Mexico Osorio leaves door open for newcomers as Mexico’s World Cup roster begins taking shape Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 22:40 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pedro Pardo Mexico World Cup Mexico v Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina Friendlies Opinion Though he already has a squad in mind for Russia, the El Tri manager is open to being wowed by an outsider in this month’s friendly Between call-ups for Jonathan Gonzalez, Victor Guzman and Henry Martin, there has been a lot more discussion about who is on Mexico’s roster to face Bosnia & Herzegovina than who didn’t make it. The omissions, however, show exactly how El Tri manager Juan Carlos Osorio is looking at the game.Two of his most veteran players are staying in Mexico City, with Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona and Club America forward Oribe Peralta not selected “because of a mutual and agreed-upon decision,” according to Osorio.Osorio knows these players don’t need any more international competition. The 37-year-old Corona has nearly 50 caps. Peralta, 34, has more than 60. Osorio knows what he’s getting from those players. He knows how they’ll react in the locker room, what they’ll provide on the field, probably even if they have Mana or Maluma on their pregame playlist. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Even the studious Osorio knows far less about what Gonzalez or Guzman brings to the table. The players themselves may not even know. The 22-year-old Guzman had an excellent 2017 with Pachuca, while Gonzalez’s standout Clausura with Monterrey earned him Best XI honors and led the Mexican federation to convince him that a switch from representing the United States at the youth level was one worth making.The international game is a different one, though. How a player does against Bosnia & Herzegovina’s B team will not reveal all, but it will take the young players out of their comfort zones.Can Gonzalez excel getting forward more often — as Osorio believes fits his profile best — rather than sitting back and winning the ball, which he does with Monterrey? Can Guzman work with players outside Diego Alonso’s system? Is Martin that much improved since his national team cameo three years ago or is his hot start with America going to cool off?There are questions like this about a number of players on the roster. Can Edson Alvarez hold down the right back spot? Will Oswaldo Alanis shake off the rust and redeem his poor national team showings from 2017? Will the MLS players be a step — or two — behind the Liga MX guys because of the league starting later on in the calendar?Next week’s friendly, and maybe more importantly the training sessions preceding it, won’t answer the questions but will give Osorio a benchmark for the answers.“The things to have in mind when the final squad comes is the form of the players at this time, which is the biggest worry we have and our job with our plan that they end up playing with their clubs,” Osorio said at a news conference Thursday. “Hopefully players appear who compete for a place.”That hope, and the decision to give Corona and Peralta rest rather than minutes, shows where Osorio and his assistants are in the process. For all the flack Osorio gets for experimenting, he’s closing up ranks. The job is done for those veterans and for several of the players based in Europe. They’re on the plane. They’re going to Russia barring injury or wild happenstance.The manager has an idea of who he’s going to bring. He’s prepared training plans. He’s sending video clips of the group stage opponents to players, telling them what to watch out for. In many respects, his attention is turning from his own team to the opponents his own team will meet.Yet, there’s still the potential for a player who hasn’t been involved until this year to blow away the coaching staff and earn a place in the squad. Whether it be a teenager, an emerging star or a journeyman, the door is open. Beyond fulfilling a few commercial obligations, that’s what this game is for.It could fade into obscurity as another “molero,” but we may remember it as the match that launched a player’s push for the World Cup that stunned us all.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Another former Oklahoma State player could soon be gracing the sidelines of an NFL team.According to Andy Patton of USA Today, Carson is expected to make the Seattle Seahawks practice squad. The former OSU standout was taken in the seventh round of April’s NFL Draft with pick No. 249.After he was drafted, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had good things to say about Carson.“I really love this guy because he’s so physical and tough the way he ran. You haven’t heard a whole lot about him. He hadn’t run the ball a lot but when he did, he to me made a great statement of his style and a style that we really covet… He’s really aggressive. He hammers it and I think you guys are really going to like him when you see him.”While practice squad players don’t typically see the field, as USA Today’s Patton notes, the Seahawks have a habit of late round picks panning out in the long run.“Expect Carson to have an impact with the Seahawks in the future, but it likely will not be in 2017 unless multiple injuries occur to the current group.”Whatever happens this year, Carson has a chance. Especially if he can continue to make moves like this in the NFL.
