first_imgWalters could head back to OKC on Tuesday when the Dodgers plan to activate Joc Pederson from the DL. Pederson is with the OKC Dodgers this weekend on a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment.Kershaw, Wood throwAs scheduled, injured left-handers Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood threw to hitters from Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in a simulated-game setting Saturday at Dodger Stadium.Kershaw threw approximately 60 pitches and Wood 40 during the session which “went well,” according to the reports Roberts received.If Kershaw comes out of the workout feeling fine, the only thing left is “figuring out what day we can work him into our rotation,” Roberts said. That could come as soon as Thursday in Washington or Friday in St. Louis.A number of factors will be weighed in making that decision, Roberts said. But “with a guy like Clayton, yeah, you defer to him. He’s earned that.”Roberts said Wood will throw a bullpen session and then face hitters again next week. Brett Anderson is scheduled to throw to hitters for the first time since his surgery either Sunday or Monday.Thompson outThompson had been receiving treatment on his back for some time before going on the DL Saturday.“He just couldn’t be the player he was,” Roberts said. “You’re talking about the back. With what we have left in the season, we didn’t want to put him in harm’s way. So we felt that with the opportunity to have some days back dated and not lose too many games on the calendar it just made sense for us, to let Trayce get back to 100 percent.”Thompson has hit .189 since June 1 with only 11 hits in his past 77 at-bats (.143). He will be eligible to return on July 26.Ethier still healingJust short of four months after he fouled a ball off his right shin during a spring training game, the spiral fracture in Andre Ethier’s tibia is still not fully healed.Ethier underwent another scan on the injured tibia Friday in hopes of getting clearance to increase his workout activities with an eye towards rejoining the Dodgers in mid-August. That is on hold now after the scan showed “the fracture has not completely healed,” according to Roberts.Roberts said the plan now is for Ethier to continue his workouts but “ramp up” as much as he can, based on how much pain it causes him. There is no timetable for when he might be able to play in games as part of a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment, let alone rejoin the Dodgers.“It’s healed enough where we feel Andre, to his tolerance, can continue to progress with baseball activity,” Roberts said. “I think at this point we’re going to monitor him but ramp him up and see where it takes us.”Ethier has been taking batting practice and playing catch. But his running has been limited in order to avoid jarring the bone as it healed. The issue now is not a concern for re-injury but Ethier’s comfort level, Roberts said.“I think it’ll be healed at some point,” Roberts said. “But if you’re looking at this season — to hope it’s going to be pain free is something that’s maybe a little too optimistic. Obviously Andre wants to be with us and he’s going to do everything he can to be back.”Roberts said the Dodgers still expect Ethier to play for them some time this season. “It’s the hitting coach (in OKC), Shawn Wooten,” said Walters who was acquired by the Dodgers in April. “He just kind of made fun of me that I was raw and had no idea how to repeat a swing. Then he kind of worked with me mechanically and I have an idea of what I’m doing now. Consistency is the name of the game and that’s kind of where I’ve been the last four or five weeks, pretty consistent.”Walters said Wooten told him “you hit a ball 450 (feet) or whatever then completely miss one in batting practice.”“He said, ‘You have no idea what you’re doing?’” Walters said. “’No, I have no idea.’“I need that. I can take constructive criticism. I didn’t really have that with some other clubs. I was fairly new, young. But that’s something I need. Coming over here has kind of been a blessing in disguise, especially with Shawn.”Walters has played seven positions in Triple-A this year — all four infield spots, left field, center field and even pitcher (for part of an inning) — and is a switch hitter. With the Dodgers carrying eight relievers, that versatility is valuable, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Maybe it just took being insulted for Zach Walters to unlock the potential three previous organizations have seen in him.Walters was promoted from Triple-A by the Dodgers on Saturday, taking the place of outfielder Trayce Thompson who went on the DL with lower back irritation.Walters has been to the majors before with the Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians (after originally being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks). He hit .182 in a combined 82 games during those brief big-league visits while spending parts of the past five seasons in Triple-A.But he has never had a run of success quite like he has had for the OKC Dodgers over the past six weeks. Since June 1, Walters hit .349 with a 984 OPS, 11 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 28 RBIs and 29 runs scored in 39 games.