A familiar face to local baseball fans will be lining out for the Humboldt Crabs this summer, with the team announcing that College of the Redwoods standout Kokko Figueiredo will join the club.Figueiredo will give the Crabs plenty of options on offense after a spring season that has seen him star for the Corsairs.The former Fortuna High player leads Redwoods with a .396 average at the plate, and has displayed his power with a team-high 11 doubles to go with 20 RBIs.More than that, Figueiredo …
Mthobisi Masinga, a young forward-thinking town and regional planner from Pretoria, has been invited to present his innovative research on rural land development to a high-level international city planning congress in the US. He is currently seeking sponsorship to represent South Africa at the event. Mthobisi Masinga, a South African town planner and researcher in the field of rural land development, wants to collaborate on finding modern solutions to rural land reform using lessons learnt from history. Masinga is seeking sponsorship to attend an international city planning congress in the US during October 2017 in order to present his findings. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonMasinga, a junior town and regional planner with Pretoria-based firm KENA Consult, will represent South Africa at the International Society for City and Regional Planners’ Annual Congress in Portland, Oregon, in October 2017. He has been invited to present a study on rural land use management and regulatory guidelines for South Africa.The study comes after his work in 2016 for the Limpopo province’s Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Policy/Bill and Regulations, with its principal aim of creating a partnership between traditional leadership in the province and local and municipal government spatial planning management.Work on the project included a collaboration between the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the House of Traditional Leaders, and the Limpopo Office of the Premier.Masinga says the project constructively addresses the often sensitive nature of land reform, adding that “the project’s theme is to give power back to the people through activate citizenry participation, [and] the rights to the city movement and advocacy.” While the research gathered from Masinga’s work on the project can be easily applied to other regions in South Africa and the rest of the continent, it also has potential applications around the world, such as South America and Asia.Hence, his invitation to present his findings at the forthcoming international congress.Masinga is currently seeking private and industry sponsorship for the trip, hoping to be an ambassador for the South African spatial planning sector and boost the country’s international reputation for out-of-the-box thinking in the field of urban development and rural land reform.Masinga considers himself at heart an educator and anthropologist, researching and collaborating on innovative solutions to modern challenges through looking at the lessons learnt from history. He hopes that through networking at the congress event he may be able to bring more international collaborators on-board for future projects in South Africa.Basing his work in the principles of progression, reinvention and persistence, Masinga considers it his professional duty as an African, to help transform societal spaces into habitable places of tomorrow with equality for all through resources, economic development, services, and amenities.“At the current juncture in South Africa’s history, town and regional planning is a key profession in the rectification of the spatial and other imbalances in both urban and rural areas, as well as the improvement of inefficient and underperforming living environments,” Masinga says.“The challenge of planning lies in the fact that different interests and expectations for the future are often contradictory and conflict-ridden. A professional approach that combines sensitivity, analytical and strategic skills is hence required to handle the various political, social, spatial, environmental and economic issues at stake.”For more information on Masinga’s work in rural planning, and to get in touch with him regarding sponsorship and collaboration, find him on LinkedIn or contact him through the KENA Consult website. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileEnding stocks were bigger than expected all across the board for both old and new.It’s been a crazy week for grain prices, unfortunately a down week. Producers have been active with field preparations and most of all, planting finally taking place. However, at least for Ohio, it has not been a full week of planting for everyone. Old crop corn ending stocks were 2.095 billion bushels, last month 2.035 billion bushels. Soybean ending stocks were 995 million bushels, last month 895 million bushels. Wheat ending stocks were 1.127 billion bushels, last month 1.087 billion bushels. Looking ahead to 2019 crops, corn ending stocks were 2.485 billion bushels, soybeans 970 million bushels, with wheat at 1.141 billion bushels. This report today was a supply and demand report which also includes the first report for 2019 crops. In a