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Report on Rationalisation of Sugar Lands Completed

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the report on the rationalisation of sugar lands has been completed. Story Highlights The rationalisation initiative will see some sugar-cane lands being utilised for the growing of other crops, providing new investment opportunities for farmers. Minister Shaw said he has already received hundreds of applications for the production of mango orchards, castor beans for castor oil, Jamaican Sea Island Cotton, among others. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the report on the rationalisation of sugar lands has been completed.The rationalisation initiative will see some sugar-cane lands being utilised for the growing of other crops, providing new investment opportunities for farmers.Minister Shaw said he has already received hundreds of applications for the production of mango orchards, castor beans for castor oil, Jamaican Sea Island Cotton, among others.“Now, we have Jamaican investors, who are willing to work in a mother farm relationship to produce things that are in high demand, not just in Jamaica, but also in the region and globally,” he pointed out.Mr. Shaw was speaking at the Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (JAIFA) motivational seminar, dubbed ‘Blast Off 2019’ on Tuesday (January 8) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.He said that CARICOM, the Jamaican diaspora, the school-feeding programme and hotel chains are being targeted under the initiative.An online platform, Tourism Agri-linkages Exchange Project (ALEX) will be utilised to facilitate the purchase and exchange of goods between farmers and buyers within the local hotel industry.“We have started the process and have established a tourism linkages committee. We established a network to link opportunities between small farmers with the demand of hotels,” Minister Shaw said.Blast Off 2019 was held under the theme ‘It is in giving that we receive’.JAIFA is an 800-member professional association for sales representatives of life insurance companies, brokerages, bank assurers and agencies across the country.last_img read more

Berge Bulk Expands Fleet with New Dry Bulker

first_imgzoom Singapore-based dry bulk owner Berge Bulk has taken delivery of the second in a series of four 262,000 dwt bulkers Berge Makalu from Chinese builder Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI).Scheduled to work for the Australian petroleum company BHP Billiton, Berge Makalu will carry 134,693 m3 of gross tonnage in five cargo holds on the route between the Australian port of Hedland and various ports in China.The vessel will sail under the flag of the Isle of Man, just like its sister ship Berge K2, which was delivered to the company in September 2015.The remaining two ships are scheduled to be delivered from GSI over the coming two years.Berge Makalu features Samsung’s energy monitoring software ENSaver, which provides a dashboard overview of all vital sensors to ensure the ship runs on optimum parameters, as well as a MAN B&W super-long stroke main engine, a rudder bulb and exhaust gas boilers in order to recover waste heat not only from the main engine, but also from both auxiliary engines.last_img read more