This is so funny, I can’t stop watching it. The Huffington Post loved it too.Check out more at PhilTube. After immediately asking me on the phone today if I was blogging, Phil later let on that “Hart + Larsson are the agency creative minds behind this PhilTube campaign and its brilliant execution.” That would be Phil himself.I think that like most great things that go viral, it cleverly captures a latent but widespread phenomenon just waiting to be creatively expressed. In this case, it satirizes what’s popular, what’s contrived on YouTube and the general foaming-at-the-mouth for all things web 2.0 — in a really original way. At least that’s what it means to me. And it’s funny. By contrast, last night, I spent a good 60 minutes on YouTube looking at nonprofit videos, and it was like watching public access TV. Most were at least six minutes long and about as fresh as a canned PSA from the 1960s. They looked so tragically unhip amid Borat and shrimp on a treadmill. Most had been viewed by about 12 people — about the number of staff at the nonprofits in question.I found only two I liked – one that wasn’t in English and this one:I like it because it follows some basic rules of the YouTube world:1.) Be authentic2.) Be homemade3.) Be original4.) Let someone else have the camera — a supporter, a beneficiary, whatever5.) Give up control — let that someone else say what they want6.) Give people a reason to watch and something easy to do
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)College football fans are in for a treat tonight, as No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 LSU go to war in Death Valley.This game will have an immense effect on the College Football Playoff rankings, especially if the Tigers could upset the Crimson Tide. Over the course of this season, the defending champions have dominated every opponent.It’s not a surprise, but LSU supporters are out in full force for the SEC showdown. In fact, ticket prices for this game are downright absurd.“Biggest regular season ticket in LSU history tonight vs. Alabama. Cheapest pair of seats available right now on StubHub is $865, including fees, for this view,” ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted out.Biggest regular season ticket in LSU history tonight vs. Alabama. Cheapest pair of seats available right now on StubHub is $865, including fees, for this view. pic.twitter.com/96wUV3CdEY— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 3, 2018If fans are going to pay over $800 for tickets to the game, then they’ll need the Tigers to pull off the upset.Tonight will truly be special, as the immovable object in LSU’s defense, faces the unstoppable force in Alabama’s offense.Who do you believe will win this game?
WASHINGTON – A new concern about Canada’s relationship with the United States is emerging in the foreground, with threats of global steel and aluminum tariffs now competing with NAFTA uncertainty as a source of economic anxiety.It was evident during a trip to Washington for the premiers of the two biggest provinces. During their just-concluded visit, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard spoke with multiple state governors and none expressed the view that NAFTA faces imminent termination.“I feel pretty encouraged by the conversations that I’ve had,” Wynne said in an interview.“There are a number of governors who do have a pretty direct relationship (with President Donald Trump). One of the reasons I’m very encouraged is none of them said they thought (NAFTA) was going to get cancelled.”But there’s a more immediate source of angst.Trump is weighing options for steel and aluminum tariffs. One would target the entire world, while another would hit a shorter list of countries and spare Canada. The stakes are high for Canada, which is the No. 1 seller of both products to the U.S.They are particularly high for the premiers who just visited Washington — Ontario is a major supplier of steel and automobiles while Quebec is a key supplier of aluminum.Canada is not yet exempted from the potential hit-list. A news report Friday from Bloomberg said Trump is actually leaning toward the most punitive action possible, which reportedly would be a 24 per cent worldwide tariff on steel and an aluminum tariff as high as 10 per cent.The president has also been complaining lately about Canada’s trade practices, in public and in private remarks.Wynne said she spoke with her gubernatorial counterparts about her fear of what such a tariff would do to auto prices, as steel-heavy parts criss-cross the border multiple times before winding up in a finished vehicle.“I think there’s good reason to be concerned,” Wynne said.“Anybody who understands the auto supply chain understands that this would be a problem for us … I think there is reason for real concern … It would be a compounding effect.”The issue hasn’t received a huge amount of political attention yet. The administration is giving itself until April to decide whether to use a national-security provision in American trade law to argue that foreign metals hurt America’s stability, and are therefore justified targets for an emergency tariff.Trade wonks warn that such a move could have a cascading effect, leading other countries to find similar excuses to slap retaliatory tariffs, and result in an epic clash at the World Trade Organization that threatens the international trading system.Ohio’s governor isn’t sure what to make of it yet.John Kasich says it’s legitimate to set punitive tariffs if a country dumps steel produced below market cost. That’s the allegation against China, and against countries that mix Chinese steel into their own supply.But Kasich doesn’t want to see his country indiscriminately using tariffs as a trade weapon.“I’m not a protectionist … Just slapping on tariffs, I don’t agree with that,” Kasich told reporters at the Canadian embassy, which was hosting U.S. state governors during their annual conference in Washington.“(But) I don’t know enough about this. I’ve called two people. One person who’s sort of a steel expert who says this is pure protectionism. And another one who says no there’s been so much dumping, that we need to do something. What’s the truth? I don’t know yet.”Canada’s view is that it should be spared not just on economic grounds — but on the grounds of national defence.That view received a high-profile public booster last week: U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis.He released a letter stating his department’s position, which is that any tariffs be targeted to avoid hurting allies. Canada is not only such an ally at NATO, and NORAD — it’s also one of the few countries, along with the UK and Australia, that are legally part of the U.S. military-industrial complex.Even the history of Canadian aluminum is also deeply entwined with the U.S. military. Canada built its Bagotville air force base to protect the aluminum smelting in Quebec’s Saguenay region that supplied material to the U.S. military.The idea that these same smelting operations might now be smacked with tariffs with the justification of defending America strikes Canadian policy-makers as, at best, counter-intuitive.“Aluminum is a strategic metal for North America,” Couillard told reporters in Washington. Alf Barrios, chief executive Rio Tinto Aluminium, said in a statement: “Aluminum from Canada has long been a reliable and secure input for U.S. manufacturers — including the defence sector.”Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. says those basic details offer grounds for optimism.“We are continuing to be hopeful we aren’t part of that (tariff list),” David MacNaughton said in an interview.“Aluminum in particular is really important for the military in the United States … I’m not worried about speculation. We’re working with the administration, we’re working with the industry, with unions. I think there’s a general consensus that it would be very disruptive and inconsistent with the historical relationship to have tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.”
