Gerrit Cole signed a nine-year, $324 million contract with the New York Yankees on Tuesday, first reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Cole has reportedly an opt-out for 2024 and will have to shave off that stubble by spring.Cole is still in the American League — joining a deep Yankees team that came one Game 7 walk-off home run shy of a World Series. But, Oakland A’s can rejoice at the prospect of not having to face one of the game’s most dominant (and ever improving) pitchers in the game …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last Friday we got anywhere from a quarter to a little over a half inch on most of our fields. And the Monday before that we had about a half-inch also. Moisture-wise I think we have been some of the luckier ones in the state. Things really look just about as good as we could hope for at this point.Most of our corn is done pollinating. We have some early corn planted on April 18 and we pulled an ear at sweet corn stage already. It is progressing really well with the heat and moisture. It may be an early harvest.Most of the corn pollinated in the low to mid-80s range for temperature. We were maybe a little dry for a couple of days for pollination, but nothing severe.We brought all of the equipment back last Thursday for baling straw and called it quits. We should be between 96,000 and 97,000 bales of straw for the year, which was double what we did last year and it was tremendous. We had the weather to do it. A lot of times we’ll be baling almost until August and this year we were done last week with more bales.I am on the Trade Policy and Biotech team for the National Corn Growers Association and we had meetings last week in Washington, D.C. and the Corn Congress was after that. A good friend and good leader for Ohio, John Linder, got elected to the NCGA Board. He was the highest vote getter in the election. That is the first time ever that Ohio has had two on that board at one time. We have Anthony Bush and John Linder — both from Morrow County — on there now and Ohio should be proud of that. Ohio is well respected at the national level.It seems like there is a huge crop out there after hearing from people across the country. After talking to everyone, it may be tough for the markets to really rally much.
The Board of Supervision (BOS), an agency of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, has boosted its disaster preparedness plans, aimed at improving the care and protection of the nation’s homeless for the hurricane season.Homelessness Co-ordinator at the BOS, Damion Campbell, tells JIS News that the increased effort forms part of the Government’s thrust in securing the wellbeing of the homeless, through its many intervention programmes.The measures include: a review of the National Disaster Action Plan, which outlines the roles and responsibilities that the various stakeholders must play at the parish level, which takes into consideration the provision of food, shelter and medical care.In addition, a series of workshops and training exercises are being conducted in an effort to sensitize persons about how to effectively deal with the homeless, in case of a natural disaster.“In terms of feedback from the various training exercises that were conducted, we have discovered that on a regional basis, individuals are better aware of the roles that they have to play, as it relates to the different case that exists, in dealing with street persons,” the Co-ordinator tells JIS News.Other plans include providing access to transitional and permanent housing, developing public awareness programmes, implementing additional projects at the parish level, and building and strengthening partnerships among diverse stakeholders.“We have to play our part, because homeless persons are in need of care and protection, whether or not there is a hurricane. Our aim is to make persons aware of the services that currently exist, so that assistance can be acquired from the various organisations islandwide,” he said.Mr. Campbell informs JIS News that currently there are six homeless shelters in operation islandwide, where persons can go in case of an emergency.These are the Marie Atkins Night Shelter in Kingston; Portland Rehabilitation Centre and Open Arms Drop-In Centre, Portland; Refuge of Hope in St. James; Westmoreland Association for Street People (WASP) in Savanna-la-mar; and the Ebenezer Home in Manchester.He points out that information on shelters for the homeless can be accessed through the various parish council offices, and poor relief departments islandwide.Mr. Campbell adds that while funding remains a challenge to effectively provide for this sector of society, the BOS remains committed to safeguarding the welfare of the nation’s homeless, in collaboration with its stakeholders.He emphasizes that the Government alone cannot do it, and is encouraging private sector companies and individuals to get on board.Some of the stakeholders are: Ministry of Health (MOH), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Food for the Poor, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Community Mental Health Services, Jamaica Red Cross and the Salvation Army.The Board of Supervision is a statutory body that was established under the Poor Relief Act, to supervise and monitor the delivery of the poor relief service, performed by the Parish Councils and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) Other plans include providing access to transitional and permanent housing Story Highlights The increased effort forms part of the Government’s thrust in securing the wellbeing of the homeless
