Burglars use unlocked door to raid Letterkenny home

first_imgGardai are investigating a burglary at Church Lane in Letterkenny over the weekend.Burglars entered the house through the back door which was not locked between 6am on Saturday night and midday on Sunday.The thieves stole a Samsung Tablet and also a wallet with a sum of cash in it. Gardai in Letterkenny on 074 9167100 are appealing for any information on the burglary.Burglars use unlocked door to raid Letterkenny home was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Staff Writer 2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Setting basis on beans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Largely due to great weather in South America, soybeans have steadily declined every day since their high on Dec. 5 losing nearly 65 cents. However, there is still plenty of time left in South America’s growing season. If there is a weather issue, $10 is possible again, if good weather continues, sub $9 could be likely. Setting basis on beansMany farmers just concentrate on the cash value of their crop when selling, without realizing the three major variables that make up that price — futures, basis and carry. All three of these variables actually move independently of each other, and the most profitable marketing plans take into consideration each separately to maximize profit potential. Basis is often discussed as something farmers should be considering when selling their grain, but often the practical applications and detail in understanding how to actually do that is not provided. That’s a shame, because having a basis strategy as a part of a farmer’s overall marketing plan is important in optimizing profit and minimizing farm operation risk. Following provides detail on how I “set the basis” on my ’17 beans.For logistical reasons I needed to move all of my beans out of on-farm storage by the end of the year. Therefore, in November I set the basis on 100% of my ’17 bean production at a basis of -70 cents against Jan futures picked up on farm in the month of December. When comparing prices locally, a nearby elevator was bidding -100 cents and a processor 60 miles away was bidding -80 cents picked up on my farm. I always want to compare prices as on-farm pickup and thus subtract all of my freight costs to keep comparisons apples to apples.The chart below illustrates the basis I received, which was set on 11/16/17 and shown with a red X. The local basis bids with normal freight rates in my area since harvest are shown as well.I’m pleased that I was able to secure the highest basis level near my farm when comparing prices since the start of the harvest, especially since I needed to move my beans by the end of the year. How does “setting basis” work?Since I am a bean seller, I have been selling bean futures several times over this past year. Therefore, I am short futures in my hedge account. So, to complete this trade (i.e. get paid for my crop), I exchanged futures with the company I sold the beans to the day I set the basis.When I exchange the futures for physical product, the buyer gives me futures at a price level that they choose. The price they choose really doesn’t matter. I then give them the physical bushels in exchange for cash at the futures levels that were just chosen LESS the basis level set in the trade. Why doesn’t the price matter in the exchange?The price doesn’t matter because any profit or loss in the hedge account is made up when I get the check from the elevator. All that ultimately matters is what I sold the futures for in my hedge account, and what basis level I choose. The price of the futures when I physically set basis and deliver the grain is not a factor. Why not just sell the bushels for cash and buy back futures in your hedge account?That is basically what I’m doing. However, doing it the way I describe above assures me that I have zero risk of the board moving between when I call my grain buyer and when I call my broker. I want to maintain control of the price and not allow any unexpected price movement, thus removing any added unnecessary risk. Plus it doesn’t cost me any more to do it.This is actually how almost all of the big grain companies do these trades too. It often seems confusing to farmers the first time they do it, but after about three times, most farmers don’t understand why they weren’t doing it this way before. Why I hedge using futures instead of using HTAsFarmers always ask when I’m doing marketing presentations why I don’t just use HTAs (Hedge To Arrive) contracts. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about margin call, setting up a hedge account or exchanging futures.The reason is easy: I’m more profitable when I don’t do HTAs. The trade above is a great example. Had I done an HTA with either the processor or local elevator I would have missed out on 10 cents of basis opportunity. Doing a little extra work and allowing for more flexibility almost always means bigger profits for my farm operation. It may not always be clear at the time, but farmers will always pay more for convenience and ease when it comes to grain marketing. There is always someone out there with their hand in farmers’ pockets wanting to “make their lives easier.” Doesn’t using a brokerage account cost money?Yes, there are small fees when using your own hedge account, but many end users and elevators also charge small fees for HTAs too. Generally, HTA fees are similar to hedge account expenses. What about margin call?I’ve written extensively on why a true hedger (and their banker) is never bothered by margin calls. So, I don’t worry about margin calls….and neither does my banker. Did it make sense to store beans for only two months?Yes. For several reasons:Freight cost savings — My farm is located 60 miles away from the processor and during harvest lines are often three hours long. When taking into consideration time and labor, I estimate it costs 10 to 15 cents MORE to haul grain during harvest than the rest of the year.Basis opportunity — Basis is usually the lowest during harvest because there is plenty of supply. By waiting I received 5 to 10 cents more basis than any price before, during or after harvest.Market carry profits — I also captured 10 additional cents in market carry rolling my futures positions from Nov to Jan.Moisture profits — By storing on-farm I can mix beans with 14% moisture with beans that are 10% moisture.Convenience — No waiting in line during harvest, allows me to keep the combine running consistently and steady with less labor.So, in total I made at least 25 cents more by storing the beans for just two months. So yes, I certainly think it was worth it. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

