Irvine edges LBSU in BWC showdown

first_imgLBCC 14, Pasadena 4 Chris Cordova launched a grand slam in the eighth inning to cap the Vikings’ South Coast Conference win over visiting Pasadena City College. The score was tied 3-3 after the Vikings rallied for a run in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh inning, LBCC blew the game open with four runs. Curtis Thompson broke the tie with two-run single that brought home Daniel Prieto and Sean Beckley. Cerritos 11, Harbor 10 (ppd.) Cerritos was holding on to a close 11-10 lead over host Harbor College when the game was called due to darkness. According to the rules, the game will be resumed where it left off, at the start of the bottom of the eighth inning, when the two teams meet at Harbor on March 27. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a matchup of the top women’s teams in the Big West Conference, Long Beach State came up short in a 4-3 loss at UC Irvine on Thursday. The Anteaters (11-2, 5-0) won the doubles point by taking the No. 1 and No. 3 spots. LBSU fell to 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the Big West. Cerritos 8, Victor Valley 1 In a nonconference match, the Falcons routed Victor Valley to climb over the .500 mark. The Falcons (4-3) opened up the contest by sweeping the doubles matches, and dominated in singles. JC BASEBALL center_img At No. 1 doubles, Becky Bernhard and Claire Fermin won 9-7 over the 49ers duo of Stephanie Bengson and Katy Williams. At No. 3 doubles, LBSU’s Sandra Rocha and Emmanuelle couldn’t keep up with UCI’s TabatruongAli Borowicz and Jayme Hu, who won 8-5. last_img read more

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ArcelorMittal SA unveils R9bn BEE deal

first_img12 August 2010Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa has announced a black economic empowerment deal worth over R9-billion that will see a 26% stake in the company being sold to the Ayigobi Consortium and a share trust that represents 8 500 of the company’s employees.In a statement this week, ArcelorMittal says the transaction fulfils key objectives, including moving toward compliance with legislated empowerment equity ownership requirements and positioning the company for future opportunities to achieve improved self sufficiency and growth.“Introducing broad-based BEE shareholders to our operations has been a priority for ArcelorMittal South Africa for some time,” said ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita.She said the company started looking at the possibility of an empowerment transaction in 2008, but that the global economic downturn made it impossible to implement a suitable transaction structure at the time. The company resumed its empowerment plans once some normality had returned to the markets.“This is a long term strategic partnership. The Ayigobi Consortium will remain a shareholder for up to 14 years, while the [employee share ownership plan] participants will benefit over a five year period,” she said.Industrial giant, catalyst for growthArcelorMittal South Africa’s new strategic equity partners will be the Ayigobi Consortium, led by Sandile Zungu. Other participants include Mabelindile Luhlabo, Mojalefa Mbete, Pragat Investments, Prudence Mtshali, Phemelo Sehunelo, Zebo Tshetlho, Zico, Oakbay Investments and Mabengela.The remaining 25% of the Ayigobi Consortium will be allocated to women, youth groups and new entrants to the BEE landscape whose composition is still being finalised.“The Ayigobi Consortium is pleased to be given the opportunity to partner ArcelorMittal South Africa. ArcelorMittal South Africa is an industrial giant that remains a catalyst to the realisation of South Africa’s inclusive economic growth and development potential,” said Zungu.“We have the requisite skills, business acumen, commercial experience and strategic networks to assist in making ArcelorMittal South Africa one of the most admired industrial leaders in South Africa and beyond.”New subsidiary createdTo effect the transaction, ArcelorMittal South Africa will transfer all its assets to a new wholly owned subsidiary, ArcelorMittal South Africa Operations (OPCO), in return for 74% of OPCO. The remaining 26% shareholding in OPCO will be 21% held by the Ayigobi Consortium and 5% by the employee share ownership plan.ArcelorMittal South Africa and OPCO will have identical boards of directors, and the Ayigobi Consortium will have the right to appoint one director to the board.“I look forward to welcoming our new partners, including more than 8 500 staff, to our business as shareholders and trust that, together, we will have a mutually beneficial relationship,” said Nyembezi-Heita.ArcelorMittal South Africa, formerly known as the Iron and Steel Corporation (Iscor), is majority owned by the world’s largest steelmaker, Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Nanotechnology to curb water pollution in mining

