Governor Wolf Supports New Training Program for Future PA Ironworkers

first_img September 19, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of new funding for the Iron Worker Apprenticeship Workforce Expansion Project, a program proposed by the Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Fund to provide opportunities for young men and woman to begin careers as ironworkers. The grant will come from Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative.“Our administration remains committed to supporting programs like the Iron Worker Apprenticeship Workforce Expansion Project and providing manufacturers with skilled workers eager to help grow the Pennsylvania economy,” Governor Wolf said. “This project will grow employers’ talent pools with qualified applicants, while preparing trainees for life-long sustainable careers.”The grant will award $300,000 to the Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Fund, which will work with Songer Steel Services Inc, Abate Irwin, Chapman Corporation, Avalotis Corporation, Matrix North America, De-Cal, and Century Steel Erectors to carry out the Iron Worker Apprenticeship Workforce Expansion Project.The project will train an additional 60 apprentices, further growing the state’s manufacturing sector. It will provide opportunities for a diverse group of young Pennsylvanians to jumpstart sustainable trade careers in a growing, high-demand industry. The projected income levels of the jobs will allow these trainees to provide for their families, build a sense of self-worth and continue to be a driving force in growing the economy during their work experience.“Iron Workers Local #3 Apprenticeship would like to extend our most sincere thanks to Governor Wolf for this Manufacturing PA grant,” said Paul Ribarchak, training director for Iron Workers Local Union #3. “The apprenticeship program is the backbone of our union. This grant will allow us to continue training to the highest standards and provide a skilled, on demand workforce for our employers working in Western Pennsylvania’s manufacturing facilities.”Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017. This initiative ensures that training leads not simply to any job, but to careers that provide higher pay and opportunities for advancement. Working with DCED’s strategic partners, including Industrial Resource Centers (IRCs), Pennsylvania’s colleges, universities, technical schools, and non-profit organizations, this initiative fosters collaboration and partnerships to accelerate technology advancement, encourage innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.center_img Governor Wolf Supports New Training Program for Future PA Ironworkerslast_img read more

A ‘social’ house has the best chance of selling

first_imgThis house at 103 Wendouree Crescent, Westlake sold for $1.65 million.SOCIAL media campaigns have led to the sale of two prestige properties in Brisbane’s Centenary suburbs. One buyer walked around the corner and another drove down Mt Tamborine to secure their new homes. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN THE CENTENARY SUBURBS McGrath Paddington sales agent, Reuben Packer-Hill, said both properties received one offer after buyers saw the properties on Facebook.“That first week or two weeks are the most critical in the campaign,” Mr Packer-Hill said.The five-bedroom house at 4 Bowman Place, Mount Ommaney, sold for $1.2 million in its second week with McGrath Estate Agents.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019This house at 4 Bowman Place, Mount Ommaney sold for $1.2 million.“They were renting around the corner and were just waiting for the right thing,” he said.“Negotiations took a couple of weeks; they wanted a pool installed in the property.”The five-bedroom house at 103 Wendouree Crescent, Westlake, sold for $1.65 million after its first open house, to a Mt Tamborine couple who were downsizing and moving closer to family. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Located on the bank of the Brisbane River is 103 Wendouree Crescent, Westlake.“There is still a big portion of people looking for homes with self-contained areas whether they are granny flats or rumpus rooms with kitchenettes,” Mr Packer-Hill said.last_img read more

Fury posts hilarious meme of him taking ‘bum’ Joshua to school

first_img And ahead of their potential undisputed title decider, Fury taunted his rival by indirectly telling Joshua he has superior skills. He captioned the hilarious post: “Happy Wednesday.” In the picture, a mocked-up image of AJ asks while holding the far bigger Gypsy King’s hand: “Where are you taking me?” Fury responds: “To school, you bum.” The social media jibe garnered a mixed reactions from opposing fans, who are divided on who will emerge victoriously. Loading… The Battle of Britain had come under threat after the WBC mandated the winner between Fury and Deontay Wilder, 34, – signed for this year – to face Dillian Whyte. But Whyte’s hopes of finally challenging for the heavyweight crown went up in smoke after he was knocked out by 40-year-old Alexander Povetkin. Whyte, 32, has the chance to enact revenge against Povetkin in a rematch. And Fury has told Joshua to “stop running away” now his mandatory duties have momentarily been erased. read also:Whyte: Tyson Fury’s real name is Luke He told BT Sport Boxing: “Eddie Hearn was trying to protect Joshua, trying to put a hurdle in the way with Whyte. “The biggest fight out there now is me and Joshua, so let’s make it happen. “Stop running away, stop making excuses, put your nuts in your handbag and let’s fight.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World Tyson Fury mocked “bum” Anthony Joshua with a meme of him “taking his rival to school”. The heavyweight champions have already verbally agreed on a two-fight deal for 2021.last_img read more

