Be aware of fire risks in dry harvest conditions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This season farmers are at high risk of having a field fire during corn harvest.The conditions present during harvest season include dry plant material and grain dust that are highly combustible. Hot equipment or engine sparks are great ignition sources. It is not uncommon for exhaust pipes or catalytic converters to exceed 1,000 degree F. Add a little wind and there is a perfect opportunity for a field fire.Being prepared to handle field fires is important for all workers and transport drivers. Combines, tractors, grain trucks, and pick-ups should all be equipped with a trustworthy fire extinguisher as the first lines of defense.Combines should carry an ABC 10-pound fire extinguisher in the cab and a larger 20-pound unit at the ground level. Tractors and trucks are recommended to have a five-pound minimum extinguisher available. These extinguishers should be in each vehicle in the field. Nothing is worse than watching the combine go up in flames while you’re running to the end of the field to retrieve the fire extinguisher on the grain cart. Having an extinguisher on each piece of equipment ensures you will be ready to react on the first signs of smoke. Don’t get caught with a false sense of securityIf you follow the recommendations and own enough fire extinguishers, then you must also follow the maintenance recommendations. Check the pressure gages periodically, making sure the needle remains in the “charged” zone. If a unit has been partially discharged, it must be fully recharged before using it again. Even a slight discharge can create a gap in the internal seal of the extinguisher valve, causing the pressure to leak out. The pressure needle may linger in the charged zone; however there may not be adequate pressure to expel the contents.Extinguishers could use a little shake a few times a year. By inverting the extinguisher and shaking it several times each season makes sure the powder doesn’t get lodged at the bottom of the unit. Equipment vibrations are notorious for compacting the reactive ingredients of fire extinguishers, making them worthless when they are needed.Extinguishers should also be inspected periodically by a fire professional. Fire service companies can be found in community directories. Your local fire department or insurance company can also point you in the right direction for service companies. Some extinguishers are not designed to be refilled, or are too old to be refilled. These units should be replaced when they expire. Having these old extinguishers around does no good when the time comes to pull the pin. Follow other fire prevention practicesIt is also important to keep machinery in good repair. Apply grease to bearings and oil chains regularly to reduce friction. It is recommended to perform maintenance checks at the end of the day, rather than at the beginning, to detect any hot smoldering areas that may break out into flames overnight.Keep machinery clean and free from plant materials, especially around the wrap points. Wipe up any fuel or oil leaks to eliminate additional fuel sources; and do not leave oily rags on equipment or in the cab.Use an air compressor or leaf blower to remove crop residue, and a pressure washer to remove built up oil or caked-on grease.Take time to cool down the equipment each night, and check for any hot spots. These steps can make a difference to save equipment, facilities, commodities, and lives.Being prepared to handle field fires is important for all workers. Having machinery equipped with a trustworthy fire extinguisher is one of the first lines of defense.Be fire smart, and have a safe harvest.last_img read more

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India at Asian Games 2018: Full squad