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgThe Government of Liberia (GoL) or rather its functionaries appear not to be mindful of the seriousness of the current economic crisis facing the nation. The rapid depreciation of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar has apparently triggered the decision by authorities to withhold Liberian dollars from circulation as a way of inducing upward movement of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar. This has had an effect of bringing down the exchange rate from 230 LD to one US dollar to the current rate of 190 to one US dollar.Officials of this government however appear to be grossly insensitive to the excruciating economic hardships people have to cope with daily. The convergence of former AFL soldiers and widows in protest for benefits due them should constitute a wake-up call to this government to get its act together else it could invite trouble upon itself for no good reason,The ex-soldiers, making no secret of their intentions to peacefully assemble to consult amongst themselves, attracted the attention of GoL to the point where it deployed large numbers of security personnel including POLICE in the streets of the capital, Monrovia. Fortunately, the assembly passed off without incident. However, the development conveyed a distinct impression of apprehension and heightened insecurity on the part of this government.In this regard, it would serve the interests of this government well to have its officials refrain from making statements and utterances that tend to inflame the situation and provoke counter reactions including street protests which have become commonplace recently. Deputy Information Minister Eugene Fahngon’s recent outburst threatening to arrest Henry Costa upon arrival at the airport and have him jailed is the latest example.He was later countered by Justice Minister Musa Dean who declared that there was no such arrest order pending for Mr. Costa but passions have been enflamed already and, judging from experience, this will certainly be a test of nerves. If Henry Costa were indeed arrested upon arrival at the airport and taken to jail, charges would have to be brought against him within 48 hours and have him arraigned before Court.The point here is, can this government afford the spectacle of what would be a highly politicized trial in a highly polarized environment amidst excruciating economic hardships on the people and not expect to incur mass public disapproval of the government and, instead, engender popular support for Henry Costa? This is a matter over which Deputy Minister Fahngon should reflect deeply. Perhaps he may be unaware of the lessons of history or he could be feigning ignorance.Whatever the case, he ought to be reminded that it requires just one spark to set a tinderbox afire. Recalling history, the first World War, for example, was sparked by a single shot fired by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip that killed the presumptive heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo (now capital of Bosnia) on June 28, 1914 and triggered a chain of events that set an entire continent ablaze.Similarly, the April 14, 1979 shooting and killing of unarmed protesters was the spark that set into motion a chain of events that led to the eventual demise of the Tolbert administration in 1980. Tolbert had given in to hardliners who wanted street protesters shot to drive home the lesson of what awaits those who engage in public protests against the government. Apparently, not realizing the implications, he gave the go-ahead to fire on demonstrators. And that proved to be a fatal mistake that would eventually cost his life.Forty years later, the George Weah government finds itself in similar straits with the difference being, the loss of innocence of the nation’s youth made possible by 14 years of violence and anarchy. Then, unlike now, the nation’s youths had never before had such prolonged exposure to violence on a mass scale. Forty years later the nation and as a legacy of years of conflict, thousands of our children have had their lives impacted in ways that have militated against their attainment of a proper education and the acquisition of life skills.Just what does this government hope to achieve with all this talk and threats of the use of violence against opposition elements or anyone or groups perceived as posing a challenge to its dominance of the country’s political landscape? From all indications, the CDC today is no longer the CDC of yesterday when thousands would turn out, walking miles, sporting T-shirts or uniforms they purchased themselves to identify with the CDC.The reality is however different today and it appears its (CDC) officials