first ever, world grain tables without China are also detailed. This change was announced months ago. Prior to the report, corn was up 1 cent, soybeans down 2 cents, and wheat up 2 cents. Following the report corn was down 6 cents, soybeans down 5 cents, and wheat down 5 cents.Without doubt, the biggest news this week has been the President Trump tweet on Sunday announcing China was not standing by previously agreed to commitments produced with the month’s long trade talks. Grain prices for Sunday night had been called steady to slightly higher prior to this tweet. Instead, corn, soybeans, and wheat were all lower on the Monday close. Further details have followed this week which indicate that a diplomatic cable from Beijing arrived in Washington, D.C. late last Friday night. It included a multitude of edits to the nearly 150-page draft agreement. In addition, the document was riddled with reversals from China on previously agreed to wording in the seven chapters of the draft trade document. These changes prompted the action taken by President Trump.Mid-morning today, July CBOT corn was $3.53 ½, down from last Friday’s close of $3.70 ¾. July CBOT soybeans were $8.10 and compares to last Friday at $8.42 ¼. July CBOT wheat was $4.31, last Friday it closed at $4.38. The uncertain trade talks, as well as weather permitting more active fieldwork next week, along with disappointing U.S. grain export sales from Thursday, all contributed to the price declines on Thursday.On May 10 at 12:01 am the U.S. put a 25% tariff on $200 billion of China goods imported into the U.S. The previous tariff had been 10%. This follows what President Trump said he would do earlier in the week if there was not a U.S./China trade agreement taking place. He was concerned progress was taking place at too slow of a pace. The Chinese trade delegation did indeed come to the U.S. this week as scheduled for further trade talks with discussions taking place for a shorter period than earlier indicated. It is interesting to note that while the additional tariffs took place this morning, there was a dinner Thursday night between both sides. In addition, trade talks are continuing into today. It would seem encouraging that China did not just cancel their trip and say, “See you later.” Earlier rhetoric this week from China indicated that if the current trade talks failed, they would not be at the table until after the 2020 U.S. presidential election. China also mid-week asked for the U.S. to meet them halfway and denied backtracking from the previous draft agreements. The saga continues.The U.S. Midwest weather forecast has a slightly drier pattern for next week compared to just a few days ago. Good soaking rains are expected to return to the western Midwest near the end of next week. Unless there is a huge surprise in the corn planting progress this week, the Monday, May 13 crop progress report could show well less than 50% of the U.S. corn has been planted. U.S. corn planting progress as of the May 6 weekly report was 23% while the 5-year average was 46%. Soybeans planted were just 6% with the 5-year average at 14%.
Juventus negotiate increase with shirt sponsors Jeepby Ian Ferris20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have announced a reworking of their sponsorship deal with Jeep, which sees the car manufacturer pay an extra €25 million (US$27.8 million) a season through to the end of the 2020/21 campaign, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.With the reworked arrangement, the remainder of the deal would be worth a minimum of €42 million (US$46.74 million) a year and as much as €45 million (US$50.08 million) per year.A statement on Juventus’ website read: ‘It is announced that, due to the excellent sport performances achieved in recent years by the first team which contributed to the club’s improved Uefa ranking, and due to the increased Juventus brand awareness at a worldwide level, Juventus Football Club SpA. and FCA Italy SpA. agreed to increase the yearly fixed Jeep sponsorship consideration by €25 million for 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 football seasons, including of certain additional sponsorship rights.’The other provisions set out in the sponsorship agreement executed in April 2012 and in force until 30 June 2021 remain unchanged’.The club also confirmed that negotiations have already begun to renew the partnership beyond the current agreement. TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
