first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The West Indies Cricket Board has branded the CARICOM Governance Review Panel’s main recommendation for it to be dissolved as an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”, and has flat out rejected the controversial proposal. In a strongly-worded reply to the CARICOM Governance Review Panel’s report in which it also defended its stewardship, the board dismissed the recommendation as “impractical” and said the panel would have been better served focusing on “the need for growing private-public partnerships at the local and regional levels in the interest of West Indies cricket development going forward.” The panel was commissioned by CARICOM’S Prime Ministerial Committee on Cricket and chaired by UWI Cave Hill Campus principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau. It also comprised Sir Dennis Byron, president of the Caribbean Court of Justice; West Indies cricket legend Deryck Murray; Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank; and Dwain Gill, president of the Grenada Cricket Association. The major recommendation of the report called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB and the appointment of an interim board “whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework” However, the WICB criticised the panel’s investigations as “limited in scope” and said this had “triggered findings and recommendations … which are not supported by the facts.” “The presidents of the Territorial Boards expressed concern that neither they, nor members of their respective Boards were interviewed or consulted by the Panel,” the WICB report said. “Additionally, none of the independent directors were interviewed by the Panel. This failure to consult with a representative variety of local cricket administrators and operators meant, or had the consequence of denying the Panel a full opportunity of ascertaining the key facts. “This has caused or triggered findings and recommendations by the panel which are not supported by the facts.” The Board also contended that its dissolution was also not legally viable and such an action also carried with it major financial ramifications. “The dissolution of the Board is simply not a viable legal or practical option and carries a major financial risk which the panel either ignored or was unaware of,” the WICB stressed.last_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA — No, Jimmy Garoppolo can’t win ’em all. Nor can he fake an angry-man demeanor.As the 49ers starting quarterback comes off his first career loss, he hasn’t morphed into a rowdy cheerleader to rile up his teammates for a rebound performance in Sunday’s home opener against the Detroit Lions.“It’s been the exact same, and I’d be disappointed if it was any different,” coach Kyle Shanahan said of Garoppolo’s persona. “He didn’t have his best game last week but he doesn’t need to come …last_img read more

first_img4 April 2007The South African commercial property market achieved returns of 26.7% in 2006, placing it among the top performing markets worldwide, according to the Investment Property Databank (IPD).This was South Africa’s second-highest annual return since the inception of the IPD Index in 1995, following a return of 30.1% in 2005, signalling a levelling off in the property cycle.According to the index, released on Tuesday, the three-year annualised return for SA commercial property was 26.7%, equivalent to the total return of 2006, while the five-year annualised return was 20.8%.“This is another year of stunning performance for South African commercial property” IPD managing director Stan Garrun said in a statement, adding: “It is in a sense a cooling of exceptionally high returns in 2005, reflecting changing dynamics in the market.”The IPD index also measured property returns in other countries, including Ireland (27.2%), Canada (18.6%), the UK (18.1%), Denmark (17.8%), Norway (17.6%), Sweden (16.2%), Netherlands (12.5%) and Portugal (12%).Speaking to Business Report, IPD United Kingdom director Simon Fairchild said that South Africa’s second place on the list was “pretty assured”, and that it was a significant, though small, contributor to the global property index.“[South Africa] is a top performer and one of the more developing economies in the index,” Fairchild told Business Report.The country’s industrial sector led the way for the second consecutive year, with returns of 31.1%. Returns from the retail sector dipped from 32.6% in 2005 to 27.4% in 2006, while the office sector provided returns of 24.5%.“Offices were possibly expected to perform relatively better, but are well grounded for future growth in the underlying fundamentals,” Garrun said. “Vacancies continued to decline across the board, reaching their lowest levels [4.2%] in 10 years.”Equities and property loan stocks outperformed the direct property index at 41.2% and 33.8% respectively, though direct property achieved better returns than property unit trusts, at 16.2%, and bonds at 5.5%.“In the longer term (over 12 years), property marginally outperformed equities at 15.8% against 15.6%,” the IPD said.Returns were also lifted by strong capital growth of 16.2% and an income return of 9.2% in 2006, as compared to 18.2% and 10.2% in 2005 respectively.