San Francisco Giants give three top prospects a late-season promotion

first_imgIt’s been a rough season for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, but the San Francisco Giants’ Double-A affiliate is about to receive a huge infusion of talent.Three of the organization’s top prospects — Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos and Sean Hjelle — have earned late-season promotions from Single-A San Jose to Double-A Richmond, according to a source.Bart, 22, played just 57 games with the San Jose Giants due to a fractured hand that cost him upward of six weeks of games. Bart’s average dipped to .234 …last_img

CTICC plans ‘SA’s greenest building’

first_img30 October 2008The Cape Town International Convention Centre and the South African government are at an advanced stage of negotiations on a partnership to expand the hugely successful conference and expo venue, and in the process to create “the greenest building in South Africa”.A comprehensive feasibility and economic impact study of the proposed expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has been the focus of a team headed by CTICC CEO Rashid Toefy over the past six months.Toefy, who spoke about the expansion at a press conference in Cape Town on Friday, said the construction of a “six-star green building” was an opportunity for the city to provide the kind of global leadership Capetonians could be proud of.“In the context of climate change, sustainable business development and being in a competitive industry, CTICC’s focus must be on minimising its carbon footprint and the environmental impact of any planned expansion,” Toefy said.CTICC Phase 2 – to be located on the site of Customs House on Cape Town’s foreshore – would be built to requirements set by the Green Building Council of South Africa. It would be designed to use 40% less energy per square metre than the present CTICC, consume 95% less potable water, and produce 25% less waste to landfill.Water and energy saving technologiesThe planned 30 000 square metre development, of which 9 500 square metres would be exhibition space, would incorporate state-of-the-art water and energy saving technologies, including special wind turbines to harvest electricity while simultaneously ventilating the parking garages.“We plan to incorporate some of the most progressive environmentally friendly building techniques available, and will set the highest possible international standard in sustainable building design and management,” Toefy said.Reduction in energy would be mainly through the building’s “passive energy design”, extensive use of “daylighting”, and provision of renewable energy using wind and solar.Potable water usage would be reduced mainly through recycling of rainwater and an on-site water treatment system, while the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites would be reduced by providing adequate space for on-site sorting and recycling.A planted green roof would also be provided, as well as bicycle facilities, integrated with planned city cycle routes, for staff and visitors.The business caseMaking the business case for expanding the CTICC, Toefy said there was an “unquestionable need to expand from a purely operational business point of view”, with record occupancy levels pushing the CTICC’s existing space and resources to the limit in 2007/08.The CTICC had also commissioned a study on the impact of the expansion by economists Barry Standish and Anthony Boting of the UCT Graduate School of Business.The report found that the expansion, and the hotel and offices which form part of the project, would result in direct spending in Cape Town of R2.27-billion over an anticipated three years of construction.Spin-offs from the CTICC expansion would contribute in the region of R457-million to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012/13, increasing to more than R1.7-billion a year by 2018.In addition, 513 “direct jobs” and 720 “indirect jobs” would be created in 2012, increasing to 1 276 direct jobs and 1 892 indirect jobs by 2018.Toefy said that all planning was on track and was now dependent on final negotiations with the Department of Public Works, adding that, if successful, this would “result in a unique new partnership in which all three tiers of government – city, provincial and national – have equity in the holding company of the CTICC.”The City of Cape Town currently owns 50.2% of the CTICC and Western Cape provincial government 25.1%. SunWest International is the main private sector shareholder.“If we get the go-ahead in the next three months we could expect building completion in mid-2012,” Toefy said.“The CTICC expansion will not only propel Cape Town into the forefront of sustainable building design and management, but will continue to drive the city’s rise as one of the leading business tourism destinations worldwide.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio farmers endorse students for $25,500 in scholarships

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seventeen Ohio students were awarded a total of $25,500 in college scholarships this spring from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The new program encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 scholarships to support their education. Farmers play a vital role by promoting the opportunity to local students and endorsing their applications.By participating in the program, farmers are helping to develop new talent for the future of ag. The career paths most frequently cited by this year’s scholarship recipients are agronomy and farming, agricultural education and agricultural science and research. While many of the students come from farming families, some had little or no previous exposure to agriculture, but developed a strong interest in the industry through participation in FFA or other ag-related youth programs.Recipient Tyler White of Germantown, Ohio, is representative of the students who are selected for Grow Ag Leaders scholarships because of his passion for ag and strong leadership qualities. Farmer John Friedline of Farmersville, Ohio, endorsed White’s application.“Fewer young people want to get involved in agriculture and programs like Grow Ag Leaders help promote the industry to the younger generation,” Friedline said. “It’s great to have that support to help grow agriculture careers.”Grow Ag Leaders scholarships, administered by the National FFA Organization, are available to high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in ag-related fields. Applicants do not have to be FFA members but are required to receive endorsements from at least three local farmers. With support from the Monsanto Fund, more than $500,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students this year. For more information, visit GrowAgLeaders.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Seniors Dennison, Trinidad grateful to Racela for Season 80

