Damian Lillard dons Oakland A’s jersey before Western Conference Finals opener

first_imgOAKLAND — Damian Lillard is proud of his Oakland roots, showing so yet again before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in his home town.Lillard, who grew up in Brookfield Village in East Oakland, less than a five-minute drive from Oracle Arena, donned a No. 0 Oakland A’s jersey while signing autographs before Tuesday night’s game.Power move pic.twitter.com/JW7dyw8Jzy— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) May 14, 2019 “He is Oakland,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said of his star point …last_img

Solar solution mooted for Africa’s produce wastage problem

first_img4 November 2015In developing countries, particularly in the warmer climates of Africa and Asia, 45% of food goes bad because of a lack of cold storage. It’s a specifically tough challenge for small-scale farmers transporting fresh produce from rural farms to urban markets. Food can be left in scorching heat for hours, ruining it and ultimately leading to large financial losses for both farmers and sellers.An industrial start-up company in Lagos, Nigeria, has developed a solution: solar-powered refrigeration stations.ColdHubs, founded by entrepreneur-farmer Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, could have the potential to solve the food wastage issue and help to save the livelihoods of the over 500 million farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.The idea has the potential to level the playing fields for small-scale farmers against large mass-production farming, giving them a competitive edge by solving storage challenges. For South Africa, the ColdHubs idea could help fulfil some of the goals of the National Development Programme, including sustaining rural communities’ economy and contributing to food security.Using solar panels to power the refrigeration, ColdHubs is an easily assembled, modular walk-in cold room that provides effective storage and preservation for perishable foods for up to 21 days, cutting down on food wastage by 80%. Farmers can rent the units as a pay-as-you-store subscription, making it cheaper to use.Designed for use in small-scale fresh food production and at informal food markets, ColdHubs’ units provide farmers with 12cm-thick cold insulation walls, keeping the inside temperature at a constant 5 degrees Celsius.Chosen by the science ministries of United Nations member states, the ColdHubs concept is one of 14 environmentally friendly innovations from over 800 global ideas that best represent the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.Source: Celebrating Progress Africalast_img read more

Injured in cross-border firing, 10-day-old baby dies in J&K’s Poonch

first_imgA 10-day-old infant who was injured during cross-border firing in Poonch sector on Sunday has succumbed to the injuries at a hospital there.“The baby was undergoing treatment but unfortunately he succumbed [late on Sunday],” Deputy Commissioner Poonch Rahul Yadav said.The infant and his mother, Fatima Jan, were injured in cross-border firing in Shahpur area of Poonch district on Sunday night.The baby was yet to be named, according to the family.According to officials, the Pakistani army started firing and mortar shelling around 7.30 p.m. in Bandi Chechian, Karmara and Kerni areas of Poonch sector on the Line of Control. “A total of three persons were treated at the Poonch hospital,” the official said.last_img

Entries Invited for Poet Laureate of Jamaica/Helen Zell Young Writer’s Prize

first_img The country’s young poets are being invited to submit entries for the newly established Poet Laureate of Jamaica and Helen Zell Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry.The programme, which is a collaborative initiative of the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) through the office of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica and the United States- based University ofMichigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, seeks to recognise talented young Jamaicans with an interest in pursuing a career in poetry.The winner will receive a cash prize of US$1,000 as well as the opportunity to participate in the award ceremony to be held in Kingston on World Poetry Day on March 21, 2018.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, who officially opened the programme during the launch of Legal Deposit Month on October 11 at the National Library of Jamaica, downtown Kingston, endorsed the initiative, which she said, will assist in preserving Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage.Listing several award-winning Jamaican authors and poets, among them Poets Laureate Professor Mervyn Morris and Lorna Goodison, Ms. Grange encouraged the younger generation of cultural artisans to participate in the competition as a first step in making their mark in the annals of Jamaica’s cultural heritage.“It is our hope that through this platform, a new generation of Jamaican poets will rise up to pen their own contributions to our sterling literary heritage. Indeed, you should have no shortage of inspiration. Now is your time to make your mark,” she said.Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2017. The winner will be announced in February 2018.Lorna Goodison, who is Poet Laureate of Jamaica for the period 2017 to 2020 will be visiting several secondary and tertiary institutions across the island to promote the programme.Judging and selection of original works will be conducted in two rounds, with the first round being carried out by a panel of judges at the NLJ.Shortlisted submissions will be sent to the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan for the final round of judging. The programme is providing funding for the cash prize.For further information on entry requirements and application forms, contact the National Library of Jamaica at: poetlaureate@nlj.gov.jm or visit www.nlj.gov.jm. The country’s young poets are being invited to submit entries for the newly established Poet Laureate of Jamaica and Helen Zell Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry. The winner will receive a cash prize of US$1,000 as well as the opportunity to participate in the award ceremony to be held in Kingston on World Poetry Day on March 21, 2018. The programme, which is a collaborative initiative of the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) through the office of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica and the United States- based University of Story Highlightslast_img read more