Grange to Lead Caribbean Charge on Creative Sectors

first_imgRelatedGrange to Lead Caribbean Charge on Creative Sectors RelatedGrange to Lead Caribbean Charge on Creative Sectors Advertisements RelatedGrange to Lead Caribbean Charge on Creative Sectorscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports Hon Olivia Grange is to lobby her Caribbean political counterparts in an attempt to secure recognition of the creative industries as a key ingredient for sustained economic growth throughout the region.Speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat during the recent Creative Clusters conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Minister Grange told Caribbean delegates that she would be willing to lead the case for securing commitment among her political colleagues in the Caribbean, emphasising that the region’s creative talents remain its greatest natural assets.She called for greater emphasis to be placed on the creative sectors and for efforts to be made to formalise the industries and bring them into the pool where their contributions can be recognised for the tremendous contribution they can make to GDP.“It is time for us to organise and formalise our creative sectors. In so doing, we will create the structure that will lend corporate legitimacy to the many businesses on which our creative practitioners depend for their livelihoods.”Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Foundation Vijay Krishnarayan, who hosted Minister Grange and the Caribbean delegation, promised to examine the role institutions such as the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation can play in trade capacity building and private sector development around the creative sectors.He noted that momentum was building throughout the Caribbean as countries seek to take advantage of the Economic Partnership Agreement and the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation signed with the EU in October.He said: “Jamaica seems to be well positioned to be at the forefront of these regional efforts. At the Commonwealth Foundation, efforts to support the connections between culture and development are now a priority. In the area of trade and creative products, it seems there might be real synergies between the priorities of civil society and government and this discussion is something the Commonwealth Foundation could help to facilitate.”Minister Grange invited the Commonwealth Secretariat to host a major conference in Jamaica ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government and Commonwealth People’s Forum in Trinidad and Tobago. The conference will explore the potential of the creative sectors in the region and to raise awareness of the contributions they make to the economies of developing countries. It will also look at ways in which civil society representation in the region could be supported.Minister Grange delivered the keynote address at the Creative Clusters conference held in Glasgow, Scotland, November 17-20.Creative Clusters is an independent policy conference examining the growth of the creative economy. Held annually, it attracts participants from all over the world.Now in its sixth year, it has enjoyed partnerships with Unctad, the UK Film Council, the Commonwealth Foundation, Festivals Edinburgh, the Scottish Arts Council and the Scottish government. It was endorsed by Linda Fabiani, Scottish Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture. Grange to Lead Caribbean Charge on Creative Sectors UncategorizedDecember 2, 2008last_img read more

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Mid-County starts 1-0; Morse rings up 11 in BRWS opener

first_img Rogers’ dismay over his team’s performance didn’t include pitcher Brandon Morse, who limited Moses Lake to three hits while recording 11 strikeouts. But he gave up two of those hits in the third inning, the MC defense committed two errors, and for a few innings Moses Lake was clinging to a 2-1 lead.“I’ve never seen us throw two balls away like that,” Rogers said. “Hey, I give Moses Lake credit. They did what they needed to do.“We finally started to get to their pitcher, we used the speed we have at the top of the lineup and finally started to take control,” he added. “Brandon Morse threw the ball well, but that’s what he does in every game.”The Texas club got the early lead, sliding out to a 1-0 edge in the first inning when Kody Kolb drew a game-opening walk, got to second on a groundball by Logan LeJeune and scored on scored on a base hit by Chase Kemp. But the third inning collapsed started when Moses Lake’s Dax Lindgren drew a walk, Jeff Sonneman hit a single and Emmitt Tatum followed with a base hit that brought in Lindgren – MC’s first error allowed Sonneman to score what was the go-ahead run. By Steven SmithSpecial to The NewsEPHRATA, Wash. – Never let it be said that Ben Rogers won’t speak his mind.“This was the worst game we’ve ever played,” said the manager of the Mid-County Senior Babe Ruth team after the Texans survived the opening round of the 2017 World Series at Johnson-O’Brien Stadium. After falling behind the Moses Lake (Washington) River Dogs, MC rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 4-2 win. The Dogs threatened to add to their lead in the fifth inning by getting runners to second and third, but Morse struck out two batters to end the inning. But Mid-County couldn’t get the offense back on track through the middle innings, managing just three baserunners in four frames.That all ended in the bottom of the sixth, which opened with Kolb getting hit by a pitch – LeJeune followed with a single, and Kemp drew a walk to load the bases. Zach Friesz followed with a deep sacrifice fly to centerfield that brought in Kolb with the tying run, and when the Dogs overthrew third base on the play, LeJeune raced home with what would be the winning tally.Mid-County was back in action at 1 p.m. Central today against Primetime Baseball of Vancouver, Washington, then get a day off on Monday. They’ll finish pool play with games Blue Lick, Kentucky, on Monday and Tucson, Arizona, on Tuesday.last_img read more