first_imgThe mining industry has also become far more water conscious and has begun using water-recovery technology on an industrial scale (Image: Brand SA)• Infographic: Mining in South Africa• Mining groups invested in South Africa • Infographic: Mining robot can save lives • Focus on African resources at Mining Indaba • Scientist gets mine drainage patent Sulaiman PhilipThe problem of acid water draining from abandoned mine dumps and shafts has long seemed insurmountable, with some estimates putting the pollution on the Witwatersrand as high as 350 million litres a day. New technology from Dow Sub-Saharan Africa is finally offering a solution.South Africa is the most industrialised and diverse economy in Africa, wealth built on mining. But while mining’s contribution to South Africa’s GDP has fallen, the industrial base built up around the industry has diversified and strengthened.The historical importance of mining has created not just legacy issues – the ecological disaster of acid mine drainage – but has also strained the country’s water supply. South Africa is a water-scarce country, with its limited resources having to be shared between domestic and industrial – agriculture, mining, power generation – users.Mining techniques have evolved since diamonds were discovered in 1867. There are no canaries in the coal mines and improved ventilation and extraction techniques have made South African mining among the safest in the world. The mining industry has also become far more water conscious and, with the help of companies like Dow Chemicals, has begun using water-recovery technology on an industrial scale.Ross McLean, president of Dow Sub-Saharan Africa, says the web of industries in South Africa makes it possible for the company to provide clients with synchronised services.“Power stations need a certain purity of water in the steam turbines. Today, you can set them up with a supply of recycled water from a mine – we have this kind of system in place in a power station in South Africa. We’ve helped with our technology for the purification of waste water from the mine to a standard where that recycled water can be used in the power station. This creates a green linkage from mining to energy, which of course is a critical sector.” Nanotechnology for water filtrationDow’s world-leading reverse osmosis, nano-filtration membranes and ion-exchange resins allows industry to optimise water management. For McLean the future of mining has to be about sustainability, and water management using Dow technology should be at the forefront of any decisions made about operations.  Karen Dobson, Dow’s global business director for mining, adds that the technology has the benefit of being able to, dependent on the system used, produce safe water with zero discharge.  She says Dow technology can play a greater role in removing heavy metals from aqueous tailing discharges. It also has value in the secondary recovery of valuable metals from tailings and waste streams, helping reduce mining’s environmental impact. “The environment and social pressures are becoming more challenging for the mining industry. These are some of the very problems and challenges facing the industry we believe we can contribute to providing sustainable solutions.”More than a century of mining has left South Africa with mountains of waste – tailings dumps – and networks of abandoned shafts. Shafts on the Witwatersrand are veined with pyrite – an iron sulphide known as “fool’s gold” because of its superficial lustre – which reacts with rainwater and groundwater to decompose into sulphuric acid. Pollution in major water sourcesGeologists estimate that acid drainage from abandoned mines on the Witwatersrand could reach 350-million litres per day. This is untreated water that flows into the watershed of the Vaal and Limpopo Rivers, which supply water to millions of peopleIn 2013 the government budgeted R150-million to deal with acid mine drainage. With 6 000 derelict mines in the country, the World Wide Fund for Nature estimates that South Africa would need to spend R30-billion to solve the problem. “The longer we wait to address this issue, the more it is going to cost the South African taxpayer in the long term,” Deon Nel, head of the WWF’s biodiversity division, told the Mercury in 2013.Dow has been actively marketing its nano- and ultra-filtration membranes as solutions to the legacy problems of the mining industry. Not only can the technology remove harmful components from tailing waters, but it has given birth to a secondary industry recovering valuable metals from tailings and waste streams. It can reclaim metals that were otherwise too expensive to recover while reducing the environmental damage done by mine dumps and abandoned shafts.For Dow, investing in technologies that solve problems like acid mine drainage is an investment in the future of the company. “Business will not be sustainable if we do not get that right,” says McLean.“Our solutions, especially in the mining space, can help deal with the legacy issues that remain after operations cease. Sustainability is at the core of how Dow does business. Not just in terms of how we manufacture products but how we take those products to our customers. It is a philosophy that we share with our customers who are looking to adopt best practice around sustainability.” According to Ross McLean an investment in sustainable technology is an investment in future succes. (Image: Dow Chemicals) Investing in AfricaOn average, the African economy is predicted to grow between 6% and 7% over the next two decades. Despite the forecast growth, just $3 of every $1 000 invested by American companies goes into Africa. For most investors Africa is still the dark continent of terrible headlines.But for companies already on the ground in Africa, like Dow, the continent is a thriving marketplace. Dow brings 117 years of expertise to a region with diverse needs and almost unlimited growth potential. In terms of Dow’s global business, sub-Saharan Africa is a relatively small market but, McLean argues, that market will grow more important as Africa industrialises. “In South Africa you would not say industrialisation, you would say it’s a drive to re-industrialisation – which the government is pushing. We see this market as really interesting because of its level of diversification plays to the variety of solutions we offer.” Dow is expanding in Africa, with offices in Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Morocco and Ethiopia.  McLean stresses that it remains a business-to-business company, one that touches most industries in sub-Saharan Africa. The level of diversification in African industry plays to Dow’s strengths and the solutions it can offer as well, McLean says.“Our investment is about putting more people on the ground to bring our technologies to our customers. We have been investing in chemistry, science and technology for 117 years. Deeply embedded in our history is a lot of know-how and technology. We have already invested a lot in the [environmentally sound] solutions and technologies that African industry needs.”McLean admits that each country in which Dow operates in has its unique problems, but the rewards of working in Africa are infinite. “There are some really interesting challenges. But the thing is, companies like us go after opportunities when the opportunity is big enough to warrant the risk. It’s a risk-reward balance; there is no question we see the opportunity for growth. I think we are succeeding.”Dow’s African strategy is the result of eight years of research on business conditions in Africa. And while it conforms to local conditions, the company has adopted a “be local but act global” approach to business. It has created systems to develop African talent and leadership, people who are then immersed in the culture of Dow.“We understand that large multinationals like us can’t really understand African markets until they have feet on the ground. Is Africa challenging?  Yes. You really have to adapt to the situation in each country. You almost need a manual on how to do business in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa.“Saying that, we do not compromise our standards around health, safety and the environment in Africa,” says McLean.“It would be far more expensive if we did not maintain our standards and got it wrong.  There are costs associated with doing it right, but we absolutely do not compromise. We’d sooner not do the business than break our own rules. If we businesses get that right, they will succeed in Africa.” Follow the Mining Indaba on social media: •           Twitter.com/MiningIndaba •           Miningindaba.com/Linkedin •           Facebook.com/africanminingindaba •           Youtube.com/Miningindabalast_img read more

