Kenyan team to arrive this Thursday

first_imgThe Kenyans are expected to touch down at 8am at the Jackson’s International Airport.A joint press conference for captains and coaches from both teams will be held later at 3pm at the Airways Hotel on the same day.It will be history in the making as this is the first ICC match to be played in PNG.The match will be held at Amini Park this Saturday and will start at 9am.The next scheduled match between the two teams is two days later on May 30.last_img

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WATCH: Manny Pacquiao gets visit from Floyd Mayweather in locker room ahead of fight

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao was already in his ring gear when Mayweather arrived. They shared an embrace before Mayweather shook the hands of the fighting senator’s staff, as shown on Manny’s Twitter video.Mayweather made his way to the ring to support his Badou Jack.Mayweather and Pacquiao had a storied rivalry as the two fighters exchanged status as the top boxer of the 2000s and early 2010s.Broner, though, is under the American’s company, who is also co-promoting the fight with MP productions.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Dillashaw, Cejudo set for champ vs. champ UFC fight View comments LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college As per veteran boxing reporter Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Mayweather visited and wished Pacquiao good luck as the Filipino boxing icon prepared to defend his WBA World welterweight belt against Adrien Broner Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title #PacBroner pic.twitter.com/ltR8zcCYA9— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) January 20, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Things have yet to transpire on the ring but Manny Pacquiao’s night has essentially been busy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOn top of the usual fight night warm-ups and last-minute preparations, Pacquiao also met with rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the locker room.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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GNBS promotes increased use of metric system in Guyana

first_imgDuring a recent meeting with Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton, members of the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) iterated their support for the greater usage of the international system of units commonly known as the metric system.Dr George Norton flanked by members of the GNBS along with the Assistant Director of Sport, Ms. Melissa Dow-Richardson (extreme right)As part of a campaign to promote the system’s usage, the meeting sought to engage Minister Norton to ensure that the metric system is more well-known within the areas of sports and journalism. This initiative seeks to encourage sports reporters to utilise the metric system when writing or broadcasting their news stories.Minister Norton noted that while most of the sports disciplines utilise the metric system, there is need for all Guyanese to familiarise themselves with the concept and adopt its usage.“We’ve now adopted a method where all of our community engagements are attended by members of each department – Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport. That way, we are able to comprehensively address the challenges faced by each of the communities we visit. I believe that this would be an excellent forum for you to bring awareness to your campaign,” Minister Norton said.The Minister also encouraged GNBS to seek collaboration with the Ministry of Education, since disseminating education on, and promoting, the use of the metric system by the younger generation would be tremendously impactful.During the meeting, held at the Minister’s Main Street office, the GNBS team was given opportunity to be part of the Ministry’s various community outreach programmes, including its Social Cohesion Sensitisation sessions and its Diversity Education and Inclusion training.The team included Chairperson of the National Standards Council, Ms. Carole Fletcher; Deputy Director/Acting Executive Director of GNBS, Ms. Ramrattie Karan; Head of Marketing and Communication, Mr. Syeid Ibrahim; Executive Assistant, Ms. Shaneika Haynes; and Public Relations Officer Mr. Lloyd David.last_img read more

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GLENTIES’ LITTLE LEPRECHAUN RECORD ATTEMPT JUST GOT A LOT BIGGER!

first_imgIt was never going to be a ‘little’ task for the people of Glenties.But now their world record attempt for gathering the most number of leprechauns has got a whole lot bigger!The record for a gathering of the little people was thought to be 266 which was recorded by the people of Ardee in Co Louth last St.Patrick’s Day. But it now appears that a whopping 414 people with green suits and beards in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa have since smashed the record.Glenties had been aiming for a total of 450 leprechauns come March 17th next.It now appears they will have to do just that or come close at least.Donegaldaily has full confidence in the organising committee putting Glenties and Co Donegal in the Guinness Book of Records. Anybody wishing to take part should contact any committee member or for that matter ….ask anyone in Glenties!(Picture by kind permission of Michael O’Donnell) GLENTIES’ LITTLE LEPRECHAUN RECORD ATTEMPT JUST GOT A LOT BIGGER! was last modified: February 26th, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:GlentiesleprechaunsWorld record attemptlast_img read more

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE AND CRASH

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: One man has been arrested and Gardai are hunting for three others after a high-speed chase in the Raphoe area tonight (FRI).The incident happened just after 11pm when Gardai noticed a white Audi car acting suspiciously in the Raphoe area.The Gardai pursued the car but it picked up speed and headed towards the Tullyvinney Junction. Gardai pursued the car but it reached such excessive speeds that Gardai pulled back.When they caught up with the car it had crashed.One man was arrested at the scene but up to three others escaped on foot through fields.Gardai are currently searching for the other suspects. MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE AND CRASH was last modified: July 18th, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:car chaseGardaiRaphoelast_img read more