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PREVIEW: Nance Jr., Clarkson return to Staples Center in Sunday night showdown

first_img John Alfes John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste).You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email ([email protected]). CLEVELAND – Larry Nance Sr. strolled through the hallway next to the Cavs’ locker room at Quicken Loans Arena, searching for his son, Larry Jr., after the Wine and Gold topped the Lakers by nine points on Dec. 14, 2017. It was a rare opportunity for the franchise legend, as that Thursday night marked Los Angeles’ lone visit to Cleveland, and one of Nance Sr.’s few opportunities to watch his son play on the professional stage.Times have changed since then.The two organizations made a trade on Feb. 8, bringing Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson to Cleveland, and shipping Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and the Cavaliers’ 2018 first-round pick to the Lakers. For the first time, the contents of the blockbuster deal will square off against their former teams.Cleveland and Los Angeles will meet for the second and final time of the 2017-18 campaign on Sunday evening at the Staples Center. While Nance Sr. lives in Ohio, he will have plenty more chances to see his son play at a closer proximity.When: 9:00 p.m. ETTV: ESPNOnline: FOX Sports GoRadio: ESPN 710 AM, ESPN Deportes 1330 AM, WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM, La Mega 87.7 FM.Cavs probable starters: PG George Hill, SG J.R. Smith, SF Jeff Green, PF LeBron James, C Larry Nance Jr.Lakers probable starters: PG Lonzo Ball, SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SF Kyle Kuzma, PF Julius Randle, C Brook Lopez.Cavs injuries: PF Kevin Love (left hand fracture – OUT), C Tristan Thompson (right ankle sprain – OUT), SF Cedi Osman (left hip strain – OUT), SG Rodney Hood (low back strain – OUT), SG Kyle Korver (right foot bruise – questionable).Lakers injuries: PF Channing Frye (appendectomy – OUT), SG Josh Hart (left hand/fourth metacarpal fracture – OUT), SF Brandon Ingram (left groin strain – OUT). Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related TopicsCedi OsmanChanning FryeCleveland CavaliersGeorge HillIsaiah ThomasJordan ClarksonKevin LoveKyle KorverLarry Nance Jr.Lebron JamesLonzo BallLos Angeles LakersRodney HoodTristan ThompsonTyronn Luelast_img read more

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The authorities panicked and organized actions in their defense

first_imgAgainst the background of deepening protests against the government of Boyko Borissov and against the Chief Prosecutor Ivan Geshev, the last two days have continued to pour declarations, letters, messages, petitions, etc. in their support and swear allegiance. The documents were written as indigo and under command from above, and the beginning of the action started with the prosecutorial labor collectives, which defended their chief Geshev and condemned President Rumen Radev. But not only did prosecutors swear allegiance to Geshev, but he was supported by other state prosecutors – general workers and cleaners.Apparently, the authorities saw that they would not succeed in the familiar tactics of organizing their counter-protests, as happened on the first day of the demonstrations, which were bloodied by the police, and whether out of fear or other organizational misunderstandings, they quickly gave up. Now it has done something else – to organize various sports federations, other formations, labor collectives, etc. to advertise support. As well as resorting to accusations of paid protests against the ruling party, backed by sending groups of aggressive boys who must pollute and spread tension in the peaceful demonstrations of the citizens.The Bulgarian Volleyball Federation (BFV) was one of the first to express “full support” for the government. The text uploaded on the federation’s website mentions a series of significant households in Bulgaria, the most prestigious of which were the Men’s World Cup in 2018, as well as Eurovolley 2015 – both together with Italy. “All this would not have been possible without the support of Mr. Boyko Borissov and his team,” the organization said. And, of course, they thank the cabinet for the investments made in sports infrastructure. Without a good sports base, the hosts of these forums would not be possible. We need the halls so that our children can practice their favorite sport and grow up. We are sure that our good cooperation will continue in the future, “the position reads.It is accompanied by photos of Borissov and the Minister of Sports Krasen Kralev, who has very close relations with the new president of the federation Lyubomir Ganev.“We are grateful for the support and concern for the sport of judo in the Bulgarian government and that is why today we declare our support for the cabinet of Mr. Boyko Borissov,” said the position of the Judo Federation, announced today. “As you know, Bulgaria will host the European Judo Championship for men and women, which will be held in April 2022, and in February this year we had the pleasure to organize the European Open Cup for 2020, which has the rank of Olympic qualification “, the declaration says. According to the federation’s presidents, the households “were won with the huge support of the Bulgarian government”.They remind that the government has allocated additional funds from the budget of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the amount of BGN 2,300,000 for the organization of the championships.There were also reports that the government had even asked employers’ organizations and unions to support it and state it openly.last_img read more