“The international re-rating of South Africa as an investment destination continues and the foreign investors are coming in,” Garrun said. “[2007] will be very interesting”.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgSome of the possible MH370 debris in French satellite images New satellite images showing 122 objects, some 23m long, will give the international team scouring the southern Indian Ocean for MH370 new intelligence to refine the vast search area 2500km south-west of Perth. The image taken on March 23 by the French was provided to the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency.Some are bright, possibly indicating solid material such as part of a wing. Acting Malaysian Minister of Transportation Hishammuddin Bin Hussein said that “this is another new lead that will help direct the search operation.”The new image is the fourth positive sighting from satellites and shows debris located 2557km southwest of Perth between the original Australian image taken on March 16 and that take by the Chinese on March 18.Shot through broken cloud, the images shows debris spread over a very wide area of 400sq km according to the acting Malaysian Transport Minister.Some of the pieces are very large such as 22.5m by 6m, 11m by 4m and 23m by 10m in size.The large pieces are likely to be wing or tail sections. Smaller item are more likely to be from the cabin of the 777.Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority is expected to send out planes to new coordinates to get verification.HMAS Supply and the Chinese ice breaker Xue Long are in the area searching for debris and are expected to be redirected to the new co-ordinates.The three Chinese warships the Kunlunshan, the Haikou and the Qiandaohu have also arrived in the search area.MH370 Tribute Pagelast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A soybean-based air freshener won top prize in in the 2015 Student Soybean Product Innovation Competition of the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Purdue University.The competition is held annually to provide students with practical learning opportunities and promote new commercial uses for soybeans.The three students who developed the air freshener, which is called Soy Sniffs, will receive a $20,000 prize for their first-place entry in the contest, which challenges Purdue students to develop new products based on soybeans. This year, 13 teams composed of 39 students competed.A second-place award of $10,000 went to a team that produced biodegradable flower pots.“The Soy Sniffs team has created a unique product with real potential in the $8.5 billion global market for air fresheners and purification products,” said David Lowe, president of the soybean industry group and a farmer from Dunkirk. “Every year, it’s difficult to judge among so many innovative ideas, and this year was no exception — it’s a testament to the ingenuity of our Purdue competitors and the versatility of the soybean.”The Soy Sniffs team members are Evan Anderson, an agricultural and biological engineering major of Churubusco, Indiana; his brother, Sean, majoring in forestry; and Sara Richert, a public relations/strategic communications major of Oak Park, Illinois.The winning team members made their experience work to their advantage after finishing in second place last year with their organic leather conditioner and polish. Richert said they wanted to create a product consisting of soybean oil since they were already familiar with its properties.“With today’s trend of going green and the lack of organic air fresheners and odor diffusers in today’s market, we felt that our product would create and fit its own niche,” she said.All members of this year’s runner-up team, with its entry of Soycotta Pots, are from Corydon. They are Tyler Allen, a computer engineering student; Levi Jackson, majoring in agricultural and biological engineering; and Chelsea Sullivan, studying accounting and marketing.Other entries included a high-performance engine filtration system, a new antifreeze formula and teeth whiteners.Winning projects in previous years included those that engineered the soybean to make crayons brighter, coats warmer and fireworks more environmentally friendly.Lowe noted that soybean checkoff programs over the last 25 years helped to bring more than 800 new soy-based products to market.last_img read more

first_imgShort & Sweet Film FestivalImage via Short & Sweet Film Festival.If you’re on your way to Sundance, you may want to take a small detour the week before to Orem, Utah for the Short & Sweet Film Festival. While it’s not quite at the same feature film level, this smaller shorts-focused fest is a great launch pad for up-and-coming filmmakers, both in the narrative and documentary genres. This one is perfect for short documentary filmmakers looking to make some connections and catch some breaks before making it big at Sundance.Location: Orem, UtahShort Film Submission Fee: $10Short Length: Under 40 minutesSubmission Window: Ends November 30, 2018Official Website: Short & Sweet International Short Film FestivalImage via International Short Film Festival.Currently in its 34th year, the Hamburg International Short Film Festival is one of the most prestigious, and most unique, film festivals in the world. While not necessarily a documentary-focused festival, it is short film-centric and accepts submissions of any genre, including an international section, a “3 minute