Busy transfer window as RSPL start nears

first_img SEVEN FOR BOYS’ TOWN Several Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) outfits were busy doing business during the first transfer window that closed on Friday, a little over a week away from the league’s kick-off next Sunday. Reigning champions Arnett Gardens added 14 new players, mostly youth, to the already quality talent pool at the Trench Town-based club. The Jerome Waite-coached club will be looking to give an opportunity to players who have little experience in the nation’s top-flight league. Cavalier, who are back after being demoted two seasons ago, have tied deals with 21 players, the most by any top-flight club so far this season. Among Cavalier’s experienced new players are goalkeeper Peter Harrison, formerly of Arnett, and Oshane Roberts, who transferred from Waterhouse. The Cavalier team included little-known players from the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association leagues and St Catherine competitions. Waterhouse boosted their squad with 11 new players. They have included Dasha Satchwell, who joined from Arnett; Rickcardo Harriott, also from Arnett; as well as Shamar Dyer, Rodico Wellington, Denardo Thomas and Ricardo Thomas – all coming from relegated Maverley-Hughenden. Boys’ Town signed seven players for the 2017-18 new season, including Phillip Peddie and Wayne Williams, both coming from relegated Maverley-Hughenden. Tivoli Gardens’ roster is bolstered with nine new players. However, they have opted for only two players with RSPL experience. They are Andrew Whyte, formerly of Maverley-Hughenden, and Lloyd Tyme of Portmore United. Former champions Harbour View have acquired 16 players from other clubs this season. Among the players with Premier League experience are Cleon Pryce, Kaheem Manning and Ryan Wellington from Portmore United; and Andrew Allen and Kimarley Fray – both coming from Boys’ Town. The University of the West Indies signed four new players. They are Oshane Roberts and Ryan Miller – both coming from Cavalier; Fabian McCarthy from Montego Bay United; and Stephen Barnett from Harbour View. Last year’s beaten finalists, Portmore United, and Sandals South Coast, who will be making their RSPL debut this season, have not done any business, according to the Jamaica Football Database. Humble Lion’s big signing is former Harbour View and Waterhouse creative midfielder Romario ‘Rom Rom’ Campbell. They have also acquired Darren McLeod from Montego Bay United, Oakum Henry (Jamalco), Rahju Watson (Jamalco), Romu Parkinson (Sporting Central Academy), Matthew Taylor (Marcus Garvey United), and Rohan Ranger (Marcus Garvey United).last_img read more

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Fort St. John Emergency Social Services information meeting to be held next week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John will be having a Emergency Social Services meeting next week to prepare for the next emergency.Kylah Bryde, who runs the meetings, says that the meetings are to help prepare for another emergency. Many people remember the floods during the summer and these meetings are to help prepare for another scenario such as that.“After the floods in the spring, the City of Fort St. John wanted to start an ESS team. This is just starting off the first meeting of the fall as we break for the whole summer. It is geared to anyone that wants to be involved, it isn’t mandatory to show up at the meeting but if people want to get involved and get training and learn what happens so that the next time we are activated, people aren’t just coming in the door saying ‘can I do something for you?’. They are already trained, they know the routine.”The meeting will be to prepare a team and getting a little bit of commitment out of people. They want to be a team that could host a reception centre incase of a real emergency.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Ministry of Environment issued BC Hydro five Environmental Assessment Orders at Site C last year

