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Today’s MLB Picks: Betting odds, Vegas totals, expert gambling advice for Tuesday, June 11

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first_imgLast night was a great start to the week after we hit the Rangers as +220 money line outright winner against Chris Sale and the Red Sox and the Rays came through as comfortable winners against the run line against the A’s. We struggled a bit last week on a few underdog picks, but hitting longshot winners like the Rangers last night puts us right back on track with our MLB bets. Trust the process!Tonight, we will be going back to one of our favorite teams to bet on this season in the White Sox, as they host the red-hot Nationals. We’ll also be going right back to the Rays in the second game of their series against the A’s.   Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNBefore we get into Tuesday’s picks, remember that plenty of strategy goes into putting together a winning ticket, and the best place to start is the BetQL Mobile App. Our Trending Picks and Public Betting tools are a massive advantage when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll size. For more gambling and MLB DFS advice, follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj).MORE ROTOQL: DFS Lineup BuilderMLB Picks: Odds, betting trends for Tuesday, June 11** All lines are subject to change. The best way to stay up to date on the current lines is to become a BetQL subscriber.Washington Nationals at Chicago White SoxStarting Pitchers: Patrick Corbin vs. Manny BanuelosMoney Line: WAS -200, CHW +170Run Line: WAS -1.5 (-120), CHW +1.5 (+100)Total: O/U 9.5 RunsThe White Sox have been one of the most profitable teams to bet on as underdogs this season, and tonight we are presented a golden opportunity to bet them as sizable +170 home underdogs against the Nationals. The books have consistently undervalued the White Sox this season, which is partly why they have been profitable at a +6.35 unit clip this season on a one-unit-per-game bet.While the Nationals will have a clear starting pitching advantage with Patrick Corbin on the mound against Manny Banuelos, you can’t tell me that they should be favored at -200 on the road against a team with a similar winning percentage on the season. The Nationals and White Sox have faced off three times in the past week with Washington taking all three games, so that could be another reason for this overvalued line, but it’s important to remember that Washington is just a putrid 13-17 overall on the road this season. The BetQL models have this game handicapped as CHW +108, and we will be taking a shot on them and the 60-plus points of value in this spot despite the trends pointing toward the Nats.BetQL Pick: Chicago White Sox Money Line (+170)MORE TUESDAY MLB: DFS picks | SP rankingsOakland A’s at Tampa Bay RaysStarting Pitchers: Mike Fiers vs. Ryne Stanek (followed by Jalen Beeks)Money Line: Oak +140, TB -165Run Line: OAK +1.5 (-145), TB -1.5 (+125)Total: O/U 9 Runs The Rays came through as comfortable 6-2 winners last night behind both the bat and glove of Kevin Kiermaier. Tampa has been playing great baseball all season, especially lately, going a 5-0 SU and ATS over its past five games and outscoring opponents 32-9 in that span. Rays opener Ryne Stanek has been excellent on their bullpen days, and the Rays are a spectacular 17-3 against the spread over the past two years in home games in which Stanek starts. The BetQL models have handicapped the Rays Run Line of +125 as the highest valued bet on the slate, listing it as the only four-star value of the night. Keep riding the Rays to winning tickets.BetQL Pick: Tampa Bay Rays Run Line (+125)Check out BetQL Mobile App’s  Trending Picks and Public Betting tool before making all your bets, and follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy and sports betting content.last_img read more