On December 12th, Philanthropist & Founder of In A Perfect World Foundation, Manuela Testolini and husband, Eric Benet opened their private Los Angeles home to close friends and family to celebrate ten years of global change towards creating a better world.Manuela Testolini, David Foster and Eric Benet at the In A Perfect World 10th Anniversary event.Credit/Copyright: Jonathan Lipking“10 years ago, a little boy in a homeless shelter said to me, ‘In a perfect world, I’d have a blue crayon’.” said Manuela Testolini. “Little did he know that he would inspire me to build an international foundation based on this idea of a ‘perfect world’. Talking to children from all walks of life, living in various circumstances, I discovered that a child’s ‘world’ could be as simple as their classroom, their room in a foster home, or even their neighborhood. What was important to me was to hear those voices and to empower those children to spark meaningful change. 19 schools, 500 teachers projects and 30,000 kids later… I’d say we’ve succeeded.”The night opened with Eric Benet speaking about his adoration for a woman he truly feels has a special gift of compassion and kindness.“One of the things I love most about my wife is that innate desire she has to make this world better. Her selflessness is contagious… It’s inspiring.”Founders from buildOn, Free Arts Minnesota, and many others spoke on their gratitude for the support they have received over the last decade, allowing them to create real change, both locally and globally. Manuela took a moment to talk about her recent trip to Haiti and held back tears as she described how important the mission has been to her.The Team of In A Perfect World (L-R) Lani Evans, Kelsey Dominick, Diana Villarreal, Christine Onesky, Manuela Testolini, Michelle Vink and Norman Bailey pose for the team photo at the In A Perfect World 10 Year Celebration Of Giving Credit/Copyright: Earl Gibson lllNot your typical philanthropist, Manuela has not just personally funded the projects but has been in the trenches, working on site at most of the projects. At the event, she made the announcement to pledge one million dollars to build another 33 schools in the next 5 years and continue to build her efforts on both a local and global scale.As a true testament to the change Manuela wants to see in the world by empowering youth, her 4-year-old daughter, Lucia, asked to join her parents on stage so she could provide further details on their experience in Haiti.“I wanted to give the boy a toy, because the boy just had a wheel to play with.” Lucia continued with such a deep understanding and passion, the audience was amused, yet incredibly moved.Manuela & Eric’s 4- year old daughter, Lucia, talks to the guests about giving back.Credit/Copyright: Earl Gibson lllThe night ended with an impromptu intimate performance around the piano, with Stevie Wonder, David Foster and Eric Benet. With a final serenade from Eric to Manuela, a perfect ending to a night filled with love, compassion, hope and new beginnings.Stevie Wonder brings everyone together around the piano.Credit/Copyright: Jonathan LipkingIn A Perfect World, there would be more people like Manuela Testolini.Musician Stevie Wonder performs at the home of Eric Benet & Manuela Testolini for the In A Perfect World 10 Year Celebration Of Giving Credit/Copyright: Earl Gibson lllCelebrity Guests & Supporters of the Event included Samuel & Latanya Jackson, Alfred Enoch, Matt McGorry, Kenny Lattimore, Shaun Robinson, Travis Van Winkle, Mayte Garcia, Claudia Jordan, Kerry Gordy, Obba Babatundé, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, Ian La Frenais, Willie Roaf, Michael Bearden, Michael Beckwith and more.Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
Shares of Research In Motion Ltd. rose more than 5%, trading above the $15 mark for the first time since early 2012, after an upgrade at Charter Equity and Visa’s decision to greenlight its mobile payments system.Chart Equity analyst Ed Snyder raised his rating to buy from underperform given his positive outlook on RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system.Meanwhile, RIM said the Visa credit card system has approved the smartphone company’s method for handling secure mobile payments.The go-ahead from Visa is a step towards offering global support for any device equipped with the BlackBerry maker’s mobile-payments technology. Visa’s approval also builds on an initiative by Canada’s three biggest wireless networks through their EnStream joint venture.RIM’s BlackBerry has built a reputation for highly secure mobile communications used by military, law enforcement and business customers around the world.The company is hoping to use that reputation and a new generation of BlackBerry to reclaim market share lost to Apple’s iPhone and Android-based smartphones.The official launch of the BlackBerry 10 product line is scheduled for Jan. 30.Research In Motion describes its Secure Element Manager technology, or SEM, as a way for networks to manage all types of mobile devices equipped for close-range wireless payments, also known as near field communications or NFC.The EnStream joint venture owned by BCE’s Bell (TSX:BCE), Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) and Telus (TSX:T) has already begun to deploy mobile payments in Canada using the RIM SEM technology.“The approval from Visa of RIM’s SEM solution is an important step in that it will enable carriers to support Visa issuing banks and financial institutions,” said Frank Maduri, a RIM senior director responsible for mobile payment services.“We now offer carriers a robust solution with around-the-clock global support that works on any NFC-capable device, and meets the stringent technology and usability guidelines for Visa.”With files from Financial Post