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Reftract House: A 2009 Solar Decathlon Contender

first_imgIt would be understandable if participants in the Solar Decathlon feel the pressure of rising expectations – pressure to outdo the work of previous teams of faculty and students who have already put enormous energy and analysis into the 800-sq.-ft. net-zero-energy dwellings that became their Decathlon entries.The Santa Clara University undergraduates who make up one of the 20 teams competing in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, for example, might even feel a little extra pressure to measure up to SCU’s performance in the 2007 Decathlon, where the team entered the competition as an underdog but ended up winning third place overall.The good news is that, competitive as it is, the Decathlon also is an excellent teaching tool whose past entries can be analyzed, and improved upon, by current contestants.To that end, SCU, located in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Santa Clara, has been developing its entry for the 2009 Decathlon in collaboration with design, art, and architecture students at the nearby California College of the Arts.The SCU/CCA team aims to produce a “bold and luxurious home that demonstrates green living does not require a compromise in lifestyle,” the team says in its mission statement about the project.Called Refract House, the project derives it name from the notion that the SCU/CCA team is attempting to alter the path of net-zero-energy home design for the better, an idea that’s represented visually by the building’s bent-tube layout and technically by the way its layout controls the entry of light into the home as it wraps around a central courtyard.Ramping up for OctoberConstruction of the house is well underway, and the team has been busy not only overseeing the process but escorting visitors on tours of the building site, which is on the SCU campus. (Tour hours are noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; call (845) 323-8029 for information.)Of course, the Refract House’s big moment will be at the Solar Decathlon, scheduled for October 8 through 18 in Washington, D.C., where the home will be reconstructed on the National Mall, along with 19 other fully operational contest entries, for viewing by visitors and judges.Each Solar Decathlon team competes in 10 areas: architecture (for a maximum of 100 points), market viability (100 points), engineering (100 points), lighting design (75 points), communications (75 points), comfort zone (100 points), hot water (100 points), appliances (100 points), home entertainment (100 points), and the newest category, net metering (150 points).The 2009 field of competitors includes 16 teams from schools in the U.S., two from Canadian universities, and two from European universities.A biennial event sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Decathlon attracted a record 200,000 visitors in 2007. The house built for that contest by SCU, which doesn’t have an architecture school, did not do well in the architecture category. But it did land perfect scores in the hot water and energy balance categories, and ended up with a total of 979.959 points out of a possible 1,200 (the first-place winner, the team representing Technische Universität Darmstadt, scored 1,024.855 points).Decathlon teams play with their hearts as well as their heads. The DOE’s Decathlon website points out that SCU’s 2007 entry almost didn’t make it to the National Mall when the truck transporting the house broke an axle on its way to Washington. The house’s arrival was delayed by three days, but the SCU persevered.last_img read more

