Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Shaq and David West engage in cheesy exchange on Twitter

first_imgOn Tuesday morning, the three war horses retreated to … “Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture, a little of the glory yeahWell time slips away and leaves you with nothing, mister, but boring stories of …”— “Glory Days,” Bruce SpringsteenDavid West has been retired from the NBA for more than a year. Shaquille O’Neal last played in George W. Bush’s second term.Steve Kerr hung up his sneaks in 2003. But he has forged a second NBA career as a coach. A really successful coach.last_img

Unisa opens branch in Ethiopia

first_img30 January 2007The University of South Africa (Unisa), the Pretoria-based university that offers distance education programmes to students across the country and the continent, opened a regional learning centre in Ethiopia on Sunday.The centre – Unisa’s first outside South Africa – will serve as a university registration point, and offer Ethiopian students academic support services such as career guidance, orientation skills development and tutorial classes.According to Unisa Vice-Chancellor Barney Pityana, the centre could eventually become the hub for all its programmes in the Horn of Africa and eastern Africa. “The centre might be used for future training for the southern Sudan region as a neighbouring state of Ethiopia,” he said.Pityana added that as the institution was not a private provider seeking to make a profit, it would need financial support for students in Ethiopia.“I have indicated to Education Minister Naledi Pandor that I shall seek the support of the council of the University of South Africa to provide a grant of R2-million financial support to needy students,” he said.Pityana challenged embassies from donor countries in Addis Ababa to match or better the expected grant.South African President Thabo Mbeki, who attended Sunday’s launch, praised Unisa’s initiative, saying it would help address capacity problems in African countries such as Rwanda, Ghana and Kenya. “I think indeed that it’s a very important initiative [which addresses] the issue of capacity building, and we will continue to support this initiative,” Mbeki said.Also present at the launch were Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Unisa Chancellor Judge Bernard Ngoepe, and Unisa council chairperson Mathews Phosa.The launch took place ahead of the African Union’s 8th summit of heads of state and government, which kicked off on Monday with the topic of science, technology and innovation in Africa high on the agenda.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa continues to create jobs

first_img13 March 2012 After rising by 5.0 percent in January, employment in South Africa registered an annualised growth rate of 1.5 percent in February, according to the latest Adcorp Employment Index, released on Monday. The index is regarded as the most representative barometer of employment trends in South Africa. During the month, the economy created 24 000 jobs, slowing from the 80 000 jobs created in January. Most of the jobs were created in the informal sector, about 22 000 or 91.7 percent of the total, Adcorp reported. In the formal sector, employment growth was strongest in the manufacturing sector, with 5.3 percent, the construction sector, with 4.7 percent, and the wholesale and retail trade, with 3.5 percent. This was the first time in more than 12 months that job growth in the production-oriented sectors exceeded job growth in the consumption-oriented sectors. Mining employment, however, continued to shrink, with a loss of 3 000 jobs in February. High-skilled employment – that of senior managers and professions – reported the strongest growth in terms of occupational categories.It grew 5.3 percent, whereas low-skilled employment, trades and elementary workers, reported the steepest decline. It registered -1.3 percent. About 68 percent of all South African workers were employed by small businesses employing fewer than 50 people. Against this backdrop, 440 000 small business closures were observed over the past five years, according to Adcorp, while the number of new business start-ups had fallen to an all-time low. Adcorp noted that the small business sector was the most important originator of jobs in SA.Sapalast_img read more

