first_img CRISP SCORING FORM WESTERN BUREAU: After defeating Montego Bay United FC 3-1 in Monday night’s Red Stripe Premier League fixture at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, Portmore United’s head coach, Jeffrey Hewitt, believes his team’s 3-1 victory proved they can adapt and still remain razor sharp. Hewitt employed a counter-attacking style in the second half as MBU had them pinned inside their half for the majority of the second half of a thrilling match, to come away with a result that put them back atop the standings with only three regular season games left in the schedule. “We knew how this Montego Bay team plays and we wanted to catch them on the break, which we did twice, as we can play counter-attacking football too, and we demonstrated that and got three goals for it,” said Hewitt. He said his core of players can play from the bench as well as from the start and whenever summoned they are ready to perform, which oftentimes ends in a good result for the team. Hewitt’s three second-half substitutes played key roles in Monday night’s victory, but Hewitt said they remain focused on the upcoming games and the semi-finals. Ricardo Morris fired Portmore into a fifth-minute lead, which they held way into the second half when substitute Mark Alves doubled the score in the 72nd minute. Tramaine Stewart made the game safe for Portmore when he scored in the 76th minute. Owayne Gordon continued his crisp scoring form by netting in the 86th minute. However, it was the only goal MBU would muster on a night when they dominated the ball-possession statistic. Already assured a semi-final place, Portmore, according to Hewitt, went about embellishing their head-to-head record against MBU, posting a third win over their title-chasing rivals in emphatic style and now have eyes peeled on the bonus $1 million for the team ending the regular season with the most points. Portmore lead the standings with 57 points, one clear of MBU, and followed by defending champions Arnett Gardens FC (54). UWI FC (42), Humble Lion FC (41) and Harbour View (39) are also in a keen battle for the final semi-final spot. “We are taking it one step at a time. From this game, we will now concentrate on the next game and hope it gets us where we need to be at the end,” Hewitt stated.last_img read more

first_imgMother’s Day is quickly approaching as we all know and Magees Pharmacy have compiled a list of 12 reasons why she deserves the best on March 15th.1. She can power clean the house in 5 minutes if someone decides to drop by without notice.2. She will listen to overly descriptive drama, and sound interested (“So then he was like, and then I was like, and then she was like, and then she did this!!!”) 3. She will be your personal taxi driver, for FREE… (Seriously, be grateful!)4. She will be able to make a meal out of leftover roast chicken, a half leftover pepper and peanut butter.5. She knows what sibling jealousy means and becomes a Chemistry Master when it comes to pouring fruit juice (“HEY!! Jamie got more than me!! NOT FAIR!”)6. She knows how to use “On the way back” when the kids are being bratty 7. She cannot sleep until she knows everyone is home safely. She wonders why she looks tired all the time!8. She knows best. Every single time. Just because.9. She can find literally anything, anywhere. Nothing is ever lost for long.10. She will LIKE all of your Facebook posts and comment “Mom-ish” things for your friends to call you on.11. She will write “LOVE, MOM” at the end of every text message, like we couldn’t possibly know who the message is from otherwise. It will also take her a little more time to “get with the kids”, in a lovable way: 12. She is a teacher, a nurse, a cook, a shoulder to cry on. She is your best friend and sometimes your enemy. She has the ability to annoy and embarrass you beyond reason. She is all of the above, and certainly irreplaceable.WE LOVE YOU MUM!!If our 12 reasons aren’t enough to convince you to get her something special, then….WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU??For others, visit for her favorite fragrance, skincare, or pampering package. Or for the mammy who doesn’t need anything else as she is already perfect, get her a personalised photo gift using your favourite family photo!PS: We are also running a “JAMMY MAMMY” themed Facebook giveaway to win a hamper of beauty products worth over €500!Enter here by Liking and Sharing this post.Love to all mums,Magees xxMAGEES PHARMACY OUTLINE 12 REASONS WHY YOUR MUM DESERVES THE BEST THIS MOTHER’S DAY was last modified: March 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesMagee’s PharmacyMother’s Daynewslast_img read more

