Confident Scorpions leave for WICB Super50

first_imgA confident Jamaica Scorpions squad left the island yesterday to compete in the WICB Super50 tournament.”This is one of our better teams in years, and, as such, I am really looking forward to us going there and representing ourselves,” said captain Nikita Miller.”It’s a lovely balance with several players having West Indies experience.”The Robert Samuels coached-unit, which numbers 14, is without top batsmen Chris Gayle, due to injury, and Marlon Samuels, who has been drafted by the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.However, in fast bowler Jerome Taylor, batsman Jermaine Blackwood and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, they have players who have played at the highest level for the West Indies.”I like our chances, as, although we have been drawn in a fairly competitive zone, I believe we have the players to pull us through,” said Samuels.The Scorpions are due to participate in Zone B of the tournament. The zone will be contested in Barbados and also features last year’s beaten finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses Marooners and guest team, ICC Americas.Jamaica will open their campaign on Tuesday against the Marooners at 3 W’s Oval, Cave Hill Campus.Jamaica Scorpions: Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Damani Sewell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Taylor, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton. Robert Samuels is head coach.last_img read more

Homecoming Revolution expands to African diaspora

first_imgAngel Jones, founder and CEO of Homecoming Revolution, at the Wharton African Business Forum. (Image: Homecoming Revolution) • Homecoming Revolution +27 11 879 1961 info@homecomingrevolution.com • Meet Heshan de Silva, Kenya’s 25-year-old dollar multimillionaire • Bill Gates: Who says Africa will always be poor? • Cape to Cairo trade agreement to open African borders • Africa rising • A vision for 2030: South Africa’s National Development PlanSulaiman PhilipAngel Jones’s office at Homecoming Revolution is neat, professional and as tranquil as the surface of a pond. The mid-morning sun floods through the windows, adding a shimmer to an eye-catching fixture mounted to the wall – a pair of bronzed angel wings.It’s the room next door that reveals the frenzied work below the surface. Jones and her staff are busy finalising the first Homecoming Expo in four years, set for London on 15 and 16 March. Papers cascade off the table in what she calls the “sweat room”. Newsprint pasted to all four walls are a riot of lists and columns and colour, helping the staff keep track and make sense of the task ahead of them.Fifteen years ago, after seven years working in London, Jones felt the tug of home when she heard Nelson Mandela speak in Trafalgar Square. She came back to South Africa and, in 2003, set up Homecoming Revolution as a non-profit organisation to encourage expatriates to return to the country and smooth their trip home.Watch: Homecoming Revolution Africa – It’s time to come home:With just over a month to go to the London Expo there are still details to be finalised. For the first time, Homecoming Revolution is targeting not just South Africans but people from all across Africa who want to return.“We are expecting 2 000 delegates over the two days who want to hear from people who have returned and who are able to speak about the opportunities in Africa,” says Jones. “There are micro details that need to get sorted. Do we have corporates from across the continent? Is everyone able to make their speaking slot? For the first time we are bringing together Africans to celebrate the continent – it’s not just South Africans or Nigerians or Ugandans interested in their own part of the continent.”At the expo, corporations will showcase opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa. The focus is on getting the talent of the diaspora to return to Africa – but not necessarily to their own countries. “We want South Africans to consider opportunities in Lagos,” she says. “Or a Kenyan who wants to work in South Africa. We are there to provide assistance. It is important at this point in time that we celebrate the wider Africa.”Africa rising“The global slowdown has made Africa attractive, but the fact that Africa is on the rise is the reason so many educated Africans are looking to return. They see that Africa offers them a chance to be innovative and entrepreneurial in their careers.”The Homecoming Revolution message is simple: Africa needs the skills its citizens in the diaspora have acquired. The continent is on the cusp of greater prosperity, and it will take the talents of all of its people to grow it. As more expat Africans want to give back, the expo, taking place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London, will showcase opportunities and to provide assistance to those ready to return.Jones says Africa stays in your blood, and it is simply the role of initiatives like Homecoming Revolution to engage with people who want to return and to smooth the path home. “We began as an NGO and are stilled underpinned by the idea that Africa deserves its skills back. People are mobilising around that idea. They want to play their part, whether it’s by returning or investing or using their skills to mentor while on holiday.”The wave of immigration will benefit the continent, Jones says. While a significant minority are Europeans looking for an escape from an economy in the doldrums, the fact that the majority are successful Africans returning home is good news. For the most part they are Africans with skills in finance, engineering and construction, nursing and even retail. “These are people who have developed global relationships and, most important, they are people who know how to apply them in an African context.”Being part of something biggerThe decision to return is a personal one and, for those who make the leap, career advancement is the least important factor. Jones has found that those who haggle over an employment package are not ready to return and will leave as soon as a better offer comes along.“Africans choose to return because they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. For me the trigger was hearing Mandela speak in Trafalgar Square. For others it is marriage or the birth of a child.”Being close to family and friends becomes important once you begin a family, she says. Also, she chuckles, don’t underestimate the lure of the lifestyle. You may have pictures of yourself in front of the Eiffel Tower to show off, but your friends who stayed behind own their home, have cars and house help.Going home isn’t easyOn a cold snowy day in London returning to sunny Africa may seem like the perfect dream, but there are snags to overcome once you are back. Not hiding these has helped the staff at Homecoming Revolution ease the path for returnees. “We don’t pretend everything will be perfect, we tell people it will be hard to settle. We tell them there will be frustrations to manage their expectations. Little things like opening a bank account or choosing a school or where to get fresh vegetables … there are people who have dealt with these annoyances and you can talk to them.”Africa may be full of problems, but six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world over the past decade have been African. By 2015 the African middle class – people with an income of $3 000 a year – will number around 100-million. For every entrepreneur who returns and starts a business there are nine people, in both the formal and informal economy, who benefit.Jones realises that bureaucratic red tape is a stumbling block that adds to the stress of rebuilding a life in Africa. Homecoming Revolution helps with the little annoyances like applying for visas for a spouse and children or with the transfer of funds into the country. “The biggest concern for a lot of people who come to us is a work visa for a foreign spouse,” she says.“We are looking for ways to build a stronger relationship with the government. People want their kids to grow up barefoot on the grass, they want to feel like they are building their own nation, but they need help with the practical things. We fill this crazy void to help fast-track their return.”last_img read more