Ohio FSA requests disaster declarations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe latest crop progress numbers for Ohio show only half of the state’s corn planted and just over 30% of soybeans sowed. Although those figures lag behind every other corn and soybean growing state in the U.S., there are parts of Ohio that are well behind the state averages.After meeting with farmers in the most impacted areas of the state and after collecting cropping data, gathering planting history and taking photos of the wide-ranging acres of unplanted fields, Ohio FSA has officially requested USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to make Disaster Declarations for Fulton, Henry and Lucas counties.“This development speaks to how serious of a situation were are seeing with the lack of planting progress in northwest Ohio,” said Jack Irvin, senior director of state and national affairs with Ohio Farm Bureau. “Often Disaster Declarations aren’t even considered until harvest time to see just how the planting and growing season transpired. Obviously you won’t have a crop if you can’t get the seeds planted, and that is the case for many of our members.”If Secretary Perdue grants the Disaster Declarations, any contiguous counties to Fulton, Henry and Lucas also would be included. How soon those declarations could be made is still uncertain.Many other county FSA offices in impacted areas have begun the process of gathering information and that may lead the list of Disaster Declaration requests to grow.“Those requests start from the county level and are made to the state, the state then sends requests to USDA and then Secretary Perdue will make the final determination based on the information he receives,” Irvin said. “That final step has yet to be taken for Fulton, Henry and Lucas counties, and we are pressing the secretary to act quickly and decisively on those determinations.”Ohio Farm Bureau is strongly requesting farmers who are having difficulty planting their 2019 crops share their situation with the county FSA office as soon as possible. The information provided will assist them in determining if a Disaster Declaration request would be applicable for that county.“If there was ever a time to get to know your county FSA office, now is the time,” said Leonard Hubert, state executive director for the USDA Ohio Farm Service Agency.If and when a Disaster Declaration is granted for counties suffering from the impacts of heavy rainfall during the planting season, that doesn’t mean that assistance funding is certain. According to the USDA, it is generally true that producers with qualifying losses in a Secretarial Disaster Declaration area will be eligible for disaster relief assistance. However, there is a finite amount of money set aside from the latest disaster package, and there is no guarantee that funds will reach the areas of Ohio that have been affected. Listen now to our latest podcast on this topic.Beginning an open dialogue with your county FSA office is crucial. They can walk you through existing disaster-related programs they offer (listed below), as well as options that may be available to producers who fear a forage shortage later this year, as emergency haying and grazing is granted through a separate process.Ohio Farm Bureau will continue to get accurate, up-to-date information to members. Follow us on our social media platforms and visit ofbf.org for the latest details.Update: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine sent a letter June 14 to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting a USDA Secretarial disaster designation for Ohio amid heavy rainfall impacting Ohio farmers.Update June 20: Ohio farmers who took the prevent plant option because they couldn’t plant their fields could see some relief if Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue answers requests from Senators Brown and Portman, and Ohio’s U.S. House delegation to raise prevented planting payment rates from 55 percent to 90 percent. The 16-member House delegation, including Democrats and Republicans, also asked Perdue to remember the Ohio farmers when doling out more than $3 billion of disaster money. We thank them for realizing the short and long-term impacts this extremely challenging spring planting season will have on our members across Ohio. Here is the formally signed letter from the Ohio congressional delegation.Existing disaster-related programsEmergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) – Farm-Raised Fish Assistance;Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) – Honeybee Assistance;Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) – Livestock Assistance;Emergency Conservation Program (ECP);Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP);Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for 2015 and Subsequent Years;Tree Assistance Program (TAP) andFarm Loan Program.Photo: Fulton County, June 6, 2019ONLINE EXTRA  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Who’s Watching You!!! GC15KNG GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 30, 2012