first_imgAfrican mangroves are getting a helping hand from Nasa. (Image: Nasa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Temilola FatoyinboEnvironmental scientist, Nasa+1 818 354 9609 USEFUL LINKS • Nasa • WWF – mangroves • African Mangrove Network • East African Mangroves• World Rainforest MovementRELATED ARTICLES • World honour for SA botanist • SA scientists find plant barcode • African projects to save the earth Janine ErasmusAfrica’s endangered mangroves are getting a helping hand from the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (Nasa), thanks to a Beninese scientist from the US space agency who recently completed what is believed to be the first ever comprehensive survey of the continent’s mangrove swamps.Results of the survey will help African countries anticipate changes and implement measures to manage and protect this sensitive ecological system, which is threatened by commercial fishing, pollution, real estate development and deforestation.In many parts of the world, mangrove swamps are disappearing faster than tropical rainforests or coral reefs – faster, in fact, than survey data can be produced, giving ecologists no time to take action.However, the study carried out by environmental scientist Dr Temilola Fatoyinbo, currently based at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Fellow under its post-doctoral programme, could turn the situation around.Earlier in the decade, as a graduate student at Virginia University in the US – and always mindful of the delicate situation of the mangroves back home – Fatoyinbo decided to tackle the issue.Her project included the development of a new satellite technique for surveying the area, height and biomass of mangrove stands. Biomass in this case refers to the sum total of all parts of a plant, both above and below ground, and is helpful to scientists for calculating the amount of stored carbon dioxide.“We’ve lost more than 50% of the world’s mangrove forests in a little over half a century; a third of them have disappeared in the last 20 years alone,” she said, “but hopefully this technique will offer scientists and officials a method of estimating change in this special type of forest”.Mangrove conservationists now have three new types of mangrove maps to draw on – area maps depicting how much of the continent is covered by mangroves; a 3D representation of the height of mangrove forest canopies; and biomass maps.To check the accuracy of her measurements, Fatoyinbo travelled to Africa to personally measure trunk diameters and tree heights. Her empirical data closely matched the numbers generated by the computer.Dwindling livelihoodAn August 2009 Nasa report, detailing Fatoyinbo’s research, claimed that “impoverished fishermen along the coast of tropical African countries like Mozambique and Madagascar may have only a few more years to eke out a profit from one of their nations’ biggest agricultural exports”.The report went on to say that in a few decades’ time, this source of livelihood may have disappeared altogether. Should that happen, said Nasa, the implications are severe not only for the botanical world, but also for climate change, biodiversity and general quality of life on earth.Salt-loving plantsMangroves, which grow in the salty zone between land and ocean, occur along much of Africa’s coastline – from Mauritania in West Africa down to Angola, and from Somalia to South Africa on the east coast. They’re also found in the Seychelles and Madagascar.They play a crucial environmental role, as they stabilise the coastline against erosion, act as a buffer for ocean surges brought on by storms, and provide a haven for over 1 300 species of sea creatures, birds and animals. Many of these species are themselves endangered.Mangroves also take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere at an estimated rate of about 123kg per hectare.However, they play an equally important social and economic role in the fortunes of nearby communities. The swamps are ideal for small-scale rice and shrimp farming, the creatures that dwell among their gnarled roots provide added food security for communities, they provide timber and firewood and they protect villages from harsh storms, winds and floods blowing in from the sea.Africa’s 3.2-million ha of mangroves, running along 2 700km of shoreline, amount to roughly 19% of the global total.The largest surface area of mangroves in all of Africa is found in Nigeria, where the leafy stands play an important role in supporting regional wildlife as well as fishing. However, the plants are threatened by oil spills. In East Africa, the highest concentration of mangroves is found in Madagascar.Species found on the west coast include Avicennia germinans (white mangrove); Laguncularia racemosa; Conocarpus erectus; and Rhizophora harrisonii, R. mangle, and R. racemosa (red mangrove). Among the 10 species found on the east coast, the most dominant are Rhizophora mucronata, Ceriops tagal and Avicennia marina.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at read more

first_imgSex could be the reason for the soccer teams powerful performances in the World Cup, as per a new survey by website Quartz. Pamela Supple, who’s a sex and relationship counselor from Sex Therapy Australia, explained that being intimate helps men connect and relax by letting loose a lot of “feel-good” hormones and chemicals, reported. But it should be kept to a half-hour or an hour time period, which is apt for a sportsperson body to rejuvenate and feel fresh, followed by 8-9 hours sleep, as overdoing the activity could leave one very tired, she added. It should be noted that while all the eight teams that remain in the battle of 2014 FIFA World Cup, have permitted intimate contact between players and their partners for some extent, the teams namely Russia, Chile, Mexico and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which have been eliminated had clearly banned sex.last_img read more

first_img The project is funded through the Universal Service Fund. Story Highlights Work is expected to begin on the Portmore Sewage Project, following approval by Cabinet of a contract valued at approximately US$21 million. “The contract is for 45 months and is funded from the National Water Commission’s K-factor stream of funds,” Work is expected to begin on the Portmore Sewage Project, following approval by Cabinet of a contract valued at approximately US$21 million to Surrey Paving and Aggregate Company Limited.Speaking at a Jamaica House media briefing on October 9, Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, informed that the project is expected to benefit the approximately 95 percent of Portmore residents, who are connected to the National Water Commission’s (NWC) sewage infrastructure.“The contract is for 45 months and is funded from the National Water Commission’s K-factor stream of funds,” she said.The Minister informed that key works under the project will include: construction of facilities to transfer sewage discharged into each of the existing five sewage treatment plants at Independence City, Bridgeport, Hamilton Gardens, Portmore Villas, and Caymanas Gardens, to Soapberry;  provision of a standby generator at each pump station; construction of an administration building to operate and monitor the key operations; de-commissioning of the five existing sewage treatment plants, which are in advanced state of disrepair; and restoration of each site to acceptable condition.Minister Falconer also announced Cabinet’s approval of a contract to Illuminat Jamaica, valuing just under US$690,000, for the supply of 180 interactive whiteboards for schools in the E-Learning Project. The contract is for six months.She noted that the interactive white board technology is used to enhance classroom lesson presentation by making them more engaging.“The contract is for the delivery and installation of the boards, as well as the training of teachers in the use and care of the fixed electronic whiteboard system,” the Minister informed.She explained that the E-Learning project operates in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and targets students at the secondary level, providing them with applications and processes of an electronic nature to improve their performance in external examinations.The project is funded through the Universal Service Fund.last_img read more