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first_imgArcata >> Before each game, a small number of Humboldt Crabs pitchers look at the lineup card and conduct a quick fantasy baseball draft, with the goal of winning the day’s competition against their fellow hurlers.In Sunday’s series finale against the Walnut Creek Crawdads, there weren’t many fantasy points being scored no matter where you looked on the lineup.The Crabs’ season-high 10-game winning streak came to an end against the Crawdads in a 5-1 loss, as Humboldt’s red-hot offense had a …last_img read more

first_imgOpening Remarks (.pdf – 54KB)– Dr Essop Pahad, Minister in the PresidencyThe Communication Opportunity, the Communication Responsibility (.pdf 660KB)– Themba Maseko, CEO Government Communication and Information SystemAfrica 2010: Continental opportunities (.pdf 1MB)– Thaninga Shope-Linney, Nepad General Manager, Communications and OutreachA World Class African Cup (.pdf 14MB)– Danny Jordaan, CEO Local Organising CommitteeCountry Positioning (.pdf 26MB)– Raul Peralba, Partner Director Trout & PartnersGermany: Land of Ideas (.pdf 23MB)– Mike de Vries, MD FC Deutschland GmbHBrand South Africa: Working together for a better future (.pdf 555KB)– Yvonne Johnston CEO International Marketing CouncilSpeaker profiles (.pdf)2010 National Communiction Partnership Strategy (.doc)2010 National Communication Partnership Task Team meeting 05/05/06 (.doc)Enquiries: info@imc.org.zaThis conference was hosted in collaboration with the 2010 National Communications Task Team.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I went into this winter with the most firewood ever. I was ready to take on winter’s worst after battling multiple severe winters with a less than adequate firewood arsenal in the past.But, due to what has been a fairly mild season, it looks that I will have a head start on next year. I can give my chainsaw a bit of a rest in part thanks to the El Niño this winter that been shaping the weather patterns throughout the Midwest.According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an El Niño develops when sea surface temperatures are warmer than average in the equatorial Pacific for an extended period of time. In El Niño winters, the polar jet stream is typically farther north than usual, while the Pacific jet stream remains to the south.With the Midwest positioned between the storm tracks, warmer and drier conditions can develop during El Niño winters and typical extreme cold weather may be milder and less frequent. Warmer conditions may reduce total snowfall and the frequency of heavy snowfall events in the Midwest.This winter’s weather does share some similarities with the typical El Niño winter pattern. Temperatures have been clearly above normal with the warmest December on record for Ohio and Michigan and areas have seen below normal snowfall. On the other hand, overall precipitation has differed from the typical El Niño winter pattern with some very wet regions in the Midwest this winter.The February-April outlook for the Midwest from NOAA calls for enhanced chances of above-normal temperatures for Ohio and greater chances of below-normal precipitation, mainly across the Upper Mississippi and Ohio River basins. But, at this point, there is a high degree of uncertainty about predictions.A key to anticipating the weather trends moving forward according to climatologist Elwynn Taylor from the Iowa State University is watching what the El Niño does next.“If the El Niño manages to stay with us at least until the first of July, we have a 70% chance of an above average crop yield for the whole Corn Belt. If it switches out of El Niño to a La Niña, it is a 70% chance of a below normal average yield with extremely volatile weather. We hope the El Niño stays with us because it is the friend of the Midwest farmer. Should it disappear, keep track of it. It takes about a month before its effects go away,” Taylor said. “It is No. 3 of the top five recorded El Niño events and it is still going strong. A strong El Niño is often followed by a drought. Around April 15 will be a good time to assess the weather situation with the El Niño.”Another trick Taylor suggests for getting a good estimate on yield by watching the weather is to track the nighttime temperatures during the growing season.“If we want a large yield, we like to see the nights being a little cooler than usual with normal daytime temperatures. Clear nights will make things cooler. If the nights are warmer than usual, it shortens the time for our crop to put on weight and we do not want to shorten that,” he said. “From the first of July to the first of September, if the nights are cooler than usual, it is helping our yields. If they are warmer than usual it hurts them.”Looking out longer term, Taylor points out that sometime around 2025 could be a tough year for U.S. agriculture.