Seven-match ban for Pardew

first_img Press Association Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been given a seven-match ban – and will be barred from entering stadiums for the first three games – after headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler. A statement from the FA read: “Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will serve a seven-match suspension with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after he admitted an FA misconduct charge. “An independent regulatory commission today [Tuesday 11 March 2014] ruled the first three matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban.” Pardew, who has also been fined £100,000 and given a formal warning by his club, said he will accept the latest punishment. The Newcastle manager said in a statement released by his club: “As I have made clear, I deeply regret the incident and again wholeheartedly apologise to all parties for my conduct, which I understand was not acceptable. “I will accept the punishment handed down by the FA today. My focus now turns to preparing the team for this weekend’s game against Fulham and finishing the season as strongly as possible.” Pardew will be banned from Craven Cottage for Newcastle’s match at Fulham, and then from St James’ Park for the home games against Crystal Palace and Everton. The touchline bans will kick in for the games against Southampton (away), Manchester United (home), Stoke (away), Swansea (home). The 52-year-old appeared at a personal hearing in front of a three-man commission. It is believed the panel also looked at recent incidents over the last two seasons. Pardew was given a two-match touchline ban and £20,000 fine in August 2012 for pushing an assistant referee, and was also warned about his conduct in January this year following a heated exchange when he was caught on camera swearing at Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini. center_img The sanction was imposed by an independent regulatory commission after Pardew had admitted a misconduct charge, the Football Association announced. He was also fined £60,000 and warned as to his future conduct after the incident during Newcastle’s 4-1 win at Hull on March 1. last_img read more

Senior leaders look to lead repeat campaign

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoCHICAGO — As the men’s basketball season begins this Saturday against Augustana, the Badgers are going to be looking to their senior leaders Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft.The Badgers have 11 underclassmen, and Landry and Krabbenhoft are the only two remaining senior starters from the 2008 Big Ten Championship team. Landry was elected to the preseason all-Big Ten team and is one of the seniors Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan is looking to help develop the freshman class.Landry has experience learning from great leaders during his career. As an underclassman, former Wisconsin standout Alando Tucker took Landry under his wing to help him improve both on the court and off.“The one thing [Tucker] told me that was really hard for me was the things Coach [Ryan] is impressed by,” Landry said Sunday at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago. “He is impressed by your defense. He’s impressed by you doing what he asks you to do. It was very different coming out of high school where the only thing coaches are impressed by is your scoring. … He knows you can score.”Ryan may have seen a few different things in practice, but he knows the upperclassmen of the team are having a positive influence on the freshman class by getting them ready to play Division I basketball.“[Marcus] must have had a good effect on the freshmen because they shot the ball every time they got their hands on it,” Ryan said Sunday. “What he meant was I care if people score. But if you are going to be on the floor, you are going to have to do a lot more than just score. The other thing I know the upperclassmen have advised the underclassmen in is when he is talking to one person, make sure you all listen because you are going to do the same thing.”Purdue tops Big Ten preseason rankingsAfter surprising the nation last year while finishing second in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin, the Purdue Boilermakers are poised to make a run at the Big Ten title this season, and perhaps make some noise in the tournament as well.Media and coaches both picked the Boilermakers to finish first in the Big Ten and also chose Purdue guard Robbie Hummel as the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.After leading the Boilermakers to last year’s surprising outcome, Purdue head coach Matt Painter is excited for his team and the improvements they have made over the past few seasons.“We have a lot of work to do,” Painter said. “But it is a nice feeling that people think enough of us to put us at the top.“Robbie [Hummel] is a great player,” he continued. “From a coaching standpoint, we love that he was picked as Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, and sometimes at practice he’s not even our best player.”The Boilermakers return Hummel, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Chris Kramer and E’Twaun Moore to the starting lineup of an already talented Purdue team.“With everything we accomplished last season, we still have those guys coming back,” Kramer said. “We have a lot of firepower in our arsenal, but I think we have to stay healthy and keep being hungry. … But last year, sure we exceeded some expectations, but we didn’t accomplish anything; we didn’t win anything great, so that should keep us hungry.Indiana starts rebuildingAfter last year’s debacle when former head coach Kelvin Sampson violated NCAA recruiting policies, former Marquette head coach Tom Crean is looking to rebuild the program and integrity of Indiana basketball.Crean, who was an assistant under Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, has put the problems behind him and is concentrating on bringing the program back to its former prestige.“We still have to live with the results of some of the things that have happened, but other than that it has nothing to do with us,” Crean said Sunday.Izzo believes his former assistant will have the same success he had at Marquette and will be able to bring the program back despite losing three scholarships due to NCAA sanctions and many players who left the program after Sampson was fired.“He’s got a great opportunity,” Izzo said. “You know why he’s got a great opportunity? Because they’ve cleaned house. They have evaluated what is right or wrong and got rid of what was wrong. What’s right is it’s Indiana University, one of the best tradition schools in the country, much less the Big Ten.”Crean’s new position brings a lot of pressure as he tries to bring the program back to where it was under former head coach Bob Knight, who won three NCAA Championships with the Hoosiers.“There is not any part of Indiana University, Bloomington or Assembly Hall you don’t feel respect for,” Crean said. “That’s because it’s the way they do basketball, and Bob Knight, as well as [Hall of Fame coach] Branch McCracken, had a lot to do with it.”last_img read more