Premiers Discuss Number of Regional Issues

first_img Affordable HousingHousing is a major factor in quality of life and is linked to individual health and well-being, educational achievement, labour-market attachment and poverty alleviation. The Atlantic provinces are facing critical challenges to maintain social housing and responding to new demands and agreed to engage the federal government to establish a partnership to provide affordable social housing in Canada. They called upon the federal government to return to federal social housing contribution levels of $2 billion annually, renew housing programs set to expire in March 2009 and engage with ministers responsible for housing on the broad range of housing issues facing the country. Maritime Radio Communications SystemRecent flooding in New Brunswick and observing Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada have highlighted the need for the Atlantic region to be economically strong and resilient. Each of the Maritime provinces operates an independent radio communications system to co-ordinate emergency responder communities. Maritime premiers agreed to explore the development of a common public radio communications system to achieve efficiencies and provide seamless operation between provinces. The premiers directed ministers to pursue the develop a memorandum of understanding to formalize the partnership. Atlantic Collaboration for Economic GrowthThe premiers agreed that the Meeting of Atlantic Cabinets identified a clear path for collaborative work to strengthen the region’s economy. Initial efforts by governments are contributing to a competitive, sustainable, resilient and secure region. Research and DevelopmentPremier MacDonald will host a symposium to look at the issue of research and development and commercialization. It will be in collaboration with post-secondary institutions and the business community. Atlantic GatewayThe premiers discussed the importance of the Atlantic Gateway strategy and its benefits to the Atlantic provinces and Canada. The premiers noted that several key infrastructure projects are being advanced that will contribute to greater regional interconnection as well as the region’s ability to manage increasing international trade with traditional markets, such as North America and Europe, and emerging markets, such as China and India. The premiers agreed that the federal government should invest immediately in the Atlantic Gateway to position the region for increased economic growth. Raising awareness of the competitive advantages of Atlantic Canada internationally, and within North America, is fundamental to the gateway’s future success. The premiers acknowledged the valuable contribution of the private sector and urged continued support to develop a competitive, multi-modal transportation system that will link the Atlantic Gateway to key markets. Given the importance of rail service to the development of the Atlantic Gateway, the premiers welcomed the recently announced review by Transport Canada of non-passenger rail service. They committed to actively engage in the review process to ensure service levels support the economic development of the region. Climate ChangeThe premiers noted that their governments continue to collaborate on environmental issues and are working to mitigate and adapt to the harmful effects of human activity on climate. Atlantic provinces are collectively working toward the New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers’ regional target to reduce greenhouse-gas emission levels to 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. Provinces are implementing climate-change initiatives to achieve reductions and promote adaptation. The Premiers noted the importance of energy efficiency and the potential contribution that it will make toward reaching mitigation targets. The premiers acknowledged the work of the Atlantic energy ministers to promote energy efficiency, reduce energy demand, investigate options for development and use of low-carbon fuels and facilitate the development of low-emission renewable energy, such as tidal, nuclear and wind. The premiers also recognized the importance of working with the federal government to develop regulations and agreements that recognize Atlantic Canada’s unique circumstances for climate-change mitigation and adaptation. The premiers encouraged the Council of Atlantic Ministers of the Environment to continue these efforts when they meet with federal Environment Minister John Baird in Wolfville next month. Internal TradeAt the August 2007 Council of the Federation meeting in Moncton, the premiers endorsed a five-point plan to strengthen the Agreement on Internal Trade. The plan calls for strengthening the national internal trade agreement in the areas of dispute resolution, labour mobility, energy, agriculture and transportation. The Atlantic premiers today discussed progress on the council’s five-point plan and urged federal, provincial, and territorial governments to conclude their work before the Council of the Federation’s summer meeting, July 16 to 18 in Quebec City. Enhanced Driver’s LicencesAs of June 1, 2009, all Canadians entering the United States by air, land, or sea will need to present an approved document, such as a valid passport, to confirm citizenship and identity. Several states and provinces are evaluating the viability of an enhanced driver’s licence as a convenient and acceptable border document for land and sea crossing. The Atlantic premiers reviewed an analysis commissioned by Atlantic registrars of motor vehicles that assessed the costs, technical requirements and benefits of producing enhanced licences for Atlantic Canadians. The information was considered in conjunction with the results of discussions with the Canadian Border Service Agency. The premiers directed the Atlantic registrars of motor vehicles to consider options for regional co-operation to gain shared benefits and cost efficiencies. AgricultureThe premiers discussed the importance of agriculture and the increased pressures the industry is facing. They directed ministers responsible for agriculture to develop a framework agreement, focusing on collaborative initiatives to promote the development of the agriculture sector in Atlantic Canada. They also noted opportunities for Atlantic Canada food industry to supply the federal government’s international food aid activities. Promoting Atlantic CanadaThe premiers agreed to continue efforts to promote Atlantic Canada’s trade, investment and partnership opportunities. To achieve these objectives, premiers announced a mission to Calgary in October. -30– Measures to encourage healthy lifestyles in Atlantic Canada. The premiers will co-operate on a health and wellness campaign to be launched in the fall. The premiers recognized the role workplaces play in promoting and supporting healthy lifestyle choices. They directed ministers to develop a model policy for healthy meetings in their respective jurisdictions. The policies are to include guidelines to ensure the availability of nutritious food and incorporating healthy practices into government-sponsored meetings and events. The premiers directed ministers to develop options to implement an Atlantic dietician call-centre service and foster workplace leadership to support employee tobacco cessation. The premiers committed to bring ministers and a broad range of partners together for a regional forum on wellness, to be hosted by Prince Edward Island in the fall. The premiers also discussed the importance of assisting Atlantic youth in need. The use of illicit drugs by youth has risen over the past decade with economic and social impacts. The premiers discussed collaborative approaches to youth treatment which may include the Portage Atlantic Facility at Cassidy Lake, N.B., and other recognized services. Premier Rodney MacDonald agreed with his regional counterparts on a number of issues at the 15th meeting of the Council of Atlantic Premiers in Fredericton today, May 9. New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham chaired the meeting, which was also attended by Premier MacDonald, P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams. The following issues were discussed: Atlantic Collaboration for CitizensBuilding on agreements from previous Council of Atlantic Premiers meetings and the Meeting of Atlantic Cabinets in January, progress was made in a number of key areas. Health Promotion and WellnessSignificant progress was made to identify opportunities for collaborative initiatives for healthy food choices, physical activity and reduction in smoking. The premiers endorsed the following Atlantic initiatives:last_img read more

