mt) — up 11% year-over-year and the largest June total since 2011. Export value increased 10% to $602.5 million. For January through June, beef exports were up 12% in volume (606,876 mt) and 15% in value ($3.35 billion) compared to the first half of last year.Exports accounted for nearly 13% of total U.S. beef production in June and 10% for muscle cuts only — each about even with a year ago. The ratios were the same for January through June, which was also steady with the first half of last year. Export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $264.51 in June, up 6% from a year ago. Through June, per-head export value was up 8% to $269.21.Pork exports totaled 200,229 mt in June, up 6% year-over-year and the largest June volume on record, valued at $527.1 million, up 4%. This pushed the first-half total to 1.25 million mt valued at $3.21 billion — up 13% and 16%, respectively.Exports accounted for 27% of total pork production (up more than one percentage point from a year ago) in June and 22% for muscle cuts only (steady with last year). For the first half, with production at a record pace, both ratios increased significantly from a year ago. The percentage of total production jumped from 25.3% to 27.8%, and for muscle cuts the increase was from 21.4% to 23%. Export value per head slaughtered in June was up 1% to $53.41 and the first-half average increased 12% to $54.09.“In this time of large red meat production, the upward trend in per-head export value and in the percentage of production exported is especially critical to the industry,” said Philip Seng, USMEF President and CEO. “These metrics confirm that we’re not simply exporting more red meat because more is available — those exports are also generating excellent returns. It was also gratifying to see that the U.S. trade deficit narrowed in June due to an expansion of exports, knowing that the red meat industry made another solid contribution toward that effort.”Chilled beef to Asia drives first-half growth, but exports increased to most destinationsBeef exports to leading market Japan continued to gain momentum in June, with volume up 7% to 27,521 mt and value up 13% to $174.4 million (the highest since 2000). First-half exports to Japan exceeded last year’s pace by 23% in volume (150,812 mt) and 28% in value ($905.8 million). This included a 40% increase in chilled beef exports to 70,807 mt, valued at $511 million (up 38%), as the U.S. captured more than 50% of the chilled beef market. While demand for U.S. beef is very strong in Japan’s retail and foodservice sectors, frozen exports to Japan face a higher tariff rate through March 2018.June exports to South Korea were the largest since January at 14,701 mt, up 14% from a year ago, valued at $92.4 million (up 20% and the highest of 2017). First-half exports to Korea were up 13% in volume (83,357 mt) and 21% in value ($527.7 million). The U.S. also captured more than 50% of Korea’s chilled beef market as chilled exports totaled 18,816 mt (up 83% year-over-year) valued at $166 million (up 86%).Other first-half highlights for U.S. beef exports included:Exports to Taiwan totaled 20,376 mt (up 19% from a year ago) valued at $179 million (up 26%). This included chilled beef exports of 8,178 mt (up 19%) valued at $93.5 million (up 22%) as the U.S. captured more than 70% of Taiwan’s chilled beef market.After a slow start to the year, exports to Hong Kong rebounded to post double-digit first-half gains in both volume (56,846, up 11%) and value ($357.4 million, up 17%).Exports to Mexico increased 3% in volume (114,923 mt) while slipping 3% in value ($459.7 million). But muscle cut exports to Mexico — mainly shoulder clods, rounds and other end cuts — fared better, increasing 9% in volume (61,782 mt) and 2% in value ($353.8 million).Led by a doubling of exports to Vietnam and Indonesia and strong demand in the Philippines, exports to the ASEAN region increased 85% in volume (20,532) and 61% in value to $99 million.Fueled by strong growth in Chile, Guatemala and Colombia, exports to Central and South America increased 11% in volume (19,137 mt) and 5% in value ($83.8 million). Exports to Brazil, which began in late April, totaled 412 mt of muscle cuts and 651 mt of variety meat at a combined value of $2.6 million.After reopening in 2016, South Africa quickly emerged as the fourth-largest destination for U.S. beef variety meat, with first-half exports (mainly livers) reaching 7,849 mt — an increase of nearly 500% from a year ago — valued at $6 million. First-half pork export growth led by Mexico, Korea, South AmericaPork exports to leading volume market Mexico remained on a record pace in June, increasing 19% year-over-year in both volume (64,712 mt) and value ($124.9 million). This pushed the first-half total to 398,565 mt (up 23%) valued at $731.6 million (up 29%). A major factor behind this increase is that Mexican consumers are eating significantly more pork, both imported and domestic. Over the past 10 years, Mexico’s annual per-capita pork consumption has increased by about one third, and is expected to reach 18 kilograms this year (carcass weight equivalent), based on USDA estimates. Over the same period, Mexico’s pork production has increased by 30%.June exports to leading value destination Japan were below year ago levels, dipping by 8% in volume (30,401 mt) and 10% in value ($124.3 million). But first-half totals remained higher than a year ago at 200,175 mt (up 4%) valued at $810.6 million (up 8%). Chilled pork exports to Japan declined 2% to 107,032 mt, but value increased 5% to $501 million. The U.S. holds 55% of the chilled pork market in Japan and continues to face growing competition from Canadian pork.Other first-half highlights for U.S. pork exports included:Capitalizing on rapid growth in home meal replacement items and other foods that emphasize convenience, as well as duty-free status for most cuts under the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, pork exports to South Korea climbed 31% from a year ago to 94,545 mt, valued at $258.5 million (up 38%). With a strong second half, exports to Korea could exceed the record set in 2011, when Korea was facing a domestic pork shortage due to foot-and-mouth disease. This year Korea’s imports have been driven by strong consumer demand, as Korea’s domestic pork production is slightly ahead of last year’s pace.While exports to China/Hong Kong fell below last year’s pace in volume (271,297 mt), value still increased 3% ($558.4 million). This reflected the strong price commanded for pork variety meat, as first-half variety meat exports to the region climbed 19% in volume (172,269 mt) and 28% in value ($367.2 million).Led by exceptional growth in Colombia and Chile, pork exports to Central and South America were up 51% in volume (81,930 mt) and 56% in value ($200.3 million). Exports also doubled to Peru and solid increases were achieved in Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua and El Salvador.Strong growth in the Dominican Republic pushed pork exports to the Caribbean up 36% in volume (26,984 mt) and 35% in value ($63.7 million). Exports also increased to the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti and Barbados.Larger shipments to the Philippines and Singapore helped drive exports to the ASEAN region up 20% in volume (23,207 mt) and 28% in value ($59 million).Led by the above-mentioned success in China/Hong Kong, pork variety meat exports achieved exceptional growth in the first half, increasing 19% year-over-year in volume (286,787 mt) and 32% in value ($580.3 million). Additional markets contributing to this growth included Mexico, Canada, Chile, Colombia and the Philippines. Variety meat export value averaged $9.78 per head slaughtered in the first half, up $2.10 from a year ago.Lamb exports continue to show improvementU.S. lamb exports exceeded year-ago levels for the second straight month in June, reaching 642 mt (up 40%) valued at $1.75 million (up 58%). First-half lamb exports were still down 13% from a year ago in volume (3,755 mt) but increased 10% in value to $9.6 million. For lamb muscle cuts only, first-half exports were up 20% in both volume (1,079 mt) and value ($6.6 million) including year-over-year growth to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Taiwan.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Updated:Final results from Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Ohio leg came in at an estimated 154.35 bushels per acre of corn. Soybeans totaled 764.01 pods in a 3×3’ square in the Buckeye State.On the western leg, South Dakota corn yields averaged 154.08 bpa for corn and 832.85 soybean pods in a 3×3’ square.It’s time once again for the incomparable Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood is riding along on the eastern leg this week as the group of scouts split up each day on 12 different routes to see things firsthand in American fields. The first day takes groups from Columbus to mid-Indiana.Stop 14 – Madison County, INCorn: This was a field with holes in it, and one of those spots is where we found ourselves when we did our paces in. 75 bpa is where we found ourselves. Several stalks trying for 3 ears because of the lack of competition around it, but those just aren’t going to produce. Also some tassel ear from place to place, as pictured below.Soybeans: Not a terrible field, especially as we compare it to other items earlier in Indiana, but nowhere near the best so far. Disease and insect pressure are not heavy. These beans look a bit stressed compared to other counterparts. 