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — The BC Ministry of Environment has released a summary of environmental enforcement actions that were taken during the final three quarters of 2016.In the last nine months of 2016, the Ministry issued: 33 orders, 247 administrative sanctions, 1,922 tickets, 8 administrative penalties, and 39 court convictions. These enforcements resulted in a total of over $630,000 in penalties. Examples of violations include hunting and fishing without a licence, open burning out of season and introducing waste into the environment.One of the highlights in the Ministry’s summary was that BC Hydro was issued five orders under the Environmental Assessment Act for failing to meet the requirements of its Environmental Assessment Certificate with respect to the Site C project. Three of the orders occurred during the second quarter, while the other two happened in the final three months of 2016. The five orders read as follows:An Order to Remedy was issued to address the failure to adhere to measures to control runoff water and sediment in and adjacent to a ravine during the construction of the Site C Clean Energy Project, near Fort St. John.An Order to Remedy was issued to address the failure to adhere to measures to properly segregate and dispose of recyclables and waste material during the construction of the Site C Clean Energy Project, near Fort St John.An Order to Remedy was issued to address non-compliance with the requirement to implement measures to control and clean up leaks and spills of hydrocarbon material during the construction of the Site C Clean Energy Project, near Fort St. John.An Order to Remedy was issued to address the failure to implement measures to minimize adverse effects to amphibians on and about the roads servicing the Site C Clean Energy Project site, near Fort St. John.An Order to Remedy was issued to address the non-compliance with the requirement to monitor water quality in potentially affected wells twice per year, for a period of 10 years, from the outset of construction of the Site C Clean Energy Project, near Fort St. John.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Judge orders DirecTV to halt ads

first_img“The facts simply don’t support these decisions. We will appeal these rulings and are confident we will ultimately prevail,” the company said last week. The satellite TV operator also said it already has stopped running the ads. Comcast said in statement that it is pleased the judge stopped DirecTV from publicizing “false and misleading ads claiming superior picture quality over cable.” “The court’s order confirms, once again, that DirecTV’s claims are unsubstantiated and based on flawed and unreliable studies,” the company said. In May, El Segundo-based DirecTV filed a false advertising and deceptive trade practices lawsuit against Comcast. DirecTV was upset about Comcast’s ads on satellite TV that touted customers’ preference for the cable operator’s HD quality. Comcast, based in Philadelphia, countersued in June. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable TV operator, asked the court in July for a preliminary injunction. DirecTV and Comcast are suing each other, each claiming the other has either skewed HDTV survey results or promoted studies that are unreliable. District Court Judge John F. Grady in Chicago said in an order Wednesday that, pending trial, DirecTV must stop using ads in any Comcast territory that tout the installers’ survey from last December and the April 2006 TNS Consumer Survey. The judge did allow Comcast to run its HDTV ads publicizing a survey in which satellite TV customers said they preferred Comcast’s HD picture quality over satellite TVs. He also ordered Comcast to post a $500,000 bond. DirecTV said that it was “perplexed” by the court’s order. COURTS: Comcast accused ElSegundocompanyofskewing surveyresultsaboutTVwatchers. By Deborah Yao THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge in Illinois ordered El Segundo-based DirecTV Group Inc., the nation’s largest satellite TV provider, to stop running ads that claim consumers and home-theater installers prefer the quality of satellite’s high-definition TV over cable’s. last_img read more

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A.V.’s Labor Day celebrations to add wine, food

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesAV Winery, Agua Dulce Vineyards, Cameo Vineyards and Leona Valley Winery will host the wine tasting. A grape stomp, reminiscent of one classic “I Love Lucy” episode, and a Lucy and Ricky Ricardo look-alike contest are planned. Several local restaurants will offer their masterpieces to complement the wine selections. There will be a fashion show, demonstrations and other local performers to entertain the crowd, along with a kid’s activity tent. The four wine sponsors held a special wine tasting July 19 at the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Guest judges were Palmdale Mayor James Ledford, Natasha Hampton from Clear Channel Radio, Mike Kicenski from Adelphia, Dae McCallister from Palmdale Playhouse, Palmdale Chamber chairwoman Eva Eveland and AV Labor Day Sky Parade balloonmeister Don Kissack. PALMDALE – A wine and food festival has been added to events at this year’s A.V. Labor Day Sky Parade Hot Air Balloon Race, to be held at held at Marie Kerr Park. Also planned is a diverse assortment of entertainers and “special shape” balloons including Smokey Bear, the Energizer Bunny and Mickey Mouse. The race is a fundraiser for several local charities. The event will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4 at the park, 39700 30th St. West, Palmdale. last_img read more