Drought severely affecting Region 1 residents

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first_img…say more can be done to offer substantial reliefThe dry weather season continues to affect residents and farmers in hinterland communities throughout the country. Residents of Region One (Barima-Waini) are complaining of the negative impacts of the lack of access to potable water. Residents and farmers continue to suffer the harsh effects of the dry spell since there is not enough being done by the water company to offer substantial relief.Residents reached out to Guyana Times on Wednesday to express concerns over the situation and their dissatisfaction with the lack of adequate resources by Guyana Water Inc (GWI) to offer assistance to them.Leon McIntosh, a resident of Port Kaituma, told this publication that the dry spell is severely affecting the residents and no assistance is being offered by the utility company. “This is a very uncomfortable situation here. We are suffering. There is no water. Springs are dry and we are left to find water the best way we know how,” he said.He added that there is scheduled pumping in most villages and this is not enough due to the number of persons from all the communities that have to access the limited water. “So it’s like everybody from all communities flocking one place to get the little water available there. The Government has to do better than this,” he said.Meanwhile, farmers are also suffering losses and are facing extreme difficulty in feeding their families. Nathaniel Caesar, who also reached out to this newspaper, said that he will be unable to feed his family since he depends on farming for his daily bread and the lack of water is seriously affecting him and other farmers in the area.“We are facing hardships. Everybody. Nothing can be done without water and this is going on since the dry weather start and nothing ain’t really being done by the Administration to help in the long-term. Every year is the same thing,” he said.Meanwhile, in an invited comment on Wednesday, Region One Chairman, Brentnol Ashley told Guyana Times that the dry spell is severely affecting all communities in the region as the water level of the GWI springs dropped drastically and pumping is being done periodically once per week and three times per week in some areas. This, he said, is having harsh effects on residents since there is very limited access to potable water. He added that as a result of the dry spell, the rivers are salted, making it impossible for residents of riverine communities to access. Subsequently, those residents are walking for miles to access the limited water supply available in springs.“The severe water shortage is putting a strain on communities,” he said. Ashley further stated that the GWI is making efforts to bring some relief to residents and officials are expected to visit the areas this week to assess the situation and determine what can be done to offer assistance urgently.He confirmed that the lack of water is also affecting farmers in the area who depend on farming for their livelihood. Guyana Times was unable to reach the public relations department of GWI for a comment on the efforts being made by the company to offer relief to the residents in the region.last_img read more

West Ham Transfer Latest: Allardyce steps up search for defensive reinforcements

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first_img1 West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is concentrating his transfer efforts on signing a central defender – as he feels his attack is in fine working order.The Hammers drew a blank in their Premier League opener against Tottenham at the weekend and James Collins was sent off for two yellow cards.James Tomkins is struggling with a niggling hamstring injury, although he could be passed fit for the weekend’s trip to Crystal Palace.“We’ve finished our search for players on the front line. Our main concern is at centre-half now,” Allardyce said.“We don’t have Collins because he’s suspended and we might not have Tomkins because of injury. That leaves us very short.”Allardyce has been linked most recently with loan bids for Manchester City defenders Micah Richards and Matija Nastasic. Sam Allardyce last_img read more

Guide to the history and importance of Robben Island

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first_imgAs a symbol of the brutality of South Africa’s apartheid past and of the immense courage of those who fought for the country’s freedom, Robben Island, about 12km offshore from Cape Town, is a pivotal beacon in the history of South Africa.(Image: The Robben Island Museum)Brand South Africa reporterThe island was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 1999.In its description of the site, Unesco writes: “The buildings of Robben Island bear eloquent testimony to its sombre history, and at the same time symbolise the triumph of the human spirit, of freedom, and of democracy over oppression.”‘Unwanted’ peopleAlthough people lived on Robben Island thousands of years before the sea separated it from the Cape mainland, it was used as a place to house “unwanted” people – mostly prisoners – from the mid-1600s, when the Dutch colonised the Cape, to the late 20th century. It was also used as a military base during the Second World War.Those who fought against Dutch colonisation in southern and eastern Africa, religious Muslim leaders, opponents of British empire building in Africa, prisoners of war, criminals, leprosy sufferers, mentally ill patients, and more recently opponents of the apartheid government, were all packed off to Robben Island.As author Lawrence Green wrote: Robben Island was “an island of exiles”.The windswept island, with its astounding legacy of confinement and brutality for those exiled there – and its paradoxical existence as a sanctuary for bird and animal life – is a place of mystery and amazement to the many who visit it.Memories of brutalityFor the many freedom fighters imprisoned there, including Nelson Mandela, who was incarcerated for 27 years, and Pan Africanist Congress leader Robert Sobukwe, who was housed there in solitary confinement, Robben Island holds less mystery and more torrid memories of brutality, isolation and victimisation.But the island is remembered just as much as the site where anti-apartheid activists honed their principles of non-racialism and human rights, where they educated themselves – and their prison warders – and strengthened their resolve to attain freedom.As African National Congress (ANC) stalwart and former Robben Island prisoner Ahmed Kathrada remarked around the time of Mandela’s release from prison: “While we will not forget the brutality of apartheid, we will not want Robben Island to be a monument to our hardship and suffering. We would want Robben Island to be a monument . reflecting the triumph of the human spirit against the forces of evil. A triumph of non-racialism over bigotry and intolerance. A triumph of a new South Africa over the old.”Kathrada’s wish has been realised. On 1 January 1997, Robben Island became the home to the Robben Island Museum, a national museum and monument that displays its astounding history to the many tourists who flock there in search of more information and understanding about South Africa’s past.Website: www.robben-island.org.zaA place to learn about SA’s democracyThe museum is also a place of learning, with workshops, tours and camps for children and adults keen to learn about both historical and modern-day South Africa and its embracing of a culture of human rights and respect for ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.Daily tours are offered, weather permitting, leaving from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. The tour is three-and-a-half hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides. It is a good idea to pre-book your ticket through the website.Visitors can expect an enriching experience. There’s plenty to see on the island: from the maximum security prison that held political prisoners, to the memorabilia of prisoners incarcerated there, to the quarry mines where prisoners were forced to dig, to the church, to the many buildings dating back to the Second World War. There’s a small village where the island’s main centre is located.Bird sanctuaryRobben Island generates its own electricity and is involved in a research initiative to draw electricity from the strong waves that pound its shores. It also gets its water from nine boreholes.The island is a natural sanctuary for bird life – the northern part is a bird sanctuary – and has about 132 bird species, some of which are endangered.Many birds use the island for breeding purposes, including the Crowned Cormorant and Black-crowned Night Herons that flock to the island in numbers. The African Penguin, once close to extinction, also breeds prolifically on the island.Plant life also thrives on Robben Island, but farming and the introduction of exotic species have upset the natural fauna to some extent. The spectacular veld flowers typical of the West Coast also occur on the Island during spring.There are 23 species of mammals, including small herds of bontebok, springbok, steenbok, fallow deer and eland. Ostrich, lizards, geckos, snakes and tortoises also call the island home.Marine life around Robben Island is also rich, and the ferry trip offers tourists a chance to spot Cape fur seals, southern right whales and dusky and heavyside dolphins.Source: South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Brightest young maths minds shine at Cape Town Olympiad