While the international community’s humanitarian, political and African-led military strategy for peace and stability in Sudan was finally bearing fruit, the situation was still extremely fragile, particularly for millions of people in war-torn Darfur, and would perhaps require decades of sustained efforts to set right, the top United Nations envoy for Sudan warned today.This could be a year of “decisive change” for Sudan – building on a January 2005 peace agreement signed between the Government and Southern rebels that ended more than 30 years of war – but further confidence-building measures would certainly be necessary, Jan Pronk, head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) told the Security Council today.“All in all, there is room for improvement, but we must be realistic – the situation is utterly fragile,” Mr. Pronk said, briefing the Council on the latest developments in the country. The wounds afflicted on millions of people during a lengthy period of neglect, exclusion, injustice and bad governance could not be healed over night.He said that democratization and guaranteeing human rights would require more than an agreement between leaders and fighters. Poverty was very deep and the battle against poverty following the fight for peace would require decades of sustained efforts by the Sudanese and the international community. Ongoing reconciliation, and management of conflicts between nomads and farmers, would require political attention and resources for compensation and development.Mr. Pronk’s briefing came on the heels of the release of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report on the situation in western Darfur region, where a two-year conflict between the Khartoum Government, allied militia and rebels has killed at least 180,000 people and displaced nearly 2 million other. The report says that violence there has diminished greatly compared to the period from early 2003 until the middle of last year. “There can be little doubt that the situation in Darfur is less dangerous for civilians than it was a year ago,” the Secretary-General says.Nevertheless, he adds, these developments are only a modest step forward, and the decrease in attacks on civilians may be because there are fewer locations to strike after so many villages have been destroyed since the war began. Yet he is optimistic that an agreement can be reached by the end of the year, if the parties show serious good-faith commitment to the Abuja process, in which they are negotiating a settlement in the Nigerian capital, and if there is sustained international pressure on them to do so.Mr. Pronk told the Council meanwhile that even though a freshly-minted cease fire between the Government and Darfur’s two main rebel factions was holding, for the moment, the situation was delicate. “Militia attacks on villages have decreased, but banditry has increased and attacks can flare up…rapes also continue,” he added.While praising the work of the African Union Mission in Darfur, and the Government’s efforts to establish a court to deal with crimes against humanity committed in the region, Mr. Pronk called on the Government to take ever more steps to bring perpetrators of heinous crimes to justice. “Only then can impunity be stopped. Only then will the present reconciliation efforts result in not just clearing away the dark past, but also in opening a new era in which such crimes cannot be repeated,” he said.
by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2014 8:07 pm MDT China’s economic growth slows to 7.4 per cent, raising risk of job losses, impact on trade AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – China’s economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses.The world’s second-largest economy grew by 7.4 per cent over a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 7.7 per cent, government data showed Wednesday. It matched a mini-slump in late 2012 for the weakest growth since the 2008-09 global crisis.Beijing is trying to guide the impetus for China’s economic growth toward domestic consumption instead of trade and investment following the past decade’s explosive expansion. The top economic official, Premier Li Keqiang, last week ruled out new stimulus and said leaders will focus on ” sustainable and healthy development.”“Chinese growth held up better than expected last quarter and there are signs that downwards pressure on growth has eased somewhat,” said analyst Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report.Retail sales and factory output were weaker than in the previous quarter but improved in March. On a quarter-to-quarter basis, economic growth from January to March slowed to 1.4 per cent from the previous period’s 1.8 per cent.The data reflect official efforts to shift emphasis from industry to services such as restaurants and retailing that generate more jobs with less investment.“The resilience of the relatively labour-intensive services sector has helped the labour market hold up reasonably well,” said RBS economic Louis Kuijs in a report.The latest growth is below the official annual target of 7.5 per cent announced last month. But Chinese leaders appear willing to miss that target so long as the economy creates enough jobs to avoid potential unrest. In a sign of concern about employment, they launched a mini-stimulus in March of higher spending on building railways and low-cost housing.