KUSI Newsroom, Mayor Faulconer announces plan to create government-controlled alternative to SDG&E Posted: October 25, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Thursday announced the city’s plan to create a city government-controlled energy provider to compete with San Diego Gas and Electric.Faulconer formally announced the city’s plan to offer utility services at a news conference to release the city’s annual report on the progress of its Climate Action Plan. The report includes data showing that the city is ahead of schedule toward the CAP’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2035.According to the mayor’s office, providing utility services would reduce energy costs by at least 5 percent and help the city attain its goal of 100 percent renewable energy use by 2035.“I want San Diego to lead this region into a cleaner future,” Faulconer said. “This gives consumers a real choice, lowers energy costs for all San Diegans and keeps our city on the cutting edge of environmental protection.”The mayor’s office will send the proposal to the San Diego City Council, seeking a resolution of intent to create a utility-providing entity that allows other cities in the county to join. According to the mayor’s office, several cities in the county have expressed interest in joining a joint- power energy-providing authority. On the city’s current timeline, the energy authority would begin service in 2021.“This is a win-win-win — it creates jobs for workers, seeks to stabilize green energy costs for families and generates clean energy that preserves our environment,” the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council said in a statement. “In San Diego, we must continue to build and produce renewable power to grow green jobs and ensure the environment is truly protected.”SDG&E said in a statement that it respects the city’s right to look for other energy providers and does not anticipate any financial impact from the decision in the immediate future.“SDG&E has a long history of partnership with the city, and is committed to continuing a productive, cooperative relationship,” the investor- owned company said. “As the city charts this new course for purchasing electricity, SDG&E will help enable the transition.”Environmental activists have asked the city for more than a year to provide utility services in some way, often referred to as community choice energy. According to the San Diego Community Choice Alliance, a coalition of multiple organizations, businesses and politicians that support community choice energy, San Diego Gas and Electric charges some of the highest energy rates in the state and the country.“Today, families in San Diego can breathe a little easier because we are finally on a path to enjoying energy choice and giving our families relief in their electricity bills,” said Nicole Capretz, the executive director of the SDCCA-member Climate Action Campaign. “We ask our coalition and supporters to be ready to promote a Community Choice program that serves all San Diegans, prioritizes local control, local clean energy with high quality jobs, helps clean our air, and offers affordable rates and a path 100 percent renewable energy.”Joining Faulconer at the announcement were Assemblyman Todd Gloria, City Councilwomen Georgette Gomez and Lorie Zapf and Cody Hooven, the city’s chief sustainability officer. Gloria originally helped draft the Climate Action Plan in 2013 when he was a City Councilman.“Community choice is the only pathway to achieve 100 percent renewable energy, a cornerstone of our Climate Action Plan, and ultimately puts the community in charge of our climate destiny. San Diegans deserve consumer choice,” Gloria said.The Clear the Air Coalition, while supportive of the community choice energy concept, was more measured in its response to the city’s announcement. The coalition expressed concern about what happens if the plan fails and whether a community choice energy project should even be a priority considering the city’s current issues with homelessness and high housing costs.“If the city decides to form a (community choice energy provider), an important question to ask is: would it actually help San Diego reach its clean air goals faster and cheaper than current state laws require?” Clear the Air Coalition Co-Chair Ruben Barrales said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom October 25, 2018