Wisconsin gets rematch, chance for Big Ten title against Michigan State

first_imgFor the past month, all the Wisconsin Badgers asked for was another chance. Saturday night in Indianapolis, they’ll get it.In the Big Ten’s inaugural conference championship game, the No. 15 Badgers (10-2, 6-2) will get a rematch against No. 13 Michigan State (10-2, 7-1) at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.After its 45-7 win over Penn State last Saturday, Wisconsin wrapped up the Big Ten Leaders Division. Michigan State had clinched the Legends Division a week earlier after routing Indiana 55-3, and followed that up with a 31-17 win over Northwestern.But the principal theme of Saturday night’s rematch will be the Badgers’ quest for redemption after losing one of the most exciting games of the entire college football season Oct. 22 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. The Badgers trailed 31-17 entering the fourth quarter but managed to build a furious comeback, tying the game with 1:26 remaining after an eight-play, 87-yard drive.That was ultimately enough time for Michigan State’s offense, as quarterback Kirk Cousins led the Spartans down the field after a short kickoff, and with four seconds remaining, chucked a 44-yard Hail Mary to Wisconsin’s goal line. The pass was deflected in the endzone back toward the one-yard line, where MSU wide receiver Keith Nichol caught it and fought his way back over the plane. Nichol was initially ruled down at the one-yard line, but an officials review determined he had indeed scored as time expired.The loss ruined Wisconsin’s perfect season, and after another last-minute loss the next week at Ohio State, its national title hopes were shot. Since those two losses, though, the Badgers have trounced their four opponents by a combined score of 177-54 and put themselves in position to gain vindication Saturday night.“I think about it every day, probably,” middle linebacker Chris Borland said of the MSU loss. “I think about the Ohio State loss every day, too. Those things stick with me. It’s a motivator for our preparation, and we don’t want to go through that again.”Michigan State also lost the week after the Wisconsin game, falling on the road to Nebraska 24-3. Since then, the Spartans have won their last four games.Both teams, naturally, will bring slightly different teams to Indianapolis this weekend. The Badgers will likely go up to kickoff without knowing if starting center Peter Konz will play as he continues to recover from a dislocated ankle suffered Nov. 12 at Minnesota. Konz hasn’t played since, and Travis Frederick, who slid over to center from left guard in the second half of the Nov. 19 game at Illinois, will do the same if Konz is unable to play.“I could play right now, and it would just be discomfort,” Konz said. “But I want to be 100 percent. Every day, I’m hoping it loosens up a little bit.”Although the final Hail Mary ultimately was the game’s defining moment, the Badgers suffered several other miscues that erased their early lead and dug a hole too deep to overcome in the second half. Beginning early in the second quarter, Wilson dropped back to pass inside Wisconsin’s own endzone, was pressured and threw the ball away. Intentional grounding was called, however, giving Michigan State a safety.Two minutes later, wide receiver Keshawn Martin took a double-reverse 35-yards for a touchdown that brought MSU to within 14-9. After a 35-yard pass from Cousins to wide receiver B.J. Cunningham on a 4th-and-2 at the 1:20 mark, Michigan State’s special teams unit blocked Wisconsin’s Brad Nortman’s punt and recovered it in the endzone for a touchdown with 37 seconds left in the first half. That gave MSU its 23-14 halftime lead and began what would become a season-long struggle on special teams for UW.“The reverse they scored on, the fourth-down pass they scored on and the blocked punt all stand out to me,” Borland said. “I think a lot’s made of that Hail Mary, but if we didn’t make those mistakes, it’s a different game. Give credit to them, they capitalized.”Wisconsin also struggled mightily on third downs, allowing Michigan State several chances to keep its offense on the field and wear down the Badgers’ defense. The Spartans held the ball for only three minutes longer than the Badgers, but MSU converted eight of its 16 third downs (UW was 4-for-9), a mark that was heavily aided by the six penalties committed by Wisconsin that resulted in 40 yards.“First off, you’ve got to give credit to them,” defensive end Brendan Kelly said. “They’re one of the best third-down conversion teams in the league right now. Secondly … as far as D-linemen go, we personally have to do a better job of getting to the quarterback. We had four sacks that game, but we’ve got to one-up that to win. If four’s not good enough, we need five. If five’s not good enough, we need to get six.”So despite dropping two of their first four Big Ten games, reaching the conference championship brings the Badgers to within one game of returning to the Rose Bowl, where they lost to Texas Christian 21-19 last year.First, though, they’ll have to conquer the Spartans. In the 10 games the two teams have played since 2000, each has won five games. On neutral territory at Lucas Oil Stadium, it seems only fitting that tie will be broken.“They’ll be ready for us, and we’ll be ready for them,” Borland said. “It’s not going to be tricks and gadgets this game, it’s going to be bone-on-bone, Big Ten football.”last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi extends best wishes as team India storms into Chess Olympiad final

