KSAFA to sell office

first_imgThe Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) is to sell the building that houses its headquarters at 40 Old Hope Road as the organisation embarks on finding a more fitting home.The administration has also already identified two prospective properties that are deemed to be more suitable and is in the process of making an acquisition.The development was revealed by KSAFA President Ambassador Stewart Stephenson at the launch of the 2016 David Hunt Management Seminar at the headquarters of sponsor Mayberry Investments Limited on Oxford Road in Kingston recently.The seminar is set for today at the Melbourne Cricket Club.The existing headquarters was bought by KSAFA in 2011 by the then administration led by President Rudolph Speid. In 2012, the property was said to be valued at $28 million. But according to Ambassador Stephenson, the property does not fit with the kind of image that KSAFA would want to have as a home.”As KSAFA continues to build and provide professional services for our association and our clubs we have had to look at the facilities that we occupy, and I am happy to announce that just yesterday (Wednesday) we signed a contract to sell our premises at 40 Old Hope Road, which was not appropriate in our judgement for building the kind of image and the kind of organisation that we want,” Stephenson said.Ambassador Stephenson said the contract that was signed Wednesday will conclude in four months and the association has already received a deposit on the sale.”We met with our clubs and they voted without objection for the sale of the building on Friday, the 15th of January for us to find a more appropriate location that reflects the needs of KSAFA with adequate parking etc. There is no reason why KSAFA should not look as good as Mayberry or any other corporate enterprise.”last_img read more

Virtual field trips add a new twist to an educational staple

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council is taking a new look at an old elementary school staple — field trips.There is certainly no shortage of school students interested in taking a field trip to a modern livestock farm but logistics, costs and biosecurity issues make this important educational tool and valuable agricultural outreach effort increasingly impractical. To address this challenge, the Ohio Pork Council has harnessed technology to develop a unique opportunity for teachers and students to participate in a live video-chat with farmers. Using Google Hangouts video chat technology, hog farmers can take students inside their barns and showcase the inner workings of modern production facilities and a variety of aspects of raising pigs from pregnancy through birth to market weight.“We’ve established a way to open up our hog barns in the state of Ohio and make a connection with folks who may not be able to get out to farms to see where their food comes from. Elementary school classrooms are able to connect live with a farmer virtually and see what goes on in his or her hog farm,” said Quinton Keeran, with the Ohio Pork Council. “We are now kicking off this year’s field trips and are hoping to expand this as far as we can. The program was very well received last year. We are planning to add more farmers and we want to broaden beyond elementary schools. We are going to open this up to high school classes, specifically FFA and vo-ag classes. We are also considering opening this opportunity to the general public.”Each virtual tour can be shaped by the teacher in the classroom to address the curriculum that is currently being covered.“This program is unique because we have worked with educators to specifically tailor our messaging to points in curriculum that teachers will be working on,” Keeran said. “We have had several teachers using this in different areas of the curriculum. Some teachers have used this for science, social studies, and economics. The teacher can take this experience and tailor it to the curriculum they are working on.”While the hog farmers are quite adept talking about their farms, there is some important training needed to get them up to speed on the technology required for the effort.“Our farmers are very good at what they do, but they may not always be carrying an I-pad and headphones. We had to work with some of the individual farmers that decided to be a part of this to train them on the technology to be able to really provide a nice positive experience for the students that participate in this live video chat,” Keeran said. “Right now we have three farmers participating. We have done some simulations and test runs of these Google Hangouts to try and figure out what equipment works best in their barns. We’ve provided them with some wireless capability to really be able to enhance the experience.”Farm Credit of Mid-America has been an important supporter of the project with the Ohio Pork Council.“We are very excited about the opportunity we have been given to enhance the virtual field trip program through support from Farm Credit Mid-America that will continue to grow that project and reach more classrooms within the state of Ohio,” Keeran said.One of the farmers participating in the virtual field trips is Neil Rhonemus who farms in Highland and Clinton counties and raises contract hogs for the Heimerl family.“We have two wean-to-finish barns. We get the pigs when they are 21 days old and 12 pounds and we take them to finish weight. They are all gilts,” Rhonemus said. “They are marketed by the Pig Improvement Company. We have shipped pigs all over the U.S. and Mexico and to China. We only have 60 acres of crops so we depend on our neighbors to use the manure from our barns.”One of the farmers participating in the virtual field trips is Neil Rhonemus who farms in Highland and Clinton counties and raises contract hogs.Rhonemus welcomes the opportunity to share his farm with students around Ohio.“Less than 2% of our population farms and less than 1% actually takes care of livestock. We need to get our story across to the general public so they know what we are doing before somebody makes it up for us,” he said. “So far I have talked to second and third graders and I am going to be talking to some FFA students — I expect a whole different set of questions from them. I explain that pork is meat we get from a hog. It is necessary for us to respect our animals and treat them humanely and, if we eat meat, it is also necessary that we raise animals. I was asked once where the baby pigs come from and I said, ‘They come on a trailer’ which is true. That is how I get them. You have to expect those kinds of questions will come up. Handling the questions from the kids is fun because you never know what to expect when they start talking. You really have to be on your toes. It has been a really good experience for me and I am looking forward to doing more.”He has found that the students are really interested in what is happening on the farm.“I’m never surprised about the lack of knowledge about what we do that is out there. I have been surprised about their curiosity, though. These students really want to know about what we do and they want to learn. It is awesome to be involved in,” he said. “One of our teachers was a neighbor not too far from one of our facilities and she initiated some really good questions. I really look forward to those questions from the adults as well. It is really cool and it is exciting to be involved with something like this.”Rhonemus said that there was a learning curve with the technology involved and the process is not as simple as just turning on an I-pad.“It wasn’t too bad really once we got the equipment working and got a feel for how things flow. I have an I-pad with headphones to cancel out the noise so I can hear and I have a portable receiver for our Internet,” he said. “Once we are connected we take a tour of the building to show them what is going on then I can field questions from the students. We have a moderator involved so there is a technician involved to handle the equipment. This is a coordinated effort from several people. “The effort, though, is viewed as worthwhile for everyone involved. The teachers have expressed appreciation for the chance to add a unique teaching tool in the classrooms and the students gain valuable insight into how their food is produced straight from the source that best knows the real answers to their questions — the farmer.The students always enjoy seeing baby pigs.last_img read more

