Bombers opportunistic in 11-1 win over Redding Ringtails

first_imgEureka >> The Humboldt B52s got a solid pitching performance from starter Luis Pimentel and were opportunistic in defeating the Redding Ringtails 11-1 on Tuesday at Bomber Field in Eureka.The Bombers struck first after an inning-and-a-half of scoreless baseball, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Bombers first baseman Jeff Giacomini led off with a walk and was followed by Jordy Hart, who hit a tailor-made double-play ground ball to Ringtail shortstop …last_img

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SA climbs trade efficiency rankings

first_img18 May 2012 South Africa outperformed the rest of Africa, as well as its upper middle-income economy peers, in a World Bank survey of trade efficiency, improving its previous performance despite a general slowdown in trade logistics performance in the wake of the global recession. According to the World Bank’s “Connecting to Compete 2012” report, released on Tuesday, countries that pursued aggressive reforms continued to improve their trade logistics performance, despite the global slowdown in progress over the last two years. South Africa was among a group of countries – including Chile, China, India, Morocco, Turkey and the US – that improved their previous performance, according to the study, which is based on a comprehensive world survey of international freight forwarders and express carriers.Top performer in Africa, BRICS In the upper-middle income country category, South Africa was the top performer, followed by China and Turkey. South Africa’s logistics performance indicators gave the country a score of 3.67, lifting it up to 23rd place overall out of 155 economies surveyed – up from a ranking of 28 in 2010. China, ranked 26th, followed closest among South Africa’s BRICS partners, followed by Brazil at 45th, India at 46th, and Russia at 95th. Tunisia was the next best African performer, ranked 41st, followed by Morocco (50th), Egypt (57th), Benin (67th) and Botswana (68th). Economic powerhouse Nigeria placed 121st. “Infrastructure stands out as the chief driver of progress in top performers, followed by improvements in logistics services, and customs and border management,” Mona Haddad, sector manager of the World Bank’s international trade department, said in a statement. “All top performers show strong cooperation between the public and private sectors, and a comprehensive approach in the development of services, infrastructure and efficient logistics.”Role in reducing food prices, carbon footprint At a time where food prices are at historic highs, the survey found that logistics is important for food security. “Transport and logistics directly affect the price and local availability of food through the performance and resilience of food chains, especially in African and Middle Eastern countries that depend heavily on food imports,” the World Bank said. In developing countries, particularly landlocked and poor ones, transport and logistics account for 20-60 percent of delivered food prices, according to the survey. “For instance, they make up 48 percent of the cost of US corn imported by Nicaragua.” The survey, which for the first time included environmental indicators, also found that green logistics is quickly gaining prominence in high-income and emerging economies – “a positive development, since logistics and freight-related activities may account for up to 15 percent of human carbon dioxide emissions”. “Trade logistics is key to economic competitiveness, growth, and poverty reduction,” said Otaviano Canuto, World Bank vice-president for poverty reduction and economic management. “Unfortunately, the logistics gap between rich and poor countries continues, and the convergence trend experienced between 2007 and 2010 has stalled as events like the global recession and the European debt crisis shifted attention away from logistics reform.” According to the World Bank, the way forward is clearly demonstrated by the top performers in the 2012 survey: “Only by fostering cooperation between the public and private sectors, and by considering the impact of all agencies on the supply chain, can a country create sustainable improvements in its logistical capabilities.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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NAFTA renegotiation settled upon instead of withdrawal

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Trump administration decided to pursue renegotiation over withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement.“There are compelling reasons to update and reform NAFTA from agriculture’s perspective, including improvements on biotechnology, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and geographic indicators. As you know, overall, NAFTA has been overwhelmingly beneficial for farmers, ranchers and associated businesses all across the United States, Canada and Mexico for decades. Walking away from those gains would have been a severe blow to the agricultural sector and we appreciate the path that will allow for reform and enhancement, rather than abandonment of past achievements,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president in a letter to President Trump. “The NAFTA modernization effort should recognize and build upon the strong gains achieved by U.S. agriculture through tariff elimination, harmonization — or recognition of equivalency — of numerous regulatory issues, and development of integrated supply chains that have arisen due to the agreement. With NAFTA, U.S. farmers and ranchers across the nation have benefited from an increase in annual exports to Mexico and Canada, which have gone from $8.9 billion in 1993 to $38 billion in 2016. We strongly caution against any actions that would lead to a re-imposition of tariffs or other barriers to agricultural trade with our NAFTA partners.”last_img read more

