Calabar, Camperdown clash in crucial game three

first_imgDefending champions Calabar High and Camperdown High square off today in the decisive game of the ISSA Southern Conference Under-19 best-of-three schools basketball final series at the National Indoor Sports Centre. Tip-off time is 6 p.m.Calabar levelled the series last Friday after they initially won Game One, which was ruled null and void after both teams had problems with their identification cards.Camperdown returned to win the replay and the lead in the series, however, the champions tied the series 1-1, and following that win, coach Ludlow Barker believes his charges are now mentally ready for the challenge.”We had a rough week, but we came back, fought hard, and I am really proud of them … Camperdown did a lot of things right the first game and we did a lot of things wrong. They were better, and we had to really dig deep and come up good Game Two,” he said.He anticipates and an even more testing match from the Oneil Brown-coached Camperdown today.”I expect them to come even harder, but we’ll be ready. We’ll be prepared as the players are more mentally ready to get the job done,” he added..Brown is of the view that Calabar’s talisman Maliek McCarthy was the difference in Game Two and he credited the Calabar star for his “composure and decision making under pressure”. However, he said that his team is fired up for today’s match.”I am 100 per cent confident that we are going to take Game Three. We have everything in place and we have something new to the table as we will be bringing in a new player. He has not played all season long and he should make a big difference to the guard position. So we are very confident we are going to take Game Three,” he said.last_img read more

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Redknapp keen to cause City problems

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp is hopeful his side can maintain their recent improved form when they face champions Manchester City at Loftus Road on Saturday.Having been woeful in 4-0 losses at Tottenham and Manchester United earlier in the season, Rangers were much more competitive in recent narrow defeats against Liverpool and Chelsea.And the battling display at Stamford Bridge has convinced Redknapp that a corner has been turned following the dreadful start to the campaign.Chelsea v QPR player ratingsHe said: “I think it gives us encouragement. To come away from home and be hard to beat is important.“I felt we got it all wrong when we went to Tottenham early in the season and stood off them, let them have the ball and didn’t make a tackle.“We can’t play like that. You can’t play football that way. That’s been the difference.“We’ve got a big game next week, a good game – Man City at home. Hopefully we can give them a real tough game as well.”Rangers hope to have former City players Joey Barton and Nedum Onuoha back from injury along with Jordon Mutch.All three players have been out with hamstring problems but have been pencilled in for a return to training this week.See also:Injured QPR men could return against CityChelsea v QPR player ratingsRangers boss hails ‘outstanding’ DunneAustin has proven himself, says QPR bossRangers trio look set to rejoin squadZamora in line for Rangers recall Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Boost for SA motor trade