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Garda warning after driver caught speeding at 137kph in thick fog

first_imgGardai have issued a warning after a novice driver was caught speeding at 137kph last night in thick fog.Members of the Buncrana Road Policing Unit detected the driver driving at a speed of 137kph in a 100kph zone on the Letterkenny to Derry Road.The driver will appear before the local courts in the coming weeks. A Garda spokesman appealed to drivers to take care, especially in challenging driving conditions.“Please be careful on the roads. Road conditions from this time of the year onwards can be unpredictable.“Please use the fog lights on your car in foggy conditions and most importantly…..adhere to the speed limit,” the spokesperson added.Garda warning after driver caught speeding at 137kph in thick fog was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by StephenShare 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

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49ers vs. Cowboys: Three studs, three duds

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SANTA CLARA — Saturday night’s exhibition opener might go down in 49ers lore for the debut of Jalen Hurd and Deebo Samuel, a receiving tandem that might dominate for years to come.Or the 17-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys will be best recalled for 30 top-flight players sitting out, news of more injuries (Trent Taylor, Shon Coleman, Raheem Mostert, D.J. Jones) and an alarming total of 216 penalty yards on 18 …last_img

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International film productions boost South African economy, skills, says DTI

first_img24 February 2016More international film production should be encouraged in South Africa to strengthen the country’s economy, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at an event to publicise a current US television production in the country, the historical series Of Kings and Prophets.Minister Rob Davies at Of Kings & Prophets location, Stellenbosch. One of the production funded by the dti. pic.twitter.com/OzNWwRDOrr— Nelly Molokoane (@metlae1) September 10, 2015The rand-dollar exchange rate was a boon to foreign film production he said: “It means they have a huge advantage; it just makes it much cheaper for them.” But the minister was cautious to add that the training and experience for the local film production workforce, covering everything from acting to production and behind the scenes, was an immeasurable boost for the South African talent involved. Service providers and other industries also benefit from the investments.Since the introduction of its film incentive programme by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 2004, 20% of preproduction and production spending by international film productions in South Africa had gone directly into the country and its workforce, the department said – even more if postproduction work (including using local visual effects and editing companies) was completed in South Africa.And the effects of this investment were being felt in all areas of the industry, according to a 2012 baseline report by Deloitte. It showed that the industry achieved an economic multiplier of 2.89 – for every rand spent in the industry, R1.89 was generated within the local economy. In total, since 2004, R15-billion has been invested in South Africa and its people.Boosting South African talentFilm and television production added R5-billion to Cape Town’s economy, according to the city, a city of choice for local and foreign film makers. More importantly, it added 35 000 new local jobs between 2011 and 2014. Productions include the Leonard DiCaprio hit Blood Diamond, Safe House starring Denzil Washington and, most recently, the acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road.Johannesburg, not to be left out, has also enjoyed its fair share of Hollywood filmmaking glitz and financial boost as the backdrop to hit films such as District 9 and Chappie, a scene in the second Avengers movie and locals hits such as Jerusalema and Fanie Fourie’s Lobola.South African storiesOver the last five years, the local film industry – telling original South Africa stories for film and television for local and international markets – has grown exponentially. Directors, writers, actors and hands-on production staff are taking the lessons learned from working on international productions and using these to tell local stories and build the industry.In 2011 to 2013, the industry produced 25 films for theatre release, generating 11% of industry-wide box-office takings, or R98-million (about $6.4-million) of R879-million.During the first half of 2014, more than a dozen local films accounted for R33- million of the R382-million total box office gross. These films covered diverse genres and fortunes: action, drama, comedy, documentary and art house.Successful movies such as Anant Singh’s epic Long Walk to Freedom, the Spud trilogy, numerous Afrikaans-language box office hits and, most recently, the sleeper success of the romantic drama Ayanda, have all benefited from the development of the local film industry via large international input.Of Kings and ProphetsOf Kings and Prophets, a production by the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) said to rival the scope and success of other epics such as Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, is currently filming in Cape Town. It is officially, according to the DTI, the largest production to be filmed in South Africa. Direct production spend by ABC is estimated at over R450-million, with R391-million of that expenditure qualifying for a 20% rebate for the South African government.According to the DTI factsheet accompanying Davies’ visit to the production, estimated direct and indirect tax revenue for the local economy is estimated to be R70-million.Almost all of the crew on the production are South African, according to ABC, covering everything from costume design to casting and set construction.Of Kings and Prophets film set in Western Cape is entirely built by South Africans https://t.co/XtG1DTtpFF pic.twitter.com/OhHmLrWSJm— BDlive (@BDliveSA) February 20, 2016Sets – interiors are in a Stellenbosch warehouse and exteriors are in Durbanville – are reputably some of the largest ever built in South Africa and were co-ordinated by a full South African workforce, headed by production design veteran Johnny Breedt. Breedt also worked on Long Walk To Freedom, Hotel Rwanda and the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.Of the 600 to 850 crew members working on the series, 50% were from “previously disadvantaged” groups, Davies said, including 26 South African trainees and film graduates in 12 production departments. Their training was provided by the local non-profit Film Industry Learner Mentorship (Film) programme and was financed by the DTI.A total of 829 local production vendors and service providers – including catering, manufacturing and hospitality assistance – have been used by the production.The series’ co-executive producer, Chris Brancato, praised the work ethic of the South African production team, highlighting the ethnic diversity of the crew, particularly in fulfilling various high-skill roles – something he called a rarity in Hollywood.Speaking to Business Day, Brancato said the assistance from the local industry and the government did not disappoint. Comparing the differences between the American and South African counterparts, he said seasoned Hollywood film industry members working on the Of Kings. production were incredibly impressed with the work ethic and skills level South Africans had shown, adding that it “is not a common response in Hollywood”.Another ABC production head, Gary French, reiterated the international film community’s enthusiasm for working in South Africa and with South Africa talent, telling Business Day’s Sue Blaine: “We couldn’t have done it without the South Africans who have come on to our show and become part of our family.”Of Kings and Prophets is the largest ABC production yet to be filmed in SA https://t.co/s22HlFShtb pic.twitter.com/vP22HBDPqM— BDlive (@BDliveSA) February 19, 2016*Of Kings and Prophets, starring Ray Winston, premieres on US television in March 2016 and locally on DSTV Edge later in the year.Source: Bizcommunity, Business Daylast_img read more