“Policymakers appear comfortable with the current pace of growth,” said Pritchard. “The policy response to today’s numbers is likely to be muted.”The quarterly expansion matched the third quarter of 2012, when growth tumbled after global demand for China’s exports weakened unexpectedly while the government was tightening lending and investment controls to cool surging inflation.The past decade’s rapid growth, which peaked at 14.2 per cent in 2007, was driven by an export boom and spending on factories, apartment towers and other assets. But that model is losing its ability to drive growth. It also left China with badly polluted air and water.Chinese leaders have promised sweeping changes to make the economy more competitive and efficient, including opening more industries to private and foreign competitors.They have issued a steady drumbeat of minor changes in recent months such as making it easier to register a business but more basic change such as in the state-controlled banking system is politically fraught and could take years.Last year’s economic growth of 7.7 per cent was the strongest of any major economy but tied 2012 for China’s slowest expansion since the 1990s.Weaker growth could have global repercussions, hurting Asian economies and others such as Australia and Brazil for which China is the leading market for iron ore, other commodities and industrial components.Chinese imports suffered an unexpectedly sharp contraction of 11.3 per cent in March in a sign of weak demand for raw materials in manufacturing and construction.___National Bureau of Statistics (in Chinese): www.stats.gov.cn
Dear Editor,In response to the domestic violence crisis, The Caribbean Voice beseeches and implores the Government to urgently organise a stakeholders’ focus group to come up with a coherent and concerted action plan for immediate implementation.By stakeholders we mean organisations that are currently directly involved in gender-based activism – not those who say they are but do nothing, not those who talk, talk and talk but do nothing else and not those who engage in photo ops and pageantry but no concrete action. We also urge that politics be taken out of the equation and that only the passionate and committed, who already give of their time and efforts, be involved.Consultants are not needed because there is absolutely nothing to consult on. Contractors are not needed because there is nothing to contract out. And consultations are not needed because everyone is aware of the harsh realities on the ground.In short, bring together all those who are already striving to address the issue, build a plan that is practical and doable and implement it across Guyana, with Government and the Private Sector providing the financial and logistical resources.Provide the requisite training, develop and deploy signposting, create gatekeepers/first responders in every community, map a network of counsellors nationwide that can almost be immediately available to jump in and help, provide capacity to shelters and safe houses to be able to handle intake, and enhance and nationally extend the victims assistance plan that already exists through the Social Protection Ministry.Establish trained domestic violence units in every police station with the ability for quick responses and the skillsets to know what to do and how to do it with priority on victims’ safety. Establish strident efforts to ensure that police do not allow themselves to be influenced to dismiss reports, belittle victims, engage in casual investigations that destroy cases and ignore any and every sign that clearly points to abuse and potential for femicide.Give teeth to the requisite legislation and protection orders, sensitise victims to the concept of safety first, last and always, follow through on all reports taking cognisance that victims will often withdraw complaints or refuse to testify because of threats to self, children and family, economic dependence on abusers and ‘because of the children’. The judiciary system must be advised to maximise all sentencing and convicted abusers must be mandated to periodically report to Police after serving their sentences.Additionally, all convicted abusers should be publicly listed along with their photos in a registry that would be easily accessible. There are those who would academically argue about rights of abusers but completely ignore the rights of victims and the potential for abuse to be repeated. Furthermore, they completely ignore the fact that there is a mountain of literature and lived experiences that clearly say that every abuser is a potential murderer.In effect, what to do is very clear. Now, instead of verbiage and rhetoric from officialdom and wastage of resources in piecemeal, ad hoc, infrequent and ineffective action, the political fortitude needs to be displayed to build a network of activism, nationally armed with skillsets and resources to handle this crisis, through stakeholders’ collaboration. The Caribbean Voice stands ready to be part of such a process and, in fact, to assist from the inception with realising the stakeholders’ focus group.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt ‘poorly handled’ Wales estate closure – says veteran trade unionistJanuary 24, 2016In “Local News”Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Guyana engage in talksAugust 29, 2015In “Business”Abused Venezuelan migrants to get Govt supportJune 14, 2019In “Health”
Quaker Chemical Corp says its package of dust suppressants, ground control agents and longwall fluids address several of the mining industry’s ongoing needs.High levels of respirable dust and quartz can cause visibility and other health and safety issues to mine workers, which is where its DUSTGRIP® dust suppressants come in.These suppressants have been formulated, the company says, to:Reduce the generation of airborne particulate matter from mines, roads, stockpiles, rail hauls, construction sites, quarries and other areas where air-born dust is a problem;Increase site safety for workers by reducing levels of airborne dust and quartz, and;Have a cumulative effect so they are longer lasting with lower maintenance cost when compared with water alone.On top of this, it has its MINETECH™ Ground Control Agents within its portfolio. Designed to consolidate and stabilise unstable ground, as well as seal against water ingress, these ground control agents provide good penetration into small cracks and fissures, high adhesive strength and “Outstanding mechanical properties and flexibility to be an effective ground consolidation and stabilisation tool”, it says.Fluid instability, sticky soaps, bacteria and corrosion can all be a risk to mine equipment and workers, the company said. “QUINTOLUBRIC® 818-02 has been developed as a 100% synthetic true solution that triples filter life through superior fluid dynamics and improved system cleanliness; reduces bacteria, keeping systems free of corrosion and plugged filters, and; is compatible with all commonly used longwall fluids for easy conversion.