quickie” section, and a “deframed” (a.k.a. No-Budget) section.Location: Hamburg, GermanyShort Film Submission Fee: No Submission FeeShort Length: Under 60 minutesSubmission Window: Ends February 16, 2018Official Website: Hamburg Fest Check out these five great film festivals that are well worth the time for fans and filmmakers of short-form documentaries.Image via Shutterstock.For filmmakers and journalists alike, the documentary film has become one of the most important media for those looking to find and share the truth. While documentaries can be one of the last pure ways to investigate and report on events, people, and the world, they are also fundamentally a form of artistic expression. For documentary filmmakers, the sometimes-odd, sometimes-beautiful dichotomy of the two motivations makes documentary filmmaking a rare combination of labor and love.It also creates quite a need for documentary film festivals to find ways to reward those who excel at the craft — and to spotlight the unique, meaningful, and often-incendiary subjects they uncover. So, if you’re a documentary filmmaker looking to give your film a wider audience, here are some of the best documentary film festivals for short (and even micro) documentaries.Hot DocsImage via Hot Docs.If we’re talking short films, let’s talk about the biggest festival that showcases them. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is the largest documentary film festival in North America. Started in 1993, the festival has screened 230 documentaries from over 50 countries — its most recent festival hosted over 215,000 people. For short documentary filmmakers, their shorts section (1-40 minutes) is one of the best in the world, and the festival is a great way to meet people and network.Location: Toronto, CanadaShort Film Submission Fee: $35Short Length: 1-40 minutesSubmission Window: November – JanuaryOfficial Website: Hot Docs True/False Film FestivalImage via True/False.Located in the journalistic hotbed of Columbia, Missouri, the True/False Film Festival is one of many documentary festivals that celebrates those filmmakers who bridge the gap between fiction and nonfiction. The festival has become a beacon of documentary filmmaking with short- and long-form projects that span the globe in terms of subjects and viewership.Location: Columbia, MissouriShort Film Submission Fee: $25Short Length: Under 40 minutesSubmission Window: September – NovemberOfficial Website: True/Falsecenter_img Atlanta ShortsfestImage via Atlanta Shorts Fest.In its 9th year in Atlanta, Georgia, the Atlanta Shortsfest is a great venue for filmmakers of all disciplines. Held at the Synchronicity Theatre, this up-and-coming festival aims at growing the short film community for filmmakers and fans alike. Documentaries, narratives, and animations are all welcome.Location: Atlanta, GeorgiaShort Film Submission Fee: $30Short Length: Under 45 minutesSubmission Window: Ends May 31, 2018Official Website: Atlanta Shortsfest For more film festival advice and info, check out some of these articles:The 10 Best Film Festivals For Up-And-Coming FilmmakersHow to Create a Dynamic Press KitAre Film Festivals Worth the Money?last_img read more

first_imgEngland’s success under Gareth Southgate should be making members of the so-called ‘golden generation’ jealous, says Jamie Redknapp.Wayne Rooney, who was drafted back into the current regime for one final outing against the United States, has claimed that the progress made by the class of 2018 does not sit well with some former stars.He said: “I know there are some ex-players who I’ve spoken to who can’t come to terms with England doing well.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Redknapp considers that to be a fair assessment, with the rejuvenated Three Lions having reached the semi-final stage at the World Cup in Russia and booked a place in the last four of the inaugural Nations League.A man with 17 international caps to his name told the Daily Mail: “Wayne Rooney has said some of his former England team-mates are jealous at the success Gareth Southgate is having with this team. They should be.“This exciting young team are showing them how it should be done. The likes of Sven Goran Eriksson, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson had stronger squads at their disposal but the progress under Southgate has only highlighted how much those England sides underachieved.“Players are being picked on form, not reputation.“It doesn’t matter who you play for – if you’re good enough, you have a chance. This approach has allowed Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Ross Barkley and Jadon Sancho to break into a team who reached the World Cup semi-finals.Harry Kane England Croatia 181118“What pleased me most about Sunday’s win [over Croatia] is that it finally put to bed the nonsense that England fluked their way to the last four in Russia.“They have now beaten the World Cup finalists and a strong Spain side away from home.“I am immensely proud of what Southgate has achieved. Wembley was rocking on Sunday. It was probably the best atmosphere the ground has seen since Euro 96.“This side have made the country fall in love with its national team once more.”England briefly faced the threat of Nations League relegation after falling behind to Croatia at Wembley.They were, however, to stage a stirring comeback, with Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane turning a dramatic tie on its head to keep the feel-good factor flowing.Southgate’s side are set to discover who they will face in the semi-finals when the draw is made in Dublin on December 3.last_img read more