first_imgThe Asian Games 2018 will begin on August 18 in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia with an opening ceremony at GBK main stadium in Jakarta. The multi-sport event will go on till September 2 with the closing ceremony set to happen on the same day in Jakarta.India have participated in the Asian Games since the start of the event and therefore, this will be India’s 18th appearance.India are participating in 34 sports out of the total 40. 543 athletes will be part of the Indian contingent in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang. India will not be participating in baseball, football, jet ski, modern pentathlon, rugby sevens and triathlon.India won 57 medals at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea — 11 gold, 9 silver and 37 bronze.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGEHere is the full squad India is going with to the Asian Games 2018:INDIA AT ASIAN GAMES 2018: DISCIPLINESAQUATICSMen (Diving): K Ramanand Sharma, Siddharth Pardeshi and H London SinghMen (Swimming): Virdhawal Khade, Sandeep Sejwal, Sajan Prakash, Srihari Nataraj, Advait Page, Aaron Agnel D’Souza, Anshul Kothari, Arvind Mani, Saurabh Sangvekar, Avinash Mani and Neel RoyARCHERYMen (Recurve): Atanu Das, Jagdish Chaudhary, Sukhchain Singh and VishwasMen (Compound): Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan, Sangamprit Bisla and Aman SainiWomen (Recurve): Promila Daimary, Deepika Kumari, Ankita Bhakat and Laxmirani MajhiWomen (Compound): Trisha Deb, Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Madhumita Kumari and Muskan KirarATHLETICSMen –200m: Muhammed Anas Yahiya Muhammed Anas Yahiya recently broke his own national record in 400m in Czech Republic. (Reuters Photo)400m: Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Rajiv Arokiaadvertisement800m: Jinson Johnson, Manjit Singh1500m: Jinson Johnson, Manjit Singh5000m: G Lakshmanan10000m: G Lakshmanan400mH: Dharun Ayyasamy, Santosh Kumar3000m SC: Naveen Kumar Dagar, Shankarlal SwamiHigh Jump: Chetan BLong Jump: SreeshankarTriple Jump: Arpinder Singh, Rakesh BabuShot put: Tejinder Toor, Naveen ChikaraJavelin Throw: Neeraj Chopra, Shivpal Singh Neeraj Chopra is India’s top medal contender. He has won three gold medals in 2018 so far. (Reuters Photo)20km Race Walk: Manish Singh Rawat, Irfan KT50km Race Walk: Sandeep Kumar4x400m Relay: Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Jeevan KS, Jithu Baby, Kunhu Mohammed, Rajiv Arokia, Santosh KumarMix Relay: Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Rajiv Arokia, Hima Das, PoovammaWomen –100m: Dutee Chand200m: Hima Das, Dutee Chand Hima Das recently won gold at the IAAF U-20 World Championships. (Reuters Photo)400m: Hima Das, Nirmala800m: Tintu Luka1500m: PU Chitra, Monika Chaudhary5000m: Sanjivani Jadhav, L Surya10000m: Sanjivani Jadhav, L Surya400mH: Juana Murmu, Anu Raghvan3000m SC: Sudha Singh, Chinta YadavLong Jump: Nayana James, Neena Varakkil Pinto20km Race Walk: Sowmya B, Khushbir KaurHeptathalon: Swapna Barman, Purnima HembramDiscus Throw: Seema Poonia, Sandeep KumariHammer Throw: Sarita SinghJavelin Throw: Annu Rani4x400m Relay: MR Poovamma, Saritaben Gaikwad, Sonia Vaishya, Vijayakumari, VK Vismaya, Jisna MatthewBADMINTONMen: Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, B Sumeeth Reddy, Manu Attri, Pranaav Jerry Chopra, Sourabh VermaWomen: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, N Sikki Reddy, Ashwini Ponnappa, Sai Rao, Ashmita Chaliha, Rutaparna Panda, Aarthi Sara Sunil, Aakarshi Kashyap, Gayathri Gopichand PV Sindhu recently claimed a silver medal at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China. (Getty Images)BASKETBALLIndian women are participating in the women’s basketball 5×5 tournament at Asian Games 2018 and are placed in Group X under ‘qualification to classification games’BOWLINGSix male athletes are participating in Asian Games 2018BOXINGMen: Amit Panghal (49kg), Gaurav Solanki (52kg), Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg), Shiva Thapa (60kg), Dheeraj Rangi (64kg), Manoj Kumar (69kg), Vikas Krishan (75kg) Vikas Krishan won the bronze medal at 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. (Getty Images)Women: Sarjubala Devi (51kg), Sonia Lather (57kg), Pavitra (60kg)BRIDGEWomen: Rita Choksi, Feroza Chothia, Hema Deora, Bharati Dey, Marianne Karmarkar, Himani Khandelwal, Kiran Nadar, Aparna Sain, Vasanti Shah.Men: Pranab Bardhan, Sapan Desai, Subhash Gupta, Rajeev Khandelwal, Ajay Khare, Finton Lewis, Debabrata Majumder, Gopinath Manna, Sumit Mukherjee, Shibhnath Dey Sarkar, Bachiraju Satyanarayana, Jaggy Shivdasani, Arun Kumar Sinha, Rajeshwar Tewari, Raju TolaniReserves: Alka Kshrisagar, Keyzad Anklesaria, Abhijit Chakraborty, Sunit Chokshi, Sridhar Padmanabhan, Sunderram SCANOEINGSlalom: Two men and two women are set to represent India in Jakarta and PalembangSprint: Eight men and seven women will be participating from IndiaCYCLINGMen: Ranjit Singh, Manjeet Singh, Raju Bati, Manohar Lal, A. Bike Singh, Rajbeer Singh, Esow, Appolonious and DilawarWomen: Deborah Herold, Aleena Reji, M. Sonali Chanu, T. Manorama Devi, Nayana Rajesh Priyadarshini, E. Chaoba Devi and Megha GugadEQUESTRIANFour males and three females are playing for India from the Equestrian disciplineadvertisementFENCINGFour female athletes will be representing India at the Asian GamesHOCKEYMen: PR Sreejesh (Captain), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice-Captain), Krishan B Pathak, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Surender Kumar, Rupinder Pal Singh, Amit Rohidas, Manpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Sardar Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, SV Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Dilpreet