DHX Media (or the “Company”) (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B; NASDAQ: DHXM), the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company, has licensed exclusive U.S. broadcast rights for 30 brand-new half-hour episodes of Teletubbies which will begin airing on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. preschool channel in 2017.Josh Scherba, SVP Distribution of DHX Media, said: “The new Teletubbies series is winning fans worldwide, and the pickup of another season in the U.S. points to the enduring appeal of this global brand. With all the recognizable favorites as well as new features, the second season is a real treat for audiences both in the U.S. on Nick Jr., and the U.K. where it will premiere exclusively on CBeebies next year.”As the flagship property in DHX Media’s strategy to build global brands, the new Teletubbies continues to perform extremely well and is gaining global momentum. The global licensing program is growing rapidly, with more than 85 top-tier licensees already on board, underscoring its position as one of the best-loved and most recognizable international properties. Licensees in core categories include Character Options (award-winning Master Toy line, with distribution in North America and Northern Europe by Spin Master and Southern Europe by Giochi Preziozi) and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (DVD and EST) as well as book publishers Egmont (global rights excluding North America and China) and Simon & Schuster (North America). Advertisement Advertisement Season two of Teletubbies introduces exciting new elements to delight another generation of devotees. Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po continue to laugh, learn and play as they discover a new area of Teletubbyland called the Hidey Hup–a beautiful hidden glade containing equipment for physical Teletubbies fun, including the Tubby Bouncy, Tubby Slidey, Tubby Uppy Downy and the Tubby Spinny. In typical Teletubbies style, they drive to the Hidey Hup in their brand-new honk-honk Tubby Car, singing the infectious Tubby Car song as they travel. The Teletubbies extend their friendship to the adorable and intrepid little Tiddlytubbies–Mi-Mi, Daa Daa, Baa, Ping, RuRu, Nin, Duggle Dee and Umby Pumby–who have their own sing-along signature song. Also, look out for the story of pink tubby custard turning green and a very special Tubby Custard ride carriage for the Noo-noo.In addition, multi-talented author, comedian, actor and presenter David Walliams and girl band star turned TV presenter Rochelle Humes join the voice cast for season two, alongside Jim Broadbent, Fearne Cotton, Jane Horrocks, Daniel Rigby and Antonia Thomas from season one, as they lend their voices to Teletubbies’ distinctive and much-loved Voice Trumpets.The new TV show was commissioned and premiered in the UK by CBeebies, and has been picked up by 23 broadcasters worldwide to date, as well as Amazon Prime Video in the U.K.The new Teletubbies follows the same well-loved characters and styling as the original but has been visually modernized by DHX Media and award-winning U.K. production company, Darrall Macqueen, bringing a refreshed and contemporary look and feel to one of the world’s best-loved preschool properties.About Nick Jr.Nick Jr., the 24-hour network from Nickelodeon dedicated to preschoolers and moms, currently reaches almost 73 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite TV. For more information or artwork, visit www.nickpress.com. Nick Jr. and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).About DHX MediaDHX Media Ltd. (www.dhxmedia.com) is the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company. Owner of the world’s largest independent library of children’s content, at more than 11,800 half-hours, the company is recognized globally for such brands as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Make It Pop, Slugterra and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise. As a content producer and owner of intellectual property, DHX Media delivers shows that children love, licensing its content to major broadcasters and streaming services worldwide. Through its subsidiary, WildBrain, DHX Media also operates one of the largest networks of children’s content on YouTube. The company’s robust consumer products program generates royalties from merchandise based on its much-loved children’s brands.Headquartered in Canada, DHX Media has offices in 15 cities globally, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (DHX.A and DHX.B) and the NASDAQ Global Select Market (DHXM).DisclaimerThis press release contains “forward-looking statements” under applicable securities laws with respect to DHX Media, including, without limitation, statements regarding the broadcast, distribution, licensing, growth, demand, viewership and business strategies in respect of Teletubbies. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on information currently available to the Company. Actual results or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, among other things, include risk factors discussed in materials filed with applicable securities regulatory authorities from time to time including matters discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Information Form and annual Management Discussion and Analysis, which also form part of the Company’s annual report on Form 40-F filed with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