Google Disses Motorola Products – And Hires Guy Kawasaki

first_imgRelated Posts Google’s short-term goals for its Motorola smartphone division are two-fold: clear the rubble on the runway and build for the future. When it comes to runway, Google is still dealing with the product pipeline that it inherited from Motorola when the acquisition received final approval by regulatory bodies way back in February 2012. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference this week, Google chief financial officer Patrick Pichette said Google still has to deal with 18 months of product pipeline that it has to “drain right now.” That product pipeline was on full display in September when the latest Droid Razr devices were released. The reaction to the Droid Razr HD, Razr Maxx HD and the Razr M was a universal yawn, with all three devices seen as no more than iterative updates to the aging Razr series as Google continues to liquidate Motorola’s existing design and assets. (See also The New Motoroloa: Google’s Hardware Division Steps Into The Future.)Even the next new smartphones that will soon come out of Motorola are not anything to write home about. Pichette seems well aware of that fact, calling them, “not really to the standards that what Google would say is ‘wow’ — innovative, transformative,” according to a report from The Verge. Essentially, Google has to clear away years of Motorola mediocrity, past and future, before it can really build a device that will stand out as the quintessential Android smartphone. That is where Guy Kawasaki comes in.Kawasaki Joins Google To Advise MotorolaGuy Kawasaki – venture capitalist, publisher and early Apple evangelist – loves Android. We learned this in December, and heard more details when he sat down with ReadWrite editor-in-chief Dan Lyons for a ReadWrite Mix event in San Francisco last December. The revelation that Kawasaki, such a staunch Apple advocate for so long, was an Android fanboy was shocking to many people in the pro-iPhone camp. (See also Shock And Awe: Apple Legend Guy Kawasaki has Become A Hardcore Android Fan.)Apparently, his devotion to Android runs deeper than he originally let on.Kawasaki tweeted on Wednesday that he will be joining Google as an advisor to Motorola. Kawasaki will focus on “product design, user interface, marketing, and social media,” according to a post on his Facebook page.“Motorola reminds me of the Apple of 1998: a pioneer in its market segment, engineering-driven, and ripe for innovation. I believe that great products can change everything. For example, the creation of the iMac G3 (the Macs that came in colors such as Bondi, Strawberry, Blueberry, Lime, and Grape) was a pivotal event for Apple,” Kawasaki wrote. What’s Next For Motorola?Between Pichette and Kawasaki, we’re getting a pretty good idea of the direction of Motorola under Google’s stewardship:The first thing that needs to be done is to clear the pipeline.The next is to employ smart designers and idea people like Kawasaki to create transformative products under the Motorola name. Will that be the mysterious “Motorola X” that Google has supposedly been working on?If we date Motorola’s 18 months of product pipeline from the time when the acquisition was approved by the U.S. Department Of Justice, Google still has nearly six months or so worth of Motorola supply chain to suffer through. It would not come as a surprise to see at least one more iteration of the Razr series from MotoGoo before we we find out what Motorola-under-Google really has up its sleeve. After all this time, it had better be something that will make us all say “Wow!”Top image: Motorola Droid Razr M by Dan Rowinski dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Google#Guy Kawasaki#Motorola center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Wrestler Babita Phogat and father Mahavir join the BJP