first_imgBus rank in Gandhi Square, Johannesburg.The city’s public bus transport system isundergoing an extensive revamp. (Image:Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClub South Africa.For more photos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusTwo major investments into South Africa’s fast-growing motor industry were announced at the end of October. The local operations of Marcopolo and Volkswagen are to pump a total of R3.1-billion ($300-million) into expanding and upgrading their respective manufacturing plants.Bus manufacturer Marcopolo South Africa will invest R97-million ($10-million) into upgrading its manufacturing plant located in Germiston, east of Johannesburg. Managing director of the local operation Fabio Janowski da Cruz made the announcement at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, which ran until 9 November.Cruz said that the expansion would be complete early in 2009. The Brazil-based bus maker opened its local branch in Polokwane in 2000 and moved to Johannesburg the following year. Besides South Africa and its four plants in Brazil, Marcopolo also has operations in Mexico, Portugal, China, and Colombia.The South African branch currently boasts a manufacturing capacity of 700 buses per year but once the upgrade is complete output is expected to increase to 1 800 units annually. The Germiston plant occupies almost 32 000 square metres and produces the Torino, Andare and Viale models.Some of these models, mainly the Torino and Andare, are exported to other African countries such as Tanzania, which is an important market for Marcopolo in South Africa.The expansion will mean the creation of more new jobs. The company’s staff complement currently numbers around 600 but will increase in 2009 to 1 000. Marcopolo has also established a training centre which will help foster the development of specific skills needed to maintain the motor industry’s competitiveness, such as welding, painting, and body building.As part of the ongoing upgrade to South Africa’s public transport system ahead of 2010 and the Fifa World Cup, there are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline around the country. Marcopolo is tendering for Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus rapid transport (BRT) project, which is in the initial stages of production.In this case the company will manufacture the 120-passenger articulated Gran Viale bus. A prototype of the popular vehicle has been developed and adapted specifically for the BRT project.Johannesburg is currently served by a bus fleet operated by Metrobus. The fleet consists of 532 single- and double-decker buses, of which about 200 are new models made by Volvo and Marcopolo in 2002.Multibillion investmentVolkswagen South Africa also announced a huge investment of R3-billion over the period up to 2010, mainly into its manufacturing plant in Uitenhage, the largest vehicle factory in Africa. This is in line with the company’s vision and strategy up to 2018.Volkswagen SA is an important link in the group’s global manufacturing chain, having secured a lucrative contract in 2008 to make diesel particulate filters for export to Volkswagen operations around the world.In 2006 the company upgraded its paint shop to the tune of R750-million ($75 000). With a surface area of 45 000 square metres, the new facility offers advanced application systems, materials, environment control and energy recovery systems that are on a par or better than those found elsewhere in the world.Now Volkswagen will continue the improvements with new production technologies in body shop and vehicle assembly operations; a new engine manufacturing strategy to supply both domestic and export markets; and new production systems.The investment is expected to further increase Volkswagen SA’s competitiveness in the domestic and global manufacturing arena, enabling the company to capture more growth opportunities on both fronts.Volkswagen also plans to increase the local content of its South Africa-made vehicles from 40% to 70%. The Marcopolo Gran Viale is also expected to have at least 70% local content.Motor industry gathering speedSouth Africa’s motor industry in both vehicle and component terms is undergoing a period of growth, driven largely by national government, which has implemented several support projects designed to stimulate development of the sector and attract more foreign investment.Among these are the Automotive Supplier Park and the Automotive Industry Development Centre. These initiatives provide the local vehicle manufacturing sector with essential support systems and streamlined supplier chains.The national Department of Trade and Industry and industry representatives are currently finalising the Automotive Industry Programme, which replaces the 1995 Motor Industry Development Programme. Both schemes have been drawn up with the intention of helping the local motor industry reach international competitiveness while remaining affordable at home.The latter programme expires in 2012 and the former will come into effect at that time with a strategy that will cover the period from 2013 to 2020.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related storiesRea Vaya gathering speedCape Town’s new bus systemMotor industry to gather speedVW SA wins multibillion contractUseful linksMarcopoloJohannesburg International Motor ShowVolkswagen South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryJohannesburg MetrobusNational Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africalast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 21 | Reflections on the Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 21st episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast comes on the day after the Ohio State Fair has wrapped up its 2017 run. A time full of memories and busy schedules, the crew of Ty Higgins, Matt Reese, Bart Johnson, and Joel Penhorwood reflect on this year’s fair, the 50th Sale of Champions, and other unique happenings from the annual event.Also in this podcast we talk advanced research going on right now with waxy corn, as well as the challenges involved in the barley malting world.All that and more in the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, courtesy of AgriGold.last_img read more

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IBM Expands Its SaaS Offerings With LotusLive Connections

first_imgAs a major addition to its on-demand suite, IBM has unveiled LotusLive Connections at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, where it won the Cloud Computing Technology Buyers’ Choice Award. LotusLive has long revolved around Web conferencing, with other features being somewhat secondary. The real power for the enterprise came from IBM’s Lotus Connections, which is limited to on-premise deployment. But when LotusLive Connections becomes available on June 30th, all that will change. Splitting The DifferenceLotusLive Connections lies somewhere between Lotus Connections and the cloud predecessor of LotusLive Engage. The new package doesn’t quite have the full functionality of the original Lotus Connections, and apparently will not have blogs and the Dogear bookmarking feature. What it will include is file sharing, instant messaging, and the Activities application that allows for group creation. As compared to the rest of the LotusLive panorama, Connections lacks the focus on Web conferencing that Engage has, making it akin to more social networking and document-centered software. A New Collaborative Powerhouse?Though it may suffer from having no free version other than a 30-day free trial, LotusLive Connections looks to be an excellent new addition to the spectrum of cloud-based collaboration suites. By removing the rather unusual attention on conferencing and keeping a core group of social tools, it may just grow to overshadow its sister offerings in LotusLive. steven walling Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts last_img read more

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Batang Pier eye Amer, Newsome for Romeo