Jeff Duling, Sept. 28

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Sept. 19 we got an inch or an inch and a half. It evened up the beans a little. We let it dry on Sunday and got started on that Monday with corn harvest in one of our worst fields right across from the shop. I am coming up with an 85-bushel average. We can’t even keep the yield monitor calibrated right with this corn because you don’t have a constant flow. There is 20-bushel corn and 200-bushel corn in the same field. Anytime there is a hill or slope where the water could get away you have good corn. Where you have low ground or no tile there is nothing there. We took off 150 acres of corn and it has not been pretty. It is 18% to 21% moisture and the test weight is around 56 and I am afraid it is going to get worse.We are cutting beans in Van Wert now. I think we’ll see some 100- to 150-bushel corn and in Hancock County it will be up there hopefully around 180 or 200. There is good corn out there but those holes are still there too. Everything we tried — foliar feeding, fungicide, extra nitrogen — it didn’t help the corn. We wasted quite a bit of money but we had to try something.I feel better about the beans. We have run beans from 60 bushels on down to 35-bushel beans where the water did more damage. We have been pleasantly surprised with the beans, but I had a friend call me and tell me that he was running 12% moisture beans and the yield was lower than the moisture.Beans are really too dry. They were down to 10%. We aren’t making a mark on the ground with the equipment. We are doing some tillage where some tile lines settled out.Saturday we planted 56 aces of wheat and we are planting another 75 acres of wheat where we want to tile. Right now we are calling it a cover crop. We’ll see how it makes it through winter and what the markets do. We’ll finish wheat and start planting cereal rye with the air seeder for a cover crop.last_img read more