Singh Indian men’s hockey team will be the defending champions at Asian Games. (Hockey India Photo)Women: Rani Rampal (Captain), Savita (Vice-Captain), Rajani Etimarpu, Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Deepika, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Monika, Udita, Nikki Pradhan, Neha Goyal, Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur Indian women’s hockey team finished quarter-finalists at the World Cup recently. (Hockey India Photo)GOLFMen: Aadil Bedi, Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Harimohan Singh and Rayhan ThomasWomen: Diksha Dagar, Ridhima Dilawari and Sifat SagooGYMNASTICSMen: Rakesh Patra, Yogeshwar Singh, Gaurav Kumar, Ashish Kumar and Siddharth VermaWomen: Dipa Karmakar, Pranati Das, Aruna Reddy, Mandira Chowdhury and Pranati Nayak Dipa Karmakar recently won gold at FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup. (Turkish Gymnastics Federation Photo)HANDBALLBoth men and women teams will be participating at the Asian Games. While Indian men are grouped alongside Bahrain, Chinese Taipei and Iraq, Indian women are in Group A with South Korea, Kazakhstan, China and North Korea.JUDOThree male athletes and three females athletes will be representing IndiaKABADDIMen’s team: Girish Maruti Ernak, Deepak Niwas Hooda, Mohit Chhillar, Sandeep Narwal, Pardeep Narwal, Rishank Devadiga, Monu Goyat, Ajay Thakur, Rohit Kumar, Raju Lal Choudhary, Mallesh Gangadhari, Rahul Chaudhari. Standby: Amit Nagar, Maninder SinghWomen’s team: Sakshi Kumari, Kavita Devi, Priyanka, Manpreet Kaur, Payel Chowdhury, Ritu Negi, Sonali Vishnu Shingate, Sayali Sanjay KeriPale, Randeep Kaur Khehra, Shalini Pathak, Usha Rani Narasimhalah, Madhu. Standby: Priyanka, Shama ParveenKARATEMen: Pranay Sharma, Anmol Singh, Sharath J and VishalWomen: Nidhi Nanhet, Supriya Jatav, N. Harsha and Johny MangkhaiyaMARTIAL ARTSKurash (Men): Kunal, Manish Tokas and Parikshit KumarKurash (Women): Pincky BalharaPencak silat: Sonia, Simran and Boynao SinghSambo: Rekha SainiWushu: Narender Grewal, Santosh Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Yumnam Sanathoi Devi and Sanjan LamaROLLER SKATINGTwo males and two females will be participating from IndiaROWINGMen: Dattu Baban Bhokanal, Sawarn Singh, Om Prakash, Sukhmeet Singh, Monu, Arjun Lal, Malkeet Singh, Gurinder singh, Dushyant, Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh, Jagvir Singh, Tejash Shinde Hanamant, Jegan Sekhar, Bhopal Singh, Manish Yadav, Hardeep Singh, N. Pranay Ganesh, Rahul Giri, Pandu Rang, Lucky, Akshat, M. Lakshman Rohith, Sumith, Sono Laxmi Narayan, Arvind Singh and Manpreet SinghWomen: Navneet Kaur, Yamini Singh, Harpreet Kaur, Annu, Sanjukta Dung Dung, Sayali Shelke and Pooja SangwanSAILINGA total of nine Indian players are participating — four males and five femalesSEPAK TAKRAWBoth men and women teams are participating. The men are in Group B with South Korea, China and Nepal while the women are grouped alongside Indonesia and Iran in Group BSHOOTINGadvertisementSenior Rifle:MEN3 Positions: Sanjeev Rajput, Akhil Sheoran Sanjeev Rajput won the gold medal in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions at 2018 Commonwealth Games. (Reuters Photo)Air Rifle: Ravi Kumar, Deepak Kumar300m Standard Rifle: Harjinder Singh, Amit KumarAir Rifle Mixed: Ravi Kumar, Apurvi ChandelaWOMEN3 Positions: Anjum Moudgil, Gaayathri NAir Rifle: Apurvi, Elavenil ValarivanSenior Pistol:MENAir Pistol: Abhishek Verma, Saurabh ChaudharyRapid Fire Pistol: Shivam Shukla, AnishAir Pistol Mixed: Abhishek Verma, Manu BhakerWOMENAir Pistol: Manu Bhaker, Heena Sidhu Heena Sidhu (L) and Manu Bhaker both won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. (Reuters Photo)Sports Pistol: Rahi Sarnobat, ManuSenior Shotgun:MENTrap: Lakshay, Manavjit Singh SandhuSkeet: Sheeraz Sheikh, Angadwir BajwaDouble trap: Ankur Mittal, Shradul VihaanTrap Mixed: Lakshay, Shreyasi SinghWOMENTrap: Shreyasi Singh, Seema TomarSkeet: Ganemat Sekhon, Rashmmi RathoreDouble Trap: Shreyasi Singh, Varsha VarmanSPORT CLIMBINGTwo male and one female athletes are representing IndiaSQUASHMen: Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Sandhu, Ramit Tandon and Mahesh MangaonkarWomen: Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa, Sunayna Kuruvilla, and Tanvi KhannaTABLE TENNISMen: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Anthony Amalraj, Achanta Sharath Kamal, Manav Thakkar, Harmeet Desai Indian men won a gold medal in the table tennis team event at 2018 Commonwealth Games. (Reuters Photo)Women: Manika Batra, Mouma Das, Madhurika Patkar, Sutirtha Mukherjee, Ayhika Mukherjee Indian women won a table tennis gold medal for the first time at 2018 Commonwealth Games. (Reuters Photo)TAEKWONDOFive women athletes are participating in the Asian GamesTENNISMen: Ramkumar Ramanathan, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Sumit Nagal, Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan, Leander PaesWomen: Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur Thandi, Rutuja Bhosale, Pranjala Yadlapalli, Riya Bhatia, Prarthna ThombareSOFT TENNISFive male athletes and five females will represent India at Asian GamesVOLLEYBALLBoth men and women teams are participatingWEIGHTLIFTINGMen: Sathish Kumar Sivalingam (77 kg), Ajay Singh (77 kg); Vikas Thakur (94 kg)Women: Rakhi Halder (63 kg)WRESTLINGMen: Gyanendra (60kg), Manish (67 kg), Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Harpreet Singh (87 kg), Hardeep (97kg), Naveen (125 kg), Mausam Khatri (74kg) and Pawan Kumar (61kg), Sushil KumarWomen: Sakshi Malik (50kg), Vinesh Phogat (62 kg), Pinki (53kg), Pooja Dhanda (57kg), Divya Kakran (68kg) and Kiran (72kg)last_img read more