first_imgDennison had been the unquestioned emotional leader of the Tamaraws for Season 80 as he put up his best statistical year in his five seasons with FEU averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.And if Dennison stayed primarily as one of FEU’s main contributors, the same cannot be said for Trinidad. The Fil-Am guard was initially a starter for Racela but then fell out of the rotation midway through the season before regaining his spot in the starting five near the tail end of the eliminations.Racela even apologized to Trinidad for the way he bounced around the lineup, but the graduating Tamaraw was just happy Racela trusted him in every sense of the word.“He said I went through a lot, that he should be sorry, but I trusted him,” said Trinidad who had six points and two boards in his exit game. “I didn’t expect anything this season, I was just ready and because he’s our coach I knew I could trust him.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Racela apologizes to seniors Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exit Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’03:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “I would really like to give a big ‘thank you’ to coach Olsen [Racela] because he gave Jojo and I this kind of a season,” said Dennison in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Racela apologizes to Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exitFEATURED 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 shutoutFEU finished the elimination round with a 7-7 record and as the No. 4 team in the league and Dennison couldn’t be more grateful at what the Tamaraws had accomplished as they came just a shot away from making the championship round.“Even though our team went through ups and downs, the guys still trusted Jojo and I,” said Dennison, who finished with four points, three rebounds, and four assists in his final game.  Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison and Jojo Trinidad celebrated a championship for Far Eastern University in Season 78, but the two couldn’t win another one before they ended their UAAP careers.The Tamaraws lost to the top-seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles, 88-84, in their Final Four rubber match in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, but both Dennison and Trinidad would rather remember the good memories during their stay at FEU.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Lukaku on Man Utd future: Depends how long they want me here!

first_imgRomelu Lukaku intends to remain at Manchester United for as long as Jose Mourinho’s side want to keep him.The Belgium international striker is currently out of favour at Old Trafford, starting on the bench for the games against Everton and Manchester City, as well as the 1-0 win over Young Boys on Tuesday night.Indeed, the former Chelsea forward has revealed the 10-minute conversation he had with Mourinho where he was told he was being dropped from the starting XI, insisting he was “angry” at the decision. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Lukaku is without a goal for United since September, when he found the net in the 2-1 win over Watford to make it four goals in five games at the start of the season.Despite his recent struggles, the 25-year-old is not seeking an exit from Old Trafford and claims that he’ll stick around until he’s told he’s no longer needed.He told Bleacher Report: “Obviously you sign here to win as many trophies as you can. How long I’m going to be here depends on how long they want me here, you know.”I will always give my best to this club because they gave me the opportunity to play and compete in the best league, so I’m always grateful for that.”Asked about his relationship with team-mate Paul Pogba and the potential difficulties of playing in a competitive environment with someone who is also a good friend, Lukaku added: “It’s like taking and giving, I’d say.”Sometimes it’s better that you compete throughout the week against each other to play well at the weekend together.”Because then I know I have a warrior who is going to give everything to the team and hopefully he knows what he can have from me, and then we just go out there and ball.”Lukaku was also asked about why he appears to be a lot happier playing for Belgium and whether it is as simple as Roberto Martinez’s side winning more games at the moment.He said: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Winning is the vibe, man, it’s the vibe over there. It’s different.”United sealed qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League with their narrow win over Young Boys on Tuesday and now face a trip to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.last_img read more

10 months agoEmery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrasco

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrascoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has approved a move for Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco.The Belgian winger, formally of Atletico Madrid, has been heavily linked with the Gunners over the past few weeks.The 25-year-old has been playing in the Chinese Super League since 2015, but could now be set for a sensational return to Europe.Foot Mercato says Emery is a big fan of the winger and has given his permission for Arsenal to launch a bid for the Belgium ace.However, Arsenal will have their work cut out as Dalian Yifang are unwilling to part with the man who has scored seven goals in 26 appearances this season. last_img read more

Louisville Commit G.G. Robinson Says It’s “Messed Up’ That The Cardinals Pulled Their Offer From Matt Colburn

first_imgThe bad side of college football recruiting was showcased by Louisville Monday night, as the Cardinals pulled their scholarship offer from commit Matt Colburn, less than two days before National Signing Day. Bobby Petrino’s program received some serious criticism from recruiting analysts following the news, including this rant from a Rivals.com writer that called for all South Carolina high school players to boycott Louisville. Even a Cardinals’ commit thinks Louisville was rough on Colburn, a three-star running back out of Irmo, South Carolina. G.G. Robinson, a three-star defensive end committed to Petrino’s program, tweeted the following Tuesday morning. Man what Louisville did to my boy Matt was messed up….. That’s awful— GG (@GGRobinson85) February 3, 2015What Louisville did isn’t unheard of, but doing it less than 48 hours before National Signing Day seems fairly classless. The Cardinals’ 2015 class ranks No. 31 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more