Tamara PimentelAPTN NewsInteraction with police services has been one of the most critical topics at this week’s hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.“I’ve heard multiple examples of how police perceived to have failed and, in many cases, continue to fail Indigenous people in this country,” said Katrina Swan of the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police (SACP).Swan is the first of only a few parties with standing to represent police services in this week’s hearings in Calgary.Swan said the SACP, which represents 12 municipal police forces, has been taking note of issues arising within the inquiry.“Contact with the family is a critical part of the investigative process. I would love to stand before you today and say we get it right all the time,” she said.“But, as you’ve heard, as often as we get it right or think we get it right, we’re being told that we missed the mark. Police need to work harder at ensuring there is an open relationship and communication between the parties.”Charlene Belleau of the Esketemc First Nation in British Columbia represents the First Nations Health Council.She shared stories of missing and murdered women from her community and how cultural protocols are used as an alternative to the RCMP or justice system.“The victims of violence feel they lose their voice in the criminal justice system,” she said.“We wanted to be able to give them a voice through these protocols.”The traditional and ceremonial approach seems to be more effective, Belleau added.“When we have our healing circles they do acknowledge the behaviour, and they do acknowledge having perpetrated those crimes.”It also works faster.“We feel a responsibility that we can help these families that we don’t have to wait for the RCMP or police services or search and rescue,” Belleau said.“We can do things on our own and we should be doing what we can for these families.”Swan said while there are things police services need to work on, in Saskatchewan the SACP has been improving.“Police are involved in initiatives designed to address the root causes of vulnerability and marginalization of indigenous women and girls,” she said.“(They’re) becoming more involved in restorative justice efforts and are working collaboratively with community partners.”[email protected]@tamara_aptn
Junior midfielder David Planning (12) fights for position during a game against Penn State March 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 11-8.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternPlaying in the confines of Ohio Stadium, the No. 19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team was unable to achieve the same outcome the football team did this fall — beat Penn State.Despite playing on the biggest stage campus has to offer, the Buckeyes (1-3, 0-0) couldn’t recover from a strong second half output by the No. 9 Nittany Lions (3-1, 0-0), allowing seven of the 11 Penn State goals after halftime to lose 11-8.The matchup started out as a defensive struggle, as both goalies stayed strong between the pipes throughout the first quarter.The Buckeyes had the lone score in the opening frame when junior midfielder David Planning fired a shot past the Nittany Lions’ senior goalkeeper Austin Kaut.The second quarter began with both teams trading goals as senior midfielder Tom LaCrosse got Penn State on the board, but OSU sophomore attackman Carter Brown answered with a goal of his own to regain the lead for the Buckeyes.The lead was short lived, however, as the Nittany Lions scored three goals before halftime to gain momentum heading into the break.Penn State rode that momentum into the third quarter and came out firing on all cylinders. Before five minutes passed, the Nittany Lions had tallied three more goals to take a commanding 7-2 lead and force the Buckeyes to call a timeout.“They came out and saw what we were doing,” OSU senior goalie Greg Dutton said after the loss. “We were a little bit slower and didn’t make the adjustments we needed to.”Buckeye junior midfielder Jesse King came out of that timeout ready to lead a comeback. He scored four goals over the final 20 minutes, but the Buckeyes only got as close as two the rest of the way.Nittany Lion senior attackman Shane Sturgis scored four goals of his own in the second half, helping to keep the Buckeyes at bay.OSU coach Nick Myers credited Penn State’s ability to switch defenses as a reason the Buckeyes’ offense became stagnant at times.“They played a variation of man and zone,” Myers said. “As they were getting into one defense or the other, it causes you to adjust. I think at times we did a nice job of it (adjusting) and at times we didn’t.”Faceoffs have been a recurring problem so far for OSU this season, and were again an issue for the Buckeyes Saturday as they won only six of 22 opportunities. With that many offensive opportunities, Dutton did his best to thwart the Nittany Lion attack by recording 12 saves.“I told him (Dutton) he had a courageous effort in there,” Myers said. “He stood tall.”Senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the Buckeyes did what they could to get things back even in the second half, but ultimately came up short.“We showed a lot of poise in the second half, but those lapses that we showed at the beginning of quarters can’t happen,” he said.The rough start to the season is not what OSU had in mind, but Myers said his team is capable of turning it around.“For this team, it’s not necessarily how we drew it up at this point,” Myers said. “This is a hungry group still and a team that has a lot of potential.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Hempstead, N.Y., Saturday to take on Hofstra at 1 p.m.