first_imgLast Updated: 30th August, 2020 13:34 IST Rahul Gandhi Extends Best Wishes As Team India Storms Into Chess Olympiad Final Congress leader Rahul Gandhi extended best wishes to team India as it made it to the finals of the online Chess Olympiad on for the first time in history. Former world champion Viswanathan Anand also emerged victorious against Jan-Krzystof Duda in 78 moves in the second round after losing to his opponent in the first round.READ | Online Chess Olympiad: India Notch Up Three Easy WinsCaptain Vidit Gujrathi led the way with a win over Gzegorz Gajeswki while Humpy and D Harika also made successes. Young genius R Praggnanandhaa, who replaced Nihal Sarin, was later beaten by Igor Janik, while Vantika Agrawal drew with Alicja Silwicka. COMMENT 1 week ago Rahul Gandhi targets Centre over lack of ‘fair, inclusive COVID vaccine access strategy’ Congress leader Rahul Gandhi extended best wishes to team India as it made it to the finals of the Chess Olympiad on Sunday. Expressing pride for entering the finals for the first time in history, Gandhi said billions of hearts are rooting for team India’s big win in the Chess Olympiad this year. In a massive accomplishment, Koneru Humpy held her nerve in an Armageddon game to pull off a 2-1 victory for India in the Chess Olympiad semi-final against Poland on Saturday. India, whose previous best finish at the Chess Olympiad was a bronze medal in 2014, are now certain of a first-ever gold or silver. They will be up against Russia vs USA semi-final on Sunday.READ | Nirmala Sitharaman Congratulates Team India On Entering FIDE Chess Olympiad Quarter-finals Indian superstar Humpy Koneru wins it for INDIA 🇮🇳India moves to FINALS!!! #ChessOlympiad #IndiaOP— – India (@chesscom_in) August 29, 2020 Written By In the first round, Anand lost to Duda while Gujrathi was beaten by Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Divya Deshmukh was defeated by Alicja Silwicka. Humpy and Harika drew against Socko and Karina Cyfika while Sarin posted the only victory for India, beating Igor Janik, in the first round.The Indian team had earlier beaten Armenia in Friday’s quarterfinal. This is the first time the Olympiad is being played online and with a final stage played on a knockout basis.READ | Teenager R Praggnanandhaa Helps Indian Team Beat China In FIDE Online Chess Olympiad Gloria Methri 1 week ago Rahul Gandhi to address virtual rallies in poll-bound Bihar amid chaos in Congress party FOLLOW UScenter_img 1 week ago Rahul Gandhi lists 3 actions that ‘destroyed’ economy after FM’s ‘Act of God’ remark First Published: 30th August, 2020 12:58 IST LIVE TV READ | Gujrathi, Humpy Offered Hotel Rooms To Play Remaining Online Chess Olympiad MatchesTeam India’s steady progress The Indian team reclaimed its position with the 2-1 victory on Saturday after losing the first round at 2-4. The team then made a strong comeback in the second with a crushing 4.5-1.5 win. Humpy finished off rest of the match with a tie-breaker. WATCH US LIVE 1 week ago RBI issues warning on economic crisis, Rahul Gandhi says ‘Increase spending, not credit’ India is in the Finals!! After losing the 1st match to Poland 4-2 we came back strongly in the in the next one by scoring 4.5-1.5! Humpy showed amazing nerves by clinching the armaggedon in a spectacular way!!— Vidit Gujrathi (@viditchess) August 29, 2020 1 week ago Congress follows Rahul Gandhi’s clarion call; leads nationwide protest against NEET-JEE SUBSCRIBE TO US WE RECOMMENDlast_img read more