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Different circumstances, same set of harvest challenges for Ohio’s corn crop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIn what has been a tale of two Ohio growing seasons, the state’s corn crop has seen a widely divergent set of challenges, but may have similar harvest challenges that need to be monitored closely this harvest season.While some northern corn suffered from delayed planting, excessive moisture and then dry conditions that could lead to stalk integrity concerns this fall, the lush growing conditions in the southern two-thirds of the state led to a nearly ideal early season for corn (and diseases).“From U.S. 30 south seems to have a lot higher incidence of gray leaf spot (GLS) compared to what I’ve seen in the north,” said Roy Ulrich, DEKALB Asgrow technical agronomist. “We had GLS start on corn a lot earlier than we have typically seen. Last year we really didn’t start to see GLS until the middle or end of July in southern Ohio. This year we started picking up GLS at the end of June or first of July — almost a full month ahead of last year. This wasn’t a big surprise because we had the heat and then we had all that rain in June so we had plenty of moisture to get GLS to sporulate, get inoculum on the plants and start infecting fields. It was probably the highest GLS pressure I have seen in my 9-year career. It was pretty aggressive.”As temperatures dropped off a little later in the summer it changed the corn disease dynamic.“We hit the end of July and early August and temperatures relaxed. We saw GLS slow down. It was still out there at high levels but now we have seen northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) pick up in some areas,” Ulrich said. “Disease pressure is a lot higher than what we typically see, but we still see differences as to how severe that disease pressure is within products and between fields based on how they lay and their rotation.”Those summer conditions will have an impact on harvest this fall.“Early disease pressure put stress on the plant from a photosynthetic standpoint so it couldn’t produce as much energy as it would like to and, when you couple that with the really high nighttime temperatures that increase respiration rates, the plant was burning more energy than usual. Those plants could have cannibalized some of their stalks early in the season trying to get enough nutrients to move to the ear for grain fill,” Ulrich said. “We have a scenario where we could have some stalk integrity issues going into the fall. Any of those fields with higher disease pressure are at higher risk because the plant wasn’t able to produce as much energy during grain fill. Then August completely flipped the weather pattern on us and the plants may not have cannibalized the stalks like they would have if the high temperatures would have continued.”Pest issues could also contribute to stalk concerns this harvest.“In corn-after-corn fields, it was easy to find corn rootworm beetles. Rotated acres are more hit and miss. In some rotated non-traited fields we definitely saw more beetles than we have in recent years, but other areas we didn’t see it,” Ulrich said. “The corn-after-corn fields were pretty much at economic levels this year, but those corn-after-soybean fields, I am not sure.”At this point in the season, to get the most out of the 2018 corn crop, it needs to be monitored statewide for stalk integrity and for any late introduction of ear rots. Harvest needs to be prioritized accordingly, for corn in northern or southern Ohio. This column was contributed by Ohio’s Country Journal for DEKALBlast_img read more

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Medical researcher and DACA recipient faces loss of job permit

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIn 247 days, Karen Bahena will lose her work permit because of President Trump’s elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.Bahena graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in public health and nutrition. She currently works as a research coordinator at the UCSD School of Medicine and is pursuing a medical career. She hopes to one day help underprivileged communities meet health care needs.More than 17,000 “dreamers” have lost their DACA protections — which include a driver’s license and a work permit — since President Trump eliminated the program in September 2017.Democrats hoped to send a message to President Trump by inviting more than a dozen undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to attend his first State of the Union address. Congressman Scott Peters invited Bahena to attend the address.Bahena told us more about her story on Good Morning San Diego. Medical researcher and DACA recipient faces loss of job permit Updated: 8:01 AM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: DACA, dreamer, Immigration, karen bahena, medicine, research, sdsu, UCSD FacebookTwitter Posted: February 19, 2018 , February 19, 2018last_img read more