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Nut glut panics growers

first_imgKAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Another bumper macadamia nut crop is expected this year, but Big Island farmers’ biggest problem may be finding someone to buy Hawaii’s signature nuts. With only a handful of processors on the island and one of the biggest temporarily out of the market, hundreds of independent farmers are concerned. Statewide, Hawaii nut orchards are projected to produce 60 million pounds this year, topping last year’s crop and creating a potential glut of the local market. They also face increasing competition in export markets from what local farmers say are lower-quality nuts grown in Australia and other countries. The concern started with a June 7 letter to mac nut growers from MacFarms of Hawaii, one of the largest growers and processors on the Big Island, where most Hawaii nuts are grown. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.In the letter, MacFarms President Hilary Brown and Vice President Mark Crawford announced: “We have concluded that until further notice, MacFarms will not be offering to purchase macadamia nut-in-shell from independent farmers.” MacFarms, which expects a bumper crop from its own nut orchard, cited last season’s very large crop and costs associated with handling it. “We have quite an inventory of nuts right now,” Brown said. “Also, prices have dropped this year, demand has slowed and we are expecting a large crop this year. “That said, if the situation changes, we might be back in the market.” MacFarms of Hawaii, owned by Tennessee-based Sparco Management LLP and California-based Greater Pacific Food Holdings, grows nuts on nearly 4,000 acres of orchards in South Kona and employs 200 people. In addition, the company has agreed to buy at least 5 million pounds of nuts next year from Hilo’s ML Macadamia Orchards LP. But Brown said that deal was not the major factor in the decision. ML President Dennis Simonis said Macadamia Orchards is considered the world’s largest individual mac nut farm, with more than 4,000 acres of trees. Despite the ML name, the company is not affiliated with Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp., which is owned by mainland conglomerate Hershey’s. Judy Magin, executive director of the Hawaii Macadamia Nut Association, said she has been seeking other processors to help the association’s 100 members. “It did surprise everyone, but people shouldn’t panic,” she said of the MacFarms announcement. “There are options. Some of the other big processors are telling us `We need Hawaiian nuts.”‘ Macadamia nuts are grown by between 650 and 700 independent farmers in Hawaii. Since trees were first planted in the 1940s, they have become one of the state’s top crops. Mac nuts are a popular snack, currently selling in local stores for about $4 for 5 ounces, and are a gourmet addition to cookies, coffee, ice cream and other goodies. Last month, the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that the 2005 Hawaii crop amounted to 56 million pounds, up from 53 million pounds the previous year. The farm value of the crop, hovering above 70 cents a pound, was reported at $40.1 million, up 24 percent from last year due to increased demand. Richard Schmitzler, president and owner of Hamakua Mac Nut Co. and an association board member, said his company still is buying mac nuts and will continue to support independent farmers. “We are going to do everything we can to help these farmers,” he said. Hamakua Mac Nut Co. does the processing for private labels that are marketed on the mainland and in Guam, Taiwan and Japan. “We’re continuing to build our value markets,” he said, also noting plans to open a visitors’ center for the company. Even though high-quality macadamia nuts are widely identified with Hawaii, local growers face global competition. Australia is the world’s largest mac nut producing country. “Hawaii nuts are the best. They taste the best and have the best oil content,” Simonis insists. Some processors, however, are tempted to include lower-grade, non-Hawaiian nuts in their products. “Unfortunately, some processors will buy foreign nuts and market them as Hawaii products,” Simonis said. “Hawaii marketers should be supporting Hawaii farmers.” Schmitzler, Simonis and Brown insist they offer only Hawaii nuts. “Everything we sell in Hawaii is Hawaii-grown,” Brown said. Magin said part of the association’s mission is to promote Hawaiian nuts and protect against misinformation and untruthful labeling. “That’s always been a consideration and concern for us,” she said. Schmitzler, who has 20 years experience in the industry, said he would like to see laws protecting all Hawaii products by mandating that packages clearly identify where the product was grown or produced. “We need a country-of-origin law,” he said. “If we had that, we’d be in much better shape.” Schmitzler said he is encouraged that Rep. Ed Case. D-Hawaii, has introduced legislation to add macadamia nuts to the 1946 Peanut Act, which requires country-of-origin labeling on peanuts. Such legislation is what Kona coffee farmers have been seeking for decades. Farmers lost a long and expensive battle to completely protect their brand in the early 1990s. Eventually, a state law was passed mandating packages that include the words “Kona blend” have at least 10 percent Kona coffee. The law, however, does not extend to the mainland or international labels. “We’ve been heading in this direction for 10, 15 years. We have the best product, but we haven’t done a good job of protecting it,” Schmitzler said. “Farmers have to do more than farm these days. They have to stand up for themselves so our great, wonderful Hawaii products are protected.” Schmitzler said the Kona crop was good last year, but rainy weather stunted the Hilo output. Other major growers of macadamia nuts include the states of California and Florida, plus Australia, South Africa, Costa Rica and Guatemala. The bulk of U.S. mac nut exports go to Japan, with most of the remainder to Canada, Korea, France, the Netherlands and Hong Kong, according to the U.S Department of Agriculture. “It’s a lot more important to our economy than people realize,” Schmitzler said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Man United step up interest in England wonderkid, but face PSG competition