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first_imgSome of the 560 contestants from over 100 different countries writing the first test at the 2014 International Mathematical Olympiad, held at the University of Cape Town in early July. (Image: IMO2014)• Marisa LouwHead of communicationIMO2014+27 72 987 [email protected] KearneyGrade 12 student Robin Visser did South Africa proud, earning a bronze medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad 2014  (IMO2014), held at the University of Cape Town over the past week.The medals were handed out at the closing ceremony on Saturday evening, after a week of rigorous work and serious fun. The annual event – held in July each year – is more than just a contest for the world’s brightest young maths minds: it is also a time to build networks and forge bonds. Friendships and collaboration from the week carry on into later life as the students become leaders in their fields internationally.Visser, a pupil at St George’s Grammar School in Cape Town, joins the other medalists, led by Alexander Grunning from Australia, Jiyang Gao from the People’s Republic of China and Po-Sheng Wu from Taiwan, each with a score of 42 points, or 100%. A total of 295 medals were awarded at the closing ceremony: 49 gold, with a score of 29 or more points; 113 silver, with a score of 22 to 28 points; and 133 bronze, with a score of 16 to 21 points.Speaking after the medals were handed out, Visser said: “It was a great privilege to participate, and we are pleased with our results. It was very tough, but we did the best that we could.” The IMO is considered to be the world’s hardest Olympiad for high school students. Participating, Visser said, “is something which I’m grateful for and which I can only attribute to hard work, perseverance and determination”.The South African team had learned how to think about problems in a different way, and how other countries approached problems. “We learned how to manage our time better,” said teammate Sanjiv Ranchod. “It was a really great experience. There were lots of different cultures and South Africa got to showcase itself.”Robin Visser, a pupil at St George’s Grammar School in Cape Town, won a bronze medal for South Africa. (Image: Lorraine Kearney)Top marksAustralia’s Grunning was modest about his score. “I did this paper well,” he said. “I don’t know if I would have done another paper well because I only wrote this one. But I am pleased.” Taiwanese Wu was delighted: “I am overwhelmed. I must thank my family, my teacher and my school.” All of the winners agreed that “the best way to get better at maths is to practice”.A total of 101 countries participated. Out of the 560 contestants, 56 were female. Even though the IMO is a competition for individuals, the countries are also ranked based on the teams’ collective individual results. The top five countries in ranking order were: People’s Republic of China, the United States, Taiwan, the Russian Federation and Japan. South Africa was ranked 64th, receiving four honourable mentions – solving at least one problem completely – and a bronze medal.Hosting the event in South Africa, the first time it was held in Africa, was seen as a positive way to inspire pupils and students to do maths, which was “so important to the world, especially the developing world”, said Sandra Klopper, UCT’s vice-chancellor.Some of the gold medal winners at the Olympiad. (Image: Lorraine Kearney)On the right trackBasic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was confident that participants were future leaders and revolutionaries. “Our department prioritises maths because of its impact on the development strategy of our country,” she said. “I know that education is not of the quality we would like, especially maths, science and technology, but we are making continual improvements. I am convinced we will get better and hold our own in the world.”Such competitions were important as they helped to benchmark South Africa against the world: “We get a feel of where we are as a country and where the world is; we get geared to run the race.” She also offered to swap numbers with prospective maths teachers: “I have a bursary for you.”For the country to improve its results, her department would continue doing what it was doing and had planned. “We are implementing the recommendations [from our commission]; we are talking to universities and continuing to benchmark internationally. We are putting in place programmes to continue what we’re doing more intensively. We are on the right track.”Already strong partnerships with higher education and the private sector were also being strengthened, particularly in the creation of teaching materials and reaching the target of one book for each schoolchild.The world’s oldest and toughest OlympiadDuring their time in Cape Town, the students spent two days writing papers. They also toured the peninsula, visited Ocean View township and learned African games and music.The IMO, the oldest, toughest Olympiad, is the world championship maths competition for youths under 20, and is hosted by a different country each year. It was first held in 1959 in Romania, with seven countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from five continents. It was hosted by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) at UCT from 3 July. The contestants returned home yesterday. The IMO’s main sponsors were the Department of Basic Education, Google, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, the South African National Roads Agency Limited and Sasol.Prof Johann Engelbrecht, the executive director of the SAMF, agreed that “not everything is going well” in education in South Africa, but pointed out that many things were working already. “One of our big problems is that we are not using our current generation to inspire the next generation. We must try to raise the status of the current maths teachers.”One of the ways of doing this is through competitions. UCT’s Prof John Webb, the director of IMO2014 and a member of the IMO Advisory Board, said: “We have found that maths competitions and enormously effective and cost-effective in generating interest in maths. South Africa has been sending teams to the IMO for 20 years; now the past teams are training the teams of today.”Off to ThailandThe 56th IMO will be held in Chiang Mai, in Thailand, from 3 to 15 July 2015. The South African team will be announced by the end of May next year and team members will be selected from the top performing pupils in this year’s South African Mathematics Olympiad. It is an annual competition for high school students, as well as youngsters who perform well in other SAMF programmes.Engelbrecht encouraged teachers to enter their pupils in the South African Olympiad. “Learners will be exposed to problems that will test and improve their critical thinking skills,” he said. “Schools will also benefit from learners’ participation in that they will get a better quality of product. Last but not least are the Grade 12 learners, who will specifically benefit because the questions are similar to those at university level.”Registration for next year’s South African Mathematics Olympiad opens in January 2015 and schools that would like to enter their pupils can contact the SAMF office on 012 392 9362 or send an email to [email protected]last_img read more