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Separate chargesheets filed in drugs trade case

first_imgThe Anti-Narcotics Cell of Goa Crime Branch has filed three separate chargesheets against the three accused arrested for running a drug racket in north coastal belt of Goa in March this year.Superintendent of Police Umesh Gaonkar, Crime Branch in-charge, Goa Police, said the Anti-Narcotics Cell filed the chargesheets in the District and Sessions Court on Monday.David Johnson, a British national, Yusuf Mohammad, a resident of Chennai, and Ganesh Pondir, hailing from Himachal Pradesh, have been charged under various sections of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.The Anti-Narcotics Cell arrested Mohammad from Anjuna village seized narcotics such as methamphetamine and LSD from his possession. Johnson was picked up from another location in Anjuna village. Methylenedioxymethamphetamine and ecstasy tablets were seized from his possession. Based on the interrogation of the two accused , the police arrested the third accused, Ganesh, from Arambol beach in Pernem taluk of North Goa for allegedly possessing charas.last_img read more

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Perlas Pilipinas routs Singapore to open SEA Games bid

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul FILE – Perlas Pilipinas’ France Mae Cabinbin against Japan in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas shone bright Sunday night.True to its moniker, the Philippine women’s basketball team fashioned out a 88-54 demolition of Singapore to start its bid for the 29th Southeast Asian Games crown at full-packed MABA Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Displaying fluid transition offense through flashy playmaker France Mae Cabinbin, the Philippines kept the tentative Singaporean side under control in the first half, with just about everybody in the lineup scoring at will.Perlas stepped on it in the final two quarters with Cabinbin, Afril Bernardino and Analyn Almazan leading the charge to rip the game apart and cruise to its first victory of the meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Gilas Pilipinas escapes Jordan, salvages 7th place Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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Gagan shows his shooting prowess in men’s 10m air rifle event

first_imgThe mother of all shooting duels at the Karni Singh Shooting Range here didn’t really materialise on expected lines as Gagan Narang stormed his way to a gold medal in the men’s 10m air rifle singles event, leaving Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra in his wake on Wednesday.Anisa Sayyed and Rahi Sarnobat repeated the gold-silver feat of their much more illustrious counterparts in the women’s 25m sports pistol event, while Omkar Singh brought India its third gold medal of the day in the men’s 50m free pistol event.In between, favourites Ronjan Sodhi and Asher Noria slipped up and had to settle for silver behind England in the first shotgun event – the men’s double trap pairs. Narang shot 600/600 in the qualification round, which would have equalled his own world record, and then went on to score 103.6 points in the final to surpass his world record score of 703.5 established at the World Cup Finals in Bangkok in 2008.However, the new score is not expected to count as an official world record since, according to International Shooting Sports Federation rules, they can only be shot in Olympic Games, ISSF World Cups and World Championships, continental championships and continental games. The ISSF technical delegate at the competition said he would clarify the position with the top brass of the world body. But for Narang, it did not make an iota of difference, since the joy of beating his celebrated teammate and rival was overwhelming. As soon as he fired a 10.2 on his last shot, Bindra – who shot 103 in the final – came over to shake his hand, after which Narang lifted his rifle into the air and then kissed it. Narang played down the rivalry, saying their relationship was symbiotic. “When I was trying to get into shooting, I kept hearing a lot about Abhinav, who was already there.advertisementThere is a lot we can learn from each other. As for today, it feels special to shoot a 600 because it is a score you can’t shoot every day,” said the 27-year-old Hyderabadi. Bindra, meanwhile, feels Narang can replace him as an Olympic champion. “He is outstanding, one of the best in the world. I am sure he’ll win more international tournaments, the World Championship and an Olympic gold medal,” the 28-year-old said. On the other hand, Anisa broke the Final Games Record of 781.5 by shooting 786.8 to comfortably outclass the rest of the field.The 29-year-old led the field in the qualification round with 583 points, before coming up with a remarkable 203.8 in the final for the gold. Rahi, who specialises in the duelling round that makes up the final, was four points adrift of Malaysia’s Pei Chin Bibiana Ng heading into the decider, but shot a mind-boggling 205 to clinch silver. In the final event of the day, Omkar, who was trailing Singapore’s Bin Gai by just one point going into the final, shot six 10-plus scores en route to a score of 653.6 to emerge four points clear. Hon Swee Lim, also of Singapore, took bronze.With such a rich haul, it would be difficult to find disappointment in the Indian ranks, but that’s what affected the double trap shooters. Eighteen-yearold Noria shot a steady 93 in his first senior competition with the national team, but world record-holder Sodhi, who shot down his first 71 birds across two rounds, suffered a meltdown thereafter to end up with a total of 95. English pair Stevan Walton (96) and Steven Scott (93) capitalized on it, setting a new CWG record of 189. Malaysia’s Bejamin Cheng Jie Khor and Seng Chye Khor got the bronze medal. The event was also marked by an interruption where the flash from a photographer’s camera distracted a Singapore shooter. Sodhi, who was next up, was stopped from shooting by the referee in order to rebuke the photographer, and that seemed to distract him. He, however, refused to blame the incident. “If you see my score, I haven’t shot that bad. But I should have done much better with the start I had. I lost my concentration, but I won’t make the excuse of that incident,” Sodhi said-last_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: Rains dash India’s hopes in Chester-le-Street