How to Track Twitter Friendships for Business and Pleasure

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting RSSFriends + Yahoo Pipes + TwitterFeed = @marshallkbuds. That’s a new account I created just to show off the names of people I make friends with on Twitter, in case you’re interested in meeting them too. I also used a service called Feed.Informer to display a widget on the sidebar of my personal blog of the most recent people I’ve made friends with on Twitter. I think that’s interesting and valuable information that I will benefit from sharing.3. Track Your Company’s New and Departed FriendsFinally, RSSFriends also offers an RSS feed of any accounts that follow or unfollow a given account. That’s got brand management written all over it, doesn’t it? I haven’t been able to get this feature to work yet for the @rww account but I suspect that may be because it has too many followers already. For a small business, this could prove quite useful. So far this service has proven most useful to me as a way to discover interesting new Twitter users. It’s pretty incredible to think that I can follow along behind some of the tech world’s most interesting people and consider for subscription all the people they add as friends on Twitter. That’s the kind of thing that a social network with open user data makes possible, though. It might feel a little creepy but the utility is undeniable. Hopefully people will use services like this for good and not evil. Related Posts Finding the right people to follow on Twitter can offer a real competitive advantage in many lines of work. Some people are very good at it; they are super connected and they find great people to follow. Now a new service built on top of Twitter lets you ride the coattails of those well-connected people and easily follow whoever they add as friends, too.Thorsten Zoerner is an IBM product marketing manager based in Germany. He’s built a wonderful little service called RSSFriends that really fills a niche and makes some very powerful things easy to do. RSSFriends offers an RSS feed of new people that any Twitter account begins following, or of anyone that stops following a designated account. Here are three ways I’ve begun using this service.1. Finding the Friends of the Famous & Influential I don’t want to creep anyone out, but if you’re someone I think is really interesting and has an interesting taste in friends – I may be getting an IM now with the Twitter username of everyone you start to follow. For the past week I’ve been tracking a number of interesting people with RSSFriends feeds run through the RSS-to-IM service Notify.me. It’s pretty interesting. I get a handful of messages throughout the day that say things like “Person X that you are tracking just made friends with Person Y.” Then I look at Person Y and in many cases, I start following them too. It’s pretty great.2. Show Off Your Taste in Friends Tags:#How To#web last_img read more

An Opportunity for Users to Rate Window Manufacturers

first_imgRate your window-buying experienceOur friends at BuildingGreen, the company that publishes Environmental Building News, are seeking your input. They’ve created a fast online survey form where you can rate your window-buying experience on a 1-star to 5-star scale.To read more about the survey, see Rate Your Windows! (And Share Your Lessons Learned).To go straight to the survey, click this link. By Martin HolladayEverybody has an opinion on windows, it seems. When specifying windows, builders usually look for good customer service. Most builders want a local rep who answers the phone, provides quick turnarounds on bids, delivers windows on time, and promptly shows up on site when something goes wrong.Homeowners want windows that look good, operate smoothly, and don’t fall apart.Energy nerds want windows with excellent performance specifications.If you’re a window customer, how was your experience? Are the windows performing as expected? Did they arrive on time? Did the window rep help you when your windows developed problems?last_img read more

Digvijay Singh to blame for Congress not forming government in Goa, says Luizinho Faleiro

first_imgOpening old wounds, former Goa Chief Minister and Congress MLA Luizinho Faleiro on Tuesday openly blamed former AICC general secretary in-charge of Goa Digvijaya Singh for inability of the Congress party to form a government in Goa after being the single largest party post-2017 Assembly elections. In a chat on Tuesday with presspersons on the sidelines of a function at Navelim, his Assembly constituency in South Goa, Mr. Faleiro recalled that it was Mr. Singh, who had stopped him, as the State unit Congress president and elected MLA from submitting a letter to the Goa Governor Mridula Sinha in March 2017, for formation of a Congress-led alliance government. “When Digvijay Singh did not allow, I as a protest resigned from the PCC,” Mr. Faleiro said.“I had as a protest refused to take the leadership of Congress Legislative Party to become the Lader of Opposition. I had refused, even though I had the highest number of votes, nearly 12 to 13 votes out of 17 (Congress MLAs),” caimed Mr. Faleiro, who is currently AICC in-charge of organisational and political affairs in the seven North Eastern States. In March 2017, the Congress had failed to stake the first claim to form a government, despite emerging as the single largest party in the assembly polls. On the other hand the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP), taking advantage of in-fighting in the Congress over Chief Ministership, pushed the party’s bid to form a government under then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. “They (Congress leaders) had promised that they will form the government within 24 hours. Now 24 months have passed. I have patience. But I have not interfered, I will not interfere, nor do I want to contest the elections,” Mr. Faleiro said referring to local Congress leaders.last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace defender Kelly happy for Gauita after winning debut