736 pods in a 3×3’ square.Stop 13 – Grant County, INCorn: Lower maturity corn here. Decent ear count, but low kernel amount brought the field down a bit to 140 bpa. Rain will be a big factor for this corn in the next few weeks.Soybeans: A surprisingly high podded field. Pods were heavily grouped in the lower 4-5 inches of the beans, but nice sized and nice grouping. 1204 pods per 3×3’ square. The second best in the state so far, though from the outside in, things weren’t looking nearly as promising.Stop 12 – Grant County, INCorn: Probably the best field we have seen so far with good population and nice, even ear growth. Not the biggest ears in the world, but this field has maturity and consistency we haven’t been finding much of. A bit of disease pressure in this field with beginning ear worm. 183 bpa on this corn.Soybeans: Good things come in pairs as this was a nice soybean field with good population and growth. 1341 pods in a 3×3’ square.Stop 11 – Blackford County, INCorn: Surprising the corn didn’t yield a bit better here, but just not enough ears. 143 bpa average. Now getting into parts of Indiana with more Prevented Plant acreage, and the delayed year is showing in the fields that did get planted.Soybeans: 504 pods in a 3×3’ square. Indiana beans are unfortunately trending on the immature side so far with small pods and very few beans.Stop 10 – Jay County, INCorn: A less than impressive corn field that didn’t have very many ears at all. Likely a field that will end up (or should) as silage corn. Just 18 bpa corn.Soybeans: Also a less than stellar soybean field, but still better than the corn field. Pod count in a 3×3’ square was 614.Stop 9 – Jay County, INCorn: A consistent start to Indiana with two stops in the 170 range. Quality is looking good at 172.7 bpa, with plenty of moisture as we’ve seen areas of standing water the further west we head.Soybeans: Just a 289 pod count in a 3×3’ square. This disappointing field is lacking in maturity. Plenty of blooms left on this plant with small pods needing plenty of growing time. This field had a fair amount of volunteer corn, but also some places where there was standing water in the past. We can’t count pods that haven’t been developed from the bloom yet.Stop 8 – Adams County, INCorn: 178 bpa. The ears on these plants look really good with things well into milk stage, preparing for dough stage. Ear length was nice and overall, a field with nice prospects.Soybeans: 885 pods in a 3×3’ square. A nice bean field, but the pod count just wasn’t there yet. The next few weeks are crucial in this field’s production. Overall little to no disease or insect pressure.Stop 7 – Van Wert County, OHCorn: Another field that is behind in maturity, but the ears have plenty of potential with good kernel depth and length. It helped push the average up to 168 bpa. Though there was plenty of variability in this field, something we’ve seen a lot of along this tour.Soybeans: This field did not have the vegetation like other fields we had seen, plus lower pod count went into a pod count of 934 in a 3×3’ square. Generally good condition.Stop 6 – Mercer County, OHCorn: This was our best field of the day so far at 214.4 bpa. The farmer stopped by and said they had been blessed in their area with about 5 inches of rain in the last few weeks. Not much disease or insect pressure on this area.Soybeans: A great looking field of beans with a 985 pod count in a 3×3’ square. Lower plant population here, though the plants that are around are very healthy with a notable amount of pods. Pods are set low though, unfortunately.Stop 5 – Auglaize County, OHCorn: 164.7 bpa estimate on this stop. Quite a bit of rain overnight in this area with our buts covered in mud. Grain length was quite a bit more than other fields with longer ears, leaving more potential in this field.Soybeans: This field had 975 pods in a 3×3’ square. A bit of insect pressure found, but overall an extremely healthy crop. Unfortunately the pods are less than numerous in this 30” row width field that hasn’t completely canopied.Stop 4 – Auglaize County, OHCorn: 98.75 bpa. A lot of two ear stalks that seem to be slowing each other down. This field looked a lot better from the road. Blistering stage with a lot of ears still in need of pollination.Soybeans: A short, but productive soybean field. A good amount of pods per plant for as tall as they are.Stop 3 – Shelby County, OHCorn: Short corn, but a bit more progress than the previous field. This corn should yield, given good enough rain. 123.9 bpa estimate on an overall healthy field. This area was hit hard by a later planting.Soybeans: A field with variable height and branching. The pulls varied in pods considerably. 