are finding great difficulty fathoming the hard reality that their relevance of yesterday is fast withering before an emergent tomorrow that may see the CDC out of power and back into the ranks of the opposition. In a desperate attempt to fend off this advancing new reality, anything, including physical elimination of perceived enemies or opponents is on the table.This country has seen enough bloodshed and hatred already and does not need another dose of conflict. Government officials, particularly those at high levels of authority, should be circumspect and avoid the use of inflammatory language. The Ministry of Information cannot continue to ignore the dangers posed by hateful, inflammatory and inciteful messages currently propagated on Freedom FM which was, like Roots FM, recommended for closure by PUL President Charles Cuffy.In a situation of extreme hardships, people become tense and tend to become annoyed and aggravated very easily at the slightest provocation. And such provocation could invite a response which could set into motion a train of events over which those responsible could have no control should they spill out of hand. This is why the Daily Observer has cautioned and warned agent-provocateurs the likes of Minister Fahngon to be careful what they wish for.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgArsenal are putting the finishing touches to the signing of Villarreal’s Gabriel Paulista after the Brazilian defender was granted a work permit.Gabriel has received formal approval from the Home Office and will undergo a medical at the Gunners’ London Colney training ground on Monday while waiting for a visa application to be processed.There are still formalities to be completed, in what is a complicated transfer, but Arsenal expect to confirm the move in the next 24 hours, most likely on Tuesday.There were concerns Gabriel might not secure a work permit given he is uncapped for Brazil and rules state a player must have played in 75 per cent of his national team’s matches in the last two years.The Gunners, however, successfully argued the 24-year-old is an exceptional talent who will benefit the top level of English football.The athletic centre-back will boost Arsene Wenger’s defensive options, which have often been stretched this season due to injuries.Villarreal announced on Saturday that Arsenal striker Joel Campbell would move to the Yellow Submarines on loan until the end of the season as part of the deal.Campbell impressed while playing for Costa Rica at last summer’s World Cup but the 22-year-old is yet to start a Barclays Premier League match for the Gunners this season. 1 Gabriel Paulista in action for Villarreal last_img read more

first_imgWith pre-season training set to begin, Finn Harps have announced seven pre-season friendlies which will take place over the next couple of months ahead of the new season.The fixtures will give new Harps boss Ollie Horgan the first chance to see his squad in match action since being appointed last November.The fixtures will begine on 19th January against Cockhill Celtic and will see Harps also play Drumkeen United, Cork City, Sligo Rovers, the Irish Schools team, Dundalk and UCD. The full list of confirmed fixtures is:Sunday Jan 19th v Cockhill Celtic (away)Wednesday Jan 22nd v Drumkeen United (away)Sunday 2nd Feb v Cork City (Galway) Tuesday 4th Feb v Sligo Rovers (home)Wednesday 19th Feb v Irish International Schools Team (home)Friday 28th Feb v Dundalk (away)Harps will also face UCD with the date and venue still to be confirmed.  HARPS ANNOUNCE PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY FIXTURES was last modified: January 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsPRE-SEASON FIXTURESlast_img read more

first_imgMathiba MolefeThe IAAE Tshwane panel consisted of Khanyi Dhlomo of Ndalo Media, Cynthia Mkhombo of Masana Hygiene and Lindiwe Shibambo of Maid 4 U. The host on the day was Lynette Ntuli, chief executive of Innate Investment Solutions and founder of Ignite SA (from left to right). (Images: Mathiba Molefe)The panel of esteemed speakers at the latest leg of the I Am An Entrepreneur (IAAE) series in Tshwane drew a crowd of aspiring and up and coming business people who were interested in hearing the opinions of the panellists and how they had managed to overcome the challenges of being an entrepreneur.The event’s focus was put firmly on the role that women have to play in developing South Africa’s economy. It touched on some of the challenges they face as well as opportunities available in the competitive and fast-growing field of entrepreneurship.Most of the audience was made up of women looking to hear inspirational stories shared by guests present at Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History in Tshwane’s inner city.The event, held on Saturday, 10 September, was hosted by Lynette Ntuli, a hugely successful entrepreneur and business women in her own right. She was joined on stage by Khanyi Dhlomo of Ndalo Media, Cynthia Mkhombo of Masana Hygiene and Lindiwe Shibambo of Maid 4 U.Representatives from each of the partners Power FM 98.7, MTN Business, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Brand South Africa and Renault South Africa were also present to share their thoughts on the subject.