first_imgIt seems Team India’s fortunes have hit rock bottom. For this was the least that Dhoni & Co would have expected during the first ODI at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, England, on Saturday. Score | PhotosAfter posting a competitive 274 runs of board, thanks to an impressive 95-run innings by opener Parthiv Patel, India had scalped two England wickets early and were poised for a fine finish when rains dashed their hopes.England were 27/2 with Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell at the crease when heavy rains forced the covers on. Once on, the covers remained put as the showers continued to lash the Riverside Ground till the final cut off time. Meanwhile, India’s injury list increased with Rohit Sharma fracturing his finger in the match.England won the toss and elected to bowl andmuch to the delight of the India fans India openers Parthiv Patel and Ajinkaya Rahane got off to a cautious start but gradually upped the tempo scoring boundaries and quick singles.Parthiv and Rahane were opening as regular openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were unavailable. While Sehwag, who has yet to recover from his long-standing shoulder injury, opted out citing labyrinthithis of the left ear (sic) and Tendulkar was out with a persistent toe-injury.However, the two didn’t let the loss have an effect on the run rate and continued to bat at ease even as the scoreboard kept ticking.Soon India score crossed 80. But England were not undone and Stuart Broad came around to get rid of Rahane on 40. A short ball from Broad that was pulled by Rahane failed to clear the boundary and Samit Patel took a good catch in the fine-leg region. India lost their first wicket on 82 in the 16th over. advertisementBut Broad wasn’t finished yet. He came around to get rid of ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid cheaply. The ball took a thin edge off his bat to land in wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter’s gloves. He fell for two and India lost their second wicket on 87. However, the decision was a controversial one as the Hot Spot did not pick the edge and the third umpire decided on the basis of sound.Post that wicket, Parthiv Patel batted steadily at the Riverside Ground and he had Virat Kohli by his side to assist him in his efforts. He crossed his fifty without much effort and then went on for his ton. Unfortunately, he fell five runs short of his century.A James Anderson ball that was pitched wide from around the stumps invited a faint nick from Parthiv and keeper Kieswetter did the rest. India lost their third wicket on 190. His 95 runs were punctuated by 12 fours. He and Kohli put on 103 runs for the third wicket.Post Parthiv’s fall, Kohli too could not stay for long and an inside edge off Samit Patel crashed into his stumps dislodging his bails. He fell for 55 and India lost their fourth wicket on 206.Post that Rohit Sharma came down to bat but returned after the very first ball that he faced. He got hit by a Stuart Broad delivery in the 38th over. He received some attention from the physio and grimaced when the swollen index finger on his right hand was touched. He felt the field immediately and went to the hospital, where scans revealed a fracture.Later, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni batted on to increase the figures on the scoreboard, but at death Raina lost his wicket to Jade Dernbach on 38 when the team total was 266.Skipper Dhoni and tail-ender R Ashwin fell in the last over of the innings as India posted a competitive 274/7 on board.In reply England lost their opener Alastair Cook early with a Praveen Kumar ball taking the inside edge of his bat and crashing into his stumps when the total was just six.Praveen struck again to get rid of Craig Kieswetter, trapping him leg-before when the England score was 21.Soon enough the players were seen walking off and the pitch being covered to ward off the showers. Finally, the match was called off when the England total was 27/2 with Trott and Bell in the middle.last_img read more