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Macedonian Glendi will be held in Oakleigh to commemorate 100 years of liberation of Macedonia. All are welcome to attend the event which promises to provide great entertainment with many dance groups performing and live music from International act Diogenis on Pontian Lyra, singer Sophia Mosxogiannis, Anadromiki Compania and Kinisi Live Band all to hit the stage throughout the day and as always plenty of food and drinks.A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the heart of the Greek community. When: Sunday 18 November, 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Corner Atherton Road and Eaton Mall, Oakleigh Free Entry
Des accélérateurs de particules pour recréer les explosions de supernovaeSelon une récente publication de l’European science Foundation, deux super-accélérateurs nouvelle génération devraient bientôt voir le jour. Successeurs du Large Hadron Collider du Cern, ceux-ci seront capables de générer les conditions extrêmes d’explosions de supernovae.Selon les scientifiques, entre 3.500 et 7.000 éléments chimiques manqueraient encore à l’appel dans le tableau périodique. Pour tenter de trouver une partie de ces atomes, des physiciens européens ont donc décidé de mettre au point une série de nouvelles machines géantes : des accélérateurs de particules qui succéderaient au Large Hadron Collider (LHC) actuellement utilisé par le Cern à Genève. Détaillées dans une récente publication du comité de l’European science Foundation, ces deux nouvelles générations d’accélérateurs seront capables de récréer les conditions extrêmes des supernovae, ces explosions d’étoiles à l’origine de la matière et dont les températures atteignent plus de 100 milliards de degrés.À lire aussiLe Grand collisionneur de hadrons (LHC) accomplit une grande premièreEn effet, les scientifiques pensent que les atomes manquants sont générés pendant les supernovae et ont une durée de vie extrêmement courte. En reproduisant ces explosions grâce aux accélérateurs, ils espèrent donc pouvoir observer ces éléments et par là même, répondre à des questions fondamentales sur les atomes et leur création. Baptisé Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (Fair), le premier accélérateur basé en Allemagne, formera une double boucle de plus d’un kilomètre de circonférence et collisionnera les atomes à deux reprises pour produire des températures 1.000 fois supérieures à celles du centre du Soleil. Des révélations sur la création des atomes “FAIR générera de la matière environ 10 fois plus dense que ce dont est capable le LHC, afin que cela ressemble au centre d’une étoile à neutrons”, a expliqué au Telegraph le Pr Guenther Rosner de l’université de Glasgow et membre du comité. D’un coût supérieur à un milliard d’euros, l’accélérateur pourra également produire des faisceaux d’antimatière qui permettront de produire de nouveaux types de particules. De même le second accélérateur du projet, l’European Isotope Separation On-Line (EURISOL), présentera de nombreux avantages. “Grâce à cette approche, toute la puissance est absorbée par la cible qu’heurtent les particules. Celle-ci peut alors produire les atomes instables synthétisés par les explosions de supernovae”, a commenté le Dr Yorick Bluemenfeld de l’Institut de physique nucléaire de France qui mène le projet EURISOL.Si les scientifiques espèrent voir leurs études futures révéler de nouveaux aspects de l’univers, les deux projets pourraient également apporter de nouvelles idées pour générer de l’énergie, fournir des nouveaux outils pour la médecine voire produire des matériaux encore inconnus.Le 22 février 2011 à 14:53 • Emmanuel Perrin
Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development got a personal look Friday at how San Diego is helping hundreds of homeless men and women get off the street.HUD Secretary Ben Carson visited one of the city’s three tent shelters, run by the Alpha Project.With reporters and Carson’s press team tagging along, the Secretary spent about 30 minutes with Alpha Project CEO Bob McElroy touring the tent in the East Village, which is home to 325 men and women each night.Altogether, the city’s three tent shelters established a year ago by the City of San Diego bring about 700 people off the street every night. Carson was shown the shelter beds, showers and laundry facilities.The Alpha Project tent also has medical services and caseworkers who connect people to programs for employment, counseling and fighting substance abuse. Carson, speaking to reporters said the federal government funds thousands of programs, but is focused on identifying programs and solutions that actually work.“We are concentrating on data, we are concentrating on evidence. We don’t care about ideology, so whether there’s “Housing First” or whether it’s a different type of program, we want to see what the results are. If the results are good, we’re behind them 100 percent,” Carson said. Sasha Foo, HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours San Diego’s homeless shelter February 22, 2019 Posted: February 22, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter
For Bill Cole, the arrival of farmers market season means business is about to pick up.“I’ve got about a five- to seven-month window,” said Cole, owner of Vancouver-based Nature’s Wild Harvest. “That’s where I make most of my income.”Cole’s company sells wild mushrooms and other foraged foods at the Vancouver Farmers Market, plus a handful of other Portland-area markets. He’s not the only vendor who hits multiple markets throughout the year. But business models vary, and local growers weigh a variety of factors in deciding where to set up, or whether to do so at all.Some local farms focus more on direct sales to customers through community-supported agriculture programs, or CSAs. Some are able to land their yields on grocery store shelves. Most find some combination of ways to sell their bounty.How local farms approach the market season can differ widely from one grower to the next, said Vancouver Farmers Market director Jordan Boldt.“It really depends on the business model that works best for them,” Boldt said.Cole has sold at the Vancouver market for 16 years. But Nature’s Wild Harvest tends to see better sales at the Portland markets where produce options are more plentiful and people come looking for them, he said. Many vendors don’t work the same market all year; some come and go or emphasize a particular time of year depending on what’s in season.The Vancouver Farmers Market kicked off its 2014 season in March. Others in the county will start later this spring and summer.Coyote Ridge Ranch plans to sell this year at the Salmon Creek Farmers Market, which is open Tuesdays and Thursdays. Valerie Alexander, owner of the La Center-based farm, said that decision has a lot to do with the market’s clientele, and its manager, Ann Foster.
Guntur: District in-charge minister Perni Venkatramaiah said that Chef Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is implementing Navaratnas to extend helping hand to poor. Hoisting the national flag on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day celebrations here on Thursday, he said the government appointed village volunteers to extend the fruits of welfare scheme benefits to the all eligible people. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us He assured that the government would distribute investment subsidy of Rs 12,500 to every farmer from October and same would be extended to tenant farmers also. He recalled that the government had paid insurance premium under the YSR Crop Insurance Scheme on behalf of the farmers to extend helping hand and to prevent suicides among farmers. Under the scheme, the kin of farmers family will get Rs 7 lakh insurance from the insurance company. He said so far, the insurance company paid claims to seven farmers and recalled that the government had set up price stabilization fund with Rs 3,000 crore besides giving 9-hour day power supply to agriculture pumpsets. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us He said the government has taken up canals and drains modernisation works in the Krishna Western Delta region at a cost of Rs 1,130 crore in the district and taken up Nallamada drain modernisation works. MP Lavu Srikrishnadevarayalu, MLAs Mustafa, Maddali Giri, MLC K S Lakshmana Rao, Collector I Samuel Anand Kumar, GMC Commissioner Srikar B Lathkar were among those participated.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed her concerned officials to ensure a crackdown on middlemen, who have caused problems regarding paddy procurement from farmers.”We want to procure paddy directly from the farmers and at the same time, increase the procurement target. This year, we have set a target of procuring 58 lakh metric tonnes of paddy. Sometimes, people get involved in the process of procuring paddy directly from farmers, which creates trouble for the entire process. We would not allow the involvement of any other person other than the farmers,” Banerjee told reporters at Nabanna on Wednesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA senior official who attended the meeting said that the Chief Minister has directed the administration to be more vigilant and take all possible measures to eliminate the involvement of middlemen. Banerjee chaired a meeting at the state Secretariat with concerned ministers and senior officials of Food & Supplies, Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing and a few other departments, to take stock of the situation and clear the bottlenecks in the process. District Magistrates and Police Superintendents of a number of districts also attended the meeting. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe also expressed her displeasure over the failure to crackdown on the middlemen, thereby resulting in lesser procurement than desired. “We want farmers to sell the stock themselves and in return, hand over the money to them directly. They were earlier handed over payment by RTGS to their bank accounts, but now we have decided to hand over cheques immediately after they sell the paddy. This will make the process or procurement hassle-free. We are setting up an additional 2,000 centres beside the existing kisan mandis, where farmers can come to sell their stocks,” the Chief Minister said. According to a source, Banerjee has asked the state agencies to procure the entire stock of paddy that a farmer brings to sell. No farmer can be turned down and they cannot be deprived of the minimum support price for paddy procurement, she is learnt to have directed the officials. A minimum support price of Rs 1,750 has to be paid to the farmers. The Chief Minister reiterated: “Farmer issues, unemployment and secularism are going to be the key issues in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls. Farmers in this state are smiling. We have already waived khajna (land rent) for farmers and have done away with mutation fees for registering agricultural land.”