1118 pods in a 3×3’ square.Stop 2 – Logan County, OHCorn: A field with a long way to go – just recently pollinated, though ears are small at 4.5-5 inches. As a result, just 66 bpa estimated yield. Some soybeans sprinkled into the lower parts of this field shows major rain has hit these fields in the past.Soybeans: Not very many pods started on these blooming beans. Just 1 pod on the sample taken.Stop 1 – Logan County, OHCorn: This field came in at an estimated 181.9 bpa (these are only for that field. State by state averages are released at the end of each day). Milk stage corn that was very green and seemed to have good moisture. This area just received moisture overnight, though the crops seemed to be dealing with the recent lack of moisture just fine.Soybeans: These beans were in full pod and starting to fill out. The estimate came in at 1477 pods in a 3×3 foot square. A notable amount of frogeye was found in this field. Would expect yield robbing to occur.
PBA IMAGESMeralco completed its dominance of Star in the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals with a 91-88 overtime win in Game 3 Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bolts zoomed to an early lead in overtime with five unanswered points, holding the Hotshots scoreless for close to four minutesADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City But just when Meralco seemed poised to put the game beyond reach, Star kept its hopes alive when Mark Barroca managed to answer Cliff Hodge’s triple with 14 seconds left to cut the Bolts lead to three, 91-88.Star then trapped Newsome on the inbounds play to force a jump ball with six seconds left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough the Hotshots got the possession, Jio Jalalon could not get a proper shot over three Bolts as time expired.“I never expected a Star team to give up, a lot of credit goes to coach Chito [Victolero] for leading a team and fighting it out tonight,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black. “We really had to gut it out, it was a hard-fought victory for us but in the end it’s all worth it because we get to move to the championship round.”Star started the overtime period on a miserable pace missing its first seven shots before Rafi Reavis converted underneath with 31.9 seconds left in the game to cut the deficit to 88-85.Allen Durham filled the stat sheets for the Bolts with 24 points, 19 rebounds, and six assists while Hodge added 18 points and eight boards.Barroca had 21 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists to lead the Bolts while Marc Pingris added 16 points and six boards.The Bolts now await the winner of the semifinals series between Ginebra and TNT in their return to the finals.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Estrella repays Co’s trust as Mapua finds silver lining in lost season MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool midfielder Fabinho: Jardim so important for meby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Fabinho has paid tribute to his former AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim.Fabinho , 25, left Monaco for Liverpool in the summer of 2018 and today the midfielder is considered one of the world’s foremost in his position.He told the Liverpool Echo: “After five seasons in Monaco, I knew it was the right time to leave for another step in my career. I wanted to sign up for a big club. I did not hesitate to come to Liverpool, and as soon as the transfer window opened, the deal became official. “It’s really a huge club, one of the biggest in the world. The club has great ambitions and that’s what I wanted with my career, so I’m very happy to be here.”My time in Monaco was very good and I think I developed all the time. I stayed for five years and work with Leonardo Jardim for four. He was a coach who developed me. It was he who made me take a big step and change position (from the right back). We always talked about it when I liked that position and he liked to see me in it.”