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo, for so long the face of the GlobalPort franchise in the PBA, is on the trading block, with Meralco showing keen interest in pursuing the national team point guard who earned a special place in the league’s record books after another sterling season.The Inquirer learned from a highly unimpeachable source that Romeo had asked to be traded during the last Commissioner’s Cup, and that GlobalPort management had opened initial talks with counterparts from Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Both parties, though, have yet to strike a deal with GlobalPort reportedly asking for Baser Amer and Chris Newsome, a candidate for Most Improved Player last season and the 2016 Rookie of the Year, respectively.The duo is practically the soul of the Bolts’ backcourt.Coach Norman Black reportedly doesn’t want to part with Newsome, his player in several champion Ateneo squads in the UAAP and one of his best defensive men together with the veteran Jared Dillinger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Inquirer tried to get the comment of Meralco officials to no avail at press time.Romeo joined all-time greats Ricky Brown and Bogs Adornado as the only players in league history to average more than 20 points in their first four seasons, with the former Far Eastern ace in the UAAP having a 20.3 average. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Amer, meanwhile, showed remarkable improvement in transitioning to the point guard spot last season and will be coming off the best year of his young career, averaging close to 12 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists a contest.A different source also bared that TNT KaTropa initially sought Romeo but wasn’t willing to let go of former No. 1 Draft pick Moala Tautuaa, a 6-foot-7 power forward whom the Texters are still waiting to blossom into a true force underneath.That transaction was brought to the table at the end of the Commissioner’s Cup, but TNT immediately shot down the proposal, wanting to let go of small men only. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brown finished an eight-year career with a 23.1 clip, while Adornado, who played 12 seasons, had a 20.4 average.During the last Philippine Cup, Romeo poured in 28.2 points a night, the highest scoring average in the last 25 seasons, according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.Romeo, whose wish to be traded reportedly stems from his desire to play for a championship-caliber team, also led all locals in scoring in six of the last eight conferences.GlobalPort’s best finish has been a Final Four exit in the Philippine Cup two seasons ago.One of the architects of that batch, Pido Jarencio, is back calling the shots for the Batang Pier starting the 43rd season that opens on Dec. 17.Romeo earned a third straight scoring title in the past season after norming 23.3 points a contest that went with an impressive 5.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT PSL denies Iriga appeal on Soltones banlast_img read more

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a month agoINSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveZinedine Zidane remains safe at Real Madrid.Despite a poor start to the season, the coach’s position is not under threat.That’s according to French pundit Frederic Hermel, who was speaking on After Foot. Indeed, Hermel says the idea of parting with Zizou has not crossed the mind of Real president Florentino Perez.And rumours of Perez sounding out potential replacements are simply a “fabrication”. last_img read more

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12 days agoWATCH: Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum caps off brace with thunderbolt

first_imgWATCH: Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum caps off brace with thunderboltby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum has scored a thunderbolt in the Netherlands 2-1 win over Belarus on Sunday.
The long-range strike was the Liverpool midfielder’ second goal of the game.The first came from a header from six yards out.Great goal. Georginio Wijnaldum blasts one into the top corner for Netherlands vs Belarus. His second of the game. pic.twitter.com/UAipkAHBI3— James Nalton (@JDNalton) October 13, 2019 About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Canadian banks raise fixed mortgage rates variable rates could soon follow