first_imgCrystal Palace defender Kelly happy for Gauita after winning debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace defender Martin Kelly was delighted to be part of victory over Leicester City.The Scouser was impressive for the 1-0 win.Kelly said, “I felt we did really well as a team,” he said. “We showed again how dangerous we are at home, especially with how loud the fans are. We had a really strong performance and every one of us fought for those three points today.”Every game now feels massive, it always does in the Premier League. There are no games that you take for granted but we know going into home games we’ve got a real chance of getting a result because of how good our fans are. They put us on the front foot.”On debutant Vicente Guaita’s clean sheet, Kelly added: “Vicente has been working his socks off in training, waiting for his chance, and he saved us today with that stop. He was brilliant.”He’s quite a character if you get to know him. He doesn’t know much English but he knows the basics, he knows enough to communicate with you on the pitch and that’s what you want when the big man’s behind you. You need him to be talking, he can see the whole pitch. He’s settled in and I’m sure he’ll be made up that he’s had his chance and he’s done well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Energy Minister Highlights Growing Bunkering Sector

first_img The Government is working towards ensuring that Jamaica’s geographical advantage is leveraged to attract a sizeable shipping base, to boost the bunkering sector. The Government is working towards ensuring that Jamaica’s geographical advantage is leveraged to attract a sizeable shipping base, to boost the bunkering sector.This was emphasised by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, as he delivered the keynote address at the opening of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Caribbean Conference at the Hyatt Ziva Hotel in Montego Bay on April 18.“We want to ensure that players in the bunker supply chain are internationally competitive and that the supply infrastructure can cater to an expanded demand for bunkering,” he said. He pointed out that Jamaica is increasingly becoming a significant location for bunkering, driven by a number of factors.These include the projected rise in shipping traffic from the widening of the Panama Canal and the country’s positioning as a major cargo centre; and the country’s distinction of being a premier cruise destination with more than 1.9 million cruise ship stopover visitors.Dr. Wheatley said that with the accommodation of Post Panamax ships and other positive developments in future shipping traffic to Jamaica, the country’s outlook for bunkering is good.He added that Jamaica’s maritime appeal provided “unparalleled opportunities for the establishment of a range of ancillary services to the global shipping industry, as we move towards making Jamaica a major maritime centre in the Caribbean.”According to the Minister, the country’s thrust towards this end will be advanced with the development of a core of ancillary ship-related services which will allow it to capitalise on the cluster effect of a shipping hub.He informed that bunkering, which is the refuelling of ships, is a vital part of the shipping industry and that the Government is seeking to position the country to reap the rewards that are to be gained from the industry. “It is expected that bunker volumes will hit 1.9 million tonnes per annum by 2025, but only if the Government introduces the necessary legal and administrative framework,” he explained.The Minister said the Government is fully supportive of the growth of the bunkering industry and welcomes both local and foreign investors. “We see bunkering as an aggregate of ship-related services that will enhance the attractiveness and competitiveness of Jamaica as a premier shipping hub,” he said.The conference was hosted jointly by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica and IBIA from April 17 to 19. This was emphasised by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, as he delivered the keynote address at the opening of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Caribbean Conference at the Hyatt Ziva Hotel in Montego Bay on April 18. “We want to ensure that players in the bunker supply chain are internationally competitive and that the supply infrastructure can cater to an expanded demand for bunkering,” he said. He pointed out that Jamaica is increasingly becoming a significant location for bunkering, driven by a number of factors. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Province and ICBC announce increased treatment for people injured in motor vehicle