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How do non-GMO hybrids perform?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest According to the USDA-Economic Research Service in 2015, 85% of the state’s corn acreage was planted to transgenic corn hybrids with 68% of total acreage planted to stacked trait hybrids (http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/biotechcrops/ ). However, many corn growers in Ohio are interested in growing non-transgenic (non-GMO) corns. Some want to grow non-GMO corn to reduce seed costs associated with traited corn and/or take advantage of the premiums offered for non-GMO corn. Growers who have not experienced serious problems with rootworm and corn borer and who have controlled weeds effectively with traditional herbicide programs question the need for transgenic hybrids. There are also corn growers interested in cutting costs by selecting hybrids with fewer transgenic traits for similar reasons.A major concern of growers is whether the yield potential of hybrids with fewer transgenic traits or no transgenic traits is less than that of stacked trait hybrids with multiple genes for above and below ground insect resistance. One explanation for this concern is that some seed companies are no longer introducing non-transgenic versions of certain hybrids or are releasing non-transgenic versions some years after the original hybrid has been introduced.  So, when a new high yielding hybrid is introduced it’s often only available with stacked traits. As a consequence, some growers believe that in order to optimize yields with the newest “genetics” you need to plant stacked trait corn hybrids with transgenic traits for above and below ground insect resistance.Table 1 shows four groupings of hybrids that were entered in the 2014 and 2015 Ohio Corn Performance Tests (OCPT) – 1) hybrids without transgenic traits (non-GMO), 2) hybrids with transgenic herbicide resistance, 3) hybrids with transgenic traits for above ground insect resistance, and 4) hybrids with transgenic traits for above and below ground insect resistance (the latter two groups are also characterized by transgenic herbicide resistance). Table 1 also includes the average yield, range in yield, number of hybrids, and number of test plot comparisons associated with each of these groups. Hybrids with transgenic traits comprised over 90% of the OCPT entries in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The grouping of hybrids with above and below ground insect resistance accounted for the largest number of hybrids tested (62% and 50% in 2014 and 2015, respectively) followed by the grouping of hybrids with transgenic traits for above ground insect resistance only (31% and 40% in 2014 and 2015, respectively). Non transgenic hybrids and hybrids with herbicide resistance accounted for less than 10% of OCPT entries each of these years.In Table 1, the average yields and range in yield of the four hybrid groupings show that non-transgenic hybrids are available that yield competitively with many transgenic corn hybrids in the absence of corn borer and rootworm pressure. Similarly yields of hybrids with transgenic traits for above ground insect resistance only were comparable to yields of hybrids with transgenic traits for above and below ground insect resistance. Force 3G soil insecticide is applied in a T-band to all OCPT plots to minimize rootworm injury.Table 1. Grain yields of hybrids grouped by transgenic traits for above and below ground insect resistance, herbicide resistance and no transgenic traits (Non-GMO), Ohio Corn Performance Test, 2014-2015.20142015TraitsYieldBu/ARangeBu/ANo. ofHybrids1YieldBu/ARangeBu/ANo. ofHybrids1Non-GMO223160-26811(144)204139-27918(213)Herbicide Resistant only194142-2514(36)213151-2622(30)Above Ground Insect Resistance229151-28965(996)226134-29487(1134)Above and Below Ground Insect Resistance226151-282129(2055)207136-304108(1608)Number in parentheses indicates the number of test plot comparisons.Growers interested in identifying high yielding hybrids for non-GMO grain production should consider using the Ohio Corn Performance Test website http://oardc.osu.edu/corntrials/ . Once a region or test location is selected, the sort feature under “Traits” can be used to find “NON-GMO” hybrids. A similar approach can be used to assess the yields of hybrids with varying numbers of transgenic traits.last_img read more