first_imgSeveral Canadian banks have increased their fixed-rate mortgage rates amid rising yields on the bond market and a strengthening economy, changes economists said could have repercussions for the housing market.As of Friday, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank and CIBC said they had raised rates between 10- and 15-basis-points. The banks tend to move in lockstep when it comes to raising rates.RBC’s posted five-year fixed mortgage rate moved to 5.14 per cent on Thursday, up from 4.99 per cent. The bank’s special offer rate for a five-year fixed mortgage with a 25-year amortization moved to 3.54 per cent from 3.39 per cent.RBC (TSX:RY) said the changes reflect the activity of competitors, costs for funds on the wholesale markets, as well as other costs and market considerations.TD (TSX:TD) raised its five-year fixed rate to 5.14 per cent, the first time it has been above five per cent since February 2014.CIBC raised fixed mortgage rates by between 10 and 15 basis points, effective Friday “in response to market conditions.” Its five-year fixed rate rose by 10 basis points to 4.99 per cent, while the one and two-year fixed rates moved 15 basis points to 3.29 per cent and 3.24 per cent, respectively.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) said it is reviewing its rates and will likely soon make changes. Bank of Montreal (TSX: BMO) did not immediately respond, while National Bank (TSX:NA) said it had not yet determined its plans.If enough banks raise their rates by the same amount it will raise the benchmark rate for stress tests, said Gregory Klump, chief economist of the Canadian Real Estate Association.“That would definitely have a marginal impact on how much mortgage people can qualify.”The changes appear to most immediately affect those whose mortgages are uninsured because they had a down payment of 20 per cent or higher.The stress test for homebuyers who don’t need mortgage insurance requires them to prove they can make payments at a qualifying rate of the greater of two percentage points higher than the contractual mortgage rate or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada.Those with insured mortgages must qualify at the Bank of Canada benchmark five-year mortgage rate, which was posted at 4.99 per cent and was last updated Wednesday.Klump said the test and higher mortgage rates would have a dampening effect on markets with more expensive homes.“The impact at margin would be greater in higher priced and active cities like Toronto and Vancouver than it would say in Moncton,” he said in an interview.Yields on the bond market, where the big banks raise money, have been on the rise since late last year as the economic outlook has improved.Many economists are predicting that the Bank of Canada may raise its key interest rate target next week to 1.25 per cent from one per cent, a move that would likely prompt the big banks to raise their prime rates.Increases in the prime rates push up the cost of variable-rate mortgages and other loans such as home equity lines of credit that are tied to the benchmark rate.TD economist Dina Ignjatovic said Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz’s statement that rate decisions will be based on data suggests higher interest rates are coming.“In addition to the stellar jobs report released last Friday, this week’s housing starts data showed that builders broke ground on a solid 217,000 new homes in December,” she wrote in a report, adding that business sentiment was positive in the fourth quarter.“Healthy hiring and investment intentions indicate underlying strength in the economy and less need for emergency level interest rates.”However, Ignjatovic said that additional rate increases won’t necessarily come quickly in 2018 because of high household debt levels, uncertainty over new mortgage measures and risks associated with NAFTA renegotiations.“We expect a gradual pace of tightening over the next two years, of about 25 bps every six months.”Avery Shenfeld of CIBC also expects a 25 basis-point increase on Wednesday despite the U.S. president’s threats of ending NAFTA.“It’s not going to be scared off yet by some Donald Trump bluster,” he wrote Friday.Still, Shenfeld said a breakdown in NAFTA negotiations could prompt Poloz to go slow on further rate increases.last_img read more

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Where is Denny Poole the three year anniversary to his missing date

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – News first broke about the disappearance of Denny Poole on March 15th, 2016 saying the RCMP were seeking help in locating the 15-year-old First Nations youth.It is the three year anniversary marking the disappearance of Poole and during this time there have been no updates as to his where abouts.When Poole went missing he was described as about 5’7 tall and weighing between 120 to 130 lbs. He had short black hair, and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a grey DGK sweater with a red logo. Poole was carrying a black backpack, Osirus shoes, black jeans and a flat-brimmed ball cap. ‘RCMP have said that Denny, along with a friend, were attempting to walk from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John on March 12. But the teenager never got to his intended destination, nor was he seen getting home.“The two teens wandered the highway and backroads for some 20 hours taking what they thought to be short cuts of the back roads but appeared they kept getting turned around and did not make much headway,” a press release from RCMP stated.Around 7:30 p.m. that night, Denny and the other teenager split up to head their own ways. At 7:52 p.m., the RCMP’s dispatch received a phone call from the other youth. He reported, what police have called, a ‘suspicious occurrence’ that could have been a hypothermic delusion.During this phone call, an unknown man travelling between the two cities stopped to check on Denny’s friend and spoke with an RCMP dispatcher on the phone. “The individual spoke with what sounded like a heavy South Asian accent,” the press release from March 22 read. “Police have not been able to identify this individual.”Staff Sgt. Marcel Guilbault with the Dawson Creek RCMP said, since Denny was on foot and appeared to have been wandering in the area for some time, they are asking everyone in the area where he was last seen to check their property and outbuildings in case Denny took refuge in one of these structures.Police have since attempted to establish a timeline about 24 hours prior to his disappearance and appealed to the public for help. They have asked anyone who was driving along the Alaska Highway, or the side roads, near the Kiskatinaw Bridge and saw someone fitting Denny’s description to contact them.’center_img March 15th, 2016 the RCMP reach out to media for key witnesses such as drivers who were travelling between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John who may have seen two youths on the highway or side roads and fit Poole’s description.According to RCMP, Poole was last seen on March 12 around the south side of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge, between Taylor and Dawson Creek. Since he was last seen, he had made no contact with his family, which was considered out of character for him.April 1st, 2016 it had been three weeks since Poole had been last seen on highway 97.The RCMP says the 15-year-old and a friend were attempting to walk from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John on March 12, but Denny never arrived at his intended destination, nor did he return home. He was last seen at 7:30 that night.The two teens wandered the highway and backroads for about 20 hours, taking what they thought to be short cuts of the back roads, but the police say it appears they kept getting turned around and did not make much headway.April 12th, 2016 it had been one month since Poole had been seen last.last_img read more

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