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St Lucia dam facing drought finds deluge.

first_img 36 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Caribbean St. Lucia Dam_photo credit: caribbean360.comCASTRIES, St Lucia – St Lucia’s Water and Sewerage Company (WASCO) is literally wringing its hands in confusion as it has been forced to handle the current unseasonal heavy rainfall, just as it was gearing up to deal with a drought.The incessant rain over the last few days has not only ensured that the island’s largest reservoir the John Compton Dam was replenished but there are reports that it is overflowing!As of Monday, May 7, 2012, water levels at the Dam exceeded 334 feet, which means that water is now flowing over the spillway.This has erased fears of an impending drought as just last week, WASCO had informed the public that it would be embarking on a water rationing programme to help conserve the fast depleting resource at the Dam.WASCO had reported that as of last week, the dam receded to 227.1 feet or about six feet below the spillway.The recent rains have spurred a series of water cuts in various parts of the island as the water company seeks to deal with the increased water intake.The Company says that it is closely monitoring the system as rain continues to fall heavily with bursts of sunshine in betweenCaribbean 360 Newscenter_img NewsRegional St Lucia dam facing drought finds deluge. by: – May 9, 2012 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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SB : Orange starts key 7-game stretch with postseason play in mind

first_img Comments Published on April 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Jarrad: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse outfielder Lisaira Daniels has a dream. In it, the Orange defies all conventional expectations and wins the national championship.‘Do I dream about winning the national championship? Yes, of course I do,’ Daniels said. ‘I could see us getting to the College World Series. We have so much talent and heart that we can play at that level.’Daniels sees no reason why this dream can’t become a reality. And she was irritated by the lack of respect Big East coaches had for the Orange heading into this season.‘Since we won the Big East last year, we have a target on our back. But people still viewed that as a Cinderella story,’ Daniels said. ‘They still ranked us fourth coming into this season, so that was like a slap in the face. It’s almost like we have to win the Big East again this year.’Syracuse became the lowest seeded team in Big East history to win the conference tournament in 2010 after it finished the regular season ranked fifth. Nearly a year later, the Orange (31-11, 9-5 Big East) is holding down that very same position in the middle of the Big East standings — even though it is just one win shy of matching last season’s total with 10 games left in the regular season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBeginning with today’s nonconference doubleheader against Binghamton (20-15, 8-3 America East), SU enters a stretch of seven winnable games against the Bearcats, Big East bottom feeder Seton Hall (15-27, 3-14) and Niagara (18-14, 6-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic).‘We have to just take care of business on the field and not care what the opponent is ranked or where they’re seeded,’ said Jenna Caira, SU’s ace pitcher. ‘(Softball) is so weird. On any given day, anyone could beat anybody.’With that in mind, the Orange believes it can make some unexpected postseason noise. The notion is backed up by nonconference victories against Western Athletic Conference powerhouses Hawaii (30-16, 8-7) and No. 25 Fresno State (29-11, 13-2).‘It’s different because last year we were kind of like ‘Oh my gosh, maybe we can win this thing,” Daniels said. ‘But this year we’ve taken on more of an aggressor’s attitude. We’ve played the Alabamas and the Floridas. We beat the Hawaiis and the Louisvilles, and that helps us believe that we can beat those teams.’But the SU players and coaches understand that for those top-tier games to matter, they have to take care of business against lesser opponents. They’ve done that so far in 2011, compiling a 19-0 record against teams with losing records.In conference play, though, it’s been a struggle against some of the Big East elite. Syracuse went 0-5 against second-place Notre Dame (35-8, 11-1) and third-place South Florida (32-18, 12-3).The Orange can continue to dominate lesser opponents during this seven-game stretch, starting with Binghamton, by overwhelming teams offensively. The team has scored nine or more runs in 12 games this season.Binghamton has surrendered nine or more runs only twice this season.‘Offensively, one through nine, we’ve been 20 times better this year,’ Daniels said. ‘We’re driving in more runs, getting on base and knowing and understanding our roles.’Caira thinks SU’s ability to compete with top-tier teams is due to the growth of a group of players that has been through this journey together for a few years now.‘It honestly has to do with experience,’ Caira said. ‘Girls have been in pressure situations before and in this season, too. This year we’re taking baby steps so we can win some of those games. We’re also doing a real good job winning the games we’re supposed to win.’With such improvement, Daniels also didn’t hesitate to clarify her dream as something more than just a generic goal. She thinks it has the potential to become reality.But for that to happen, the Orange can’t take the next seven games lightly. Even though the team plays weaker competition, these games will help set up a potential postseason run.‘We have potential to be in the national championship,’ Daniels said. ‘And we’re definitely hungry for it, so that’s a start.’[email protected]last_img read more

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Transfers provide boost, integrate into team

first_img Published on January 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse’s fast-paced style benefits from NCAA rule changesDaniello home; SU future remains uncertainComing off disappointing season, pressure-free Syracuse expects to climb back to winning ways center_img Nicky Galasso and Brendan Conroy are officially the newest members of the Syracuse Orange, head coach John Desko announced Tuesday morning through SU Athletics.Galasso comes to Syracuse from North Carolina where he excelled as a freshman before struggling with a foot injury and seeing his playing time dwindle. He was a UNC student in the fall, and not officially a member of the team until Monday when he had a physical and processed his NCAA compliance forms.Conroy practiced with his new teammates for the first time Tuesday morning. Both players are looking to integrate quickly into the hyper-talented team. While Galasso is competing for a starting spot in the Orange’s front six, Conroy is likely to help the team out at X where SU won just 46 percent of its faceoffs last year.“I’ve gone against a lot of guys who are already out there at the faceoff X through high school and just competitions over the summer lacrosse,” Conroy said.The freshman midfielder cited Maryland’s Charlie Raffa, Yale’s Dylan Levings and Hofstra’s John Antoniades as familiar opponents. All three were among the top faceoff men in the country last year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough Conroy has yet to move in, he is rooming with fellow freshman attack Jeff Desko, John Desko’s nephew.Desko said it’s his job, as well as that of his teammates, to make Conroy feel at home after joining the team from a semester at home and at Portsmouth Abbey (R.I.) School.“He’s part of the family now,” Desko said. “Just show him around, show him what he needs to do, what he shouldn’t do. Just show him the ropes.”Galasso moved in Saturday and is already looking forward to playing a “feeder” role in SU’s attack, though he’s unsure where he’ll play on the team. In his first practice, he and leading scorer Derek Maltz sparked an early connection that bodes well for a fluid SU attack, he said.When Galasso’s playing time for the Tar Heels dwindled last season, many of his friends on the team did, too, he said. But Galasso moved in with senior JoJo Marasco upon arriving Saturday, and “it’s been great ever since,” Galasso said.“When I made the decision to go to North Carolina I was young, I didn’t really know,” Galasso said. “But then making the decision to come here was probably the best decision I’ve ever made because this is the style, this is the way I play.” Commentslast_img read more

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Diego Costa sidelined for a month

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Diego Costa may miss up to a month due to a hamstring injury.The striker hobbled off during Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Stoke City and was initially ruled out for a fortnight, with Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United the likely games he would miss.However, in this afternoon’s press conference, Mourinho confirmed that he expects Costa to play four out of the remaining eight games.”Only Diego is injured, everybody else is fine and ready (to play at QPR).”I think we have eight matches to play, if he plays four it is normal. If he plays three he is a bit below what I am expecting. If he plays five that is more than I am expecting. I am not concerned (by his injury).”last_img