Queen Rania Al Abdullah To Attend International Rescue Committee Rescue Dinner

first_imgThe International Rescue Committee will host its annual Rescue Dinner (formally Freedom Award Dinner) to support the organization’s lifesaving humanitarian aid work around the world on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.The event will honor Spyros Galinos, Mayor of Lesbos, Greece and The Mack Family.The Freedom Award is presented annually to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity. This year’s Freedom Award will be presented to Mayor Spyros Galinos. During the past two years, more than 660,000 refugees have passed through the Greek island of Lesbos, the epicenter of the largest migration of people since World War II. The island’s population is only 86,000, but these generous people have invited 25,000 Syrians, Afghanis and others to settle among them. Mayor Galinos is being recognized for his efforts to assist hundreds of thousands of refugees as they face a harrowing journey, and for working to bring awareness to the tragic human costs of the current refugee crisis.Additionally, Christy and John Mack, along with their children Jenna, John and Stephen K. Mack, will receive the John C. Whitehead Humanitarian Award. This award was created in recognition of Mr. Whitehead’s half-century of transformational leadership of the IRC and is presented annually to individuals who embody Mr. Whitehead’s spirit and passion for humanitarian causes and who have made significant contributions to saving and improving lives around the world. The Mack family is being recognized for their incredible support and engagement in Greece, with the IRC’s mobile health programs in Jordan, and their support of women and girls across the Middle East.“This year’s Rescue Dinner honorees embody the best of humanity. In a climate that can seem downright hostile at times, Mayor Galinos and the Mack family are living examples of the good that is desperately needed in the world right now. The choices they have made and the work that they do every day results in life-saving opportunities for thousands of refugees around the globe. We are humbled to honor them at this year’s gala,” said David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.David Miliband will be joined on stage by Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, a member of the IRC Board of Directors. The evening will also feature a special performance by Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker.The Co-Chairs for this year’s Freedom Award Dinner are Katherine Farley, Merryl H. Tisch, Maureen White and Tracy R. Wolstencroft.last_img read more

TMC Panchayat pradhan assaulted in Cooch Behar

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress Panchayat pradhan in Cooch Behar sustained serious injuries, while some other party supporters were roughed up by some miscreants. The incident occurred at the Panchgora Panchayat area of Mathabhanga on late Wednesday, barely a few hours before the elections and triggered tension among the local residents. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have accused that BJP-backed goons were involved in the attack. A detailed probe has been initiated. The district election officials also sought a report in this regard. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPanchayat pradhan Atul Das was returning home along with some Trinamool Congress activists on Wednesday night, when some miscreants came on motorcycles, stopped their way and attacked Das. He was hit with sticks. The victim fell on the ground after receiving several blows. When the Trinamool Congress workers who were accompanying Das came to his rescue, they were also beaten up by the goons. After being alerted by their screams, local residents rushed to the spot. The miscreants fled from the spot immediately after the incident. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that BJP-backed goons had attacked their Panchayat pradhan to create a reign of terror in the area, hours before the elections. BJP leaders in the district have, however, denied the allegations and termed the incident the result of a fallout between two groups within Trinamool Congress. Das was taken to Mathabhanga Sub-Divisional Hospital for treatment. He has received injuries in various parts of his body. However, his health condition is stated to be stable now.last_img read more

Details of King Mohammed VIs New Tour to Africa

Rabat – The next round of King Mohammed VI’s tour of Africa will start this Monday with trips to five African countries, according to Moroccan daily newspaper Akhbar Alyoum.With a fresh sense of momentum following Morocco’s recent readmission to the African Union, King Mohammed VI will visit Ghana, Côte D’Ivoire, Guinea-Conakry, Zambia and Mali to further consolidate South-South partnership and embark on cooperative ties with the rest of the continent.In addition to the economic aspect of the King’s visit, Morocco seeks to prompt Ghana and Zambia, historic supporters of Polisario to reconsider their stance on the Western Sahara issue. King’s Visit to GhanaThe King’s tour will start on Monday in Ghana. Since his succession to the throne in 1999, the King has never paid an official visit to Ghana. His visit is expected to revamp the bilateral ties between Accra and Rabat.King Mohammed VI is expected to receive a warm reception in Ghana, which is currently experiencing a change in its orientations following the December 2016 election of Nana Akufo-Addo as president, defeating outgoing President John Mahama.Ahead of the King’s visit, which was originally scheduled for January, Akufo-Addo prepared extensive festivities, saying in a statement that the King’s visit will “deepen” the existent cordial relations between the two countries and will provide an opportunity to define new areas of co-operation that would serve their common interests.In addition to the King’s visit, the Moroccan-Ghanaian Forum held in mid-January in Accra, which brought together businessmen from the two countries might lead to the signing of bilateral agreements during the visit.Guinea: Morocco’s allyThe King is set to head to Guinea’s capital of Conakry in the middle of the week. The country’s President, Alpha Condé is considered one of the King’s friends. Condé played a major role in Morocco’s return to the African Union (AU) during the 28th Summit of the AU held in Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa in late January, 2017.While chairing the summit, Condé aborted the maneuvers of Morocco’s rivals, urging them to respect the majority of countries that supported Morocco’s return to the pan-African organization.Guinea’s officials recently convened in order to prepare for the King’s visit.Zambia Moving ForwardAs soon as his visit to Guinea ends, King Mohammed VI will depart for Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. Zambia was also set to receive the King in December, but the King’s visit was ultimately postponed.Zambia is one of the Polisario’s supporter. During its preparation of the King’s visit in January, Zambia’s President, Edgar Lungu, was subjected to diplomatic pressure from South Africa to support Polisario. However, Lungu, as the president of the new generation, seems willing to break the constraints of the past and move forward to form fruitful economic relations with all African countries.MaliMali is the fourth destination during King Mohammed VI’S tour. Mali has attempted to preserve its relations with both Morocco and Algeria.Regarding Morocco’s return to the AU, Mali said that it approves Morocco’s return on conditions to respect the Consecutive Act of the continental organization.Côte D’Ivoire Côte d’Ivoire, which is one of the leading countries in the west of Africa, is the last destination of the King’s tour. Competing with France, Morocco has become one of the foreign investors for Côte d’Ivoire.This long-standing Moroccan ally was among the 28 countries that presented a motion to the 27th summit of the African Union in Kigali, Rwanda, last July in which they called on the pan-African body to suspend to the self-proclaimed SADR membership. read more