first_img SharePrint RelatedVoss Margarine – Geocache of the WeekFebruary 27, 2019In “Community”Maastricht:Wandelen op en langs de stadsmuren – Geocache of the WeekApril 3, 2019In “Community”Line of Sight — In the Distance (GC4JZTK) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 19, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” Binocular’s used in finding “Who’s Watching You!!!”Binoculars and a half gallon of water. Those are the unusual tools  you might need  to successfully unravel a famous New Jersey, USA Multi-Cache.Who’s Watching You!!! (GC15KNG) has racked up more than 40 Favorite Points. TheSurfcaster created three stage Multi-Cache in 2007.  The difficulty 2, terrain 1.5 geocache takes adventurers through the woodlands of “The Garden State.”The cache tells geocachers what they should bring along on their journey, “You will need to use BINOCULARS for the first stage if the lighting conditions are not right” and “If you are doing this cache in the middle of winter when everything is frozen solid you need to bring a half gallon of water.” “Who’s Watching You!!!”Adventurers travel only a short distance to find this cache, but each stage of the geocache leaves a lasting impression. One cacher who earned a smiley on “Who’s Watching You!!!” writes, “Stage 1 – amazed at it’s location. Stage 2 – like the craftsmanship. Stage 3 – was like a science project.”Another geocacher saved the geocache to celebrate a milestone. They write, “WOW! Wanted to make this cache my 2000th find because of its popularity with favorite points and am glad I did. A lot of work was put into this multi, and I appreciate the creativity and ingenuity used to create these caches.”Near the cache location of “Who’s Watching You!!!”Sorry – there are no spoilers about the specifics of this geocache in this blog post. What unique tools have you used to help complete a geocache?Continue to explore of some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com. If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Wizards All-Star guard John Wall to have left knee surgery

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) moves past Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, right, to shoot during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Wednesday and could miss much of the rest of the regular season.The Wizards announced Tuesday that Wall would have the operation in Cleveland and that a timeline for his return would be determined afterward.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa A person with direct knowledge of the injury said Wall could miss six to eight weeks. That person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not release any estimate of the length of Wall’s absence. Washington’s last regular-season game is April 11.“It just proves that he wasn’t the John that we know,” backup guard Tomas Satoransky said. “His knee was bothering him all season long.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis is the latest knee problem for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft out of Kentucky. Wall had surgery on both of his knees before last season.Coach Scott Brooks delivered Tuesday’s news to other players at a shootaround ahead of Washington’s night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Washington went into Tuesday 6-6 without Wall this season.The timing of the surgery gives Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld a chance to find a new point guard before the NBA trading deadline, which is Feb. 8.Brooks said he didn’t think Wall’s injury will substantially alter the team’s approach to the deadline.“This is a minor setback. And he will be back — I don’t know when,” Brooks said. “We’re not going to change things up just ’cause of this.”Reserves Satoransky and Tim Frazier figure to get additional playing time.“We cannot panic about it,” Satoransky said about losing Wall.“John is the main guy, so it’s always tough to cover your main guy when he goes down,” said Satoransky, who is averaging five points and 2.6 assists. “It’s very challenging.”Wall sat out Washington’s most recent game, at Atlanta on Saturday, because of a recurrence of soreness and swelling in his left knee. Earlier issues led him to sit out nine games in November and December, and attempts to help him included draining the knee and getting platelet-rich plasma injections.“It just kept becoming a problem,” Brooks said.Led by its backcourt of Wall and Bradley Beal, a first-time All-Star pick this season, Washington reached the Eastern Conference semifinals each of the past two years before being eliminated from the playoffs. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Pistons land Griffin from Clippers as LA sheds another star NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Now they’ll have to try to go what could be a long stretch without their on-court leader.“By the time he comes back, we’ll be in the playoff push,” forward Markieff Morris said, “or just getting ready for the playoffs.” Read Next “It’s definitely not an easy day,” Brooks said at his pregame session with the media. “Over the last week, we saw he was dragging a little bit. … Decided going forward that it would be best for him to get a little cleanout.”Wall is second on the Wizards in scoring, averaging 19.4 points, and is second in the league with 9.3 assists per game. In July, he agreed to a $170 million, four-year contract extension that starts next season.He was selected last week for his fifth NBA All-Star game but now is expected to miss that event in Los Angeles next month.The Wizards entered Tuesday tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 27-22 record.“We don’t have the cushion that John can take over a game,” Brooks said, “or John can create a shot (for himself) or … for the other guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more