first_imgFrom a vertiginous height of 65 meters, I soak in a breathtaking panorama of Vienna, the Austrian capital city. Terracotta rooftops in hues of sherbet, exquisite neo-classical buildings, glitzy post-modern facades and skyscrapers fill the lens of my DSLR. In the distance loom the lush Vienna woods.I’m ensconced in one of the 22 capsules of the Wiener Riesenrad, a giant wheel at Prater Park – the oldest amusement park in the world. One of the city’s marquee attractions, the Reisenrad was built in 1897, my guide Susanne Maurer informs me as we’re hoisted to a dizzying height, turning our legs to jelly.Disgorged from the contraption after the 20-minute ride, we amble towards Prater Park’s other attractions – more rides, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and the Vienna Chocolate Museum. In the last, we learn about cocoa’s transformation from a dark, rugged bean to a glistening product through engaging exhibits.Chocolate making workshops are in progress for apron-swathed kids who seem to be clearly having a good time.The possibilities for fun-loving tourists are endless in Vienna. Known by varied monikers, such as the ‘city of music’ and the ‘city of dreams, the central European metropolis’, offerings are diverse and eclectic. Over the course of my six-day stay, I also checked these out:SCHONBRUNN PALACE Schonbrunn is to Austria what the Taj Mahal is to India – a stellar destination that offers a snapshot of the country’s imperial past. I strolled through the colossal 1,441-room structure admiring its sumptuous furnishings, handcrafted furniture and artworks observing how Austrian royalty lived. The palace’s gorgeously landscaped gardens – tended to by hundreds of gardeners – are eminently Instagram-able.advertisementTHE STRUDEL SHOW One of Vienna’s most popular desserts is the apple strudel, the oldest strudel recipe dates back to 1696. It is now one of Vienna’s most iconic dishes and a musttry when you’re in this charming city.You can even master the technique of rustling up this confection at a strudel show in Schonbrunn Palace. For this I headed down to the imperial bakery at Café Residenz where a witty chef whipped up this traditional desert with pastry so thin I could see through it. The best part – I got to sample it afterwards and take home the original recipe, too.VIENNA STATE OPERA Opera and fine architecture are synonymous with Vienna, and the Vienna State Opera melds both nicely. The exquisite building, located smack dab in the heart of downtown (Innere Stadt district), is considered one of the finest opera houses in the world.With its neo-Renaissance façade, sundry arches and arched windows, and baroque interiors, it mimics a palace more than a place of musical celebration. Enjoy a performance here by booking in advance as tickets are sold out quickly.THE NASCHMARKT Savour a slice of local life at this popular alfresco food market which best reflects Vienna’s pluralistic ethos. Shopkeepers, artisanal farmers and producers from over 40 nations sell everything from fresh fruit to vegetables to herbs, spices, cheese, sausage, seafood, vinegar, apparel and footwear.The atmosphere is so thick it can be sliced with a knife. The sounds, sights and smells are tantalising with vendors hollering and inviting you for free tastings. Israeli, Iranian, Egyptian and Turkish cafes selling succulent kebabs, shakshuka, falafel and other authentic delicacies add to the market’s vibrancy.SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL One of the finest institutes for classical dressage in the world and a long-standing Austrian tradition, the Spanish Riding School has been training pedigreed horses in the art of dressage for centuries. For equestrian sports lovers this is a must see in Vienna, while non-riders can still appreciate the passion and love that is put into this art form.The riding school was built during the Habsburg monarchy and has stood ever since. Demonstrations/training sessions of the graceful thoroughbreds to the sound of Mozart/Beethoven music will keep you thoroughly enchanted through the two-hour show.VIENNA WOODS At the foothills of the Northern Limestone Alps, the Vienna Woods lie to the west of the city straddling 45km. The area is a popular getaway for the locals as well as tourists. Several rivers form the boundaries of the woods where you can enjoy a bucolic landscape. Underground boat rides (seegrotte), hunting lodges and picturesque villages unblemished by modernity add a touch of whimsy to the setting.BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT Last but not least, don’t forget to breathe deep – really deep – in Vienna. Ranked as the most livable city in the world by the Mercer Index for the 10th year in a row, its clean air is a big lure for pollution-fatigued Indian travellers. Water is so pure and fresh you can drink straight from the tap as it makes its way down from the Alpine glaciers to people’s homes requiring no purification during its 36-hour transit.advertisementALSO READ | Do planes fly over Mount Everest? Frequent flyer reveals chilling answersALSO READ | Do you behave badly while on a holiday? Japan might send you backlast_img read more