Goa police register FIR against Mangueshi temple priest in molestation case

first_imgThe Goa Police on Friday launched a probe into the allegations of molestation against a priest at Shree Mangueshi temple in south Goa. A First Information Report (FIR) was filed at the Ponda police station late on Thursday based on a complaint filed, police said on Friday. “We are investigating the case. A FIR has been filed at the Ponda police station by the victim under section 354 (outraging modesty) of Indian Penal Code,” Superintendent of Police (South Goa) Arvind Gawas told The Hindu on Friday morning.The priest accused of the alleged molestation, Dhananjay Bhave, will be summoned formally, an official also said. Two young women of Goan origin, including a student of medicine studying in the U.S., have accused the temple priest of molestation. Both complaints were submitted to the temple committee in June.“He (priest) came to the locker area (outside the sanctum) and on the pretext of asking me to take ‘pradakshina’, he beckoned me to come near and then acted inappropriately with me,” a victim has said in her complaint to the police. The complaints had earlier been submitted to the Shree Manguesh Devasthan Committee. In its response to the victims’ complaint, the Committee’s Secretary Anil Kenkre had said that it “could not lay hand on any dependable evidence to establish a prima facie case,” and had in separate emails, urged them to take up their respective grievances with an “appropriate authority”.On Friday, Arts and Culture Minister Govind Gaude expressed satisfaction that the victim lodged a police complaint. He told The Hindu, “I am confident, now that the complaint has been lodged with police, our police will probe the same fairly and promptly to ensure that justice is done.”last_img read more

Benilde runs Perpetual aground for third win

first_imgMOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Saunders and Monroe want Golovkin-Alvarez shot LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde registered its third win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament after taking apart Perpetual Help, 83-55, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blazers improved to 3-9 while the Altas slipped to 4-7.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Prince Eze had six points and 16 rebounds to lead the Altas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games This is Benilde’s second win over Perpetual after the Altas had their 69-65 opening game victory against the Blazers forfeited after wearing the wrong uniform.Blazers head coach TY Tang used their earlier game against the Altas as a source of motivation and to prove that they can beat Perpetual without the help of some technicality.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“We had that as a motivation on our part that we just want to prove a point,” said Tang. “This time we wanted to win convincingly. We just played good basketball on both ends of the court and we were composed.” Edward Dixon led the Blazers with 21 points with four rebounds while Clement Leutcheu put up a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. View commentslast_img read more