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Mountain Rescue teams report 36% increase in call-outs

first_imgIreland’s mountain rescue volunteers have revealed that they responded to 371 incidents throughout 2018, marking a 36% rise in rescue activity.Emergency responders with 11 squads nationwide, including Donegal Mountain Rescue, responded to 281 daytime and 83 night time call-outs on rough terrain last year.Teams provide assistance and carry out search and rescue missions on a 24/7 basis, 365 days a year. The main incidents of 2018 were call-outs to find lost walkers (75 cases), assisting searches (79) attending people with serious injuries (73) and minor injuries (97).There were 22 fatalities in 2018.Extreme weather has had an impact on the rise in incidents in 2018, according to the organisation. A spokesperson said: “A significant proportion of this increase is due to extreme weather events where the capacities of mountain rescue teams in all terrains were called on to assist the emergency services during and after the snowfall.“This represents a challenge going into the future with the expected increase in extreme weather events arising from climate change.”Following the release of the annual statistics, questions have been raised over the continued reliance on volunteers.The spokesperson added: “Mountain rescue teams capabilities in search and rescue, rendering humanitarian assistance, and extraction from snowbound environments is being recognised and depended on more, can a voluntary organisation cope with this increased demand/ requirements?”Mountain Rescue teams report 36% increase in call-outs was last modified: January 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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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Rep. Griffith denies reports saying he won’t run for another term

first_imgYou say you heard that Jefferson City State Rep Dave Griffith isn’t running for another term? He says ‘don’t believe the rumor mill’.Griffith, who’s in his first term representing the 60th District, says there was a story making the rounds that he wasn’t going to run again.Griffith says he’s on the mend from his recent heart attack and is ready for the session that starts in January.last_img

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Five Hanjin Bulkers Sold for USD 125 Mn

first_imgzoom Five bulk carriers, owned by the former South Korean shipping giant Hanjin Shipping, have been sold to multiple shipowners for a total of around USD 125 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Namely, Hanjin’s Panamax bulk carrier duo, Hanjin Port Kamsar and Hanjin Hadong, were purchased by South Korean shipping firm Pan Ocean.Featuring 82,200 dwt, the 2012-built bulkers, which were disposed of en bloc, fetched USD 21 million each, slightly over their current market value of around USD 19.7 million, VesselsValue data shows.The remaining three Hanjin Capesize ships, Hanjin Rizhao, Hanjin Dangjin and Hanjin Esperance were sold on March 15.South Korea-based Korea Line bought the 2010-built Hanjin Rizhao and Hanjin Dangjin en bloc for a price of USD 26.5 million a piece. Featuring 179,200 dwt, the bulk carriers were built by Hyundai Samho Heavy.The final Capesize from the batch, the 2012-built Hanjin Esperance, was purchased by US-based JP Morgan Global Maritime for USD 29.5 million. The bulker was constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries.In early February 2017, the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), Hanjin’s main creditor, launched sales proceedings for ten Hanjin ships, including two container vessels and eight bulk carriers.At the time, Yonhap News Agency cited undisclosed industry sources as saying that the bank asked the potential buyers of the ships to submit their bids by February 21.After the financially troubled shipping firm filed for court receivership in late August 2016, the company returned all ships bought with bank loans to its lenders.Hanjin Shipping was officially declared bankrupt by the Seoul Central District Court on February 17, ending the company’s 40-year business.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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The silver price pattern was virtually a carbon co