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Asia’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn, features continent’s lowest ranked national teams

first_imgThe draw for the first phase of Asia’s qualifying round for the World Cup in 2022 was made on Wednesday, featuring the continent’s lowest ranked nations.FIFA is still not clear as to how many teams will participate in the tournament with president Gianni Infantino keen on his plan to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams.Infantino also wants to potentially share the hosting duties originally awarded to Qatar with other nations in the Middle East.Oman and Kuwait are the other likely candidates who want to host the showpiece event and a decision will be made at the FIFA congress in Paris on June 5 over the final number of participants and format of the competition.AFC Round 1 #WCQ draw:Mongolia v Brunei-Darussalam Macau v Sri Lanka Laos v Bangladesh Malaysia v Timor-Leste Cambodia v Pakistan Bhutan v Guam Matches to be scheduled to be played June 6 and 11Read more https://t.co/cTCtYApsK5 pic.twitter.com/rQzC431PV1 FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) April 17, 2019Despite the uncertainty, Asian football officials conducted the draw for the first round of the continent’s qualifying tournament.The draw featured the region’s 12 lowest ranked national teams.Guam will take on Bhutan, while Pakistan are slated to meet Cambodia.Malaysia will play East Timor, while Laos take on Bangladesh, Macau face Sri Lanka and Brunei face off against Mongolia.The 12 nations will contest over two legs scheduled for June 6 and June 11.The six respective winners will join Asia’s top 34 teams in Round 2, which will commence in September.advertisementThe six matches will be the first 2022 World Cup qualifiers to be played worldwide.Matches in Rounds 1 and 2 will double as part of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign.Qatar 2022 will be the second World Cup to be played in Asia following Korea/Japan 2002.AFC Round 1 draw:Mongolia v Brunei-Darussalam; Macau v Sri Lanka; Laos v Bangladesh; Malaysia v Timor-Leste; Cambodia v Pakistan; Bhutan v GuamAlso Read | Ajax knock out Juventus to enter first Champions League semifinal since 1997Also Read | Messi fires Barcelona into Champions League semis after 3-0 win vs Manchester UnitedAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more

