W. Visayas coastal waters still red-tide free

first_imgRed tide is a phenomenon caused by an explosivegrowth and accumulation of certain microscopic algae, predominantlydinoflagellates, in coastal waters. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Coastal recently declared coastal waters in Western Visayas as redtide free. Red tide is a phenomenon caused by an explosive growth and accumulation of certain microscopic algae, predominantly dinoflagellates, in coastal waters. AKEAN FORUM KALIBO, Aklan – The Bureau ofFisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said coastal waters of Panay and NegrosIslands’ remain safe from toxic red tide. In its Dec. 2 bulletin, BFAR issued nored tide advisory in the coastal waters of Aklan, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Antique,Iloilo, and Guimaras The harmful algae bloom, according toNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is caused by microscopic algaethat produce toxins that kill fish and make shellfish dangerous to eat. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN)center_img Meanwhile in Negros Occidental,coastal waters of E.B. Magalona, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City,Hinigaran and Victorias City are still negative from red tide toxin. In Aklan, coastal waters of Altavas,Batan and New Washington in Batan Bay; Mambuquiao and Camanci in Batan, Aklan;Sapian Bay covering the towns of Ivisan and Sapian and the towns of PresidentRoxas, Pilar, Panay and Roxas City in Capiz province remained red-tide free. In the same bulletin, BFAR saidcoastal waters of Gigantes Islands, Carles in Iloilo and water bodiesconnecting to Pilar, Panay, President Roxas and Roxas City in Capiz, and SapianBay (Ivisan and Sapian) in Capiz are also not affected by red tide warning.last_img read more

2 NCAA bids for UW hoops

first_imgTrevon Hughes and the Badgers had a season highlighted by a win over eventual national champs Duke.[/media-credit]It was a tale of two teams for the Wisconsin men’s basketball program in 2009-10: with Jon Leuer and without him.With the 6-foot-10 Minnesota native providing an inside counterbalance to the outside scoring of Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon, the Badgers got off to a 10-2 nonconference start, including Maui Invitational wins over Arizona and eventual No. 4-seed Maryland in the third-place game.The next time UW hit the hardwood, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Bo’s crew pulled off what could be considered the program’s biggest win ever, downing Duke — the eventual national champion — 73-69, igniting the Kohl Center crowd and handing the Blue Devils their first Challenge loss ever.When Big Ten play got underway, Wisconsin collected wins over an Evan Turner-less Ohio State squad and at Penn State before predictably falling at Michigan State in a game where Leuer scored 21 of the team’s paltry 47 points.In the following outing, versus then No. 4 Purdue, Wisconsin earned the second of its three top-10 upsets, but lost Leuer to a broken wrist.Without Leuer’s post-scoring presence, the team managed to salvage a 6-3 mark by becoming a perimeter-oriented offense and with the emergence of sophomore guard Jordan Taylor.Upon Leuer’s return, it appeared the team had regained its stride, winning four out five to close the regular season.However, the Badgers were out of sorts in a Big Ten tournament loss to Illinois, even worse in an opening-round win over Wofford, and, at the end of the day, seemed listless and overmatched versus the Big Red of Cornell, falling 87-69 to end their season.For a team that was picked to finish as low as 10th in preseason polls, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team acquitted itself quite well, securing the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid in the Lisa Stone era.Just like the previous season, Stone’s squad jumpstarted the year by going 10-1 in nonconference play, highlighted by three Thanksgiving-weekend wins which earned the Badgers the World Vision Invitational title.But, the question went, could the team avoid the conference slump that had plagued it a year prior?And the team answered resoundingly, following two difficult road losses to Iowa and Illinois with four straight victories, featuring a signature win at East Lansing, 48-45, over then No. 20 Michigan State.Although UW traded wins for losses for most of the remainder of Big Ten play, the group closed strong, picking up a dramatic double-overtime win over border-rival Minnesota, dominating Penn State by a tally of 71-38, and narrowly falling in an overtime finale with Iowa, the team they would finish tied with for third place in the league.For good measure, the Badgers knocked off perennial conference-power Purdue to all but seal an NCAA bid — a bid they would eventually receive, as a No.7-seed.However, in their first game in the Big Dance in nearly a decade, the Badgers couldn’t contain an experienced (and large) guard combo from the 10-seed, Vermont, falling to the Catamounts in a disappointing first round.Nonetheless, the team’s regular season efforts earned Stone the Coach of the Year honors as voted by the coaches, and brought higher expectations for the year to come.last_img read more

Grenada warns against importing Africanized bees from Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgAfricanized honeybee (left), and European honeybee (right.) Grenada agricultural and custom officials have stepped up their surveillance amid reports that people were seeking to illegally import Africanize bees from Trinidad and Tobago.No bees should be imported“We want the general public to know especially those who are not registered with the Ministry of Agriculture as a beekeeper that bees should never be imported into the country, no matter which part of the world they come, no bee should be imported,” said Quasi Williams of the Veterinary and Livestock Division of the Ministry of Agriculture.He said the Division had received reliable information that an apiary operator was seeking to import the bees illegally from Trinidad.A statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands warned the general public that it is illegal to import bees from other regional islands as well as internationally.Stop immediately  “Persons seeking to bring in Africanized bees from Trinidad are asked to stop immediately as these bees would destroy our native bees and very harmful to the Grenadian population,” the statement said.Williams said that Africanized bees also known as killer bees “are very dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed into our island and the Ministry would treat this matter very seriously.”He urged persons with any information regarding the importation of Africanized bees from Trinidad to report the matter to the relevant authorities.Earlier this month, Barbados said it would become the second country in the Caribbean to establish an apiary lab geared at detecting diseases among the island’s bee population and to determine the extent of the Africanization of the bees.last_img read more