first_imgBabita Phogat, international level wrestler, and her father Mahavir Phogat, on Tuesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with Ms. Phogat likely to be considered for a party ticket from Haryana, which is to go to Assembly polls later this year. The Phogat family — sisters Geeta,Vinesh, Priyanka, Ritu, Sangita as well as Babita’s — struggle to compete as wrestlers had inspired the hit Hindi 2016 film Dangal. Ms. and Mr. Phogat joined the party in the presence of Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju, Haryana party general secretary Dr. Anil Jain, and State unit chief Subhash Barala. Ms. Phogat praised Prime Minister Modi at her induction for “writing history” by doing away with special status for Jammu & Kashmir and said that she was a “big fan” of his. ‘Youth icon’Mr. Rijiju called Ms. Phogat a “youth icon” for the country, having brought it glory by winning several medals in wrestling internationally. Mr. Phogat, who has coached his three daughters, also came in for praise from Mr. Rijiju. Ms. Phogat also defended Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, after he courted controversy on his “brides from Kashmir” remarks.“Manohar Lal Khattarji has not made any such statement that portrays women wrongly and I urge the media not to distort his statement,” she said.‘Lived the ideals’BJP media head Anil Baluni said Mahavir Phogat had lived the ideals of the Central government’s scheme, ‘Beti bachao, beti padhao’, by coaching his daughters as wrestlers against societal pressure of that time.Babita Phogat is a Commonwealth Games gold medalist and has also bagged medals at several international championships.last_img read more

Pumaren, GlobalPort brace for top seed Ginebra

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Star blasts Rain or Shine, moves one win away from semis MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think Ginebra is really peaking right. Their team has been there for the longest time, while us, we’re still in the process of trying to feel each other,” said GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren.“Starting in our San Miguel game, my mindset is we need three games to go to the next level. We got one against Alaska now, but we still need to wins against a tough Ginebra team,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Batang Pier barely escaped the Aces, 107-106, and they will have to survive a couple more knockout games against the Gin Kings to make the semifinals.“Hopefully, we can match up. We got a one day preparation. Last Friday, we just played a hard game against San Miguel. Hopefully, we can pull it through. It’s hard playing the best team, but it’s nice playing against Tim Cone. We will learn a lot.” BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter surviving Alaska in a do-or-die for the last playoff slot in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, GlobalPort now finds itself in an unenviable position as it braces for top-seed Ginebra in the quarterfinals.The Gin Kings have won their last four games going into the playoffs, while the Batang Pier have been on a resurgence winning three of their last four outings.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Heat hang on late, top Grizzlies

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ANDERSON HURTMemphis lost starting forward Kyle Anderson to a sprained left ankle in the first half. X-rays were negative, and Bickerstaff said he will have an MRI on Sunday.DAUNTING SCHEDULEMiami plays only four home games in the next six weeks — and three of those are in a four-day span between Jan. 30 and Feb. 2. After that, the next Heat home game is Feb. 23. In all, 12 of Miami’s next 16 are on the road and 11 of those games are against likely playoff teams.TURKEY TURNAROUNDAt Thanksgiving, Memphis was 12-5 and leading the Western Conference. The Grizzlies are 7-18 since, and have fallen to 14th in the West.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Visit Houston on Monday. Both of Memphis’ games against Miami this season were followed by one with the Rockets.Heat: Visit Milwaukee on Tuesday. It’s the start of a four-game trip for the Heat, who are 10-8 on the road so far this season. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Only a few days shy of his 37th birthday, Wade can still block shots — even in the biggest moments of a game. Justise Winslow scored 26 points, Wade delivered the block and won the ensuing jump ball with 4 seconds left, and the Miami Heat beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-108 on Saturday night.“If he would have won that jump ball, I would have been highly disappointed in myself,” said Wade, whose birthday is Thursday. “I was very confident going into that jump ball that I could muster up just enough to get it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHe had just enough. Wade tapped the crucial jump to Josh Richardson, who made a pair of free throws to seal it for Miami with 1.1 seconds left.Richardson and Tyler Johnson each scored 14 for the Heat, who hit midseason at 21-20. Bam Adebayo and Derrick Jones Jr. scored 11 apiece, and Wade finished with 10 as the Heat survived despite wasting a 13-point lead midway through the third quarter. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion It was tied twice more after that as well, but the Grizzles never reclaimed the lead.Conley tried a runner for the lead with 56 seconds left, and Gasol had a wide-open 3-point try as the shot clock was running down with 32 seconds remaining. Both missed — Conley’s bounced off and Gasol’s missed everything, going wide left.With Miami up one, Wade missed a jumper with 14 seconds left and Richardson grabbed the rebound for Miami before getting fouled. He made one of two free throws, and Memphis called time with 9 seconds left.That brought on the play where Mack tried to drive on Wade, to no avail.“It just came down to getting stops at the end,” Green said.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Memphis opened on a 19-7 run, then had a 17-4 run later in the half — yet still went into the break down 63-61. … It was the first game at Miami for Joakim Noah since Dec. 6, 2016. … During the game, Justin Timberlake tweeted out a video showing him making half-court shots on the Grizzlies’ practice court in Memphis. He had a concert in their building Saturday night. … Mack and Jaren Jackson each had 13 points for Memphis.Heat: It was kids’ day at the Heat game, and Spoelstra got into the act by holding his 9-month-old son Santiago as he stood for the national anthem. “One of the coolest things I’ve experienced,” Spoelstra said. … Hassan Whiteside (ill) missed the game. … Miami made 15 3-pointers, and has 33 in its last two games.CHASING MICHAELWade now has 865 blocked shots, 28 away from matching Michael Jordan’s career record for a guard. Add in playoffs, and Wade has 1,040 — 11 shy of Jordan’s record.center_img MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Karl-Anthony Towns has 27-27 game to lead Wolves past Pelicans PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) scores against Memphis Grizzlies guard Shelvin Mack (6) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MIAMI — Shelvin Mack drove on Dwyane Wade, with the game on the line.Mack’s layup attempt never got near the rim.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s not always going to be pretty for us,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.JaMychal Green scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who went 0-2 this season against Miami — losing the two games by a total of seven points. Mike Conley scored 22 and Marc Gasol had 15 for the Grizzlies.Conley banked in a 65-footer as time expired, though it was waved off and would have been irrelevant anyway.“We still had an opportunity down the stretch,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “They just made a couple more plays than we did.”No lead was safe: Memphis blew a pair of double-digit leads in the first half, and Miami was up by 13 midway through the third before finding itself scratching and clawing at the end. Conley’s 3-pointer with 6:31 left knotted the game at 99, ending a 12-minute stretch where the Grizzlies outscored the Heat 32-19.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