“I’m so happy to see so many beautiful, but also brilliant and motivated women out here today with us,” said Linda Sangaret, the chief marketing officer of Brand South Africa.“But I wish to challenge you because I realise that, as women, we fight for so much, but also that all of this cannot be achieved if we don’t have our men fighting along our side.”“If you’re here today ladies, it’s because you know you can play a part in changing our country. You know that you can create jobs and alleviate unemployment.”Most of the audience was made up of women looking to hear inspirational stories shared by guests present at Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History in Tshwane’s inner city.PASSION WITH ACTIONBoth the guest speakers and audience shared the sentiment that even though there is a lot being done to advance women’s involvement in the economy, there is still a way to go for women to properly tap their potential and become drivers of change and development.“As to why this event is so important to me is that I know, as a woman in business, is that our experience of business is slightly different to that of men,” said Ntuli, getting discussions under way.“We need to have our own conversations about our own participation in the economy.”True to the aim of the event, the speakers delved further into issues like getting your business off the ground, the importance of being able to trust those you work with, putting your head down and putting in the hard hours, as well as ways to secure funding from bodies like the IDC.“We all think that everybody is born successful, and that’s not the point,” Ntuli explained. “We’re all on a journey, and part of the journey is introspecting.”The road to being a successful entrepreneur isn’t a straightforward one. It is fraught with challenges and obstacles that make it risky. But a genuine love for what you do and persevering during difficult times is what makes an entrepreneur according to the panel.“Business is not all glamorous and nice. There will be failures, there will be hard times,” explained Shibambo. “Every time you face a failure, you face a challenge or you face a hard time. Always remember the last time you faced them and how you overcame them. Draw strength from that.“There is no way that in life or in business that everything is going to be smooth and nice. That is a lie.”The event also afforded members of the audience a chance to interact with the panel that consisted of some of the country’s leading women in business.MAKE IT HAPPENOne of the event’s other aims was to reassure those who had fledgling careers in business or were in the early stages of starting their own businesses to continue striving for greatness and have faith in their ability to make a difference in South Africa.Speakers also encouraged people, women in particular, to start their own businesses and take advantage of investors looking to harness their great potential.“What would you do if you were not afraid,” asked Naomi Mtshali of the IDC. “Why are you not doing it? What is stopping you?”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through business? Do you know of any business person who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel PenhorwoodIt all started with a Super Bowl ad.Those little 30 to 60 second blips on the screen, usually meant to be funny (sometimes they actually are), had one ad from beer maker Bud Light that touted in a roundabout way the fact that Bud Light is made without corn syrup, which they also pointed out was being used by their competitors.Corn growers were quick to respond, including the National Corn Growers Association releasing a statement saying the ads were misleading and portrayed corn syrup in a negative light. In recent weeks, a judge has even ordered Anheuser-Busch (the parent company of the Bud Light brand) to stop using the words “corn syrup” in attack ads without more context. It is the result of an ongoing lawsuit by competitor MillerCoors.The fact is that yes, Bud Light is made without the use of corn syrup, though rice is used in its stead to derive the sugars essential in the beer brewing process. Other beers by Anheuser-Busch include corn syrup in their creation.Quite a few emotional thoughts, lawsuits and changes in drinking habits were made in the days and weeks following the incident, with continued ad use still catching grief. Many of those beverages in question are produced on the north side of Columbus at the Anheuser-Busch plant just south of 270.