Meulensteen savours ‘feel-good factor’

first_imgFulham boss Rene Meulensteen says his experienced midfielders have helped to bring the ‘feel-good factor’ back to Craven Cottage.Steve Sidwell, 30, Giorgos Karagounis, 36, and Scott Parker, 33, all excelled in the 2-0 win against Aston Villa on Sunday, which ended a run of six straight defeats.Meulensteen said: “What they bring you is experience. These players are well trained.“It is our job to make sure they have the energy to play at this level and it is important you use them in the right jobs for the team. That is what I’ve done.”The victory over Villa, the Whites’ best performance of the season, sparked joyous celebrations in the stands and Meulensteen is eager to see that excitement maintained.He said: “Although we lost against Spurs there was a massive feel-good factor there.“I wanted to make sure we maintained that feel-good factor and back it up with three points, so that the fans and the players know we’re back on track.”See also:Fulham v Aston Villa player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Look who’s featured in this new mural celebrating SAP Center

first_imgIt’s hard to depict every major sports event and music legend that’s been part of the 25-year history of SAP Center, even in a mural that’s 270 feet wide like the one just completed on San Fernando Street in downtown San Jose.“We work really hard to make sure we bring a wide variety of shows to SAP Center — and we live in an extremely diverse community so we need to have a diverse array of events,” said Doug Bentz, SAP Center’s vice president of marketing and digital. “So this mural really …last_img read more

Brand South Africa welcomes the decline in the fourth quarter unemployment’s statistics

first_imgBrand South Africa welcomes the decrease in South Africa’s unemployment rate which declined by 0.4% points from 27.5% at the end of the third quarter to 27.1% for the 2018-2019 financial year end.The Quarterly Labour Force Survey states that there are 16.5 million employed people and 6.1 million unemployed people between the ages of 15 and 64 years in South Africa.According to Stats SA, the working-age population increased by 149,000 or 0.4% in the fourth quarter compared to the third quarter of the same year while comparison of the 4th quarter in 2017 shows an increase to 608,000 or 1.6%. The increase was in the finance, private households, manufacturing and mining sectors.Commenting on the latest unemployment statistics, Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research, Dr Petrus de Kock said: “The year 2018 saw numerous initiatives being launched with the aim of kick reviving South Africa’s economy. These statistics are evidence that these interventions are beginning to work in reigniting our economy. Some of the initiatives include the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference in October last year provided great impetus to our drive to mobilise R1.2 trillion in investment over five years. The Investment Conference attracted around R300 billion in investment pledges from South African and international companies.”The Presidential Jobs Summit hosted in September 2018 also resulted in concrete agreements between various stakeholders. These agreements, which are now being implemented by social partners, aim to create 275,000 additional direct jobs every year.In his second State of the Nation Address which was hosted in Cape Town on Thursday 07 February, President Cyril Ramaphosa focused on measures which will be undertaken this year to accelerate inclusive economic growth and job creation.  The President indicated that projects to the value of R187 billion are being implemented and projects worth another R26 billion are in pre-implementation phase stemming from the Investment Conference.“Over the past year, we have focused our efforts on accelerating inclusive growth, significantly increasing levels of investment and putting in place measures to create more jobs. Drawing on the valuable lessons we’ve learnt, through a more focused effort, and through the improvements we’re making in the business environment, we aim to raise even more investment this year. We will be identifying the sectors and firms we want and need in South Africa and actively attract investors. Based on our experiences over the past year, and to build on the momentum achieved, we will host the South Africa Investment Conference again this year,” said President Ramaphosa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

How will the shutdown affect USDA functions?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today detailed which functions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will remain available in the event of a lapse in government funding.“There may be a lapse in funding for the federal government, but that will not relieve USDA of its responsibilities for safeguarding life and property through the critical services we provide,” said Secretary Perdue.  “Our employees work hard every day to benefit our customers and the farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers who depend on our programs. During a shutdown, we will leverage our existing resources as best we can to continue to provide the top-notch service people expect.”Some USDA activities will be shut down or significantly reduced and some USDA employees will be furloughed.  However, certain USDA activities would continue because they are related to law enforcement, the protection of life and property, or are financed through available funding (such as through mandatory appropriations, multi-year discretionary funding, or user fees).  For the first week of a potential shutdown, 61% of employees would either be exempted or excepted from shutdown activities.  If the shutdown continues, this percentage would decrease, and activities would be reduced as available funding decreases.USDA activities that would continue in the short-term include:Meat, poultry, and processed egg inspection services.Grain and other commodity inspection, weighing, grading, and IT support services funded by user fees.Inspections for import and export activities to prevent the introduction and dissemination of pests into and out of the U.S, including inspections from Hawaii and Puerto Rico to the mainland.Forest Service law enforcement, emergency and natural disaster response, and national defense preparedness efforts.Forest Service employees will continue to work on managing and maintaining the current forest system lands and sustaining the health and safety of the lands for their continued use.Continuity and maintenance of some research measurements and research-related infrastructure, such as germplasm, seed storage, and greenhouses.Care for animals, plants and associated infrastructure to preserve agricultural research and to comply with the Wild Horses and Burros statute.Eligible households will still receive monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for January.Most other domestic nutrition assistance programs, such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, WIC, and the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, can continue to operate at the State and local level with any funding and commodity resources that remain available.  Additional Federal funds and commodities will not be provided during the period of the lapse.The Child Nutrition (CN) Programs, including School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Feeding, Summer Food Service and Special Milk will continue operations into February. Meal providers are paid on a reimbursement basis 30 days after the end of the service month. Carryover funding will be available during a lapse to support FY 2019 meal service.Minimal administrative and management support, including to excepted IT systems and contracts, will be maintained to support the above activities.Provision of conservation technical and financial assistance (such as ConservationReserve Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and easement programs).Some farm payments (including direct payments, market assistance loans, market facilitation payments, and disaster assistance programs) will be continued for the first week of a shutdown.Market Facilitation Program payments.Trade mitigation purchases made by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.Agricultural export credit and other agricultural trade development and monitoring activities.USDA’s Market News Service, which provides critically important market information to the agricultural industry.The following USDA activities would not be continued and would be shut down in an orderly fashion during a government funding lapse.  These activities include:Provision of new rural development loans and grants for housing, community facilities, utilities and businesses.All recreation sites across the U.S National Forest System, unless they are operated by external parties under a recreational special use permit.New timber sales.Most forest fuels reduction activities in and around communities.NASS statistics, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, and other agricultural economic and statistical reports and projections.Investigation of packers and stockyards related to fraudulent and anti-competitive activities.Assistance for the control of most plant and animal pests and diseases unless funded by cooperators or other non-appropriated sources.Research facilities except for the care for animals, plants and associated infrastructure to preserve agricultural research.Provision of new grants or processing of payments for existing grants to support research, education, and extension.ERS Commodity Outlook Reports, Data Products, research reports, staff analysis, and projections.  The ERS public website would be taken offline.Most departmental management, administrative and oversight functions, including civil rights, human resources, financial management, audit, investigative, legal and information technology activities.Mandatory Audits (Financial Statements, FISMA, and potentially Improper Payments) will be suspended and may not be completed and released on the date mandated by law.After the first week, farm loans and some farm payments (including direct payments, market assistance loans, market facilitation payments for those producers who have not certified production, and disaster assistance programs).A summary of USDA’s shutdown plans can be found here.last_img read more