10 days agoMatip, Alisson train for Liverpool ahead of Man Utd clash

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Matip, Alisson train for Liverpool ahead of Man Utd clashby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJoel Matip and Alisson returned to Liverpool training on Tuesday.Brazil goalkeeper Alisson has not played since injuring his calf in the opening Premier League match of the season.Matip has been excellent all season, but a knock against Sheffield United last month forced him to miss Liverpool’s last two games.Both are now in line for a return this weekend in a blockbuster clash with storied rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. last_img read more

Dan Mullen Receives Extremely Kind Letter From Conn. Resident Who Stayed In Same Hotel As Miss. St. During Orange Bowl

first_imgDan Mullen recieves letter from other hotel resident complimenting the teams behavior.Mississippi State Football LetterMost college kids are rowdy. College football players are college kids, so you would expect many of them to be rowdy, too, especially when they’re staying in a hotel. Mississippi State’s football players are apparently not, though. Bulldogs’ coach Dan Mullen recently received a letter from a Connecticut resident who stayed in the same Miami hotel as MSU during the Orange Bowl. It reflects extremely well on the Mississippi State football program. I was copied on this letter from a Conn. resident who stayed at @HailStateFB hotel during @OrangeBowl. #HailState pic.twitter.com/lGBKO0TDuL— Scott Stricklin (@stricklinMSU) June 26, 2015Mullen has to love receiving a letter like that.last_img read more