Sheffield Utd boss Wilder ‘not surprised’ by Henderson ‘world best’ claimsby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder has no problem with Dean Henderson’s outspoken ways.The on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper has claimed that he can become the world’s best.“He’s a confident boy, he backs himself to do well,” he said.“I’m not surprised he’s saying these words. If they came from someone else, I might have a different view, but knowing what the boy is about, I smile. I love it, I love his positivity.“I love his reaction as shown against Watford and the way he will work and work to be the best he can.“If he works as hard as he can, then you never know where that can take you.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says that Jamaica is well on its way to achieving most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). She said that recent assessments indicate that the country is expected to meet targets for poverty reduction, infant and child nutrition, primary education and access to safe drinking water. Ms. Hanna was speaking at the 7th annual Caribbean Child Research Conference on November 7 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. The MDGs are eight international development goals agreed on by world leaders through the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration in September 2000. All 193 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organisations have agreed to achieve these goals by the year 2015. The MDGS are: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; achieving universal primary education; promoting gender equality and empowering women; reducing child mortality; improving maternal health; combating HIV and AIDS; ensuring environmental sustainability; and developing a global partnership for development. Noting Jamaica’s progress, the Youth Minister informed that enrolment in primary and junior secondary school is now near universal levels at some 81.3 per cent, while access to safe water and sanitation facility has improved considerably, with coverage at 99.9 per cent. Ms. Hanna however pointed out that, Jamaica is not expected to meet targets for infant and maternal deaths. “The country is also lagging in the area of gender equality, particularly as it relates to male underperformance in education and the issue of a higher rate of unemployment for women, despite their educational gains, and the fact that we have legislation that (stipulates) equal pay for equal work,” she remarked. In the meantime, the Minister indicated that Jamaica has come a far way in meeting its commitments to the nation’s children. “This is certainly the case from a policy and legislative standpoint,” she said. She noted that major achievements have been made with the creation of organisations such as the Child Development Agency (CDA), Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), and the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), which are products of the 2004 Child Care and Protection Act. These measures, she said, have assisted in strengthening the institutional framework for child protection. Also, in June the government launched the Child Protection Database, which was developed to help with the improved targeting of interventions for children by the various local and international agencies. The two-day conference, which was being held from November 6 to 7, is organised by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), in collaboration with several entities including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), OCA and the OCR. Under the theme: ‘Political Independence and Child Rights: Promoting Child Rights Through Research’, the main objectives of the conference are to: promote a culture of research among students in the high schools in the Caribbean; recognise the work of child researchers in child-related research; and disseminate findings from such research.
On the heels of their annual Art For Life Gala event, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons) has launched an online auction to support their mission of providing disadvantaged urban youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to under-represented artists and artists of color.This year’s auction, hosted by partners at Charitybuzz, offers exclusive one-of-a-kind experiences unable to be found elsewhere. Now up for bid are items such as:• Meet Russell Simmons and Experience a 1-Week Internship at All Def Digital • Meet will.i.am with a Tour of His Creative Studio in Hollywood • Meet The Roots with 2 Tickets to “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” • Meet with Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos • Have Lunch with Jason Flom, CEO of Lava Records • Meet Ice-T on the Set of Law & Order: SVU • Meet Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall this August • 7 Night Stay in a Bayview Pool Villa Suite at Soneva Kiri in Thailand • Power Meeting with Daymond John, CEO of FUBU & Shark Tank Judge • 4 Tickets and Meet & Greet with Katy Perry on her “Witness: The Tour” The full auction can be found at: charitybuzz.com/artforlifeThe 2017 Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Gala “Art For Life: Midnight at the Oasis” was held this past Saturday, July 15 at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, N.Y.