Matt Kemp is looking more and more like Dodgers’ left fielder (again)

first_img“To be quite honest, he surprised me with the way he came in shape,” Roberts said of Kemp, who says he has shed 40 pounds since last season. “I had him in San Diego (in 2015). I saw him last year. And to see the complete contrast in body composition? I’m surprised, yeah. Pleasantly surprised and excited for him.“When we acquired him we didn’t know what kind of shape he was in. We went on what he looked like last year and coming off an injury. The way he came in initially made a statement in itself. So we’re not going to make any decisions right now. We still have time for that. Obviously, he’s getting a good look and he and some other guys are playing really well.”BUEHLER PLANThe Dodgers have made it clear they are “slow-playing” top prospect Walker Buehler this spring with an eye toward conserving his innings – a natural resource to be tapped into deeper in the season. His fastball hasn’t gotten the memo. He regularly hit 97-98 mph and touched 99 twice during his two innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.Buehler retired six of the seven batters he faced, struck out two, walked one and threw a wild pitch in his first Cactus League appearance this spring. What’s next, when or where his season will start, Buehler says he doesn’t know. The Dodgers are handling everything with him on a need-to-know basis and apparently Buehler doesn’t need to know much.“I’ve told everybody that’s above my pay grade,” he said Friday. “I’m not too worried about it. I’m 23 years old and I feel good with where I’m at and what I’m trying to accomplish. Hopefully it all works out.“The biggest thing is this team winning. If I’m part of that, great. If not then we’ve got some good guys out there.” Roberts calls Toles “a plus-defender” in left field with the ability to play the other two outfield spots also. Kemp’s defense has been adequate this spring but it still calls out for a time-share arrangement if not a full-on platoon partner. Dodgers’ Kike’ Hernandez tired of being left out against righties There has been much to talk about. Six players have had a chance to make their case for a part in the Dodgers’ left-field plans. Alex Verdugo has hit well but another year of Triple-A seasoning seems to be in his future. Joc Pederson has failed to build on his excellent World Series performance. Trayce Thompson could find himself on the waiver wire before Opening Day. Kike’ Hernandez has shown himself to be deserving of regular playing time – but that will likely come in his “super-utility” role again.That leaves Kemp and Andrew Toles, who has proven to be healthy after surgery for a torn ACL in his right knee last May. In the right-handed veteran and the left-handed Toles (12 for 36 this spring), the Dodgers would seem to have the makings of a platoon.“He’s definitely not nor has he ever been a platoon guy,” Roberts said of Kemp. “It’s more of the right situation and using him and the other guys on our club the right way. You look at that position, call it 650 plate appearances. Now it’s our job to kind of figure out how we divvy those up. With Matt, certainly platoon doesn’t even come into play.”Kemp has hit left-handers better than right-handers throughout his career – a .319 batting average, .921 OPS and one home run every 22.4 plate appearances against lefties, .274 and .794 with one home run every 25 plate appearances against righties. But he reversed that last year, hitting righties (.808 OPS, 16 home runs) much better than lefties (.684 and three home runs).Related Articles Joc Pederson strives to regain standing, focus as Dodgers outfielder PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp connects for a home run during a baseball spring exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp is all smiles during workouts at the Camelback Ranch Complex in Glendale on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp is met at home plate after his three-run home run during a baseball spring exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp takes grounders at third during workouts at the Camelback Ranch Complex in Glendale on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Left fielder Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team holds a bat as he poses for a photograph on MLB photo day, on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp leads off first during a drill at the team’s spring training baseball facility Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp catches a fly ball during a baseball spring exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp during workouts at the Camelback Ranch Complex in Glendale on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp rounds the bases after a home run during a baseball spring exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp connects for a home run during a baseball spring exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)NextShow Caption1 of 10Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp connects for a home run during a baseball spring exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)ExpandGLENDALE, Ariz. — Yep, he’s still here.Three months after he was acquired in a trade that was more accounting trick than baseball move, over one month after he reported to spring training with an uncertain future, Matt Kemp is still back in blue – and looking more and more like a part of the Dodgers’ Opening Day lineup and their primary left fielder.“To his credit, he’s showing what’s made him a very good player for a long time,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Kemp, who is batting .333 (12 for 36) with four home runs this spring. “When you make the trade and you look at the seasons guys had last year who we have coming back, we were already a very good team without Matt. But to have a former All-Star in as good a shape as he’s been in years and add him to the mix, it only increases the level of competition to play for everyone around him. That’s a good thing. That’s a good thing for all of us.”With almost two weeks left before the start of the regular season, Roberts emphasized that the Dodgers’ left-field plans are hardly set in stone. There is ongoing “conversation and debate,” he said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

