Raiders introduce their foundation pieces and other takeaways after Day 2 of NFL draft

first_imgALAMEDA — There were no minefields for the Raiders to be concerned about Friday when they brought out first-round draft picks Clelin Ferrell, Josh Jacobs and Jonathan Abram for an introductory press conference.Part of the foundation that will be the future of the franchise, the trio was everything coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock said they were as they sat at a table and fielded questions from the assembled media.The last time there was that much charisma and personality on …last_img

Quicker permits for foreigners

first_imgSo far, the department had received 73 407 applications from Zimbabweans wanting to regularise their stay in the country, Apleni said, adding that 20 966 of these applications had been approved and 5 486 rejected, with the rest awaiting adjudication. The Department of Home Affairs said last week that work, study and business permits would now be issued from its headquarters in Pretoria. South Africa has centralised the issuing of study, work and business permits – and is looking at extending the period of their validity – in order to make it easier for foreigners to work and study in the country, and for businesses to import scarce skills. Need for scarce skills Dlamini-Zuma said she also wanted permits to be valid for three to five years, doing away with the need for annual re-applications for permits. To achieve this, the department was looking into introducing changes to its current operating procedures. These backlogs had a negative impact on the operation of businesses that wanted to import scarce skills from abroad, and created hardships for foreigners who had apply for their permits to be re-issued annually. Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Alpeni stressed that the centralisation of the process of issuing permits did not apply to Zimbabwean nationals, who were required to regularise their stay in South Africa following a Cabinet decision. “This is totally unacceptable and has become unbearable for business, students and foreign workers,” said Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.center_img The deadline to document all illegal Zimbabweans by 31 December 2010 had not changed, he added. As a result, South Africa was losing out on critical skills that could contribute to the growth of the economy and the development of the country. For foreign students, delays in receiving their study permits often meant that they lost their positions at academic institutions. 22 November 2010 Zimbabwean nationals excluded Previously, permits were applied for at Home Affairs’ regional offices across the country. These applications were then sent to the department’s headquarters for adjudication and ratification, resulting in huge backlogs. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Grazing to be showcased at Farm Science Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new demonstration area has been created at the Gwynne Conservation Area for Farm Science Review that exhibits forage species adapted for grazing all year long.This summer a 1.1-acre plot that had been planted previously in warm season bunch grasses was converted into a series of different forage varieties designed to help teach management intensive grazing principles so that producers can get closer to a year round grazing program. The acreage was divided into four roughly quarter acre plots and planted with four different forage types including warm season annuals, warm season perennials, cool season perennials, and overwintered stockpiled forage.Throughout the Review, speakers from OSU Extension and NRCS will present on different forage topics while at the demonstration plots. A pasture walk component is included so that producers can get a closer view of the rotations as well as have a chance to ask questions about how they can incorporate these forages and techniques into their grazing and hay making systems.For questions about the Year Around Grazing project, contact Tim McDermott, OSU Extension Educator, Hocking County at mcdermott.15@osu.edu.last_img read more

How Long Does It Take To Win?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now It takes time to nurture and develop your prospects. It isn’t easy to be known for the value you create or to prove you have ideas. The longer it takes you to prove you have the ideas and the ability to help, the longer it takes to create and win an opportunity.It takes time to work through the discovery process with your dream client once they agree to meet with you. Trying to spend less time working to understand your client’s needs–and helping them to understand them–only increases the time it will take you to win that opportunity. If you win it at all.Rushing to present your solution in hopes of speeding things along actually slows the process of creating and winning an opportunity. It doesn’t mean that all the work that you should have completed up to that point doesn’t still need to be done. But it does mean that what you present isn’t going to be dialed in tight enough and that you aren’t likely to have the consensus you need.You can sometimes find an opportunity at just the right time and acquire orders without following your sales process at all. That seems really fast. Until you actually start doing the work and realize that you and your new client didn’t do any of the work together that might have given you a reasonable opportunity to succeed together. Now what you won is at risk of being lost forever. The time you gained is now lost dealing with challenges you hadn’t anticipated.You gain speed by having all the conversations and gaining all the commitments you need to create and win an opportunity. The sooner you have those conversations and the sooner you gain those commitments, the sooner you win your opportunity. Skipping stages to speed things along actually slows things down.In all things with human beings, fast is slow and slow is fast. If you want faster results, do the work.last_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer delighted with Tuanzebe for Man Utd win

first_imgSolskjaer delighted with Tuanzebe for Man Utd winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with Axel Tuanzebe’s performance against Astana in the Europa League on Thursday.The 21-year-old played for United for the first time in nearly two years in the 1-0 victory.”Axel was very assured out there,” Solskjaer said. “He was in cruise control as well. Delighted for him.”It’s a few years since he played for us here at Old Trafford, and he played really well and just confirmed what we already thought we knew.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