UN stepping up assistance to latest wave of conflict displaced Pakistanis

6 November 2009The United Nations refugee agency said today it is stepping up aid to people uprooted by military operations in the Pakistani region of South Waziristan, while highlighting the ongoing needs of around one million people still displaced from an earlier offensive in the northwest. Since September, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been distributing relief items such as kitchen sets, jerry cans, quilts and sleeping mats to an estimated 175,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from South Waziristan. “Security constraints have lead to some intermittent disruptions to aid efforts, but distribution is continuing through our local partners,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva. He said the agency will soon distribute some 35,000 tents to families staying with host communities in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), to allow the displaced people to pitch tents in the grounds of households which are hosting them, and alleviate overcrowding. UNHCR is also supporting the registration of displaced people from South Waziristan. Some 350,000 people have now been registered in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank, though only about 175,000 people have been verified so far by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). The World Health Organization (WHO) said it has pre-positioned life-saving drugs in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank, including emergency health kits and cholera kits. It has also given over 50,800 doses of polio vaccine to displaced children being hosted in these two districts. Among the key needs identified by WHO officials in conjunction with health chiefs in NWFP are to sustain a lifeline to provide medical and essential life-saving supplies to the two districts, and to strengthen the disease early warning system.Meanwhile, an estimated one million people from previous waves of displacement out of Bajaur, Mohmand and Swat remain displaced and in need of ongoing humanitarian assistance, noted Mr. Mahecic.UNHCR is currently preparing a package of extra relief supplies for winter for 88,000 people in this group who are in 10 camps in NWFP, and will replace existing tents with all-weather tents to provide extra protection. read more

Bosnian Serb refuses to testify at genocide trial before UN war crimes

A former security and intelligence officer in the Bosnian Serb army refused to testify today in the genocide trial of his commander at the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s.Dragomir Pecanac faces contempt of court charges after failing to comply with a subpoena ordering him to give evidence in the trial of Zdravko Tolimir, who was an assistant commander in the Bosnian Serb army and reported directly to its leader, Ratko Mladic.The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) issued a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Pecanac late last month and he was subsequently transferred to the custody of the UN Detention Unit in The Hague, where the tribunal is based.Making an initial appearance today in his own contempt of court case, Mr. Pecanac did not enter a plea. All accused in contempt cases must enter a plea within 10 days of their initial appearance.Later today, during the ongoing trial of Mr. Tolimir, Mr. Pecanac refused to testify as a witness, the tribunal said in a press release.The trial of Mr. Tolimir – who is charged with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, extermination, murder, persecutions, forcible transfers and deportations – continues. The charges relate to a series of events during the Balkan wars, including the notorious massacre of thousands of Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in July 1995. 10 October 2011A former security and intelligence officer in the Bosnian Serb army refused to testify today in the genocide trial of his commander at the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. read more

