#JaVotes2016: A few extra days in Ja just to vote

first_imgJanet Rowe did not fly to Jamaica just to vote. But when she realised her name was on the voters’ list, the US$197.50 fee she paid to change her ticket “was a small price to pay to support her party”, Rowe said. “The ticket was actually US$430 plus what I paid to change it.” But that cost couldn’t keep her from the polling station at the Content Gap Primary School in East Rural St. Andrew. “When my boss wished me a safe travel I didn’t tell her I wasn’t coming back just yet.” Instead, “I called one of my co-workers and asked her to work for me tomorrow and I will work back for her on Saturday,” she said with a satisfied grin, showing her ink-stained index finger. Her ticket was changed from February 23 to 26. The constituency is being contested by the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Juliet Holness (wife of opposition leader Andrew Holness) and the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Imani Duncan Price. Holness went into the elections with a five percentage point lead over her rival.last_img read more

Brown sets record in CSUF win

first_imgBobby Brown had 29 points and a career-high nine rebounds to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 79-73 victory over visiting UC Santa Barbara Thursday. Brown became Fullerton’s all-time leading scorer by making 1,879 career points, surpassing Leon Wood, who played at Fullerton from 1981-84 is now an NBA referee. Marcus Crenshaw added 23 points for the Titans (19-7, 9-4 Big West). Justin Burns had five blocks. Alex Harris, the Big West Conference’s leading scorer, had a career-high 35 points and eight rebounds for the Gauchos (15-10, 6-5 Big West), who lost their fourth consecutive game. Chris Devine added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Fullerton broke a 56-56 tie with a 10-0 spurt that gave the Titans a 66-56 lead with 5:49 to play. Crenshaw led the surge with six points. UC Irvine 73, UC Davis 59 Patrick Sanders scored 15 points and Michael Hunter added 13 to lead host UC Irvine to a victory over UC Davis. Mark Kelley scored eight of his 12 points in the game’s first five minutes for the Anteaters (13-16). Dominic Calegari led Davis (4-21) with 21 points and seven rebounds. He scored his team’s first 11 points over a 7-minute, 44-second span, then scored seven in a row in the second half. center_img Cal Poly SLO 70, UC Riverside 54 Titus Shelton scored 13 points and Matt Hansen added 12 as Cal Poly defeated host UC Riverside. Dreshawn Vance and Tyler McGinn added 10 points apiece for the Mustangs (15-10, 6-5 Big West), which won its fourth straight game. Cal Poly’s Derek Stockalper grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and scored nine points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hydro and Trade Unions agree to deal for Site C

first_imgThe BC Building Trades and BC Hydro have agreed on the importance of labour stability on the Site C Clean Energy Project, recognising that stability is best achieved with a mix of labour representation. This framework will allow the project to operate as a managed open site, that includes participation from union and non-union workers, as well as independent and First Nations contractors.“This agreement ensures workers from all labour groups can build Site C together, and paves the way for the labour stability that I believe British Columbians want, as we undertake to build the largest hydro-electric project in a generation,” said Jessica McDonald, President and CEO, BC Hydro. “It allows for a managed open site, and also takes important steps to ensure the BC Building Trades unions will take part in the construction along with all other B.C. workers.”The BC Building Trade unions have waived the practice of signing Project Labour Agreements which restrict other, non-affiliated organizations from working on site. The two parties have agreed to no strike, no lockout, no raiding provisions, and no organizing on the Main Civil Works component of the project.- Advertisement -“The agreement represents a compromise and reflects the desire of our members to work on the project at union wages and benefits, while also respecting the mixed site model of the employer,” said Tom Sigurdson, executive director of the BC Building Trades. “I am sure that we can get through the next steps and ensure this critical project will be built to the highest standards by British Columbians.”The first test of the new framework will come as companies prepare to bid on civil work, the largest section of which will be the extensive earth moving and land clearing to prepare for actual construction of the dam.last_img read more

Garda warning after Donegal resident targeted by scam caller

first_imgGardaí in Donegal have issued an alert over scam calls from a false broadband company representative.A Manorcunningham resident was targetted by the scam today.The call came from someone claiming they were calling on behalf of Eir broadband. However, the recipient of the call was under no illusion that it was a scam call. Gardaí have issued a notice warning people to be on guard and not fall victim to such scam calls.“Never provide personal details to anyone on the phone,” a Garda spokesperson said.In today’s incident, the first digits of the caller’s number were 094873…   Garda warning after Donegal resident targeted by scam caller was last modified: July 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Funds for small media projects

