South African sets diving record

first_img13 June 2005South African Nuno Gomes reclaimed the world scuba deep-diving record by descending to 318.25m below the Red Sea on Friday. The 52-year-old civil engineer now holds the cave, sea and overall depth records.In 1996 Gomes reached a depth of 286.2m in the Northern Cape’s Boesmansgat cave. With the cave’s altitude of 1 500m above sea level, this represented a dive of 337m – making it the world’s deepest scuba dive at the time.Gomes’s new record beats the 313m set by Briton Mark Ellyat off the coast of Thailand in 2003.Gomes made an attempt on the record at Daha in the Red Sea last year, but was forced to turn around at “only 271m” due to equipment failure caused by the extreme pressure.As well as the intense pressure, the deep diver braves helium tremors and nitrogen narcosis, due to the vast quantity of gases consumed. In setting the Boesmansgat record, Gomes inhaled over 54 000 litres of various gases, using nine different gas mixtures.While the descent to 318.25m took less than 15 minutes, with one minute of “bottom time”, the ascent took more than 12 hours. This was to allow Gomes’s body to decompress, flushing out all the gas inspired under pressure. Many of those 12 hours were spent within a few metres of the surface.During the ascent Gomes was accompanied by the nine members of his support team, who communicated with him using pens and boards.An “oxygen tree” was constructed for the 2004 record attempt, allowing Gomes to hang at -9m, -6m or -3m for the last, and longest, stages of his decompression.The women’s world scuba deep-diving record is also held by a South African, Verna van Schaik. Both Van Schaik and Gomes are members of Wits University’s Underwater Club, one of the world’s most experienced deep diving outfits.last_img read more

Glenn Harsh, June 8

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’ve been done with planting for probably 10 days. We are in the process of spraying crops and we are getting through the beans right now. Then we will switch to corn and get it sprayed here pretty quickly.The grasses are starting to come back on. Some of the giant rag and other aggressive weeds are getting going again too. It is time to get back out there. We are spraying as much as we can in between winds and these little showers we’ve been getting.We are also putting 28% on with our Y-DROPs. We’ve got another sprayer rigged up with the Y-DROPs so we can do that and spray the herbicide.We’ll go though now and put 15 gallons on when the corn is around knee high. Then we’ll come back at shoulder high corn and put on anywhere from 25 to 60 gallons depending on what we need in that particular area. We put about 35 units of N down with the planter and we have two tons of chicken litter on everything. We can probably count on 75 units but we give ourselves a 25-pound buffer so we count 50 pounds for the chicken litter. The corn looks good and has good color but I don’t want it to have a bad day, so that’s why we are going through it at this time to hold it until it is chest or shoulder high.I am very happy with my emergence here. I know there has been some replanting going on in central Ohio. I have been lucky that the couple spots I needed to replant weren’t any bigger than a pickup bed and it wasn’t worth taking the planter out. I have been fortunate that we have not had to do any replanting. The emergence has been very good but I know there have been one or two fields that have been replanted and some spotting in here and there. One field that was replanted was planted right before a 1.5-inch downpour. It was bad timing. Overall, though, things look very good.We are in good shape with moisture. After a cold start, once we got rolling things went pretty well. Now it is just a matter of getting all the field operations done to keep things moving in the right direction.last_img read more

Akhilesh Yadav meets family of youth killed in encounter, lashes out at govt

first_imgSamajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav visited the home of a youth who was killed in a police encounter over alleged illegal sand mining, and lashed out at the BJP government, saying he had no trust in the state police and the administration.Mr. Yadav on Wednesday met the family members of Pushpendra Yadav, who was killed last week.“Not much should be expected from the police force of a state where the chief minister openly asks them to ‘thok dalo’ (shoot) those taking law in their own hands,” he said.“I have no faith in the police and administration of the state,” Mr. Akhilesh said. The BJP hit back at him on Wednesday, saying he was more concerned about the sand mining mafia and caste arithmetic.“It was an encounter but Akhilesh has to go to the person’s house because he is in love with the sand mining mafia and has to take care of caste equation. But he does not care how the sand mining mafia should be eradicated. This is precisely why he was thrown out by the people in elections,” senior BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said. Alleging that the police killed the youth in Jhansi last week in a staged gunfight, the SP president reiterated his demand for lodging of a murder case against the SHO involved and a probe into the incident by a sitting high court judge.“No one believes the police’s theory on the encounter. Actually it is not an encounter but a murder by the police. The family members have not even got the postmortem report,” he claimed, adding that the police should not have had any objection to the family’s demand of filing a case.“It is surprising that even the last rites were performed by the police without the family members. Is this Ram Rajya?” Mr. Yadav asked. He alleged that there had been many such killings in Sonebhadhra, Saharanpur, Noida, Azamgarh and Shamli and the people had no faith in the probe by the government and administration.“It is very unfortunate that the government and administration are together in saving the police station incharge. There appears to be some big conspiracy behind this,” he said.Mr. Yadav said that he has assured the family all possible help.“There are many loopholes in the police story. The incident has sparked protests in the area,” he stressed. Mr. Yadav’s allegations of “loopholes” in the story come in the backdrop of statements by the Jhansi SSP and the SHO about the encounter. While Jhansi SSP OP Singh had told reporters on the night of the encounter that the thana incharge was returning in his private vehicle after vacation when the incident took place, the SHO concerned said that he was on patrol at the time of incident.The police claimed that Pushpendra ran a sand mining business and was shot dead on Sunday by a police team after he opened fire at the police inspector who had seized his truck used for sand mining, a few days earlier. The family members of the deceased alleged that the police officer in charge of the area, Dharmendra Chauhan, was demanding ₹1.5 lakh bribe to release the youth’s truck and he killed Yadav when he refused to pay and threatened to expose him.last_img read more

