Chelsea v PSG line-ups: Matic returns as Blues eye semi-final place

first_imgAs expected, Nemanja Matic returns to the Chelse side for the Champions League last 16 second leg at Stamford Bridge.Oscar also starts and Gary Cahill partners John Terry at centre-back for the Blues, who drew 1-1 in Paris in the first leg. Kurt Zouma and Willian are among the home side’s substitutes.Former Chelsea man David Luiz is in the Paris St-Germain starting line-up. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa. Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Willian, Cuadrado, Remy, Drogba. PSG: Sirigu; Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell; Verratti, Motta, Matuidi; Pastore, Ibrahimovic, Cavani.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – April 20th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Muddy fields and rainy weather has continued to delay fieldwork in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 19th. Rainfall was actually below normal in most areas, but warmer drier weather is needed to reduce the moisture surpluses from wet weather earlier in the season. Some very limited planting of corn occurred in areas with higher elevation and/or lighter soils. Planting of oats advanced, but still lags behind the previous year and five year average. The warm temperatures last week brought on the greening of the wheat, pasture, and hay fields.View this week’s Crop Progress Report for Ohiolast_img

Who’s Hiding in Your GPS Device?

first_imgWho’s in your GPS device? Your GPS device is hiding a cast of tens of thousands. Every time your GPS device blinks to life, pioneers, innovators and at least one Chinese explorer blink back.  The journey to help you walk out your front door and find a geocache begins way back in 1400.There were clearly no GPS devices then. Magnetized needles were used to find direction for more than a thousand years. But it wasn’t until the 14th century that an admiral in China put the innovation to another use.  Zheng He is reported to be the first person to use the compass as a navigational aid. The Chinese explorer and diplomat employed the compass to direct ocean expeditions to the South and West of China beginning in 1405.Chinese magnetic compass (pbs.org)Over the next two hundred years others, including Galileo and Amerigo Vespucci, the namesake of America, further researched navigating by latitude and longitude. But there was still far to go.It wasn’t until the 1884 the International Meridian Conference adopted a universal Prime Meridian – or zero point of longitude.Less than a hundred years later, in the 1970’s, a constellation of GPS satellites was launched into orbit.  They provided never-before-realized navigation accuracy to the U.S. military.  The rest of us began enjoying that accuracy on May 2nd, 2000 when the order was issued to stop intentionally degrading the GPS signal available to the public. GPS accuracy instantly improved tenfold.One day later the first geocache was placed.Think of the scientists, politicians and navigational crusaders behind the ideas of navigating by latitude and longitude.  Every time you power up your GPS their ideas boot up too. There’s a lot going on inside your GPS.In addition to all those innovators, don’t forget the 40-some Lackeys at Groundspeak, 200-some volunteer Reviewers and four to five million other geocachers who drive this activity.   Each of these people and events make your geocaching adventure a reality.Now don’t you want to put them all to the test and go grab a geocache?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedHelp Save Our GPS! Geocachers Rally to Stop Potential GPS Signal InterferenceJuly 26, 2011In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”Before GPS and Geocaching Existed: Three Navigation SystemsNovember 18, 2014In “Geocaching Info”Motorcycle Geocaching – Two Wheels, One Mission to ExploreJanuary 31, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

Mangrove Replanting Project Underway in Portland Cottage

first_imgA mangrove replanting project is currently underway at Portland Cottage, in Clarendon. A delegation from the European Union (EU), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will conduct a site visit and tour under Component 2 of the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project (CCADRRP), on March 14. The project, valued at €4.482 million, and which is expected to last for 30 months, is being carried out under the supervision of NEPA. The tour will provide the overseas based EU delegation with an opportunity for the gathering of pertinent information and a chance to see the impact the project has had on targeted communities. Some of  the main objectives of the project is to assist with the country’s adaptation to climate change; to contribute to sustainable development in the country by increasing the resilience of vulnerable areas (such as Portland Cottage); and reduce the risks that are associated with natural hazards, especially in vulnerable communities. The project also aims to reduce downstream run-offs and other negative environmental and human impacts through rehabilitation and improved management of selected watersheds; to increase resilience of coastal eco-systems to climate change impacts; and to enhance institutional and local level capacity for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, through increasing capabilities and raising awareness. Primary activities being executed under the project include replanting some 400 hectares of lands in Watershed Areas, such as Yallahs River, Hope River, Buff Bay/Pencar and Rio Bueno; Establishing/strengthening four local Forest Management Committees and helping to establish livelihood programmes; Implementing a Forest Fire Management Programme; and establishing river protection structures in vulnerable communities. Another set of activities being carried out under the programme are: development of a database for the management of coastal ecosystems; preparation of management plans for marine protected areas in Montego Bay, Negril and the Portland Bight area; creation and planting of artificial reefs and securing marker buoys in three Marine protected areas; and replanting some 20 acres of sea grass in Negril. A pilot public education programme on climate change is also being conducted, as well as a pilot project on risk and vulnerability assessment to address issues of climate change. Key organizations that are playing an active role in the project include the Forestry Department, which is responsible for rehabilitated watershed areas, through slope stabilization measures, such as the reforestation of destroyed slope cover on hillsides; NEPA, that is responsible for increased flexibility of selected coastal areas against potential climate change impacts; and the island’s Meteorological Service, which is responsible for climate change capacity building and awareness raising. By O. Rodger Hutchinsonlast_img read more