first_imgThokozani MtshaliThe Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) has approved more funding for community and small commercial media projects as part of its drive to promote development and plurality of voices in South Africa’s media.The MDDA, a partnership between the government and major media operators, disburses grants to community, small commercial and media research projects in four cycles each year. Its first round of grants was approved in January.This time round, the MDDA’s board of directors approved funding for 10 media projects, five community radios, three community print and two small commercial print projects.Some of the latest beneficiaries include the Moletjie Community Radio near Polokwane, that received funds to help build a studio on land donated by a local chief. This was a Moletjie FM’s second grant; the MDDA approved a small grant in January for a technical study on difficulties it faced in terms of its coverage.One of South Africa’s oldest community radio stations, Moutse FM, has also been awarded a grant for mentoring and organisational development. Moutse FM broadcasts to Moutse village in Limpopo, but also reaches nearby areas like Dennilton, Marble Hall and Grobbelaarsdal in Mpumalanga.Worker’s World Radio Production, a non-profit radio production agency owned by trade union federations that produces programmes on labour issues for about 40 community radio stations around South Africa, was also allocated funding. Worker’s World would use the grant to train community radio producers.The National Community Radio Forum also received a grant to conduct studies into signal distribution, the establishment of joint services for community radio stations, and convergence or connectivity. The MDDA said it believed these studies would help the community radio sector to overcome some of the problems affecting its sustainability.Barberton Community Radio in Mpumalanga also received a grant, for mentoring and organisational development.In the print media sector, Amazwi Magazine, a non-profit print media initiative in the Hluhlwe and Mkhuze areas in KwaZulu-Natal, received funds to cover start-up and concept development costs. The project aims to offer writing and production training to people from the community, while producing a magazine focusing on cultural and tourism issues.Nkomazi Voice, a non-profit newspaper distributed in the Nkomazi area of Mpumalanga, also received funding.Agenda, a feminist media project based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, also received a grant to support their website training of women writers and to cover the production costs of one magazine per year over the next three years.Genuine, a family magazine in KwaZulu-Natal, received a grant for capacity building to develop a sustainable business plan.Leseding News, a small commercial newspaper based in Rustenburg in North West province, received financial support for research, training and equipment.Libby Lloyd of the MDDA said the board had also earmarked funding for two other rural community radio stations, once it had received a clear breakdown of their needs.Ten applications, mostly from new unlicensed community radio initiatives, were turned down.The MDDA had decided not to provide support for unlicensed community radio initiatives until it became clear when the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) would begin further licensing of such projects, Lloyd said.In terms of broadcasting legislation, Icasa has to conduct a review of community radio policies before reopening applications for licences.For more information, visit the MDDA website. The MDDA can also be visited at its offices on the 2nd floor of The Mills, 66 Carr Street, Newtown, Johannesburg.Source: SouthAfrica.infolast_img read more

South Africa, Benin strengthen ties

first_imgEducation a major priority South Africa and Benin have signed a cooperation deal that will boost flights between the two countries, as well as eliminate the need for visas for citizens of either country visiting the other. The two confirmed their willingness to establish between the two countries a strategic partnership – which will mainly be facilitated by the business community – to help Benin establish development-oriented infrastructure such as transport, renewable energy and mines. “We have obtained our political freedom. To go further and achieve the economic freedom we so desire, we have to invest in education and skills development.” “In this regard, they expressed their concerns over the increasing economic and political difficulties the continent has to face, and expressed the need for strengthening [the African Union] so as to enable it to better take up its new challenges,” the statement read. Zuma was bestowed with the Grand Cross, Benin’s highest distinction, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Abomey-Calavi for his steady commitment to the promotion of peace, stability and sustainable development in Africa and the world. Yayi renewed his invitation to South African businesspeople and investors to come to Benin in order to discover business opportunities as well as the potential and assets of that country’s economy. In his acceptance speech at Abomey-Calavi, Zuma highlighted his personal passion for education and what the South African government was doing to improve it. He said his passion arose from his inability to get an education due to his poor background as well as the legacy of apartheid.center_img He said it was high time that African leaders put their focus on education, as it was a vital instrument for the promotion of justice, democracy and development. Source: BuaNews He said education was a major government priority, receiving the highest budget allocation. 12 December 2011 According to a joint statement, the two heads of state also exchanged views on the socio-political crises and other armed conflicts threatening peace, the role of the African Union and stability in Africa and worldwide. The Bilateral Agreement on Air Services deal was signed by President Jacob Zuma and his counterpart, Boni Yayi, during Zuma’s one-day official visit to the West African country on Sunday.last_img read more

