20 Jan

Gordon: Send suspended Simmons to Sri Lanka

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Former West Indies Cricket Board president, Ken Gordon, believes suspending head coach Phil Simmons was the right thing to do but says he should still be allowed to join the squad in Sri Lanka in some capacity.The 85-year-old Gordon, who led the troubled entity between 2005 and 2007, said Simmons’s appointment as head coach had been a positive development, and since he had now apologised for his actions, the WICB needed to find a way of incorporating him.”The reintroduction of Simmons as coach has been an invigorating development. A former Test player, Phil is well respected and liked on all sides,” the Trinidad Guardian newspaper quoted Gordon as saying.”He is a good leader, knows the game and has come back to us with an impressive track record earned from his virtual transformation of the Ireland cricket team.”Fortunately, too, the board now has a further opportunity to redeem itself if it responds maturely and accepts Phil Simmons’ apology. If they can be magnanimous, even at this late stage, and make him a part of the Sri Lanka team.”Biased selectionsSimmons was suspended for the tour after telling media in Barbados last week that people were using their position to influence the selection process, and keep the Trinidadian duo of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard out of the one-day team.He said he and chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd, had voted for both players to be included for the tour of Sri Lanka next month but revealed that the other members of the selection panel – Courtney Walsh, Courtney Browne and Eldine Baptiste – had voted against the move.”I don’t think that it (selection) was done as professionally as it should be done, [there was] too much interference from outside and in this case, I even go as far as saying maybe influence because the reasons that were given for them being out,” Simmons complained.Gordon, a successful Trinidadian businessman, said Simmons’s suspension was warranted but his subsequent apology showed he understood the mistake he had made.”The really terrible irony about the current situation is that suspending Simmons was the right thing to do. Disciplinary action was required in the circumstances,” Gordon pointed out.”He now understands that as coach it was wrong to make such public criticism of the organisation he has been employed to represent. His responsibility was to fight this internally or leave. You cannot have it both ways.”last_img read more

12 Jan

Bluey Day Record

first_imgThe Fort St. John Hospital Foundation has confirmed it has reached its 2008 Bluey Day fund raising goal, of 200 thousand dollars.All the money raised this year is going towards the Foundation commitment, of one point three million dollars, of the total cost, of a CT Scanner. The project will include major renovations to the hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department and, the final price tag is estimated, at one million 750 thousand.- Advertisement -The tenth annual Bluey Day head shaving event was held on May 28th and, the amount raised represents a new campaign record.last_img read more

18 Dec

Press release: Renewing international reputation with help from expatriates

first_imgSouth African expatriates living in Sydney, Australia, are fully behind Brand South Africa’s efforts to renew the country’s reputation as a great place to invest in and do business.Brand South Africa met with expatriates in Sydney, Australia, to garner support in renewing the country’s reputation. (Image: Christopher Chan, Flickr)Johannesburg, Thursday 09 March 2017 – South African expatriates living in Australia have declared their allegiance to promoting their homeland as a place of global goodness and strength during a campaign tour by Brand South Africa this week.The appeal to 200 expatriates was issued by the Brand South Africa delegation at dinners in Sydney and Melbourne this week. The tour is part of South Africa’s mission to boost its international reputation in business, investment and tourism.Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela, told the expats that South Africa was moving beyond the challenges of the past and in times of global uncertainty, South Africa should be known for its generosity and goodness.“Our country has spent a lot of time reflecting on our issues and not enough about what is good about South Africa,” he said.“We want to be known around the world for our goodness and competitive strengths, and it is time for all of us to create, inspire, empower, and celebrate our citizenship in South Africa.”Brand South Africa is the custodian of South Africa’s image and reputation and is targetting the 150,000 South African immigrants in Australia to define their own niche and contribute to the promotion of their country as a globally competitive and generous nation.Dr Makhubela was joined on the Australian tour by Brand South Africa’s General Manager Research, Dr Petrus De Kock, General Manager Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela, Strategic Relationship Manager Civil Society, Ms Thoko Modise, and the High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa, Ms Beryl Sisulu. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is a key stakeholder in Brand South Africa.During the two Australian dinners, Brand South Africa’s General Manager of Research Dr Petrus de Kock, told the expats that South Africa played a pivotal role in the economic revival of the continent.Dr de Kock also said: “Since the dawn of democracy, and regardless of the economic challenges in recent years, South Africa has been making steady progress on the front of human and social development.”His presentation highlighted that research undertaken between 2011 and 2015, showed South Africa’s life expectancy at birth has increased from 54.5 to 57.4 years, and there was a rise in expected years of schooling from 13.3 to 13.6 years.Economically, South Africa now ranks 47th out of 138 global economies, with its strengths in financial market development (11th), market size (30), institutions (40), business sophistication (30), and goods and market efficiency (29).He said South Africa was placed 80th of the freest economies out of 186; 74th of 190 economies in the World Bank 2016/2017 Report on the ‘Ease Doing Business’; and had displayed improvement in technology readiness, innovation, labour market efficiency, health and primary education.The dinner in both major Australian cities achieved strong support from expat South Africans who detailed their pride and patriotism as ambassadors to support the future of South Africa.Follow the conversation on #BrandSADownUnder.last_img read more