“We bought this land from a local farmer here in Columbus and broke ground in 1966. We opened our doors in 1968. In our first year we were capable of making about 1.8 million barrels of beer. Since that time, we’ve actually doubled our capacity more than twice and today we can make almost 10 million barrels of beer in a calendar year,” said Josh Zabek, senior general manager at the Columbus Brewery of Anheuser-Busch. “We have about 500 full-time employees at work here. In the summer months, we’ll actually scale up and have 600 employees that are here full-time. We’re a 24/7 operation and are brewing beer 365 days a year. We are producing and packaging almost every single day of the year.”About 20 brands are brewed at the Columbus facility, including hallmark items such as Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Busch, Busch-Light, Natural Light, Landshark, Bud Light Lime, Select 55, and Rolling Rock among others, including non-alcoholic brands.“We make a pretty wide range of beer, some of which many people don’t know comes out of a brewery right here in Columbus, Ohio,” Zabek said.With so much production, Zabek said agriculture is essential to their success and they stay well-integrated with their farming community.“Everybody knows malt is used to make a lot of different beers. We use a lot of rice in our Budweiser and Bud Light, but we also use a lot of corn. Corn grits and corn syrup in Busch and Busch-Light and a lot of other products,” he said. “We’re very happy to be close to a lot of our farmers in the local community and to know that we are dependent on them. We are dependent on all of our farmers in the United States.”The brewing process brings together those agricultural commodities and puts them to work to create the end product many enjoy. Matt Kaminske is the head brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch in Columbus, and detailed that unique procedure from beginning to end.“Our process really begins with the grains unloading,” he said. “We’ll bring up to six rail cars per day, five days at least per week for about 500 million pounds that are coming through this facility. Whole grain rice, whole grain barley malt, and we’re also bringing in corn grits. We use different combinations depending on what we are brewing that particular week. We then move that grain into our silos where we house millions of pounds of grain that are used in the brewing process each and every week.“We also unload dextrose syrup here, that we receive from Cargill in Dayton, Ohio — over 30 million pounds per year of dextrose that we bring into this facility to make our value-brand products,” Kaminske said. “It comes from Ohio farmers. As a company, over 16 million bushels of corn per year go through our facilities.”From the grains unloading process, the grain eventually enters the brewhouse and is added to a mash cooker, an enormous stainless steel vat, designed to do most of the “heavy lifting” in the brewing process.“From there, we step into the lagering process. That’s where we take the mash we developed in the mash cooker and we’re trying to separate the wort from that stream. Out from that process comes spent grains that is then collected, and is ultimately sold back to local farmers for cattle feed. The wort then goes to the brew kettle and it sets again a lot of different processes in place. That’s where the hops are added, a key process in the profile of a Budweiser versus a Michelob versus an Ultra. The hops help to stabilize the wort and really sets the rest of the processes in place as we go downstream into fermentation,” Kaminske said.The total process can take almost 10 hours to get from grain coming into the cooker until its ready with yeast and cooled back down for fermentation. The brewhouse is also not a cool place to work, with air temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.“From the brew kettle process, then we set the stage for fermentation. That is where we cool the brew back down, we add yeast, and we really kick off that fermentation process,” he said. “Depending on the different recipes we have will dictate how long those brews then sit in the fermentation process.”Brews will sit in the large, upright, fermenting vessels for about a week or so before they move onto the second stage of the aging process.“Primary fermentation will move onto secondary fermentation in the beech wood aging tanks, our chip tanks as we call them. That’s where we add beech wood chips. That’s really what helps make the beer clean, crisp, refreshing, and sets it in profile for Bud and Bud Light, or our other brands as we dictate the recipes,” Kaminske said.The beer is then removed from the chip tanks, filtered several times, and dialed into the final product before it heads into packaging. All packaging happens on site in the facility with three can lines, three bottle lines, and one draft line working around the clock.“The can line is capable of producing at 2,100 cans per minute and has an upward capacity of producing almost 40,000 cases in an eight hour period. At max capacity, this brewery can produce almost a half a million cases of beer in a 24-hour period,” Zabek said. “It’s a very fast and complex operation. We are shipping about 230 full trailers of beer every single day out of this facility.”The Anheuser-Busch plant highlights a simple fact in agriculture that is sometimes hard to see from field-side — farm products are essential in thriving industries, like that of brewing beer. No matter your thoughts on Bud Light and its controversial ads, the fact is it has started a conversation about ag being used each and everyday, and that is a good thing.last_img read more