Robert Lewandowski has spoken for the first time since his agent, Pini Zahavi, revealed that his client wishes to leave Bayern Munich this summer for a “new challenge”The Israeli football agent, who is widely renown for having famously brokered the €222m world record deal that saw Neymar leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last summer, recently revealed that Lewandowski has achieved everything that is possible at Bayern and now wants a fresh challenge elsewhere.“Robert feels he needs a change and a new challenge in his career,” said Zahavi.“The managers of Bayern know about it.”Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Lewandowski, who is currently on duty with the Poland national team as they prepare for the upcoming World Cup, announced that he has entrusted his future to his agent and will not be contemplating anything else other than next month’s tournament in Russia.“My agent takes care of these things,” he said. “I am focused on the preparations for the World Cup,” he said, according to Goal.“That is the most important thing. I do not think about anything else.”Both Real Madrid and Chelsea have been heavily linked with moves for Lewandowski this summer, who has a contract at Bayern until 2021.
Portugal Midfielder Bernardo Silva hopes that his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo will not quit the national team following their exit from Russia.Silva, Ronaldo and co. were eliminated on Saturday night following a 2-1 defeat against Uruguay in an enthralling end to end contest, which was decided by two wonderful Edison Cavani goals.Ronaldo was unable to significantly influence proceedings on the night and at 33 years old the world’s best striker may not be part of the Portuguese squad for the next world cup in Qatar.Bernardo Silva hopes that the Madrid star won’t call it a day just yet despite the disappointment in Russia, reports The Independent.“It’s his decision. As a teammate, I hope so because he helps us so much. He’s a fantastic player. We don’t need to describe him. So hopefully he stays but it’s his decision.” said Silva.“He has had another amazing season. The best scorer in the Champions League, a third Champions League in a row. In this World Cup, he helped us so much, scoring four goals. So yes, it seems like he’s getting better with age. I hope he stays but we’ll see what happens.”Ronaldo is Portugal’s record goalscorer having scored 85 in 154 games for his country. He hit 4 goals for them at this World Cup, including a sublime hat-trick against Spain and a powerful header against Morroco.Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.Bernardo continued: “Everyone is disappointed, him as well. We’re going out of the World Cup with the feeling that in the first three games we didn’t play as well as we thought we could, and we didn’t lose.”“And this was our best game and we got eliminated. It’s a bit frustrating for us. But it’s football.” De volta a Portugal depois de uma experiência fantástica de participar num Campeonato do Mundo! Obrigado a todos os portugueses pelo apoio incondicional! ??❤ @selecaoportugal pic.twitter.com/2bfd8QSfYH— Bernardo Silva (@BernardoCSilva) July 2, 2018
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has issued Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng a warning ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga game at 1. FSV Mainz 05The 2014 World Cup winners were benched in Bayern’s last two matches, which has seen them end a four-game winless run with victories over VfL Wolfsburg and AEK Athens.Only Muller has featured in Bayern’s two fixtures, in a 15-minute cameo for Tuesday’s Champions League win in Greece, while Boateng is yet to make an appearance since October 2 in the club’s 1-1 draw with Ajax.And now, following their recent upturn in results, Kovac warned the experienced duo that they have a fight on their hands to insert themselves back into his starting line-up.“After the international break, we decided on a line-up that played the last two games. We did a good job and won both games,” said Kovac in a press conference on YouTube.“We are happy, even those that didn’t play. That’s just what’s happening at the moment. That doesn’t mean Thomas won’t play the next games.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We have to make decisions going into every game. He’s still nice and friendly and training well. It’s all good.”“In our first games [this season] I did switch around in central defence. Now, in the last two games, I just chose the same line-up and they did a very good job.“Jerome is training very well. I can’t announce now that I’m going to change everything tomorrow.“I’m going to look at training. If I have the feeling that someone is exhausted then I will react. If we have the feeling that everyone is super fit and healthy then we won’t change the line-up.”Bayern are fourth in the Bundesliga and will take on Mainz at the Opel Arena this weekend with kick-off to begin at 15:30 (CEST).