MS Dhoni might continue to play till IPL 2021

first_imgAdvertisement aasbNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5wbzWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eaw0rd0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) mq2Would you ever consider trying this?😱ikxCan your students do this? 🌚asgdRoller skating! Powered by Firework There has been a huge speculation about the future of the star Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. MS Dhoni has not played a single match for team India after the defeat in the semifinal of the ODI World Cup in 2019. The chief selector of India, MSK Prasad proclaimed that they moved on and they would like to give opportunities to the youngsters like Rishabh Pant.Advertisement However, the coach of Indian Cricket team, Ravi Shastri ensured that MS Dhoni would be in the plans of the team management considering his performance in IPL 2020. According to a source, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has expressed his desire to play till IPL 2021. He has even asked the owners of Chennai Super Kings to release him. He is ready to be a part of the big auction of Indian Premier League which is supposed to take place ahead of IPL 2021.Advertisement Chennai Super Kings can take MS Dhoni back in their side with using right to match card in a lower price. However, the officials of Chennai Super Kings are ready to retain the star cricketer. They know the value of a cricketer like MS Dhoni. So, we can assume that MS Dhoni will be back in the field very soon.Bruh moment of 22nd November 2019: Pogba injured for the football field but not for the basketball court?Advertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more

Sime Darby Clarifies Position in Liberia’s Rain Forests Report

first_imgSime Darby Plantation (SDPL) says it is not involved in logging or the extraction of timber that a recent report says is putting Liberia in danger. A release issued yesterday said regarding clearing of land for the cultivation of oil palm, Sime Darby Plantation has had a moratorium on any clearing of land since September 2014. The moratorium has allowed the company to study the need for the conservation of high carbon stock forests, an effort “we are undertaking with several stakeholders, including groups of growers, NGOs and scientists under the umbrella of the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach.” Prior to September 2014, Sime Darby Plantation said it also had strict policies and guidelines on the preservation and protection of High Carbon Value (HCV) areas, including Environment & Biodiversity Policy and Slope & River Protection Policy. The release said Sime Darby Plantation has observed both these policies for all new land development activities in Liberia. “Today, new land development is still put on hold as the HCS Approach pilot is currently being conducted in SDPL’s concession area,” the release said.This is despite SDPL being pressured by the communities to start developing their land for oil palm plantation to create much needed opportunities for employment and economic development. “With the above commitment to ensuring that our plantation development is carbon neutral, conflict-free, transparent and equitable to stakeholders, Liberians can rest assured that Sime Darby will not be carrying out logging activities within its concession area even if the government decides to introduce theConversion Timber/Logging regulation in the country.“Striking the balance between people, planet and prosperity in new developments has always been Sime Darby’s objective,” according to the release. It may be recalled the global environment watchdog Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) recently raised an alarm on illegal awarding of logging rights to certain concessions by unnamed top government officials.SDI said Liberia’s forests are under renewed threats from what it termed as conversion timber/logging, which the government is on the verge of introducing – which has the potential to destroy the country’s remaining rain forests.SDI’s position indicated that agricultural concessions, especially oil palm companies such as Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and Sime Darby, could carry out logging activities within their concession areas. However, Sime Darby in its release re-affirmed its position on the suspension of such an activity in its operating areas stating that it will not carry out logging activities within its concession area even if the government decide to introduce the Conversion Timber/Logging regulation in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more