Universal access to modern energy is catalyst of inclusivity – deputy UN

“To be strong partners of countries as they deliver the 2030 Agenda – across all SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) – the United Nations too must change,” Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, said Wednesday at a high-level panel onTransformational Energy Access in LDCs, organized in Geneva by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).“But together, the United Nations development system offers unapparelled expertise and global reach,” she added.Ms. Mohammed spoke compellingly on how the SDGs interrelate. She highlighted the importance of SDG7 on affordable and clean energy for all, saying that advancing the energy transition is “the golden thread that links most of the SDGs.”She referred to universal access to modern energy as a catalyst of inclusivity, underscoring that it improves livelihoods and social mobility, gender equality and women’s empowerment; aids access to clean water and refrigeration; and, by powering medical facilities, enables the safe storage of medicines and vaccines.“Reaching SDG7 therefore contributes to SDG3 on good health and well-being,” the UN deputy chief explained.In rural areas of LDCs, women are typically overburdened with household and unpaid work, including fetching water, gathering firewood, and preparing food.Least developed countries  are low-income countries confronting severe structural impediments to sustainable development. They are highly vulnerable to economic and environmental shocks and have low levels of human assets. According to the UN, there are currently 47 countries classified as least developed. “The availability of modern energy can significantly reduce time spent on these activities and contribute to achieving SDG5 on gender equality,” she asserted.“In addition to social benefits, SDG7 is also at the core of the economic SDGs, namely Goals 8, 9 and 10, helping to increase productivity, enable production and innovation, and reduce inequality,” she continued.Universal access to modern energy is essential to the 2030 Agenda and its core pledge of ‘leaving no one behind — UN deputy chief Amina MohammedRenewable energy, such as wind and solar, has brought costs down and opening opportunities for electricity in rural areas, accelerating rural development.“And, by enhancing agricultural productivity and food security, it will lead to SDG2 on ending hunger,” stressed Ms. Mohammed.However, providing the required finance for SDG7 and for transferring the necessary technology, is a huge undertaking that requires national policies and stronger international support.“Achieving universal access to modern energy in LDCs by 2030 will be costly,” she affirmed. “It will require investments between $12 and $40 billion dollars a year.”While expanding international trade and investment has helped, effective technology transfer that enables LDCs to leapfrog to the constantly evolving renewable technologies for sustainable energy is a challenge.Ms. Mohammed argued that South-South and triangular cooperation must play a leading role in promoting better Science Technology and Innovation policy cooperation and encourage maximum use of existing mechanisms for technology transfer.“Together, we can also help countries leverage financing and partnerships at a scale we have never reached before,” she underscored. “To do that, we must become more than the sum of our parts.”“Universal access to modern energy is essential to the 2030 Agenda and its core pledge of ‘leaving no one behind,’” concluded the Deputy Secretary-Secretary. read more

Football Urban Meyer says Ryan Day turned down SEC head coaching job

Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day prior to the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day will likely be the next Urban Meyer assistant coach to be hired elsewhere as a head coach. It just won’t happen this year.Meyer said Wednesday during his press conference on Early Signing Day that Day turned down an offer to be a head coach at a program in the Southeastern Conference.“Coach Day had the opportunity to potentially be a head coach in the SEC and decided to stay at Ohio State,” Meyer said. “He’s done a phenomenal job for us. There have been other coaches on our staff have opportunities to move on and they haven’t, so this coaching staff is very strong right now.”Day was hired last January and inked a two-year contract with Ohio State. He was paid a base salary of $400,000 this season, but that will increase to $800,000 next season.There were a total of six SEC head coach positions open this offseason. Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas and Ole Miss have all filled those positions. It’s unclear which one of those positions offered the job to Day.Day told reporters in the locker room after the Big Ten championship game that he had not been contacted by another school for another job at that point.Day, also the quarterbacks coach, was largely responsible for a turnaround of the Ohio State offense in 2017. The Buckeyes averaged the fifth-most points per game in the country with 42.5 and the passing offense ranked 28th in 2017 with an average of 274.2 yards compared to 81st in 2016 with 213.9 yards. read more