Ohio soil amendment and foliar application trials summary

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In 2016, the Soil Fertility Lab at Ohio State offered a third party evaluation of proprietary soil amendments and foliar applications aimed at improving the mineral nutrition and productivity of crops. This service intends to provide timely and unbiased information on these products for farmers. In 2015, we tested submitted products from the following companies:AgZyme® by Ag ConceptsBAM-FX by Zero Gravity SolutionsMethods: Corn and soybean trials were planted at three sites on Ohio State University Research Farms: 1) Clark County at the Western Agricultural Research Station in S. Charleston, 2) Wayne County at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, 3) Wood County at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station in Custar.Data collected include: 1) Complete soil sample analysis prior to planting, 2) Emergence counts at V5 for corn and soybean, 3) Whole plant sampling at V5 for total biomass and complete nutrient analysis, 4) Leaf sampling at R1 for corn and soybean for complete nutrient analysis, 5) Final stand counts at maturity for corn, and 6) Harvest grain yield with complete grain nutrient analysis.Results: Across all three sites, no consistent trends were found with any of the tested products. No products significantly affected a measured property at more than 1 site. For both corn and soybean, no product treatment yielded significantly greater grain than the control. This was only one year of field data, so interpretations should be made with caution, especially considering the dry weather encountered in the 2016 field season.The summary report can be found here: go.osu.edu/SAFAFor 2017, we have adjusted our pricing for this service, collecting less data but hopefully making the service more affordable to vendors and retailers. If you are interested in enrolling your product, contact Steve Culman at [email protected], or visit go.osu.edu/SAFA.last_img read more