17 Dec

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet was held in January in Lewis Center at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center. More than 200 attended the event that offered educational breakout sessions, several new youth opportunities, the annual meeting, and evening banquet.“We got an update from Washington, D.C. We heard about where we stand on the electronic logging devices, which is a big issue for a lot of our members and we talked about water quality issues. We also had our first annual youth quiz bowl and we had 42 individuals participate. We are trying to get some more of the youth involved in what we are doing here,” said Sasha Rittenhouse, the new Ohio Cattlemen’s Association president. “One of the biggest things I am looking forward to as president is giving back to an association that I truly believe benefits every single beef producer in the state. The OCA does so many things that a lot of people do not realize. We go to the State House and Washington, D.C. when there are issues trying to put a face with a name. We want to make sure they realize that, though there are not many of us, we are feeding people around the world.”Meeting attendees heard from industry resource speakers including Alvaro Garcia Guerra with Ohio State University talking about pregnancy loss in beef cattle. Other featured speakers at the event included Cathann Kress, dean of the OSU College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, John Foltz, chair of the OSU Department of Animal Sciences, and Colin Woodall, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, who offered insights into issues at the federal level.“The overall attitude when you look at the beef cattle industry is one where the current administration cares a little bit more about what we have to say. That has been encouraging for us with any number of issues right now. Having an administration that wants to talk with us and help to fix our problems has made 2017 a whole lot better. We look forward to more wins in 2018. With what you hear in the national media it sounds like a bunch of chaos, but from a beef cattle perspective it has been a good year,” Woodall said. “There were two huge wins for us in 2017. One was the rollback of EPA’s WOTUS rule and the other was re-opening China to U.S. beef. Both of those we had spent over a decade working on.“Of course the President has made it clear that he wants to renegotiate NAFTA. As long as we don’t touch the beef and cattle trade provisions we are fine with that. It has worked really well since that agreement has been put into place and we have to maintain our access to Canada and Mexico that are both in our top five for export markets. Our domestic herd is growing and we have to be able to move that product. Having access to Canada and Mexico is a key component of that.”Another issue is a battle over food product labeling.“We do not want the vegetable-based products or lab test tube-based products to be able to use our terminology like beef or hamburger. We don’t mind if people want to find new ways to produce protein we just don’t want them to use our nomenclature because we have worked hard to build the names around our business and we don’t want the consumer to ever be confused,” Woodall said. “We are also going to continue to work on trade access to maintain the agreements we have and open up new markets. We have some work left on the environmental side too. There are still rules and regulations left over from the Obama Administration that we have left to fix. We hope to push forward to get a farm bill done before the current one expires in September.”In addition, awards were presented including: Gerber Farms, Middletown, Ohio — Commercial Producer of the Year; J & L Cattle Service, Jeromesville — Seedstock Producer of the Year; Kyle Nickles, Sycamore — Young Cattleman of the Year; Representative Brian Hill, Zanesville — Industry Service; Gibbs Farms, Maplewood — Environmental Stewardship; and E.R. Boliantz Co., Ashland — Industry Excellence.Fourteen scholarships were presented to outstanding youth during the luncheon. Josh Dickson, Licking County; Kady Davis, Carroll County and Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, received the $1,000 Cattlemen’s Gala scholarship, funded by the 2017 inaugural event. Cole Liggett, Tuscarawas County; Emily Horst, Wayne County; McKayla Raines, Adams County and Erica Snook, Noble County were awarded $1,000 Tagged for Greatness Scholarships, which are funded with the sales of the Ohio Beef license plate.Desirae Logsdon, Fairfield County; Garret Stanfield, Adams County; Caitlyn Gaddis, Knox County and Evan Smith, Fairfield County, received a $1,000 Country Club Scholarship, which was funded by the putt-putt course at the 2017 Ohio State Fair.Hannah Frobose, Wood County, was awarded the $1,000 William Cleland Memorial scholarship. Natalie Wagner, Brown County, was awarded the Saltwell Expo scholarship, funded by the Saltwell Western Store and Ohio Beef Expo, that will be presented at the 2018 Ohio Beef Expo in March.   Colin Woodall, NCBA Young Cattleman Award winner Kyle Nickles from Ashland and Wayne counties Industry Service Award winner State Rep. Brian Hill from Muskingum County Seedstock Producer of the Year winners Jeff and Lou Ellen Harr of J&L Cattle Services of Ashland County Environmental Stewardship winners Chris and Jason Gibbs from Shelby and Logan counties Commercial Producer of the Year Gary Gerber and family from Butler County Sasha Rittenhouse, the new Ohio Cattlemen’s Association president Joe Foster hands the gavel to Sasha Rittenhouse, the current Ohio Cattlemen’s Association president. Industry Excellence Award winner Bob Boliantz of E.R. Boliantz Co. packing company in Ashland.last_img read more