County fairs find relief in Clean Air Bill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kolt BuchenrothOhio House Bill 6, dubbed the “Clean Air Bill” passed out of the House of Representatives yesterday with a vote of 53-43. The act deals primarily with power generation and the creation of a clean air fund. However, the bill has a provision that will relieve Ohio’s county fair’s of nearly half of their electricity bills, said Representative Don Jones (R-Freeport).“The problem is that county fairs are on a demand rate. Basically, they pay their electric bills for the week of the fair, but then they have to pay for what it costs to generate that power for the other 11 months. Typically, it’s double what that electric bill is for that one week,” Jones said.Representative Jones cited the example of a fair that used $20,000 in power for the week of the fair. Utility companies, Jones said, were charging fairs $40,000 over the other eleven months of the year to maintain their equipment to provide that much power.Jones, who represents Ohio’s 95th house district, was drafting legislation to fix the issue when House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) found the provision to be a priority.“This has been a problem for several years. There have been meetings held with Farm Bureau, there have been meetings with the utility companies with no end in sight. I was drafting legislation when the speaker and I had talked about it. [Speaker Householder] took it upon himself to put this into the bill to make it happen,” Jones said.Before taking office, Jones served for 18 years on the Harrison county fair board, nine of which were spent as the board’s president. He recognizes the unique challenge that agricultural societies face.“They’re going to break small county fairs. Financially, it’s  very difficult for small county fairs to pay that demand. Fairs don’t complain about what they use the week of the fair for electricity,” Jones said. “They have a problem with is what they’re paying the other 11 months of the year when they don’t have a fair.”Jones noted that the initial reaction from county fairs around the state has been positive.“They were very pleased. It’s going to save a lot of county fairs a lot of money. Running a county fair is a tough enough job as it is. We deal with weather. We have one week out of the year that we put all of our effort into and three, four, or five days of rain could ruin a whole year’s worth of planning,” he said. “The reaction we’ve had so far has been very positive. They were excited because it’s going to allow them to do things and make upgrades to their  fairgrounds and put that money back into the fair and the community where it belongs.”Howard Call, Executive Director of the Ohio Fair Managers Association praised the legislature for the bill’s passage.“The Ohio Fair Managers Association is pleased that the House of Representatives favorably passed HB 6,” Call said. “Among many provisions, the bill offers protections to Ohio’s fairs from unfair demand riders. We were happy to offer our support in the effort to passed HB 6 and look forward to the Senate process.”The bill now moves across rotunda in the Statehouse for the Senate’s evaluation.last_img read more

NSW Ports to Offer Environmental Incentive for Ships

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: NSW Ports Australia’s NSW Ports plans to introduce an environmental incentive to apply to vessel related charges levied at Port Botany and Port Kembla.NSW Ports, which is the first Australian port organisation to introduce such an incentive, is implementing this initiative to reward higher standards of environmental performance in ports.The organization plans to develop the details of this program in consultation with relevant shipping lines, and is targeting a January 1, 2019 implementation.Similar incentives exist at 53 ports globally, including the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands; the Port of Los Angeles, USA; and the Port of New York and New Jersey, USA.“NSW Ports has introduced the incentive to reward companies that use vessels with better air emissions performance,” Marika Calfas, NSW Ports CEO, said.“The environmental incentive will be applied to vessels that perform better in reducing their emissions than the levels required by current emission standards of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO),” Calfas added.The incentive would take the form of a discount on vessel related charges levied by NSW Ports on vessels that call at the ports of Port Botany and Port Kembla.The incentives apply to vessels registered with the Environmental Ship Index (ESI).The ESI is a scoring system that gives a numerical representation of the environmental performance of seagoing ships regarding air pollutants. It only includes ships that perform over and above current IMO international legislation on emission standards.The ESI is a project within the World Ports Sustainability Program. ESI evaluates the amount of nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide that is emitted by a ship and includes a reporting scheme on the greenhouse gas emissions of the ship.last_img read more