center_img The dollar index closed late on Thursday afternoon at 80.59—and then didn’t do much until 2 p.m. in Hong Kong when it began to head lower, hitting its low tick of 80.45 around 9:20 a.m. BST in London.  But by half past lunchtime over there, the index was back up to 80.67—and the slid a handful of basis points as the trading day in New York advanced.  The index closed at 80.62, virtually unchanged from Thursday’s close. I have a pretty decent number of stories for your Saturday/Sunday reading pleasure—a few of which have been sitting in my in-box waiting for a spot in today’s column.  I hope you have time to read the ones that interest you. If there is one single factor responsible for the long term silver manipulation it is the concentrated short position, of which JPMorgan has been the kingpin of since acquiring Bear Stearns in 2008. Given all the history, circumstances and stakes to certain large financial and regulatory institutions, I’m convinced that the price of silver would have already blown off were it not for the concentrated short position.  The concentrated silver short position was always too large; as became clear in time by the damage it did to Bear Stearns. It also seems clear that because the concentrated short position was transferred to JPMorgan, the regulators have looked aside as JPMorgan and the CME Group resorted to a series of dirty tricks to assure silver prices would decline so that the concentrated short position could be protected and reduced. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 07 June 2014 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ will only be familiar to Canadians of a certain vintage, as it was a fairly big hit in this country in its day, although it did make it to #56 on Billboard’s Top 100 in the U.S. back in 1979 when it was released.  It was the one and only hit of a German-Canadian group called Deliverance.  I posted this years ago when I first found it on Youtube—and in my humble opinion it’s worth revisiting.  The link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is the Adagio from the Concierto de Aranjuez by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, which he wrote in 1939.  Very little music was every written for the guitar and orchestra—as an acoustic guitar tends to get buried even during the quiet passages—and every time I’ve heard the guitar with orchestra, it’s always been miked—which is OK.  If I had to pick the most beautiful piece of music ever written for guitar and orchestra—this is it, as it’s one of the most recognizable works in 20th century classical music.  The link is here.  Enjoy! It was another quiet trading day on Friday.  Gold volume was pretty quiet, but as I stated further up, silver’s volume was quite a bit higher than I wanted to see—and it’s entirely possible that there was quiet short covering going on by the technical funds in silver now that all [except the 200-day] the moving averages have been broken to the upside.  Once again, the preliminary volume numbers for Friday from the CME Group didn’t help clear up the situation much. Here are the 6-month gold and silver charts updated with Friday’s price data.  The moving averages plotted are the 25 and 50-day. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 103 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  The largest short/issuer was Jefferies with 100 contracts and, with the exception of Canada’s Scotiabank and HSBC USA, it was “all the usual suspects” as long/stoppers.  You can check you yesterday’s Issuer and Stoppers Report by clicking here. There were no reported changes in GLD—and as of 9:43 p.m. EDT on Friday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either.  It’s been over a week since these current rallies in both gold and silver began—and as the close of business on Friday, not one troy ounce of either metal has been deposited in these ETFs.  As a matter of fact, 1.2 million ounces of silver have actually been withdrawn from SLV during that period. There were no reported sales from the U.S. Mint yesterday. It was pretty quiet in gold over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, as nothing was reported received—and only 996 troy ounces were reported shipped out—all out of Canada’s Scotiabank. But it was a lot more active in silver, as 285,726 troy ounces were reported received—and 523,767 troy ounces were reported shipped out.  The link to that action is here. As expected, yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report, was not happy reading—at least in silver—and there’s no way to sugar-coat it. In silver, the Commercial net short position blew out by an eye-watering 4,682 contracts, or 23.41 million ounces.  To put that amount of paper silver into some sort of perspective, just under 16 million ounces of real silver was dug out of Planet Earth during the same reporting week.  That big blow-out in the Commercial net short position occurred on the back of a measly 40 cent price increase during the reporting week.  The Commercial net short position is now back up to 71.6 million ounces. Ted said that it appeared that JPMorgan increased their net short position by something less than a thousand contracts—and the ‘Big 8’ short holders [which includes JPM] increased their total net short position by a bit under 2,000 contracts.  So it wasn’t all raptor long selling that controlled a rising price as the technical funds covered short positions—it was also the ‘Big 8’ increasing their short position as well. The COT Report for gold was a bit of a surprise.  The Commercial net short position actually declined by 294 contracts, not even a decent sized rounding error.  That was despite the fact that gold rose about 16 bucks during the reporting week.  Nothing to see here.  I think Ted mentioned that JPMorgan sold a few hundred contracts of its long-side corner in the Comex gold market, but that was about it. Here’s Nick Laird’s classic “Days of World Production to Cover Short Positions” for every physically traded commodity on the Comex.  Last week, the ‘Big 8’ were short 141 days of world silver production—and in this week’s chart they’re now back up to 145 days, about ten million ounces worth—and right in line with Ted Butler’s number of around 2,000 Comex contracts. Sponsor Advertisement There are still no deposits being made into either GLD or SLV The Friday trading session in gold was very similar to Wednesday, as nothing much happened in price or volume terms.  It traded more or less flat throughout Far East and early London trading—and only developed a positive bias worthy of the name starting at the Comex open.  Even that six dollar ‘rally’ got sold down a couple of bucks in the last hour of electronic trading in New York. The low and high ticks aren’t worth my effort to look up. Gold finished the day at $1,275.90 spot, up $2.80 from Thursday’s close.  Volume, net of  June and July, was 86,000 contracts.last_img read more

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