Inauguration preparations in full swing

first_img20 May 2014 Preparations are in full swing for Jacob Zuma’s inauguration as South African President on Saturday. The event is expected to draw thousands of people, including numerous current and former heads of state, to the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. “Government has thus far received confirmations from 26 heads of state and 11 prime ministers and/or vice-presidents,” acting Government Communication and Information System CEO Phumla Williams told journalists in Pretoria on Monday. “This equates to a total of 37 heads of state and government who will attend. Also in attendance will be four former heads of state, 14 eminent persons and 118 foreign ambassadors resident in South Africa.” Regarding the budget allocation, Williams said expenditure would be less than what had been spent on previous inaugurations. Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane said last week that the inauguration had been budgeted for within various government departments. “Departments have been encouraged to cut out any expenses that can be avoided, so as to be sensitive to the austerity measures applied throughout government,” Williams said. “Accountability in this regard will follow the normal accounting procedures.”Saturday’s proceeedings Williams said the government encouraged all South Africans to be part of the occasion, adding that those who could not attend would be able to follow proceedings on television and radio, or at 47 public viewing areas in the provinces. Saturday’s proceeedings will start with invited guests and members of the public arriving at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre and the Southern Lawns at the Union Buildings from as early as 8am. There will be no private vehicle access to the Union Buildings or the area immediately surrounding the venue. Instead, there will be a park-and-ride facility for members of the public at the Tshwane Events Centre, and a park-and-ride facility for invited guests and VIPs at Rietondale Park on Soutpansberg Road. People living in the vicinity of the Union Buildings and the Bryntirion area will be asked to present their municipal accounts at traffic control points. “Even though the event is taking place on a weekend, Tshwane Metro Police will enforce the road closures and motorists are kindly requested to adhere to the arrangements made for this day,” Williams said. Members of the public attending the event are advised that no alcohol, drugs, firearms, weapons, bottles or cans will be allowed. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Did corn fungicides pay in 2016?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As farmers around the state scouted their withering corn fields this summer, the application of fungicides seemed like a waste of money. Some are now second-guessing that decision.“I should have done a whole lot more fungicides,” said Jeremy Goyings, who farms in Paulding County. “We didn’t want to throw more money at what looked like a 100-bushel corn crop at the time, but it turns out we should have. There were a lot of excellent results with fungicides in this area. It was a little variety specific and those varieties that were more disease susceptible saw more benefit. It drives home the point that we need to be pushing harder on the fungicides on the corn. I think there is money to be made with more blanket applications. There may be years that it does not have that kind of yield benefit, but there are years where it does pay and you don’t want to miss out on it. The plant health is important. Keeping that corn alive a little longer helped capture the larger kernel size.”Jon Miller shared the same regrets in Fairfield County.“Talking to neighbors, it seems like fungicide really paid for itself this year,” Miller said. “I think we’ll probably do more fungicide next year because of how this year went. It was so dry and we didn’t see the disease but there was some yield benefit. With the later rains it might have really helped.”The problem is that the plant health benefits in corn are challenging to quantify and document, particularly when prices are low.“I have heard from some growers and field agronomists about the plant health benefits of fungicides this year. They didn’t have the disease pressure and they are seeing higher yields, but they are also seeing much higher moisture corn,” said Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension corn specialist. “Plant health and fungicides are a touchy issue. I have done work with this, along with plant pathologists, and it is frustrating. We have done the work for several years and not seen any benefits. Then, lo and behold, we have a year like this and we see a response. It would be nice if we knew under what conditions it worked. It is like shooting dice. You never know the year you’re going to see the benefits of these fungicides. When corn is $7 or $8 you can put it on as a risk management tool, but when corn is $3.50 it is a different story. The speculation is that the longer you keep that corn green, the more opportunity you have to extend the filling period for corn. If you kept that canopy alive longer this year it may have translated into higher yields with the rains.”last_img read more

Pumaren gets the win over former player Pasaol in PBA D-League

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Pasaol, though, said that their time away from each other won’t change the kind of relationship they have as they even went out of their way to kid around before the game.“I talked to him and asked him if he still has an injury. He said that he’s ok,” the hefty forward related. “Manong even kidded that my butt is getting hot sitting on the bench.”He may be away from Pumaren and his job may be a lot different from his role with the Red Warriors, but Pasaol knows that the veteran mentor is always watching him from afar. And that’s why he’s just keeping the faith in his current coach Koy Banal as he aims to mesh with the Skippers.“I think I still need to learn coach Koy’s system. It’s one of the factors why I haven’t got much playing time yet,” he said. The 22-year-old is currently averaging 2.67 points, 2.67 rebounds, and 0.67 assists in his 5.3 minutes in his three games for Marinerong Pilipino — a clear indication of the amount of work he still needs to put in to see some playing time.“I know I need to be patient. It doesn’t matter who you are or whatever you did. You have to put in the hard work and show coach Koy that I’m deserving of more playing time,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH For his part, Pumaren is glad to see his former player experience different coaches as he sees this stint as nothing but beneficial for Pasaol’s overall development.“It’s going to be big for him,” he said.CEU won, 104-93, giving Pumaren the last laugh in the duel.“I’m on the other side now. Nothing personal,” he said. Ebondo drops 31 as CEU holds off Marinerong Pilipino Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pasaol, who is currently playing for Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, faced his longtime coach Pumaren, now serving as the general manager for CEU.It was the first time the kindred spirits were on the opposing ends after Pumaren’s departure from University of the East back in November.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPumaren felt the same way seeing his super scorer for the first time in months.“It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Alvin. We were joking around and I told him I’ll get someone to get him popcorn there.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESAlvin Pasaol admitted that it was weird seeing his former coach Derrick Pumaren on the other side.“It’s my daddy and I miss him,” Pasaol said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more