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won United have stepped up their pursuit of Sancho huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice RANKED shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ gameday cracker 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY The teenager, 18, has netted eight goals and added 12 assists in 26 league matches this term – and he let his preferred destination be known on Friday by retweeting a post urging him the Red Devils to sign him on Twitter.Earlier this month, Borussia Dortmund’s club director Michael Zorc insisted that Sancho would remain in Germany for another year. Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of England and Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho, but face stiff competition from Paris Saint-Germain for his signature.Sancho, who played the full 90 minutes in England’s 5-0 hammering of the Czech Republic on Friday night, has been subject to interest from the Red Devils following his glittering season in the Bundesliga. REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move However, according to The Sun, Old Trafford chiefs have now ‘made contact’ with the Dortmund hierarchy over the transfer.French champions PSG are also keen on the teenager, who will reportedly be allowed to leave if an offer in the region of £70million is made. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sancho would welcome a return to the Premier League after failing to break through the ranks at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola.The City chief recently stated that Sancho didn’t want to ‘fight’ to get into the team – so a move for the Red Devils could give the footballing sensation a platform to get his own back on the Spanish tactician.Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has said Sancho has the right mentality to join the Old Trafford club.“I would take him [at Manchester United] all day. English, young, hungry and talented, that’s all I need to know,” he told Goal.“He has got mentality. The mentality is a big part of it all, whether he has the physical attributes or not.” 2 Sancho has starred for Dortmund this season last_img read more

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More Extreme Shakes at The Plaza

first_imgAre either of these on your must-try list?Photos: Christina Harrison Share This!The Plaza Restaurant on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom first offered a chocolate extreme milk shake. Now they have two more flavors available: Mint Chocolate Chip and Minnie Strawberry. Both are priced at $14.00 and include a shake, whipped cream, a donut, an ice cream cone, and a chocolate topper all served in (or on) one sprinkle-decorated glass. Expect that three people can easily share this item.last_img

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South Africa climbs business tourism rankings

first_img20 May 2014 South Africa has climbed from 37th to 34th in the International Congress and Convention Associations’ (ICCA’s) latest ranking of business tourism destinations worldwide, with Cape Town and Durban being rated Africa’s top two cities for meetings and events. The ICCA’s 2013 rankings, released last week, confirm South Africa’s position as the top business events destination on the continent, followed by Kenya and Morocco. In the African cities ranking, Cape Town and Durban were followed by Nairobi in third place, while Stellenbosch outside Cape Town was placed 10th. Internationally, Cape Town came in at 52nd (behind Melbourne at 44th and Vancouver at 38th), while Durban jumped a massive 60 places to rank 97th in the world. “Before 1994, the first year of our democracy, South Africa hosted 12 international association conferences,” SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima said in a statement on Monday. “Fast forward to 2013, and we have grown this number to 118 ICCA recognised meetings. “We have also hosted 1 038 international association conferences that met the ICCA’s criteria since 1994, and remain ranked under the top 11 long haul destinations globally.” Major international events successfully hosted by South Africa include the International Aids Conference in 2000, the 123rd Session of the International Olympic Organising Committee in 2011, the World Congress on Intensive and Critical Care Medicine in 2013, and the One Young World Conference in 2013. An estimated 20 000 delegates will converge on Durban in 2016 when the country hosts the International Aids Conference for the second time. The meetings and conferences hosted by South Africa “have not only demonstrated the country’s world-class infrastructure and capabilities, but have also showcased a united industry and a committed government, working hard, passionately and together to take this industry forward,” Nzima said. He added that South Africa’s achievement was a win for the continent as a whole. “We need to collaborate and unite with our counterparts on the continent if we want to be a destination to be reckoned with on the business events front. The business events markets is vast and varied. There is enough for everyone – but it will take collaboration, partnership and understanding that we are working to unleash the potential of business events for the benefit of the continent, not just our country.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Why Doesn’t Facebook Just Buy Zynga?