first_imgBrus, the tribal community displaced by ethnic violence in Mizoram two decades ago, will soon decide whether or not to return to their villages from relief camps in adjoining Tripura.The Centre is planning to close down the relief camps in October after completing the ninth and final round of repatriation by September, for which the Mizoram government is expected to begin the process of re-identification of the refugees from Wednesday. Of the more than 40,000 Brus — also known as Reangs — who fled two rounds of ethnic violence in Mizoram since 1997, about 32,850 have stayed back in six relief camps in Tripura. “Our leaders and advisors will be meeting soon to decide whether the situation is safe enough for us to go back to Mizoram,” said Laldingliana, leader of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Coordination Committee. The Joint Monitoring Group on Bru Repatriation had discussed the issue of repatriation in New Delhi on June 28. Leaders of the rival Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum attended the meeting with officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs and governments of Mizoram and Tripura.“The Central government has not yet intimated to our organisation on the proposed final repatriation,” Mr Laldingliana said.A Mizoram government official said the refugees who return will be provided free ration and ₹5,000 a month per family for two years.The refugees who have spurned the repatriation offer said they would leave the relief camps only if the government fulfilled their demands. They include the creation of a development council for the Brus in Mizoram, allocation of five hectares of land to each refugee family, their settlement in cluster villages with each housing at least 500 families, ₹4 lakh compensation to each family before repatriation, revision of electoral rolls, identification of 1,000 left out families and general amnesty to the refugees.last_img read more

first_imgIt is highly improper on the Centre’s part to try and amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare said on Tuesday. The government’s introduction of the regressive RTI Amendment Bill was akin to deceiving the people of the country, he said.Speaking at his residence in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district, the octogenarian said the RTI Act was a solid piece of legislation empowering citizens of the country.He said that while the Narendra Modi government was otherwise doing good work, he failed to understand why the Centre was suddenly bent upon introducing changes to the RTI Act that would only weaken democratic institutions and people’s rights. “Introducing amendments like controlling the appointment of information commissioners will only lead to a dictatorship. I am at a loss to fathom why the RTI amendments were introduced and passed in the Lok Sabha,” Mr. Hazare said. The standing committee, which was constituted at the time of the drafting of the Act, had already taken into consideration all factors pertaining to the status of information commissioners, and no further change was necessary, he said.He recalled that he had staged a massive ‘Jan Andolan’ (people’s protest rally) on August 9, 2006, in Alandi near Pune to protest against proposed amendments to the RTI Act being considered by the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance government.“Eleven days after I sat on a hunger strike, Dr. Singh, through Prithviraj Chavan, who was then Minister of State for the Prime Minister’s Office, had sent me a written assurance that he would not effect any changes in the RTI Act. So why is the Modi government now taking such a step without taking the people of the country into confidence?” Mr. Hazare said asked. He said he would write to the Prime Minister on the issue and urge him not to bring about any amendments to the RTI Act.Asked whether he would lead a new agitation against the RTI Amendment Bill, he said he had sat on 19 hunger strikes in the past. “At 82, I am getting on in age and do not have the strength to lead new agitations. However, if the youth and citizens take the lead, I will participate in such a demonstration against the weakening of the RTI Act,” he said.Activists and former information commissioners across the country have strongly condemned the Modi government’s move to amend the RTI Act, stating it would severely undermine the independence of the Chief Information Commissioner and other information officers.last_img read more