OSU baseball looking for good fortune in trip to Las Vegas vs

OSU junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson (4) takes a swing during a game against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 27 in Conway, South Carolina. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State baseball team (6-4-1) is heading to Las Vegas to test its odds against the UNLV Rebels (5-6) for a four-game series that will stretch from Friday to Tuesday. Predicting the outcome of the Buckeyes baseball season thus far has been a gamble. The Scarlet and Gray have cooled off since their undefeated 3-0-1 start to the season, going 3-4 over the last two weekends. To get back on a hot streak, OSU coach Greg Beals said the team will be focused on the task at hand, which is taking on UNLV.“We’ve just gotta go take care of business, and our guys need to understand they’re going to Sin City, but it’s a business trip for us,” Beals said. “Las Vegas is going to be there for a long time, (but) their window of opportunity representing Ohio State is here right now, and they need to make sure they take care of that.” Scouting UNLVLady Luck hasn’t been on the Rebels side so far this season, as the team’s batting average has been a lackluster .223. However, the Buckeye pitchers will have to be careful when throwing to sophomore left fielder Payton Squier. The Phoenix native powers the club with his .429 batting average. The UNLV pitching staff is led by junior starting pitcher D.J. Myers. The 6-foot-5 righty from Henderson, Nevada, leads the team with 20 strikeouts in just 16 innings of work. Beals said UNLV has faced some tough competition versus Texas, West Virginia and San Diego State to open the season, justifying UNLV’s record. OSU’s sixth-year coach said he sees UNLV’s talent despite the losses, but he wants his team to focus on what they can control: themselves.“The biggest thing for me is that I’m focused on Ohio State, and we need to take care of ourselves and focus on what we do,” Beals said. “The talent on our baseball team is good enough to play with everybody. We need to play up to that expectation level.”Cleaning up the errorsOSU fell in a close game to Illinois State last weekend 5-4 due to an untimely error by senior infielder Nick Sergakis. Sergakis has been an offensive catalyst for the team, batting a team-high .378 on the year. But OSU’s co-captain has also been the biggest liability on the defensive side, committing a team-leading nine fielding errors in 10 games. In total, OSU has 22 fielding errors, something Beals said needs cleaned up if his team wants to be ready for conference play, which opens two weeks from Friday against Northwestern.“When we play good defense, we’re winning baseball games,” Beals said. “When we play a cleaner game we’re winning those games. We’ve got to shore up the defense. The defense should be there on a daily basis.”Pitching inconsistencies hurting BuckeyesThroughout the course of the season, OSU’s pitching staff has had an up-and-down start. Other than junior starter Tanner Tully (2-0, 2.70 ERA), redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos (1-0, two saves) and redshirt sophomore Austin Woodby (2-0), the Buckeye pitching staff as a collective unit hasn’t lived up to its own expectations. Beals said looking at the stats doesn’t show the whole picture, though,and he likes the way his pitchers have played to this point; but the key for improvement is going to have to come from a consistently solid defense behind the pitchers. One pitcher who is looking to step up for the Buckeyes is redshirt senior reliever Michael Horejsei. He said the pitching staff will face a great test from UNLV during the four-game series, and each guy has to be ready when his number is called upon. “We have to come in and do our job and our job is, like we reiterate every day, to attack the bottom of the zone and go after hitters,” he said. “Don’t shy away from them and try to get in on them. Force them to swing and let your defense play behind you if they put a good swing on the ball.”  OSU battling the injury bugBeals said the Buckeyes’ power hitter, redshirt junior Jacob Bosiokovic, is dealing with a hamstring injury that has the right fielder listed as doubtful for the series against UNLV. With one of its biggest bats out of the lineup, OSU will look to senior outfielder Daulton Mosbarger to take Bosiokovic’s spot in the lineup. But the senior transfer from Akron said he knows it’s a near-impossible request to come in and match Bosiokovic’s production thus far.“Obviously, Bosi is going to be Bosi, I can’t be Bosi,” Mosbarger said. “I’ve gotta just be me. I can go out there, I’m not going to hit the ball 500 feet like he is, but I can get on base, I can produce for the team, and I can just do anything it takes to win.” The Buckeyes appear to be focused and will be looking to cash in with a good team performance against the Rebels. “It’s a business trip, though, it’s not a vacation,” Horejsei said. “It might be spring break for us with school, but we’re heading there for a four-game series against a very tough opponent. They came here last year and they competed against us and gave us everything they had and took two of three from us. So this year, our goal is now to go in and win the series against them. It’s our turn to go to their home turf and take it to them, as we always try to do.”The first pitch on Friday is scheduled to be thrown at 9:05 p.m.After the four-game series in Las Vegas, the Buckeyes are slated to play their first game at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus in a three-game weekend against Hofstra from March 18 to 20. read more

Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_img 12,903 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 9:00 PM Jun 20th 2017, 9:00 PM Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Junior minister shakeup for the new Taoiseach, Nóirín at the PAC again, and closing statements in the Jobstown trial. No Comments NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND A reader sent this in, taken at the Lakes of Killarney today Source: Teresa WhitakerLeo Varadkar unveiled his junior minister picks today, but faced criticism over its lack of gender balance.Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan appeared before the Public Accounts Committee again today. Here’s what happened.A woman who was raped at a gaming convention spoke out after a man was sentenced to 12 years in jail for the crime.20 people living in a Dublin city building have had to leave the property over fire safety concerns.A man died after a kayaking incident off the coast of Sligo.Thirteen people were arrested by gardaí after cocaine and cannabis seizures in Clare.Closing speeches were given in the Jobstown trial today.Two Clare brothers who staged a violent home invasion avoided jail.Backpacks have been banned from Dublin Pride events for safety reasons.A Belfast woman who lured police to her home in a bid to kill them was sentenced to 16 years in prison.Two women in their 50s were assaulted in separate incidents in Rathfarnham in Dublin last weekend.Dublin’s new ‘stationless’ bike company has stalled its launch over council concerns.INTERNATIONAL By Sean Murray http://jrnl.ie/3455021 Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at a vigil outside Finsbury Park mosque, the scene of yesterday’s terror attack in London Source: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire#UNDOCUMENTED IRISH: There is a “great deal of fear” among the Irish-American community after a man was arrested in Boston on immigration offences.#PORTUGAL: The president of Portugal has demanded answers from authorities as forest fires continue to rage in the country.#TOO HOT: It was so hot in Phoenix, Arizona, today that planes weren’t allowed to fly.PARTING SHOTTemperatures were scorching today across the country, and TheJournal.ie hit the streets of Dublin today to find out what people thought of it all. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Get our daily news round up: Short URL Share3 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Poliomyélite lInstitut de veille sanitaire juge prématuré larrêt de la vaccination