First Nations LNG Alliance CEO shares hopes for sustainable development with Coalition

first_img“I cannot emphasizes enough how critical it is for everyone involved to feel like they’re winning. Coming from a social work perspective, seeing the high rates of our people incarcerated, the social issues, the poverty. At some point you get tired of doing that job. It’s like you’re in a spinning wheel and you’re going nowhere because these social issues are continuous.”Ogan-Toews told the crowd that an important question that all parties to resource development need to ask is how things can be done differently than in the past. She explained that having previously led her community meant she needed to make difficult decisions that she felt were correct, despite opposition.“The are a lot of naysayers, there is a lot of opposition. You’re not going to make everybody happy. In my role with the First Nations LNG Alliance, that’s part of what I’m trying to do: to do the right thing for our people. If we can get those economic wheels turning for our communities and bring in revenue, that will help address some of the social issues that we deal with on a daily basis. We want to be able to increase the quality of life for our people. When you look at the rest of Canada and you look at First Nations, our quality of life is less than the average Canadian citizen’s. We want to be able to level the playing fields. We want to see more of our people in post-secondary, being teachers, nurses, doctors.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It was a packed house at the Pomeroy Hotel for the Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition symposium on LNG development last Wednesday.The symposium featured discussions to gather information and feedback from residents in the Northeast after the provincial government announced that it wants to create a new Energy Roadmap for the province. After a presentation on how Northeast B.C. can contribute to the new Energy Roadmap, a panel discussion that included Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman lead the conversation on ways that Northeast B.C. can help better educate B.C. residents about the provincial energy sector.The forum featured two keynote speakers: BC LNG Alliance President and CEO David Keane, as well as First Nations LNG Alliance CEO Karen Ogen-Toews. Ogen-Toews, who formerly served as chief of the Wet’suwet”n First Nation, gave a presentation on ways that Canadians can better develop the country’s natural resources, while also fostering better relations with First Nations. Ogen-Toews explained that her background as a social worker has given her a unique perspective on ways that resource development can benefit peoples of all backgrounds that are involved.last_img read more

Trev Talks – The Municipal Election in Fort St John

first_imgThis week on Trev Talks, we discuss the upcoming municipal election with Janet Prestley. Janet has been with The City of Fort St. John since the days of Pat Walsh as Mayor.The Municipal Election will be held across B.C. on October 20, 2018.  If you’d like more information running for Council in Fort St. John, click here.  For the District of Tayor, click here and for the Regional District, click here.You can watch the Youtube version of the show above or watch it on Facebook below. Listen for Trev Talks every Friday at 10 a.m. on Moose FM and shared live on Facebook and Youtube.last_img

Forest Practices Board calls on BC Government to adopt a tactical forest

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – In a new report, the Forest Practices Board is recommending that the B.C. Government adopts a tactical forest planning process to direct forestry operations on Crown land.According to  Kevin Kriese, Chair of the Forest Practices Board, the Board has been calling for improved planning for over 20 years and that the plan does not address the need for planning for multiple forest values.“For more than 20 years, the board has called for improved planning and objectives at the landscape and watershed scales. Recent board work has confirmed that forest stewardship plans, despite considerable energy and effort to develop and approve, do not address the need for planning for multiple forest values across the landscape.” The Board’s report recommends that the process must:be inclusive of Indigenous peoples, stakeholders and the public;integrate all forest values;be place-based and forward-looking;be embedded in the forest management system; andinclude monitoring and continuous improvement over timeCurrently, the Government is consulting with the public on potential amendments to the Forest and Range Practices Act.The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government.More information on the Board can be found at bcfpb.ca.last_img read more

