The Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) has named 25 swimmers to commence training ahead of the 31st Carifta, Water Polo, Open Water and Synchronised Swimming Championships, to be held in Martinique later this month.The championships will take place over four days, from March 22-26.At the Carifta Champs last year in Barbados, Jamaica picked up 25 medals – two gold, nine silver and 14 bronze – placing fifth overall with 458 points.The Jamaicans will be looking to improve last year’s tally and will have training sessions at the National Aquatic Centre on March 6, March 13, and March 19.The team will be under the supervision of coaches Gillian Millwood and Miguel Jonas; manager, Georgia Sinclair Dr Jacqueline James, and physiotherapist, Sophia Brown.The championships are a FINA-approved qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They also serve as the top junior amateur swim meet for the Caribbean.SQUAD: Boys 11-12 – Rajiv Redhi; Girls 11-12 – Emily MacDonald and Simone Vale.Boys 13-14: Chester Adams, Cameron Brown, Jordane Payne and Nicholas Vale. Girls 13-14: Gabrianna Banks, Naomi Eaton, Brittney Williams and Laura Lim Sang.Boys 15-17: Joseph Black, Mattheau Bonner, Keanan Dols, Sean-Douglas Gooden, Barak Goren, Jesse Marsh and Xavier Phillips.Girls 15-17: Anjuii Barrett, Kelsie Campbell, Shaun Johnson, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renuart and Angara Sinclair.The Open Water swimmers are Johnathan Lyn and Annabella Lyn.
Blackburn defender Chris Samba says he has handed in a transfer request. It comes after Rovers boss Steve Kean declared that the player was not for sale, despite interest from QPR and Tottenham.Samba, 27, said in a statement: “I have today officially requested a transfer from Blackburn Rovers Football Club.“I have personally informed the owners, manager and executives at the club that I want to leave in this transfer window.“I have always given 100 per cent in every game I have played. I have had several opportunities to leave but I have always stayed.“‘I have decided now is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge and I have asked the club to respect my decision and allow me to leave.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Wheat reseatch around the continent is aimed at boosting production and food security.(Image: Stock.XCHNG)MEDIA CONTACTS • Ben ParkerDirector, Irin News+254 20 762 2147 or +254 733 860 082RELATED ARTICLES• Bumper maize crop for SA• SA’s farmers make things happen• Improved maize for Africa• New crop of black emerging farmers• SA farming skills are sought-afterSource: Irin NewsResearchers in Africa are identifying ways to improve domestic wheat production in the face of sub-optimal conditions and stiff international competition.In Somalia – a country better known by the international community for conflict and famine than agricultural research – postgraduate volunteers are exploring ways to reduce the country’s wheat import bill, a subject discussed in one of several research abstracts released at the recent Wheat for Food Security in Africa conference in Addis Ababa.Wheat imports, which cost Somalia US$30-million to $40-million (R260-million to R347-million) annually, consume “scarce hard currency earned from livestock exports and remittances,” reports Jeylani Abdullahi Osman, one of the Somali volunteers.He and other scholars, who studied agriculture abroad, have returned to Somalia to develop wheat varieties suitable for the country’s increasingly high temperatures. Wheat thrives in cool conditions, but is able to adapt to a wide range of climates.In 2005, the volunteers established the Afgoye Field Crop Research Farm in the Afgoye District of the Lower Shabelle Region. There, they have been testing wheat varieties for tolerance to heat and water stress. Osman reports they have identified several promising cultivars, but a lack of technical and financial support have limited commercial production. Improving local wheatAn abstract of a study published out of Cameroon notes that, while there is growing demand for bread in the country, the protein content of the imported wheat used for bread-making is less than 12%. High-quality wheat has 14% to 15% protein.Lead author Michael Taylor, from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, now working with the Divisional Delegation of Agriculture and Rural Development Fontem-Lebialem in Cameroon, identifies varieties of wheat with high protein content that could be grown in Cameroon.Researchers from the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research report that the older wheact varieties used for making bread flour are unable to cope with new strains of stem rust – a virulent fungal disease that can devastate crops within weeks. The authors identify new strategies to robustly multiply newly released rust-resistant seeds for distribution. Standing up to competitionResearch teams from Zimbabwe and South Africa also have investigated how to make their wheat production stand up to competition posed by cheap wheat imports.Zambia offers an important case study. The country, which recently became self-sufficient in wheat production, is already facing the threat of dropping yields, report researchers with Seed Co, a Zimbabwe-based company. The researchers highlight several contributing factors, including marketing challenges for small producers, the increasing cost of production and lack of availability of suitable wheat varieties.These and other abstracts, covering Algeria, Egypt, Sudan and Tunisia, are available on request from the Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its acronym CIMMYT.
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