Eminent practitioners of art and culture today spoke on the role of culture in development at the 88thAnnual General Meeting of FICCI on Saturday.Shovna Narayan, the ‘Kathak’ exponent said that art should be seen as a venture capital which helps in creation of uniqueness and identity for our country. She stressed on the preservation of art & culture the need to take its advantage in the most economical manner. “We are competing with the West, but we should strive to become centres of excellence and become focal points to act as magnets.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Prof. Rajeev Lochan, Director, National Gallery of Modern Art, emphasised the need for creation of space for interaction and exposure for the art and culture. He said that there is a need to create a platform for art where it can be utilised for the economic development in an effective manner. Going ahead, he said that adequate avenues have to be created for the healthy evolution of art and culture in the nation. He also mentioned that the art and culture in the country could benefit from CSR activities of companies. .Sharon Lowen, ‘Odissi’ dancer, said that art has played an important role in the national integration of India in the post-independence period. She said that art gives Indian citizens an edge.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Universal’s Harry Potter park is getting a new roller coaster ORLANDO, Fla. — The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is getting a little more thrilling at Universal Orlando Resort.The theme park resort announced Monday that it would be building a new roller coaster that will showcase favourite characters from J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series.The coaster will be built in the location of The Dragon Challenge ride, which is closing permanently in early September. The new ride will be in the Hogsmeade area of the Islands of Adventure park.The resort said on its official blog that the ride will be unlike any other rides at the park and it will be for the entire family.The Dragon Challenge was a re-incarnation of Dueling Dragons, one of the original rides from Islands of Adventures’ grand opening in 1999. << Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press Share Tags: Orlando, Theme Parks & Attractions
Posted by Tags: Air Canada, Hopper, WestJet Friday, June 8, 2018 Travelweek Group Share Hopper confirms end of controversial ‘Secret Fares’ program MONTREAL — Hopper’s Secret Fares stirred up intense backlash from the travel agent community. Now Hopper has announced that it has ceased offering Secret Fares in its app, effective immediately.The Montreal-based app developer announced in May that both Air Canada and WestJet were among the airlines ready to start using its airfare prediction app to unload some of their seats via ‘secret fares’ at discounts of up to 35%.But just one day later, both airlines released statements to dispute the claim that they were offering these fares, seen by many as a slight to travel agents. Air Canada confirmed that it would no longer provide tactical fares to Hopper, while WestJet said it was “severing ties” with the company “due to the confusion this has created in the marketplace”.Hopper has now come forward to clarify that Secret Fares was a “Hopper-specific marketing strategy and not a unique class of airfare”. It went on to say that airlines offer distinct fares to specific types of agencies, “in our case online travel agencies”, and that they are marketed under a range of different brand names.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Travellers will still be able to purchase published fares through the Hopper app.“At Hopper, we truly value our airline partners and sincerely apologize for any confusion caused by the way the Secret Fares initiative was marketed,” said Hopper CEO, Frederic Lalonde. “In order to eliminate any further confusion around the program, we have removed all Secret Fares from the app and will not restart the initiative at any time in the future.” << Previous PostNext Post >>
Posted by Apply now for Just You’s new South Africa fam Share << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Following its widely successful Italy fam, Just You has launched its second agent familiarization tour, this time to South Africa.Departing Aug. 24 and returning Sept. 1, the eight-day fam includes all breakfasts, lunches and dinners, porterage for luggage, and transfers on arrival and departure dates. International flights are not included, but the flights within South Africa are complimentary.A total of 18 travel agents will sample local food and wine, learn about the country’s apartheid history, and search for the Big 5 in Kruger National Park over the course of the fam.The trip starts in Johannesburg with a tour of Soweto before heading to Kruger National Park where guests will stay for three nights and head out on safaris. Other highlights include exploring Cape Town and visiting Table Mountain, plus a trip to Cape Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach to see penguins.“We are really excited to be offering another trip for agents to experience what a Just You tour is like, and see why we’re the experts in solo travel,” said Nick Roberti, Just You’s National Sales Manager.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemAs an added incentive, agents who sell 10 Just You tours within a year of returning from the fam will earn their fam money back. “Just another reason to apply to travel with us,” added Roberti.Agents must apply before June 14 and fill out an application form, available here: http://bit.ly/JustYouFamSA.Just You offers guaranteed departures of every tour in its latest brochure. It also has a guaranteed price match and guaranteed price promise, meaning customers can book with confidence knowing that they’re getting the best deal for their chosen tour.The company also prides itself on offering handpicked accommodation, with every agent getting a twin or double room of their own. Each Just You tour is also accompanied by a professional Tour Manager. Tags: FAM, Just You, South Africa Travelweek Group Friday, May 31, 2019