Four interest rate hikes in 2016 to be gradual Richmond Fed President

first_imgThe US Federal Reserve forecasts pointing to four interest rate hikes in 2016 show what the US central bank means when it says it anticipates raising rates at a “gradual pace”, Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker said on Friday.”That’s half the rate at which we raised rates in the last tightening cycle. So that’s what ‘gradual’ means to me,” Lacker told reporters in Charlotte, North Carolina after participating in a business panel discussion.The US Fed raised the range of its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday and indicated that further hikes would be gradual. The US central bank also said its median policymaker forecast expected the equivalent of four quarter-point hikes next year.Lacker said he had been in favour of raising rates this past June and was confident inflation would rise “noticeably” toward the Fed’s 2% medium-term target in 2016 if oil prices and the value of the US dollar stabilised.”I hope we’re not behind the curve,” Lacker, who will not have a vote in Fed policy decisions in 2016, said in reference to the US central bank’s monetary policy.In its policy statement on Wednesday the Fed said it would probably not begin trimming its massive holdings of bonds until rate increases were “well under way”, but Lacker said on Friday he favors reducing the balance sheet “as soon as possible”.last_img read more

PVR Inox Leisure shares flare up on hopes of GST to be

first_imgPVR and Inox Leisure shares gained in the range of 6.50 percent to almost 10 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Friday, two days after the Rajya Sabha passed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.Multiplexes are seen as benefiting from the GST regime as the taxes on movie tickets are poised to come down from the current levels of about 25 percent to about 18 percent.PVR shares rose 9.85 percent on Friday to close at Rs. 1,218.45 apiece, while Inox Leisure ended at Rs. 267.45, up 6.49 percent from its previous close.Entertainment tax levied by states on cinema tickets are about 25 percent, though in Tamil Nadu it is 30 percent. “PVR and Inox pay about 22 percent net entertainment taxes. With GST rate expected at 17-18 percent, these firms’ taxes would decline, but this benefit will be partially offset by an increase in VAT. Net-net, we expect about 200-300bp EBITDA margin growth for these firms at a GST rate of 17-18 percent,” BoAML had said earlier in its note.Another brokerage said that PVR could see its pre-tax profit going up by about 5 percent if GST rate is fixed at 18 percent.”PVR will benefit with ~4-5% EBITDA margin expansion, if GST rate is at 18%. Stock price rally of 33% over the last 3 months partially factor-in benefit of GST,” Emkay Global Financial Services Ltd. said in a note early this month.PVR operates 552 screens at 127 properties in 47 cities across India, while Inox Leisure has 423 screens in India, including the launch of its recent property in Bengaluru (Bangalore) in June this year. Cinepolis India, the Indian arm of Mexican multiplex chain Operadora Cinepolis SA de CV, operates about 240 screens and had indicated at plans to increase it to 400 by December 2017. It also plans to open new screens under the Fun Cinemas brand it acquired last January.Another chain, Carnival Cinemas, operates about 324 screens in 89 Indian cities.The GST (122nd Constitutional Amendment) Bill was passed unanimously by the Upper House of the Parliament on Wednesday and will be taken up again by the Lok Sabha next Monday in view of the amendments made that have to be ratified. The Lok Sabha had passed the earlier version of the indirect tax reform legislation last year.last_img read more

Narayanganj accident death toll rises to 10

first_imgPeople sustained injuries in a road accident in Narayanganj have been undergoing treatment at the Dhaka medical College Hospital on 26 February. Photo: Dipu MalakarAt least 10 people, including two children, were killed and 50 others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Tribordi in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj on Monday noon, reports UNB.One of the deceased was identified as Yasmin, a worker of Ananta Trading garment.A Chittagong-bound ‘MD Yasin Paribahan’ bus from Dhaka hit a lorry when its driver lost control over the steering, leaving eight passengers of the bus dead on spot and 52 others injured around 2:00pm, said Abdul Qaiyum, officer-in-charge Kanchpur Highway Police.Among the injured, two succumbed to their injuries on way to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, the OC added.Locals rescued the injured and sent 24 of them to DMCH and the rest to Sonargaon Upazila Health Complex.Additional superintendent (crime) Motiar Rahman has already visited the spot.last_img read more