“The Gleissberg cycle has to do with the condition of the sun. We pay attention to this roughly 89-year cycle. The harshest year of the 1800s was 1847. The harshest year of the 1900s was 1936. These were the coldest wettest winter followed by the warmest driest summer and they are 89 years apart,” he said. “If we are going to have Dust Bowl like weather in this century, that would put the harshest year for this century around 2025.”There is also a long-standing weather pattern that leads to periods of increased yield variability in the United States.“There is a pattern of 25 years of highly variable yields followed by 18 years of more consistent yields. Bet on that pattern,” Taylor said. “This year was the first year in the period of variability for 25 years.”Ultimately, understanding that variability can lead to more profitable farms.“Weather is the No. 1 risk we have. We can’t manage the weather, but we can manage the risk,” Taylor said. “Risk always has numbers. Uncertainty never has numbers. Uncertainty can be avoided and risk can be managed. You can make money on your farm from the volatility. Sometimes that is by accident, but you can make it on purpose. By knowing the weather, you can come out ahead.”last_img read more

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next RELATED VIDEOFormer NBA star Metta World Peace says he’s open to playing in PH2.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Given a chance, what excites the former Lakers forward is the opportunity to strut his stuff in front of fans who have never seen him play live.“I really want to play in front of fans that I have never played in front of. I’ve been in the NBA for just 18 seasons. I played in China for a season, and I wanted to play in China because I wanted to play in front of the Chinese fans and they were so supportive over the last couple of years. And then, I went to Italy and played in front of the Italian fans. It’s a great experience,” he said.“So if I do come here to play one day, I’ll be fortunate and I want to win.”However, World Peace said that everything is still up in the air right at this moment, with him still being undecided what to do next.“As of right now, I’m not sure where I’m going to play this year. I might go on business this year and play next year. But I really enjoy my business and I really enjoy playing basketball,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I’m still in pretty good shape and I’d really like to play basketball. I think I’m going to play until I’m about 45,” World Peace shared on Sunday in a media conference.READ: Metta World Peace says Fil-Am son gets PH passport, hopes to play for GilasFEATURED 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 shutoutWorld Peace did not hesitate when asked if he’d be open on taking his talents to the Philippines, noting that the idea of being an import in the PBA had been broached before.“I was planning to go to the Philippines two years ago. And I’m not gonna count it out,” he said. “I play basketball every day. It’s not hard to find an NBA team for me, it’s not hard to make a Filipino team or a European team. I can do that in my sleep,” he said. LATEST STORIES Metta World Peace. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netAt 37 years of age, Metta World Peace is already at the twilight of his career.But the 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year begs to differ and said that as far as he’s concerned, he’s still in tip-top shape.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Injured Madarang hopes to play for Malditas in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

first_imgHigh quality action was expected for Day 1 of the 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament and the opening morning has not disappointed.In the Mens 40s, Sydney Scorpions got off to a flying start in defence of their 2006 title, defeating cross town rivals Mets 11-2.Last year’s Mens 50s winners Qld Country Rustlers were not so lucky going down to Cobras 5-2.Sharks Mens 35s showed why they are the team to beat with a convincing 9-0 win over Southern Suns.In the Womens 30s division, strong performances from Suns, Cyclones and Rustlers suggest competition will be fierce over the next few days.For all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE8.30am            Men’s 40s:                   Scorpions (11) def Mets (2)Men’s 40s:                   Rustlers (6) drew Sharks (6)Men’s 50s:                   Cobras (5) def Rustlers (2)Men’s 45s:                   Sharks (5) def Rustlers (3)Men’s 45s:                   Suns (6) def Hornets (0)9.20amMen’s 40s:                   Suns (12) def Eagles (4)Men’s 40s:                   Barbarians (5) def Hornets (2)Men’s 45s:                   Eagles (4) def Scorpions (3)Men’s 50s:                   Suns (6) def Scorpions (4)Women’s 30s:              Eagles (2) drew Scorpions (2)Men’s 50s:                   Mets (7) def ACT (2)10.10amWomen’s 30s:              Suns v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Cyclones (4) def Sharks (2)Women’s 30s:              Rustlers (8) def ACT (3)Men’s 50s:                   Hornets (3) def Sharks (0)Men’s 40s:                   Warriors (3) def Cyclones (1)Men’s 50s:                   Cyclones (3) drew Eagles (3)11.00amMen’s 35s:                   Sharks (9) def Suns (0)Men’s 30s:                   Suns (13) def Barbarians (2)Men’s 30s:                  Rustlers (8) def Cyclones (3)Women’s 40s:              Scorpions (6) def Cyclones (3)Women’s 40s:              Cobras (4) def Hornets (2)11.50amMen’s 35s:                   Cobras v MetsMen’s 30s:                   Hornets v CobrasMen’s 45s:                   Eagles v ACTMen’s 45s:                   Scorpions v SharksWomen’s 40s:              Sharks v Suns12.40pmMen’s 40’s:                  Hornets v CyclonesMen’s 40’s:                  Scorpions v WarriorsMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v Barbarians Men’s 40s:                   Suns v RustlersMen’s 45s:                   Suns v Rustlers1.30pmWomen’s 40s:              Scorpions v CobrasWomen’s 30s:              Suns v ACTWomen’s 30s:              Scorpions v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Rustlers v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Mets v Eagles2.20pmWomen’s 40s:              Cyclones v SunsWomen’s 30s:              Eagles v SharksMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v Mets Men’s 35s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s:              Hornets v Sharks3.10pmMen’s 50s:                   Hornets v MetsMen’s 50s:                   Scorpions v SharksMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v EaglesMen’s 50s:                   Cobras v SunsMen’s 50s:                   ACT v Cyclones4.00pmMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v EaglesMen’s 40s:                   Suns v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 40s:                   Hornets v Rustlers4.50pmMen’s 35s:                   Scorpions v CobrasMen’s 35s:                   Mets v SunsMen’s 30s:                   Suns v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 30s:                   Cobras v Rustlerslast_img read more

first_imgMonaco coach Henry to test Arsenal resolve for Koscielnyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Thierry Henry is ready to test Arsenal’s resolve for Laurent Koscielny.With his team in desperate stakes, Henry is going back to the Gunners for reinforcements.Nice-Matin says Henry is eager to tempt Koscielny back to France in January.The Arsenal captain has only just returned to action after suffering an Achilles injury last season – and Henry hopes to convince him about a career swansong at ASM.Koscielny, 33, is tied to Arsenal until 2020. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgBANCROFT, Ont. – An Ontario church that saw the figures of Jesus and Mary swiped from its nativity scene will now celebrate Christmas with everyone accounted for.Provincial police say the figures were returned to the church in Bancroft, Ont., about 10 days after they initially disappeared.They say Jesus and Mary originally went missing from the front lawn of the church, where the nativity scene was set up in honour of the season.Police did not provide details on the return of the stolen figures.Const. Philippe Regamey says he suspects pranksters may have been behind the theft.He says neither the police nor the church wish to lay charges, but would still like to speak to anyone involved.“They don’t want any charges laid, of course, because it’s Christmas season,” he said. “It’s all about forgiveness and stuff.”last_img read more

first_imgSEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korean officials have travelled to North Korea by train to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for an aspirational project to modernize North Korean railways and roads and connect them with the South.Wednesday’s ceremony at the North Korean border town of Kaesong comes weeks after the Koreas conducted a joint survey on the northern railway sections they hope to someday link with the South.The ambitious project is among a variety of peace gestures agreed between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in as they push ahead with engagement amid a stalemate in larger nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.But beyond on-site reviews and ceremonies, the Koreas cannot move the project much further along without the removal of U.S.-led sanctions against the North.During his three summits with Moon and a meeting with President Donald Trump in June, Kim signed vague statements pledging a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing how and when it would occur. But followup nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled for months over the sequencing of the denuclearization that Washington wants and the removal of international sanctions desired by Pyongyang.South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, said the Seoul government plans to conduct further surveys on North Korean railways and roads before drawing up a detailed blueprint for the project.