first_imgPoliomyélite : l’Institut de veille sanitaire juge “prématuré” l’arrêt de la vaccinationAlors que plusieurs pays font face actuellement à une nouvelle contamination par la poliomyélite, l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) s’est exprimé sur le sujet. Il juge que l’arrêt de la vaccination est “prématuré”.La poliomyélite est une maladie contagieuse qui peut conduire a une infection du système nerveux central, à des faiblesses musculaires et des infections respiratoires. Un programme d’éradication de la maladie a été mis en place il y a vingt ans, et le nombre de pays endémiques est passé de 125 en 1988 à 4 en 2008, selon Associated Press. Pour autant, la maladie n’est toujours pas éradiquée et en 2009, 23 pays ont à nouveau déclaré des cas de poliomyélite. Sept ont été déclarés comme “recontaminés” en 2010.Face à cette nouvelle apparition de la maladie, l’Institut de veille sanitaire a fait savoir aujourd’hui qu’il est prématuré selon lui de prévoir une date d’interruption de la vaccination contre la maladie. En France, le dernier cas de poliomyélite importé date de 1995. L’objectif d’éradication de la maladie prévu initialement pour 2000 a finalement été reporté à 2012.Le 21 décembre 2010 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouver police: Missing woman, 85, found

first_imgUPDATE: The Vancouver Police Department reported at 2:41 p.m. that Susane Figley has been located, is safe and will be reunited with her family.The Vancouver Police Department is seeking assistance to locate Susanne Figley, 85, who went missing Monday morning. Figley reportedly left her home to meet friends and never arrived. She suffers from memory issues.Figley was last seen wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and sneakers and was driving a green Toyota Tercell. Her vehicle was last spotted at Fourth Plain Boulevard and Northeast 137th Avenue.Anyone with information is asked to call 911.last_img read more

DIPLOMATS GET FASTER SERVICE AT PROVO AIRPORT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Dec 2014 – Cabinet last Wednesday also saw the approval of a fast track booth in Provo for Diplomats; an approval for the formation of a Turks and Caicos Fishing Cooperative and a report from the National Parks Committee with recommendations on a way forward in relaxing environmental protective laws. Grounded; TCIAA suspends flight operations at Provo Intl Airport Recommended for you Provo Airport handling hundreds of tourists on Saturdays – officials say it is mostly sweet Related Items:diplomats, provo international airport Miami-bound American Airlines flight with emergency landing in Provolast_img read more

Press Talk Ask a kid about honesty

first_imgTest Caption Honesty, for so many of us, is an elusive thing.Oh, I’m sure when you look at all the journalists and all the newspapers in this country, you will find those who have not been honest. But the vast majority of us are honest for two basic reasons:• It’s the right thing to do.• Credibility in this business is everything, so we strive to always be fair and honest. (Check our website now to see how many commenters are weighing in on this point!)I was thinking about this after I received a call from the Junior Joy Team. It’s a cool organization that promotes the concept that you create a better community by spreading joy, optimism and inspiration.Michele Larsen heads the Junior Joy Team and she was looking for someone to speak to Hough Elementary pupils about … honesty.Oh I’m sure there are other professions out there that could speak on this issue. But with big business being — well — big business and with politicians being — well — politicians, I received the call.I actually enjoy speaking to students so I jumped at the chance.I hopped over to Hough.Before speaking I had an opportunity to observe virtually every child and teacher at the assembly. And I have to say, they looked like a very honest bunch. Equally important, the teachers seemed focused and the children seemed behaved and engaged. I was impressed.last_img read more

ENSTAR Offering Assistance For Federal Employees Impacted By Government Shutdown

first_imgThose in need of assistance through ENSTAR can contact customer service at 907-277-5551 or email cs@enstarnaturalgas.com Today marks day 20 of the partial government shutdown. President Donald Trump stated that the closed parts of the government will remain that way until Democrats agree to fund a wall off the U.S.-Mexico border to deter criminal elements. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was among several senators who questioned President Trump at the Capitol on Wednesday: “I addressed the things that are very local to us — it’s not just those who don’t receive a federal paycheck perhaps on Friday but there are other consequences.” Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are now faced with a loss of paychecks while negotiations continue between lawmakers and the president. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ENSTAR Natural Gas Company is offering assistance to federal employees impacted by the government shutdown that need assistance with their gas bill.last_img read more