US affirms plan for 6 nuclear plants in India

first_imgNew York: The slow-moving US plans to set up six nuclear power plants in India have received a boost as the two nations reiterated their commitment to strengthen security and civil nuclear cooperation during the 9th India-US Strategic Security Dialogue. A joint statement issued on Wednesday after the dialogue, where the Indian side was headed by Foreign Secretary Vijay K. Gokhale, said that Washington “reaffirmed its strong support of India’s early membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group”. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping “They committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six US nuclear power plants in India,” it added. The statement also said that both countries declared their “commitment to work together to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and non-state actors”. The US delegation to the dialogue held in Washington was led by Andrea Thompson, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang The statement seeks to breathe new life into expected results of the civil nuclear cooperation agreement between the two countries, which have failed to live up to the hopes since it was signed in 2008 during the Prime Ministership of Manmohan Singh and the Presidency of George W. Bush. The law limiting civil liability for nuclear damages from the plants passed in 2010 was meant to overcome a stumbling block for US companies to set up nuclear power plants in India. However, financial problems of the US company Westinghouse that had agreed in 2016 to build six plants in Andhra Pradesh put the plans on hold when it went into bankruptcy the next year. Now owned by Brookfield Asset Management, the US-based Westinghouse has received the backing of the Trump administration for the project and US Energy Secretary Rick Perry promoted it during a visit to India last year. India has ambitious plans to increase its nuclear electric generation capacity to meets its growing needs with clean energy. Russia is the leading player in the nuclear power sector in India. Ahead of the dialogue, the third round of the US-India Space Dialogue was held on Tuesday at which the two countries “discussed trends in space threats, respective national space priorities, and opportunities for cooperation bilaterally and in multilateral fora”, the statement said. Indra Mani Pandey, India’s Additional Secretary for Disarmament and International Security Affairs, and Yleem Poblete, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, co-chaired the meeting. Also on Tuesday, Gokhale and David Hale, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs held India-US Foreign Office Consultations. A statement issued after the meeting by the State Department said that they affirmed “the importance of joint leadership to strengthen the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region”. “Recognising that the US and India share complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific, they agreed to deepen cooperation toward their joint goals in the region, including in conjunction with other Indo-Pacific partners,” it added. The discussion between the two diplomats also covered the situations in areas of importance to the US — North Korea, where last month’s summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on denuclearisation failed; Iran, where Trump has pulled out of the multinational denuclearisation agreement and imposed sanctions on Tehran, and Venezuela, where the US has recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as its president and wants Nicolas Maduro to step down following elections marred by irregularities. Trump wants India to play a major role in the Indo-Pacific region where the two countries act as bookends of democracy, a task Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cautiously embraced without making it appear a direct challenge to China. India and the US have also stepped up multilateral cooperation with the other two major democracies in the region, Australia and Japan.last_img read more

HC conditional bail to Maoist who cleared SET from home

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday granted conditional bail to Maoist inmate Arnab Dam presently lodged at Hooghly District Correctional Home.Dam has been in prison since 2012 after he was arrested in connection with Maoist attack at the Silda camp of the Eastern Frontier Rifles from Balarampur in Purulia. Twenty-three jawans were killed in an attack on Silda camp in West Midnapore in February 2010. The division bench of Justice Joymalya Bagchi and Manojit Mandal granted bail against a surety bond of Rs 50,000 and has directed him not to venture out of the Sonarpur police station area where he lives. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDam will have to depose before the investigating officer of the case every alternate day. The high court has also directed the state to dispose all cases pending against him in the lower court within a span of six months. Dam has recently cleared the State Eligibility Test (SET) examination from a correctional home in the state, the results of which was published in March. No person in the state had cleared SET from correctional home before. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDam wants to do a PhD in environmental studies. He had bagged his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) from the correctional home and had secured first division in both. Dam had also applied for National Eligibility Test ( NET) examination but failed to appear for the same because he turned up at the examination hall late due to some administrative issues. Dam, the son of retired judge S.K. Dam has been a meritorious student right through his academic career. He passed his higher secondary examination from Narendra pur Ramkrishna Mission and joined mechanical engineering at IIT Kharagpur. However, in the year 1998 while in his third semester he mysteriously disappeared from the campus . He was arrested in the year 2005 for Maoist activities and after some months in prison he was out on bail. Dam was a state committee member of CPI Maoists in Bengal and was active even in areas of neighbouring states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha. He had appeared for her SET examination from Presidency Correctional Home.last_img read more