Mississippi State Releases “Noise” Hype Video Ahead Of 2015 Season

first_imgMississippi State highlights ahead of the 2015 season.Mississippi State Football “No Noise” Hype VideoThe 2014 campaign was historic for Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs, who started the season unranked, rose to No. 1 in the polls after huge victories over LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn in succession. While the squad didn’t finish the year how it wanted, it’s clear that Mississippi State football was as relevant as it’s been in quite some time this past year. Heading into 2015, the Bulldogs want to finish the job and compete for a national championship in the College Football Playoff.Thursday, MSU released a hype video titled “Noise” to tease the 2015 campaign. It chronicles last year’s rise before setting the stage for the upcoming season. Check it out:Mississippi State opens with Southern Miss on September 5.last_img read more

NAFTA energy clause draws criticism from Canadian voices on the right and

first_imgCALGARY – As NAFTA 2.0 negotiations begin, an old trade issue with a strange name has emerged to create unlikely allies across the political spectrum and staunch defenders in the oilpatch.The “proportionality clause” originally appeared in the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement of 1988 and became a major issue in that year’s federal election that returned Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to office. It was replicated six years later in the North American Free Trade Agreement (although Mexico won an exemption).The clause can be invoked if a government in Canada reduces U.S. access to Canadian oil, natural gas, coal, electricity and refined petroleum products without a corresponding reduction in domestic access to those products — in other words, the ratio of energy exports versus supply must remain consistent, or proportional.The left-leaning Council of Canadians says the clause erodes sovereignty and gives the U.S. too much control over Canadian energy production.The business-friendly Conference Board of Canada says the clause is an outdated restriction that isn’t needed in today’s energy-rich world and should be cast aside.“What happened with NAFTA is that Canadian oil and gas became North American oil and gas and we have very little control of it,” said Maude Barlow, honorary chair of the Council of Canadians, in an interview.“We feel very strongly this is a chance to reopen what should never have been signed in the first place.”She said the proportionality clause could allow the U.S. to prevent Canada from choking back oilsands production to meet its international environmental commitments, for instance, or to interfere if Canada tries to keep more oil and gas for domestic use during an energy shortage.Michael Burt, a director with the Conference Board, said the clause isn’t fair because it doesn’t cover Mexico, whose energy industry is being opened to private investment after decades of government ownership.“Evidence would suggest that it hasn’t really been a binding constraint at any point in the 25 years of NAFTA,” he added.“It’s not really adding any value and it’s taking away potential future flexibility in terms of policy responses, whether it’s to a crisis or to climate change mediation.”While the Canadian think-tanks oppose the clause in submissions to the federal government, the energy industry itself prefers it to an alternative that could include government meddling in energy markets.“It was put in there basically as a ‘good neighbour’ clause,” said Nick Schultz, vice-president and general counsel at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, who was involved in free trade negotiations in the 1980s as an Ottawa trade lawyer.“It’s not the evil thing that people have long tried to characterize it as. It’s simply saying … treat your customers fairly.”He said the clause was created following global oil supply crises in the 1970s and the imposition of the National Energy Program in Canada in 1980. The NEP aimed to promote Canadian energy security by favouring domestic over export markets but was blamed for throwing Canada’s energy industry into a deep downturn.Schultz pointed out that proportionality protects energy consumers on both sides of the border — as more U.S. oil products and natural gas replace western Canadian and offshore supplies in Eastern Canada, it will protect Canadian importers from arbitrary U.S. export cuts.In U.S. President Donald Trump’s list of objectives for the NAFTA talks released in July, there’s no mention of proportionality. The one paragraph on energy policy lists general goals, including North American energy security and strong markets.The clause is receiving very little attention in the U.S., said Robert Holleyman, the CEO of trade consulting firm C&M International and a former U.S. trade negotiator in the Obama administration.But that doesn’t mean it’s not important, he said.“It ensures a certain level of North American market security because it ensures that U.S. dependence and reliance on Canada to supply some of our energy needs is largely predictable,” he said.“I suspect the U.S. will not want to give this up.”He said if Canada wants to drop the clause, it would likely have to offer substantial trade-offs in negotiations. The clause seems to be working and, therefore, should probably not be removed, he added.Canada’s position on proportionality is unclear. It wasn’t one of the priorities mentioned by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in a statement Monday.Her office did not immediately respond to a request Tuesday to clarify Canada’s stance.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more