17 Dec

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – September 7, 2011

first_imgGeocaching.com Video SeriesOver the last year and a half, Geocaching.com has created more than 40 videos designed to help new geocachers learn about the activity, share the stories of Geocaching.com milestones and showcase the best of geocaching. Those new to geocaching should check out the “Getting Started with Geocaching” tab on the videos page, which includes videos such as “Finding Your First Geocache” and “Basics of hiding a Geocache.” For those trying to understand how to use some of the more advanced Geocaching.com features, the page also includes instructional screencasts.The majority of our videos focus on the geocaching community. We have interviewed, gone geocaching with and even showered with geocachers from around the world to bring you the stories of some of the most interesting caches, events, people and trends in the geocaching community. These videos will inspire you to be a better geocacher and make it easy to share with friends what geocaching means to you.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 11, 2012July 11, 2012In “Geocaching.com Videos”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 13, 2011July 13, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 5, 2011January 5, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

27 Nov

Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A with QHD display launched

first_imgSamsung is known for bringing iteration of its flagship phones. A few weeks ago, it had launched its 2014 flagship Galaxy S5’s two variants–Galaxy K Zoom and Galaxy Active. Now, the world’s largest smartphone maker has launched the Galaxy S5 LTE-A in its parent country South Korea.Also read – Samsung Galaxy S5: Ten things to notice As the name suggests, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A supports LTE-Advanced that means it will have data transfer speed up to 225Mbps.  The new Galaxy S5 variant comes with a QHD Super AMOLED display (2560×1440) which was lacking in the regular Galaxy S5. The S5 LTE-A has a Snapdragon 805 processor, wherein the Galaxy S5 was launched with a Snapdragon 801. Unlike Galaxy S5, which sports a 2GB RAM, the S5 LTE-A is a 3GB handset. It claims to be a dustproof and waterproof handset. It sports the same 16-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel front snapper as the Galaxy S5. That said, the camera could have improved imaging performance thanks to the upgraded ISP stack in the newer Snapdragon 805 chipset. Also, it becomes the first phone from a mainstream Android smartphone maker to use Qualcomm’s latest SoC.  The Galaxy S5 LTE-A comes with regular Galaxy 5 features like a heart rate monitor and a fingerprint scanner.last_img read more