first_img The Ministries of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at developing strategies and collaborative programmes that will promote and encourage the involvement of women in entrepreneurship.The objective is to facilitate more opportunities for women in the micro, small and medium-size enterprise (MSME) sector.“We are pleased to be signatories to this MOU, which will allow for us to develop strategies to address the constraints affecting women in business,” said Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange.“The agreement is designed to promote sustainable and productive entrepreneurial activities to generate income among disadvantaged women, particularly among those persons living in poverty,” she added.She was speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Agriculture Ministry at Hope Gardens in St. Andrew on Wednesday (November 1).Ms. Grange said the Ministry is concerned about the gender imbalance when it comes to opportunities for entrepreneurial pursuits.She noted that historically, female entrepreneurs have faced many social and financial challenges in starting businesses, and many struggle to stay afloat.She said that while there are no visible barriers to women’s access to the financial sector, too many of them, particularly rural women, are unable to access specific types of financing that are required to be successful entrepreneurs.“The challenge, therefore, is to ensure that financial entities provide services which women can access freely, ensuring that there is a level playing field. Women need to have a voice… and an enabling environment to become successful entrepreneurs,” she pointed out.Minister Grange said she believes that the initiatives to develop from the MOU will be successful, particularly with regard to access to loans.“Statistics indicate that women tend to be more consistent at loan payment. This is true particularly of women in agriculture, who have a good track record in paying back agricultural and credit loans,” she noted.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, for his part, said the opportunities to be provided for women under the MOU will redound to the country’s benefit.“It will strengthen (our women), whose role in the family is paramount, and have influence in building the maturity and responsibility of youngsters… who will contribute to the growth and development of our nation,” he said.As it relates to opportunities for financing, Minister Samuda said, “we are doing everything in our power to ensure that, through dialogue with our banking sector and the Development Bank of Jamaica, that the women play a prominent role as recipients of assistance in their businesses”. The objective is to facilitate more opportunities for women in the micro, small and medium-size enterprise (MSME) sector. Minister Grange said she believes that the initiatives to develop from the MOU will be successful, particularly with regard to access to loans. Story Highlights The Ministries of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at developing strategies and collaborative programmes that will promote and encourage the involvement of women in entrepreneurship.last_img read more

first_imgWashington DC: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approved last weekend’s attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure, CBS News reported Wednesday, citing an unnamed US official. The report came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, flying to the kingdom, called Saturday’s strikes which knocked out half of Saudi crude output an “act of war.” CBS, without giving specifics about the US official or how they obtained the information, said Khamenei approved the attack only on condition that it be carried out in a way to deny Iranian involvement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportUS officials quoted said the the most damning evidence against Iran is unreleased satellite photos showing Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps making preparations for the attack at Iran’s Ahvaz air base. The significance of those photos only became clear later, the report said. “We were caught completely off guard,” the network quoted a US official as saying. Iranian state media said Tehran had written to Washington through the Swiss embassy on Monday, denying any role in the attacks and warning it would respond to any action against it. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTehran-supported Huthi rebels in the kingdom’s southern neighbor Yemen have claimed responsibility, but both Washington and Riyadh have ruled that out. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, earlier told AFP the US administration has concluded the attack involved cruise missiles from Iran, and said evidence would be presented at the UN General Assembly next week. Vice President Mike Pence reiterated President Donald Trump’s comments that “we don’t want war with anybody, but the United States is prepared.” Trump last year pulled out of a hard-won deal between Tehran and international powers that froze Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions. Washington reimposed crippling economic penalties, including against Iran’s vital oil sector, and Tehran began taking steps back from the deal.last_img read more