first_imgTags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web Zynga added a 600-plus-pages addendum to its IPO filing yesterday and it turns out that Zynga and Facebook are intertwined so tightly that it is hard to tell where one company ends and the other starts. The best example is two agreements that the companies came to in May and December of 2010 that reveal the depths of the Zynga/Facebook relationship. What it boils down to is that Zynga and Facebook work so closely together that Zynga might as well be the official game-maker for Facebook. Yet, that is not the case nor will it be. It makes one wonder why Zynga is bothering to go public at all as opposed to just being subsumed as a division within Facebook.Under the developer agreements, Facebook has agreed that it will not make any “Facebook games.” If Facebook does create any games for its site or its platform (including mobile or other Facebook properties), Zynga has the right to terminate the agreement. As Facebook has a relationships with other social game developers, this clause is probably a standard Facebook policy covering any type of gaming. This is a testament to how much Facebook relies on the third-party application ecosystem and Zynga specifically. The more Facebook’s ecosystem grows, the more Facebook grows and Zynga is the primary player in the environment. That leads into revenue sharing and growth targets between Zynga and Facebook. The developer addendum makes mention of targets and vesting options when Zynga hits certain monthly active user levels but the specifics of the agreement have been struck from the public versions of the document. As reported in the initial filing, Zynga has 146 million unique monthly active users, almost all of them on Facebook, with 232 million monthly active users between all of Zynga’s games. What is also mentioned is that Facebook and Zynga have a mutual advertising relationship where Facebook helps to provide the ads for Zynga games within the Facebook ecosystem. It is a smart move by Facebook – it helps Zynga advertise games on the platform and split the revenue from Facebook credits used to by virtual goods within the games. Why Doesn’t Facebook Just Buy Zynga?There are a variety of reasons that Facebook does not simply absorb Zynga and the addendum sheds light on why. Foremost, it turns out that Google is indeed an investor in Zynga, as AllThingsD points out in its analysis of the addendum, and which TechCrunch reported could be as high as $100 million. Zynga has raised nearly $1 billion in its venture capital rounds and it has a lot of masters to answer to when it comes to an exit strategy. As it stands right now, Facebook gets the benefit of having Zynga under its thumb without having to pay the acquisition cost of buying the platform which, in essence, would be paying off Google (and a multitude of other investors), probably at a significant premium. At the same time, Zynga keeps its options open for future partnerships across multiple platforms. Google will eventually release an API for Plus (in theory, at least) and would probably like to see developers add on to the platform, games included, the same way they do with Chrome and Android. Hence, it is better for Zynga to go public and have a complicated relationship with Facebook than subsist entirely within the social giant’s ecosystem, precluding its own platform strategies such as with mobile or other social networks. The developer addendum goes into great length about other types of relationships between Facebook and Zynga, such as what happens when Zynga acquires third-party games, a variety of stipulations on mobile development and acquisition, who owns the data created and so on.The new details make for an intriguing mix. Investors will certainly weigh Zynga with their wallets come October (or so) when the six-month “quiet period” after filing an S-1 is lifted. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts dan rowinskicenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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