National Biodiesel Conference celebrates 25 years of accomplishments

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Producers, marketers and aficionados gathered in Fort Worth, Texas in late January for the 25th National Biodiesel Conference & Expo.Attendees got to learn about the latest policy developments related to biodiesel, see a hot-off-the-line B20 ready diesel Ford F-150 pickup truck, visit a Vehicle Showcase featuring offerings from General Motors, John Deere, Caterpillar and Optimus Technologie, learn about a semi-truck that runs on 100% biodiesel, and enjoy the Biodiesel Ride & Drive that allowed attendees to take a spin in new diesel vehicles around Fort Worth.Though the focus of the conference was on fuel, it has very agricultural roots. Soybean farmers were instrumental in the initial push for biodiesel and the start of the conference 25 years ago.“We need to remember that we have a tremendous product that can produce meal, oil and we are very competitive around the world,” said Dave Dotterer an Ohio Soybean Council board member from Wayne County who attended the conference. “With biodiesel we have a product that reduces carbon in the atmosphere and we can replace fuel without cutting performance. It is renewable — we can grow it every year. We are consistent in our production and there is a stable supply. The people who produce biodiesel do not have to wonder if we will have a supply next year. They can depend on it and they know it is always going to be there.”Roughly half of the biodiesel used in the U.S. is made from soybean oil. The other half is produced from sources like used cooking oil, animal fats, and other fats and oils.Soybeans are grown primarily to produce protein meal for livestock feed. So, the first processing step after soybeans leave the farm is to a soybean crush facility where 80% of every soybean is used to produce livestock feed. The volume of oil that remains after protein extraction exceeds demand for feed or food uses including salad dressing, frying and baking, so a portion of that oil not used for food or export is used to produce biodiesel.“Every soybean is approximately 80% protein meal and 20% oil. You can see slight variation in that but it is a fundamental ratio. That is something the plant has developed. It is storing energy in that seed to grow a new plant,” said Don Scott, director of sustainability for the National Biodiesel Board. “The biodiesel industry began with soybean oil because when we grow protein for food, soy is one of the best sources. It produces more protein per acre than any other crop, but it also produces a lot of oil. When we grow soy for protein we produce more fat than we can possibly eat. We have more oil than we can consume. We needed a product we could make out of this oil and it makes great fuel.”Biodiesel production offers numerous benefits for farmers and consumers.“We can blend it with petroleum, it has great performance on-road and reduces emissions,” Scott said. “It is around a 63-cent increase per bushel for farmers and it is also good for livestock producers because it decreases the price they have to pay for feed.”Much of the conference looked into addressing the myths and real challenges of biodiesel.“When you get in sub-zero temperatures you have to pay attention to the diesel fuel you use. The same is true for petroleum and for biodiesel. You have to have a blend that will perform at low temperatures,” Scott said. “You can achieve that with biodiesel, but just like diesel you have to pay attention to those cloud points and make sure you are using the proper fuel and good quality fuel.”These types of quality biodiesel blends are the focus of Wade Thorson, with Benchmark Biodiesel, Inc. in Columbus.“About 15 years ago I was working for a small bank that got into the ethanol business and I saw an opportunity with biodiesel. I put together a business plan to become a producer and found a site in Columbus that was an old Texaco fuel terminal. I was all set to begin production and crude oil prices started declining, so instead of building a production facility, we started blending biodiesel and diesel off the pipeline that is now the Benchmark Biodiesel Fuel Terminal in Columbus,” Thorson said. “Biodiesel is now more readily available, but the end customer still doesn’t understand that they can get biodiesel from people like us. Unless they seek it out they don’t know about it. Then they hear things like biodiesel will void their warranty, choke the engine up and if anything goes wrong — even a flat tire — it is because of biodiesel. That is just not the case.”Benchmark Biodiesel, along with a sustained industry-wide effort, has been taking extensive measures to improve quality and reliability of the biodiesel blends being offered.“When we renovated our facility we insulated and heated all our tanks. Our diesel comes off a pipeline at 50 or 60 degrees and we keep it heated to 70 degrees so when we blend we are assured that the blend will be terrific, as opposed to splash diesel that may be blended cold and the biodiesel may sit in there for awhile and gel up,” Thorson said. “We blend specifically for our customer right at the fuel rack. We have the most sophisticated blending system in the state. It is fabulous and we have not had problems even with the zero degree weather in Ohio this year. Any time there is any cold weather you want to get the blended biodiesel at the rack.”The fuel and the biodiesel industry as a whole have accomplished much in the last 25 years. Following a University of Missouri study that demonstrated biodiesel had potential as a diesel fuel replacement, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council created the National SoyDiesel Development Board in 1992. With the opportunity to use the surplus of soybean oil collected each year, while also expanding energy security and environmental benefits, other state soybean associations quickly joined the effort. The new association changed its name to the National Biodiesel Board in 1994 to reflect the diversity of fats and oils that can be made into biodiesel.In the early days, NBB spearheaded diesel engine research and emissions testing to demonstrate biodiesel’s environmental benefits, leading to official specifications for the fuel used in diesel cars and trucks and earning the reputation as America’s first commercially produced advanced biofuel. The producers then were primarily a collection of small businesses serving their communities, distributing a few hundred million gallons of biodiesel by the turn of the century.Today, through implementation of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and a tax incentive to spur growth, the advanced biofuel has blossomed into a nearly 3 billion gallon per year industry. The biodiesel industry supports more than 64,000 jobs and, to be called biodiesel, the fuel must meet the strict quality specifications of ASTM D6751.“Biodiesel is an American success story,” said Donnell Rehagen, NBB CEO. “We have overcome countless challenges, and we will undoubtedly face many more as we continue to grow the industry. But for everyone who has pulled together for the past 25 years to make our success a reality, this conference is a great time to celebrate.”last_img read more