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Retired racing greyhounds put down for being ‘timid’, ‘noisy’ or ‘hating cats’

first_img Support The Guardian Share via Email Topics Australia news New South Wales politics Animal welfare NSW to bankroll world’s richest greyhound race, two years after ban Dogs … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on LinkedIn Macau authorities to care for 600 greyhounds after notorious track closes Share on Facebook news Since you’re here… Retiring racing greyhounds were deemed unsuitable for adoption and put down because they chased lizards, hated cats, or were “too timid”, “too noisy” or “anxious and fearful”.Internal Greyhound Racing New South Wales records obtained by Guardian Australia reveal some greyhound owners continue to rely on vague rationales for euthanising dogs when they retire from the track.Among the notifications of retirement submitted to the regulator between April 2017 and May 2018, some owners simply say rehoming is not suitable because of the dog’s “temperament”, without describing their behaviour in any detail. One document, dated August 2017, describes the rationale for euthanasia as: “Can not walk the dog waiting on hip replacement, could not give away. Dog does not like cats and other animals.” Animals Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Twitter Australian Greens Another from May last year said the dog was put down because: “Non-chaser and not suitable for rehoming as hates cats and wouldn’t make GAP [greyhounds as pets program].”The documents, obtained under freedom of information laws, are being released as the Greens express concern about a weakening of NSW’s greyhound rehoming policy.Previously, greyhound owners were required to seek the consent of the regulator to have an animal euthanased. Now, greyhound owners must only show they have made “genuine and reasonable attempts” to rehome a healthy greyhound. The change has been ushered in by the new Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission, a body that was key to the NSW government’s efforts to reform the industry. Euthanasia rules of the same type were criticised by the 2016 special commission of inquiry, set up by the NSW government. The inquiry said the rule would achieve little without a huge expansion of rehoming spaces. “At best, and perhaps ironically, the effect of the proposed rule will simply lead to a substantial increase in the number of greyhounds seeking new homes,” the inquiry found. “That would be a positive development if there were a substantial number of additional rehoming spaces available. That is not currently the case and it is unlikely to be the case in the future.”Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi said the new integrity commission was meant to clean up the industry. Share on Messenger “Instead our worst fears are being realised as they loosen the already weak safeguards,” she said.“The regulator doesn’t have any interest in saving the lives of these dogs. By moving away from a permission-based system to a notification system, there is no opportunity for them to even intervene. By the time they’ll find out the dog is dead already.”Faruqi said the retirement notices showed the industry continued to allow euthanisations for dogs that had stopped “turning a profit”.“These hundreds of euthanasia forms confirmed what we all knew to be true. Dogs continue to get put down by the hundreds for the most spurious of reasons.“Being too timid or barking at another dog shouldn’t be a death sentence and the industry should take responsibility for the rehabilitation of greyhounds they have used and abused or made money from.”A spokeswoman for the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission said there had been no weakening of the euthanasia policy.“GWIC’s position is to increase owner responsibility and accountability for whole of life decisions,” she said in a statement.“The policy increases the extent of efforts required on owners to genuinely make rehoming attempts.”“GWIC has changed the veterinary certification requirements to enable data to be gathered on dogs being euthanised to clearly identify euthanasia’s being undertaken for behavioural issues; medical issues; or owner request.”The spokeswoman said the commission would be monitoring owners with a high rate of unsuccessful rehoming and would intervene if necessary.The NSW government announced on Tuesday it was contributing $500, 000 in taxpayer funds towards the world’s richest greyhound race, the inaugural Million Dollar Chase at Wentworth Park in Sydney. 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Luis Enrique steps down as Spain head coach