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More Jobs Created in Local Film Industry

first_imgStory Highlights For the 2016/17 financial year, some 2,571 jobs were created by the film industry, compared to 1,406 in the previous year. Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, says the country has been reaping benefits from development of the local film industry with steady increases in jobs and earnings. The Commission is mandated to promote the Jamaican film industry through facilitation of activities that increase investment, export and employment in the sector. Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, says the country has been reaping benefits from development of the local film industry with steady increases in jobs and earnings.For the 2016/17 financial year, some 2,571 jobs were created by the film industry, compared to 1,406 in the previous year.Ms. Robinson told JIS News that the Commission tracks the various international productions that come into the island and the local personnel and services that they utilise for their projects.“A film production can hire anywhere from 30 people all the way up to 800, so it really makes a significant difference when we have large productions that are coming into the island and hiring Jamaicans,” the Film Commissioner said.She added that the multiplier effect is massive, as “it is not just the hiring of the production manager or the camera folks, but they hire caterers, drivers, security personnel… (and) if there is a scene at a pool, they hire a lifeguard… . Ambulances are needed on set to ensure that medical attention is available, so there is a lot of spin-offs in jobs for the productions that are happening on the island”.As it relates to capital expenditure from the local film industry, the Commission identifies and tracks the investments that local production entities bring into the island.“So, when a Phase Three, Television Jamaica or other entities bring in production equipment, we track the value of that equipment, which is being invested in the economy,” Ms. Robinson explained.The past financial year saw $300 million worth of capital expenditure from investments by the creative industries.In terms of linkages, which relate to the value of the production budget that comes into the island to offset the services rendered, figures show that for the 2016/17 fiscal period, some $674 million was allocated.The Jamaica Film Commission was established in 1984 and operates alongside the Creative Industries Unit within JAMPRO.The Commission is mandated to promote the Jamaican film industry through facilitation of activities that increase investment, export and employment in the sector.last_img read more

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I could not believe it when I got India cap says Saini

first_imgLauderhill (USA): An impressive India debut under his belt, fast bowler Navdeep Saini said he could not believe himself when he was handed the India cap to play in the first T20 International against the West Indies here. The 26-year-old Saini starred in India’s 4-wicket win by taking three wickets for 17 runs on Saturday. He was adjudged man-of-the-match for his impressive bowling display which saw India restrict West Indies to 95 for 9. India made a heavy weather of the modest run chase before pulling off a 4-wicket win with 2.4 over to spare. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”When I received the India cap (on Saturday morning), I could not believe that today is the day which I was waiting for. I am very happy to make the debut for India,” Saini told his senior pace colleague Bhuvneshwar Kumar in an interview posted on BCCI Twitter handle. Saini got two of his three wickets — that of Nicholas Puran and Shimron Hetmyer — in two balls in the fifth over of the West Indies innings. But he could not get a hat-trick as Rovman Powell left alone Saini’s next delivery. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAsked what was in his mind while bowling the hat-trick ball, Saini said, “My confidence was low initially as I was having pressure of making the debut. The first wicket released the pressure. Then, when I got the second wicket my confidence increased and I felt like I was playing a normal match. “When I was to bowl the hat-trick ball, I felt like ‘it is something which I have been seeing others do, it is happening to me’. Then, I was focussing on how to take the wicket,” said the Haryana-born Saini who plays for Delhi in domestic circuit. Saini’s third wicket — that of Kieron Pollard (LBW) in the final over of West Indies innings — came from a review on the insistence of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant after the umpire said not out. Asked about it, he said, “I thought it was not out and on appeal the umpire also said not out. But Virat paji took the review, he said ‘there is a review left for us and why waste it, you never know it may be out also’. “I was not sure whether I will get that wicket. But I was so happy when Pollard was adjudged out after the review.” Asked about the tatoo on his left hand which depicted a wolf, Saini said, “During my childhood, I and my big brother used to watch a lot of movies on wolves. So I like wolves. “Moreover, wolves do not perform in circus and thinking that I made these tatoos.”last_img read more

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