New economic strategy unveiled for Calgary

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first_imgCALGARY (660NEWS) — Calgary’s economic plan has received another update to deal with a changing economy and continued challenges lingering from the recession.Titled “Calgary in the New Economy”, the plan is an update on the previous strategy unveiled in 2014. It focuses on four key areas: talent, innovation, place and business environment.Calgary Economic Development is stressing an importance on modernization and keeping young people in the city.“We have an incredible opportunity as a city,” said Executive Chair Steve Allan. “We have this livable city, we have incredible talent, a young, well-educated workforce, and office space. So those are great things to build on.”During the press conference revealing the plan, speakers talked about how the economy is still getting better in Calgary, although some challenges remain. There is still concern over energy and getting a better price for our products. Also, on the topic of office space, vacancy remains very high and unemployment remains a concern.“Over the last few months, it feels like we’ve stagnated in terms of jobs in particular,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.Nenshi added the plan emphasizes different ways to attract young people downtown and fill up some of that space.“So bringing more people downtown and investing in areas that lead to direct job creation are two major priorities.”But there is lots of positivity about the road ahead. If all goes to plan, technology will get more of a focus in Calgary as a way to bridge the gap between different industries.“Innovation crosses all of our sectors, and we’ve got a lot of innovation going on in agriculture, in energy, in transportation, in logistics and in health sciences. A lot of stuff happening here,” said Allan.Ideally, the city can continue to pull out of the recession and take steps towards a more youthful and modernized world.“We have a real opportunity to ensure that young people are deeply engaged in the work that we do. So it starts with making sure that in elementary and junior high and high school, kids are learning about entrepreneurship and innovation — which is happening now. But it also makes sure that people see real opportunities not just to get a great job here, but to start a business here,” added Nenshi.“You have to embrace change,” said Allan. “I’m an old guy, but I love change. I’ve lived in a world of change so I love it. Like every day it’s exciting when you find something and I don’t begin to understand it at all.”While most of the initiatives in the plan will take five years or longer to implement, there are several with immediate targets including: create Canada’s largest talent accelerator, establish Calgary as a magnet for students, develop the Calgary innovation corridor and launch initiatives to generate business development.last_img read more

French premier to meet with protesters amid anger over taxes

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first_imgPARIS — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will meet with some protesters’ representatives in an effort to calm the tensions over rising taxes, a first since the movement started two weeks ago.The government’s move on Friday comes amid calls for a new actions Saturday across France, including on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, where a protest last weekend degenerated into violence.Motorists protesting against a fuel tax hike have been joined since by farmers, white-collar workers, retirees and others in the “yellow jackets” movement that now involves a broad range of demands related to the country’s high cost of living.Their list of demands include tax cuts, the creation of a citizens’ assembly, state-funded subsidies to help companies increase hiring, higher pensions and a higher national minimum salary.Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Presslast_img read more