This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. November 12, 2014 Register Now » The European Space Agency (ESA) landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space exploration and the climax of a decade-long mission to get samples from what are the remnants of the birth of Earth’s solar system.The box-shaped 100-kg (220-pound) lander, named Philae, touched down on schedule at about 1600 GMT after a seven-hour descent from spacecraft Rosetta around half a billion kilometers (300 million miles) from Earth.Scientists hope that samples from the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will help show how planets and life are created as the rock and ice that make up the comet preserve organic molecules like a time-capsule.Comets come from the formation of Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old solar system. Scientists believe they may have brought much of the water in Earth’s oceans.”We are ready to make science fiction a science fact,” ESA director of human spaceflight and operations, Thomas Reiter, said at the European Space Operations Center in Germany before the landing.Rosetta reached the comet, a roughly 3-by-5 km rock discovered in 1969, in August after a journey of 6.4 billion km that took 10 years, five months and four days – a mission that cost close to 1.4 billion euros ($1.8 billion).Rosetta is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet rather than just flying past to take pictures.Wednesday’s launch went ahead despite a problem with the thruster that meant the probe had to rely mainly on its harpoons to stop it bouncing back from the comet’s surface.The three-legged lander had to be released at exactly the right time and speed because it cannot be controlled on its descent. On its way down, Philae gathered data and images, which were relayed back to Earth.Engineers designed the lander not knowing what type of terrain they would find on the comet’s surface. Rosetta has been taking pictures of the comet and collecting samples from its atmosphere as it approaches the sun, showing it is not as smooth as initially hoped, making landing more tricky.The surface is also more dusty than expected, limiting light needed to charge its solar panels and power its instruments once its batteries run out after two and a half days.(Additional reporting by Irene Klotz in Cape Canaveral, Fla; Editing by Louise Ireland) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
Categories: Barrett News,News 27Jan Rep. Barrett invites residents to Potterville office hours State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for office hours on Friday, Jan. 30, in Potterville.Barrett, R-Potterville, will host the informal office hours at Joe’s Gizzard City Café, 120 W. Main St., Potterville, from 8 to 10 a.m.“I am eager to hear what people in the 71st House District have to say about state and local government and how I can better represent them in Lansing,” Barrett said. “I plan to conduct regular office hours throughout the district, and welcome anyone who has questions or suggestions about government. Even if you just want to stop in and say hello, that also would be appreciated.”No reservations are necessary. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Barrett by calling 517-373-0853 or via email at TomBarrett@house.mi.gov.####
Categories: Garcia News,Garcia Photos 15Jul Rep. García’s SmartZone development bill signed into law Gov. Snyder signs legislation fosteringeconomic opportunity, job growthLANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Daniela García, R-Holland, was signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder and will promote economic development in West Michigan and across the state. From left: Rick Baker, President and CEO, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce; Therese Thill, Vice President for Business Development, The Right Place, Inc.; Rep. García; Adam Wright, Legislative Director, Rep. Daniela García; Kara Wood, Executive Director, Grand Rapids Economic Development Corporation; Gov. Snyder; Eric DeLong, Deputy City Manager, City of Grand Rapids; Jennifer Owens, President, Lakeshore Advantage; Robert VandeVusse, Mayor, City of Holland; Allie Bush, Director of Government Affairs, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce; Jane Clark, President, West Coast Chamber of Commerce; and David Bertram, Assistant Vice President for State Affairs, Michigan State University.Gov. Rick Snyder today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Daniela García giving interested communities the opportunity to pursue the formation of local satellite SmartZones.“The people of Holland and Ottawa County have been working for months with Grand Rapids officials to expand a successful economic partnership in our West Michigan community,” said Rep. García, R-Holland. “This legislation supports entrepreneurship and innovation, encourages investment in communities statewide, and promotes collaboration between numerous community stakeholders.”Rep. García’s efforts in Lansing have not gone unnoticed by local and regional development leaders. The Right Place, Inc. President and CEO Birgit Klohs and Lakeshore Advantage President Jennifer Owens have praised the representative for her diligent work on behalf of the West Michigan community.“We commend Rep. García on her leadership in helping to expand the Grand Rapids SmartZone,” said Klohs of Grand Rapids. “This expansion will lead to deeper regional collaborations within West Michigan.”Owens, of Zeeland, said: “The SmartZone legislation is invaluable to allow for further collaboration and innovation in West Michigan. Rep. García worked tirelessly to move this important bill forward.”At present, Michigan has 15 SmartZone districts and three satellites that are permitted to collect local and state tax dollars to ignite investment, grow business and spur development projects. Rep. García’s House Bill 4226, now Public Act 125 of 2015, increases the maximum allowed satellite partnerships from three to nine, encouraging more communities to apply for SmartZone satellite status.Though satellites can be established without taxpayer investment, the benefits of SmartZone tax captures outweigh the regional cost time and time again.“I could not be happier to have the support of Gov. Snyder on this valuable law, which will allow more Michigan communities like ours to see the very tangible benefits of SmartZones,” Rep. García said. “Job creation and talent attraction and retention for the people of Michigan cannot be overvalued, which is why I’ve worked hard to make this legislation a reality.”