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. government and ICBC announce new regulations for the treatment of people injured in motor vehicle accidents.The province says these changes create a care-based car insurance system in B.C. that will provide increased care. New regulations, coming into effect April 1, 2019, will increase ICBC accident benefits for anyone injured in a crash regardless of fault. Customers will also have access to an expanded list of treatment providers, and updated treatment fees.Christine Bradstock, CEO for PABC says this announcement is positive news. “Working together with ICBC, we see this announcement as positive news for people injured in a motor vehicle accident, as they will have access to enhanced physiotherapy coverage. This is also excellent news for physiotherapists that treat ICBC patients as it allows for early intervention and increased treatment time for patients.”The regulations include updated treatment fees and types of treatments covered by ICBC for both new and existing claims. They also define a minor injury as it relates to payouts for pain and suffering, building on the legislated definition.Treatment protocol guidelines for examination, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of minor injuries to provide more consistent care for people injured in a crash are also included in these changes.For more information on this announcement, you can visit http://www.bcphysio.org/last_img read more

Football Baron Browning shows skills to be like Raekwon McMillan

OSU freshman linebacker Baron Browning addresses the media on National Singing day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex on Feb. 1, 2017. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorBaron Browning just might be the perfect replacement for Raekwon McMillan.On Wednesday, Browning and his fellow early enrollees from the 2017 Ohio State football recruiting class addressed the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. A native of Texas, Browning fielded questions about Whataburger and the new pipeline of players from the state bolting to Ohio and other places, but one of the most intriguing queries was about playing cornerback at times.An athletic freak, the incoming freshman has been known to have crazy versatility. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds by the Buckeyes, he is only about 10 pounds lighter than outgoing Raekwon McMillan, but the fact he is trusted to take on the responsibility of a wide receiver speaks volumes about his ability.“Usually I only did it, though, when there’s a receiver they needed me to take out (of) the equation,” Browning said on Wednesday. “As far as what that says to me, I just say that for my size I’m very versatile. Just because I weigh as much as I do, that doesn’t limit me I guess.”McMillan is not necessarily known for his coverage ability, and it showed at times last season. Browning brings in the potential to cover passes effectively, but only time will tell if Urban Meyer and his coaching staff decide to use his apparent coverage ability in game.A linebacker who isn’t limited by his size is a scary proposition for opposing teams, and Browning fits the bill of a dominant force on the inside of the defense. That is, if he ends up playing in the middle, since new linebackers coach Bill Davis has apparently been teaching the linebackers how to play all over the unit.Browning himself doesn’t know where he’s playing yet.“I really can’t tell you,” he said. “I know, just talking to coach Davis, he plans on teaching us all three linebacker positions, so it’s his call.”Browning, like most of the incoming freshman, is doing his best to adjust to the new level of competition. He spoke about how, initially, he thought the warm-up to one of OSU’s early drills was the actual workout. “Once I found out that was a warmup, I knew I couldn’t get my hopes up,” he said. “I just had to try to make it through. Ice tub became my best friend after that.”Even though he’s been tested so far, Browning has an apparent solid relationship with OSU coach Urban Meyer. Browning shared a story about when he pulled a prank on Meyer, and called to tell him he was deciding on Alabama instead of the Buckeyes.Meyer did not react well.“I threw my phone against the damn wall,” he said.However, after the smoke had cleared and Meyer discovered he would still be getting the top-ranked outside linebacker in 2017, he devised his own plan to get back at Browning, even recruiting the help of his mother. Meyer told Browning over the phone he would be taking the job as the Los Angeles Rams new head coach.This, of course, was a lie, but Browning took it to heart before Meyer came forward with the truth.“He got me back,” Browning said. “I see how he felt. I was really more so mad because my mom was in on it too. They planned it together. I guess I had that coming.”In the upcoming season, Browning’s play will be a testament to just how good the five-star recruit can be. As for now, he will continue to try and develop as a player, and live up to the precedent set by so many historically stellar linebackers who have come through Columbus.After all, he did say the reason players like him travel such a long way for college is to grow.“I would say probably the reason everyone is leaving Texas is because everybody wanna be great, so they’re going to where they feel like they can grow the most.” read more