BestVendor

first_imgAt its core, BestVendor aims to make the process of making purchasing decisions for small businesses easier by enhancing an online directory of products with a powerful social media recommendation engine. “We’re adding a layer of social discovery and recommendations on top of it,” says Giesea. “Let’s make the business directory social. And let’s solve the problem of helping companies and people figure out the best thing to buy by making it easy to connect them to the experiences of other people.”The company is targeting the small to medium sized business market because it’s a) huge, some 8 million in the U.S. and b) they typically don’t have their own procurement offices, making the buying process particularly isolating. That’s where the social element comes in. “I use Amazon to figure out what book to read, I use Yelp to figure out what restaurants to go to, but there’s no go-to place if I need new project management software. And yet peer recommendations and user reviews are the number-one and two drivers of purchasing decisions,” says Giesea. For now, BestVendor is building its directory on business software applications, but the model can support just about any kind of purchasing channel. So, as users register with the site they set up profiles by listing their favorite apps and connecting with others in their network (you can sign in using your LinkedIn login information). A product database gradually grows along with user growth. The company is also working directly with vendors to build the product database.As this activity grows, BestVendor is able to provide rich lead data back to suppliers. “It’s really distribution and customer acquisition for vendors,” says Giesea. “SMBs are hard to reach. If you’re not one of the top 10 services, it’s hard to get in front of customers. We want to level the playing field.”Revenue will come through enhanced vendor listings, referrals and reselling. But right now, Giesea is using the seed capital—enough for a couple years —for product development and growing the customer and product databases, each currently at about 5,000. “We’re not focused on revenue yet. If we’re able to become the first place people go to when they buy, that’s a hugely rich context to be able to monetize. And we don’t want to corrupt that by being too sales-y up front.”Progress So FarBestVendor secured a $3 million pre-emptive term seed for its series A round in December, months ahead of a first quarter 2012 timeframe, co-led by RRE and Softbank Capital. The site currently has about 5,000 users that have shared an average of 13 products each; and a database of 5,000 different products.BACK TO MAIN PAGE A b-to-b startup powering an online directory with a social recommendation engine to connect buyers and sellers that’s aiming to serve the ‘Fortune 8 million.’  When you think of “directory”, in b-to-b terms, you might think of the end-of-year print directories publishers put out for their respective markets. It’s a model that’s ripe for reinvention, especially online, and BestVendor, incorporated in January 2011 and beta-launched in November, thinks it’s got a unique approach that works. Early backers included Softbank Capital, SV Angel and Peter Thiel, along with founder Jeff Giesea, the founder and former CEO of FierceMarkets. In November, BestVendor secured a series A round of $3 million, co-led by RRE Ventures and Softbank Capital. last_img read more

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe can use a fingerprint instead of a key

first_img Share your voice Comments Hyundai More about 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe 2 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Hyundai Tags Review • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe review: Stylish and sure-footed Preview • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Trading ‘Sport’ for family friendly tech 49 Photos Enlarge ImageThe fingerprint system probably won’t be available in the US for some time. Hyundai Wireless key fobs have revolutionized vehicle access, but they’re far from foolproof — swiping the remote is all it takes to snipe your ride. Hyundai thinks it has a far more secure system.Hyundai announced this week that it will install its first fingerprint-based vehicle technology in the 2019 Santa Fe SUV. The system will comprise two separate fingerprint sensors — one on the door handle, and one on the ignition button. A driver will have to pass both scanners to enter and start the vehicle, but it’s not like it takes any extra steps, since drivers would still have to grab door handles and push start buttons with a traditional fob.Some vehicles allow different key fobs to carry different settings, whether it’s seat position, radio favorites or climate control temperature. Hyundai’s fingerprint system offers the same level of personalization, but instead of being linked to a fob, it’s linked to the driver’s fingerprint. You may grab the wrong remote by accident, but you’re not going to grab the wrong fingerprint.Theoretically, faking a fingerprint could still grant access to the car — or could it? According to Hyundai, the system measures capacitance across parts of the fingertip, linking that signature to the print itself. Thus, if somebody shows up at the car with a fake fingerprint, the car should be able to tell it’s not the actual driver. The odds that Hyundai’s tech will misrecognize a print are 1 in 50,000, the automaker says.Hyundai says it plans to deploy the tech in select markets at first, and it’s likely that the US won’t join the club for some time — Autoweek reports that China will be this tech’s inaugural market. If it proves useful, it could well show up in a wide variety of future Hyundai vehicles, too. While it might be the first time this tech is used for vehicle access, Bentley has already adopted biometrics by way of an aluminum storage bin that only opens to the right fingerprint. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Redesigned and renamed Auto Tech SUVs More From Roadshowlast_img read more