Beermen are going to miss Arwind Santos’ Spiderman dunk

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Joking aside, Cabagnot said he’s “gonna miss that spidey dunk.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next I will match you!! Haha https://t.co/Icyd2MeUus— Chris Ross (@cmross6) January 15, 2019READ: End of ‘Spiderman dunk’ as PBA deems ‘monkey ride’ unsportsmanlikeThe league on Tuesday released a memo wherein “a player who hangs onto the rim after a dunk and places either or both of his feet onto the backboard, shall be assessed with an unsportsmanlike technical foul.”ADVERTISEMENT The All-Star guards even joked about paying the fine just for Santos to continue doing his patented dunks.I’m sponsoring the first spidey dunk “fine” this conference ? @cmross6 you want to sponsor the 2nd spidey dunk ? 😊😊😊😊FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars— alex cabagnot (@askcabaggie) January 15, 2019 LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening A day hasn’t passed since the PBA issued a memorandum banning Arwind Santos’ ‘Spiderman’ dunk but his San Miguel Beer teammates Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross are already sentimental over it.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Knicks’ Enes Kanter says anyone against Turkey president is a ‘target’ MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Accountant General’s Department Stages Pensioners’ Forum on Friday

first_imgStory Highlights All Government of Jamaica Pensioners are invited to the Accountant General’s Department (AGD) Pensioners’ Forum 2017. The forum will also give the AGD an opportunity to get contact details of pensioners, including telephone numbers and email addresses, making it easier for the department to provide them with information on a timely basis. Among the participating entities are Sagicor; Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ); Ministry of Finance and the Public Service; National Health Fund (NHF); First Heritage Cooperative Credit Union; Administrator General’s Department; Chas. E. Ramson; and Cari-Med. All Government of Jamaica Pensioners are invited to the Accountant General’s Department (AGD) Pensioners’ Forum 2017.The event will be held at The Mico University College, 1a Marescaux Road, Kingston on Friday (November 17) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Acting Director for Communications and Customer Relations, AGD, Taneisha Weir Grant, told JIS News that the forum, which is an initiative of Accountant General, Carlene Murdoch, will provide the pensioners with access to various benefits and services.“When pensioners come into the AGD, we tend to get questions that are not necessarily for us but are related to what we do. So what we have done is try to get all (stakeholder agencies) at one place at one time that are able to answer all the queries that our customers have,” she explained.“Everything that they would need to visit various entities for, they can actually get it on the day,” she added.Among the participating entities are Sagicor; Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ); Ministry of Finance and the Public Service; National Health Fund (NHF); First Heritage Cooperative Credit Union; Administrator General’s Department; Chas. E. Ramson; and Cari-Med.Mrs. Weir Grant said that the organisations will provide on-spot services, including Tax Registration Number (TRN) and assisting with insurance queries.The forum will also give the AGD an opportunity to get contact details of pensioners, including telephone numbers and email addresses, making it easier for the department to provide them with information on a timely basis.The pensioners, in turn, will be able to meet their payroll officers and speak directly to the Accountant General.They will also receive free health checks and foot detox and have the chance to win prizes.There will be a writers’ corner, which will feature written and published works from pensioners.“Pensioners will be entertained, they can come and lyme and meet and greet persons that they have not seen for some time,” Mrs. Weir Grant noted.Pensioners unable to attend the forum can tune in to the live broadcast on Nationwide FM.last_img read more