first_imgLuis Enrique has stepped down from his position as Spain head coach, with his assistant Robert Moreno taking over on a permanent basis.Former assistant coach Moreno oversaw Spain’s past three matches after Luis Enrique was granted leave following a family emergency in March and will remain in charge until the end of Euro 2020.Moreno and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) were keen to see the former Barcelona boss return for the next international break in September. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, it was confirmed on Wednesday that Moreno will take on the job on a full-time basis in the latest coaching change for La Roja.”Luis Enrique has informed us that he will not continue as coach. I have to thank him, he has behaved with the RFEF in a ’10’ manner, we do not have the slightest rebuke. Our doors will always be open to him,” said RFEF president Luis Rubiales.”The decision of the RFEF is to trust Robert Moreno as the coach. He will continue on the same duration of the contract that was already signed. He will be in charge of taking us to Euro 2020 and of doing a good job if we qualify.”Moreno said: “I want to thank you [the RFEF] for placing your trust in us. It’s a bittersweet day.”I didn’t expect to be the head coach this way. We are going to try to continue the high-level work that Luis started.”And Luis Enrique also released a statement concerning his departure, stating: “As the reasons preventing me from carrying out my duties as national team coach since March continue today, I’ve decided to step down. “I’d like to thank the staff and players for their professionalism. Not forgetting the media for your discretion and respect.”Spain sacked Julen Lopetegui on the eve of last year’s World Cup after he agreed a deal with Real Madrid, before Luis Enrique came in for Fernando Hierro following an underwhelming tournament in Russia.The three-time European champions finished second behind England in their Nations League group but have since won their opening four Euro 2020 qualifiers.And their next set of qualification fixtures in Group F are scheduled for September 5 and 8, where they will face Romania and Faroe Islands respectively.last_img read more

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Minister Says Leaders Must Focus More on Productivity and Human Development

first_img Speaking at the opening of an Organisation Development Transformation Conference today (May 21), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, Mr. Shaw said low productivity and human underdevelopment have caused Jamaica’s economy to suffer from growth the nation could have achieved in years gone by. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on leaders in the public and private sectors to focus more on productivity and human development for growth in the economy. Story Highlights “Productivity is an issue we have to confront more directly and in a more focused way. Jamaica’s productivity has steadily declined over the years. Labour productivity growth in Jamaica has been low as far back as the 1990s,” the Minister pointed out. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on leaders in the public and private sectors to focus more on productivity and human development for growth in the economy.Speaking at the opening of an Organisation Development Transformation Conference today (May 21), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, Mr. Shaw said low productivity and human underdevelopment have caused Jamaica’s economy to suffer from growth the nation could have achieved in years gone by.“Productivity is an issue we have to confront more directly and in a more focused way. Jamaica’s productivity has steadily declined over the years. Labour productivity growth in Jamaica has been low as far back as the 1990s,” the Minister pointed out.“Our greatest crisis is not crime, not the murder rate, and those are crises. Our greatest crisis is human underdevelopment. That is our single greatest crisis, and that manifests itself in low productivity levels,” he added.The Minister said that labour productivity, which is the real value of what is produced in the economy, continues to decline, noting that it was higher in previous years.“In the 1960s, our economic growth was among the highest in the world. We were averaging six per cent a year and our productivity levels were among the highest in the world as well. These are directly interrelated issues – productivity and economic growth. They go hand in hand,” Mr. Shaw emphasised.He said that previous achievements in Jamaica, with regard to the economy, inspired Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore to come to Jamaica in 1964.“He wanted to know what we were doing here. In 1971, the Jamaican economy grew by 12 per cent. We have a lot of catching up to do,” the Minister said.The two-day conference, hosted by the Caribbean Centre for Organisation Development Excellence Limited (CARI-CODE) and the Caribbean Organisation Development Network (CODN), is being held under the theme ‘OD – 2.0 Rise to Meet Opportunities of the Decade’.last_img read more