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Gender discrimination against girls in Bengaluru PU colleges Fairer sex have higher

first_imgIt looks like girls who have just passed their class 10 exams will have a tougher time gaining admission in Pre-University colleges than boys since they have a higher cut-off percentage. For example, Christ College’s PU admits girls with marks higher than 93.2 per cent for the science stream while boys’ cut-off marks are 91.04 per cent.Explaining the ‘discrimination’ between the two, Father Abraham, the vice-chancellor of the university, told The Times of India, “Girls are smart, and this is not a new trend. If there is no higher cut-off, the college will have only girls. The higher cut-off is to bring in gender balance.”However, this puts girls in a disadvantage since it will be easier for boys to get admission in colleges and there is no declaration on the assigned seats for boys and girls. Hence, by giving boys an advantage, there might still be a gender imbalance between the two genders, with more boys than girls.To make sure that their daughters secure a seat, parents are scrambling to buy a seat through various quotas. Nalini, whose daughter applied to MES in Bengaluru, told TOI, “We’ve applied under the ex-servicemen quota. Besides, my father was an alumnus of the college.” Nalini’s daughter Meghna applied for the science stream in the college. She has also applied to Mount Carmel.While Mount Carmel is an all-girls college, they still have a quota system in place. For the PCMB course (physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology) 88 per cent cut-off for the general category, 85 per cent cut-off for the Scheduled Caste community and other minority communities and 83 per cent for other categories.Giving a breather for many students and parents alike, St Joseph’s, which is one of the leading colleges in the city, does not have separate cut-offs for boys and girls.In addition to this, leading colleges have categorically raised the bar for both boys and girls. Those who have scored less than 90 per cent will find it more difficult to find admission than those with 90 per cent and above.Christ College has an average of 95 per cent cut-off across all streams and course while MES PU College of Art, Commerce and Science has a cut-off at 93 per cent.last_img read more

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President pardons murder convict Joseph Minister

first_imgTofayel Ahmed Joseph. Prothom Alo File PhotoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday said president Abdul Hamid has pardoned Tofayel Ahmed Joseph, a ‘top terror’ of the 90s, who had been serving life imprisonment in a murder case.”The president has granted the mercy petition filed by Joseph. He was ill. He was granted clemency for his treatment,” the minister said while talking to reporters at his office.Asked whether he was aware that Joseph has already left the country after his release from jail, the minister parried the question, saying, “He was sentenced to life imprisonment. He had already served 20 years and filed the mercy petition following the due process.”In reply to another query that Joseph fled to India, he made a counter question, saying, “Did you see him going to India? He cited his serious illness in the mercy petition and sought clemency for the rest one year and three months of imprisonment. The president has probably granted the mercy petition.”Joseph was released from Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj on Sunday following the presidential mercy, said its jailer Mahbub Alam.Earlier on 9 December 2015, the Appellate Division commuted Joseph’s death penalty to life imprisonment in the Freedom Party (now-defunct) leader Mostafizur Rahman murder case.The apex court had also acquitted another accused of the case, Kabil Sarkar, after granting his petition.On 7 May 1996 Freedom Party leader of city’s Mohammadpur area Mostafizur Rahman was shot dead by some unknown assailants. Victim’s wife Rashida Parvin filed a case the following day.After trial, the Speedy Trial Tribunal of Dhaka sentenced Joseph and another accused Masud Jomader to death and Kabil to life imprisonment on 25 April 2004.The High Court on 20 September 2007 upheld the death penalty of Joseph and life imprisonment of Kabil and acquitted Masud of the charges following petitions filed by the convicts. Later, Joseph and Kabil filed appeal against the High Court verdict.last_img read more

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