“Actual construction will be pursued in accordance with progress in the North’s denuclearization and the state of sanctions against the North,” the ministry said in a statement.Even if the North takes concrete steps toward denuclearization and gains sanctions relief, some experts say updating North Korean rail networks and trains, which creak slowly along the rails that were first built in the early 20th century, could take decades and massive investment.Seoul said it received an exemption to sanctions from the U.N. Security Council to proceed with Wednesday’s ceremony as it involved the usage of South Korean transport vehicles and goods. The Koreas’ joint survey of North Korean railways in November, which also required U.N. approval, marked the first time a South Korean train travelled on North Korean tracks.The Koreas in December 2007 began freight services between South Korea’s Munsan Station in Paju and the North’s Panmun Station to support operations at a now-shuttered joint factory park in Kaesong. The South used the trains to move construction materials north, while clothing and shoes made at the factory park were sent south. The line was cut in November 2008 due to political tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.The Kaesong factory park was shut down under the South’s previous conservative government in February 2016 following a North Korean nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img“How many wells we drill, how many rigs we bring in and how many plants are built, ultimately depends on the natural gas prices, on pipeline ability, and market conditions. Our plans for right now is to go from one rig, right now, to two rigs within next year and building to five to six rigs by 2022”.During the presentation, Deyell talks about how PETRONAS Canada is going to monetize the North Montney. According to the company, the resource size in the North Montney is currently at 63 trillion cubic feet. The company says the current plan shows they are developing only 15 percent of that resource and 7 tcf of that resource will be sent west to the LNG Canada project in Kitimat.By 2022, PETRONAS is aiming to spend a total of $1 billion in investments on the production projects in Fort St. John and the surrounding area. The President and CEO of PETRONAS Canada, Mark Fitzgerald, was scheduled to present at the conference but was unable to attend due to poor travel conditions.On Fitzgerald’s behalf, Liz Hannah and Nicole Deyell presented and talked about the plans the company has for the area.Hannah, Vice President of External Affairs and Communications for PETRONAS says the company is committed to the well-being of the community.“We’re very focused on making sure that it’s not just what we do, but it’s also how we do it. So we are very focused on making sure that we are going to be the kind of neighbour that you want in your backyard for a very long time to come.”From 2016 to 2018, the company halted all new drilling activity due to continued natural gas prices and spent that time revising their strategy.Nicole Deyell, Vice President of Development and Unconventional Centre of Excellence for PETRONAS, says the company is happy to announce the return of drilling operations to the area. “We’re very happy to announce that in October we brought back a drilling rig. We started drilling in the Town area, an eight-well pad, and we’ve actually finished three of those wells already, and we expect to have most of the pad, but not all of them, drilled this year.”Deyell also says that PETRONAS Canada has started the work to build two new gas plants in the Fort St. John area and that the projects will be done based on a steady increase in activity.“We’ve also started the work to build two new gas plants in the Town area and those will both tie-in to the main line when it comes online late next year, and then the following segment comes on in the following year. What you’ll see from us is a slow, steady increase in activity as we drill the wells for production in a measured way.”As for the number of wells to be drilled, Deyell says it all depends on market conditions.center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce hosted an evening with PETRONAS Canada.The evening allowed members of the community to hear a company update and the projected activity near Fort St. John and the surrounding area.The company recently changed their name from Progress Energy to PETRONAS Canada to better reflect with the parent company’s values and commitment to the Country.last_img read more

first_imgSaudi Arabia rejects UN Security Council seat claiming the body being unable to deal with international conflicts.Saudi Arabia, elected as the non-permanent member for UN Security Council, on Friday rejected its seat, accusing the UN of being ineffective in dealing with international conflicts.In a statement released, Saudi Arabia, an advocate of foreign military intervention against Assad government said, “The kingdom sees that the method and work mechanism and the double standards in the Security Council prevent it from properly shouldering its responsibilities towards world peace.”Critics of the UN has long been target of criticisms of being ineffective in dealing with international conflicts, on which interests of permanent members are in conflict with each other. As for the Syria crisis, while the US, Britain and France advocated supporting the opposition, Russia and China opposed them.last_img read more