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The Case Against Christmas Bonuses

first_imgMy company is well known for its “generous” profit-sharing plan. In fact, we even won a Custom Home Pacesetter Award for it a few years ago. The dirty little secret is that we don’t actually have a profit sharing plan. (My accountant loves to drive this home to me at every opportunity.)There are unintended consequences of well-intentioned actions in every part of business, as in life, but nowhere are they more obvious and frustrating than in employee compensation plans. Several times, I’ve handed out what seemed like a huge amount of money only to be met with resentment because “it sure seemed to me that the company was doing better than this!”I remember the prima-donna framing crew (now alumni) that had mandatory paid sit-down breaks and long lunches because our open-book management report showed that the company wasn’t making much profit on trim labor compared to framing labor. But probably the most painful one was the young builder who recently told me that he had adopted a written profit sharing plan but had never shown enough of a profit to actually have any left to share, and now people felt betrayed and were leaving his company.So I don’t have a profit-sharing plan.I have a disbursement-sharing plan. in which I distribute $40 for every $60 that Beth and I take home beyond our hourly wage. And it is “undefined” to the extent that I choose how much each employee receives based on my own assessment of their contributions to the company culture. And in years past, when profits were elusive but the team was pulling together well, I borrowed money from the bank to fund my “profit-sharing plan.” (This makes my accountant turn red in the face and twitch uncontrollably.)The goal of a good employee compensation plan is to optimize the profitability of the group by encouraging efficiency, diligence, skill improvement, and teamwork. When it’s done right, the workers in the field will push themselves to weed out mediocrity and improve customer service. When done wrong, it can create a culture of entitlement, competitiveness, and resentment. The unintended consequences are always a single misstep away, but all the more so when your company is perceived as “holding itself to a higher standard.”I say no to End-of-Year Profit Sharing for several reasons. For one, the profitability of the company is subject to interpretation and manipulation, it is not a simple and provable number. The way I post expenses using accrual, percent completion, cash or GAAP (Generically Accepted Accounting Principles – yuck) accounting will yield different assessments of my profitability. I may delay or accelerate collections or expenses at the end of December to change my profit and tax picture. I may prefer to hold on to retained earnings to strengthen the company as we head into a slow period rather than distribute taxable profits to myself or my crew. At New Years I may be just too busy to take the time to do end-of-year accounting right away but the crew still need to be rewarded for their efforts.So my decision about the total disbursement amount is based not on the profitability of the company but on the amount I feel is safe to distribute based on my assessment of the financial health of the company looking forward as far as I can see based on the information at hand It’s tempered by my assessment of the performance of the team as a whole but the 60/40 ratio is fixed, if there’s enough for me there’s enough to share. Regardless of how I figure it, the best time to disburse an end-of-year bonus is well before the end of the year.I give Thanksgiving bonuses. The kind of people I want to have in my company are bighearted people who want nothing more than to provide for their loved ones as best they are able. To these folks, the holiday season is a time when they are tempted to overextend themselves to give to their families. I give them their bonuses before the holiday season so that they will know what they have to spend and be less likely to have regrets come January. This also makes them more likely to praise the company at family and social gatherings, and just telling all their friends and relations how much they are appreciated at work makes them more likely to carry a positive attitude in their daily work ethic when January comes around. That positive attitude is what I’m hoping to cultivate and it, along with smart estimates and business systems, are what will result in a profitable year and healthy profit sharing checks.I don’t give Christmas bonuses because, in the big picture, Thanksgiving bonuses yield a higher return on investment for my company. And it feels right to me; I get to show thanks to them for pulling together and helping achieve another profitable year, and they get to feel thankful for having a team that appreciates them. A win-win proposition all around.last_img read more

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