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Navios Container Shipping Sector Pays Dividends

first_imgzoom Monaco-based owner and operator of dry bulk and container vessels Navios Maritime Partners reported USD 74.9 million net income for the year ended December 31, 2014, almost USD 16 million more compared to USD 59 million net profit recorded in 2013.Navios attributed the increase to a USD 46.6 million increase in EBITDA and a USD 0.2 million increase in interest income, partially offset by an USD 11.9 million increase in interest expense and finance cost, net, an USD 18.3 million increase in depreciation and amortization expense and a USD 0.8 million increase in direct vessel expenses.Time charter and voyage revenues in 2014 increased by USD 29.2 million or 14.7% to USD 227.4 million, as compared to USD 198.2 million for the same period in 2013.The increase was mainly attributable to the delivery of: the Navios Joy, the Navios Harmony and the five container vessels in the second half of 2013; and the Navios La Paix, the Navios Sun, the YM Utmost and the YM Unity in 2014.As a result of the vessel acquisitions, available days of the fleet increased to 10,927 days for the year ended December 31, 2014, as compared to 7,952 days for the year ended December 31, 2013. The above increase in time charter and voyage revenues was partially mitigated by the decrease in TCE to USD 20,306 per day in 2014, from USD 24,284 per day for the year ended December 31, 2013.Navios Partners has entered into medium to long-term time charter-out agreements for its vessels with a remaining average term of 3.4 years. Navios has currently contracted out 80.1% of its available days for 2015, 47.7% for 2016 and 45.2% for 2017, expecting to generate revenues of approximately USD 220.2 million, USD 171.5 million and USD 166.8 million, respectively. The average expected daily charter-out rate for the fleet is USD 23,858, USD 31,702 and USD 32,633 for 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively.Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Partners, said: “We have repositioned Navios Partners as a container focused MLP since entering the container market in December 2013. Since then, we have acquired eight container vessels generating about USD 1 billion in revenue, representing 68% of our expected contracted revenue and 44% of our expected 2015 EBITDA. Today, our container fleet represents about 41% of Navios Partners’ total tangible assets. The average charter length of our containers is about 8 years while the average charter duration of our entire fleet is about 3.4 years.”last_img read more

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MUA Qube Ports Wharfies Fight Proposed Wage Cut

first_imgzoom Wharf workers at Australia’s Qube Ports Newcastle have announced work bans against a company push to cut their wages by 10.5%, according to the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).Qube is  largest integrated provider of import and export  with national operations that provide a broad range of services.For the next two weeks from midnight tonight, workers will place bans on start times, they will work only 7 hour shifts without extensions and overtime.“Workers have said an emphatic no to Qube’s underhanded attempt to drive down wages, which they see as a transparent step toward terminating their workplace agreement,” the Maritime Union of Australia said.The union added that Qube management has inflamed tensions further “by holding secret meetings with workers, offering them permanent positions if they accepted the 10.5% wage cut.”“Qube has made it clear it intends on terminating the existing workplace agreement which would effectively trash 25 years of employment history,” Warren Smith, MUA Assistant National Secretary, said.If the company terminates their existing agreement, the Qube workforce has decided unanimously not to return to work until a new deal is struck, according to MUA.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Digby County

first_imgDIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from the Yarmouth-Digby County line, west for about 4.1 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving from Wednesday, June 17 until Friday, July 31. Cyclists are asked to use caution as pavement is grooved. Motorists are advised of delays. Use alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. -30- Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-749-2244last_img

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