JSIF to Implement Projects to Benefit Thousands of Youth

first_img More than 10,000 youth, deemed ‘at-risk’, are to benefit from jobs and other income-generating activities to be created from projects that the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will be implementing during the 2017/18 fiscal year. Story Highlights The JSIF, an agency in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), is investing $2 billion in activities that will support the Government’s undertaking to neutralise factors deemed risks to the growth agenda. Meanwhile, JSIF is partnering with the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) to implement a data-collection/civil documentation project that will generate Taxpayer Registration Numbers (TRNs), birth certificates and other documents for 4,200 residents. More than 10,000 youth, deemed ‘at-risk’, are to benefit from jobs and other income-generating activities to be created from projects that the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will be implementing during the 2017/18 fiscal year.The JSIF, an agency in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), is investing $2 billion in activities that will support the Government’s undertaking to neutralise factors deemed risks to the growth agenda.This will be done by facilitating sustainable livelihoods in the target communities under programmes such as the Housing, Opportunity Production and Employment (HOPE) initiative, as part of the thrust to arrest the systemic drivers of poverty.The JSIF’s projects are being facilitated with support provided by the Government as well as several international development partnersThey include the Caribbean Development Bank, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund; the World Bank, under its Integrated Community Development Project; and the European Union’s Poverty Reduction Programme.Details of the wide-ranging activities are outlined in the JSIF’s submission to the OPM.Notable among them is a series of workforce development, employment and wealth creation initiatives targeting residents in Community Renewal Programme (CRP) neighbourhoods, for which JSIF is spending $685 million.The CRP is a multifaceted Government programme designed to address the living conditions in 100 communities that have been identified in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon and St. James as the most socially problematic as a result of their volatility and vulnerability.It addresses community empowerment, housing, sanitation and waste disposal, economic opportunity, recreation, dispute resolution and crime, among other issues.The agency is spending $80 million on activities that will generate 1,400 new, short-term and temporary jobs that will span a duration of two weeks to 12 months.These include data collectors for the proposed civil documentation programme; summer camp staff; unskilled labour for infrastructure work sites; and internships.A total of $67 million is earmarked for employment projects for 305 beneficiaries that will run for one year.Of this, $30 million has been budgeted to remunerate 165 persons who will be recruited as environmental wardens and gazetted legal officers under the National Solid Waste Management (NSWM) Act.This is in keeping with the Administration’s comprehensive solid waste management programme focusing on the collection and disposal of refuse, enforcement and community sensitisation as well as improvement of communities’ infrastructure.The beneficiaries will be responsible for enforcing the anti-litter laws, and sensitising residents to sustainable environmental management and community clean-up exercises.The agency is investing another $27 million in its employment internship component, targeting 50 unemployed young persons, aged 17 to 25.They will be placed with local private-sector entities for 12 months, where they will be exposed to the corporate world of work; laying the foundation for career choices and getting opportunities to build valuable business networks.In its submission, JSIF views the programme as fundamental to providing income-loss relief, building workplace competencies and experience and contributing to social and economic inclusion that supports Goals One and Two of the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan.Additionally, the agency says the endeavour is also in line with the Community Renewal Programme’s agenda for youth and socio-economic development.Meanwhile, JSIF will employ 90 certified trainees from the Alternative Livelihoods programme and link them with seasoned skilled personnel and service providers in the public and private sectors.This is with a view to sharpening the trainees’ skills and positioning them to meet industry standards and needs.The JSIF indicates that the timeline for this training and apprenticeship programme, which will cost approximately $10 million, will be determined by the participating entities.Under the short-term employment projects, JSIF has earmarked $4.1 million to remunerate 220 facilitators and monitors under the summer camp programmes, for periods ranging from two weeks to one month.The facilitators will support violence prevention and personal development activities targeting children and youth, aged six to 24.The agency has also earmarked $4 million for a six-month community interactive mapping project that will employ 55 persons.They will be tasked with assisting to identify challenges and solutions related to the mapping of safe routes in target communities as also the eradication of mosquito breeding sites.Additionally, 25 persons will be employed over three months to revitalise and beautify parks, green and public spaces, playgrounds and sports facilities. A total of $1.8 million is earmarked for this programme.The engagement represents a continuation and expansion of JSIF’s investments in support of public safety and will focus on volatile and vulnerable communities in downtown Kingston, Spanish Town, Montego Bay, May Pen, Ocho Rios and Savanna-la-Mar.“This will support the urban-renewal thrust, job creation and growth,” JSIF points out.Meanwhile, JSIF is partnering with the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) to implement a data-collection/civil documentation project that will generate Taxpayer Registration Numbers (TRNs), birth certificates and other documents for 4,200 residents.This engagement, which costs $1 million, will employ 60 data collectors and seven supervisors to interview and register residents by conducting household visits and attending community and other stakeholder meetings.JSIF is also investing another $126 million to facilitate business development and technical support to agricultural and tourism enterprises that will benefit 700 persons.This activity is aimed at driving economic activity in rural communities, while contributing to national growth.Key inputs under this project include the provision of agro-processing facilities; greenhouse clusters; and community-based tourism attractions.These undertakings, JSIF explains, are aimed at ensuring that previous investments in honey production; in-vitro propagation of Irish potato seeds and pig rearing are sustained and attain maximum outputs.last_img read more

COSCO Shipping Adds Its 2nd 20000 TEU Boxship

first_imgzoom China’s COSCO Shipping Lines has taken delivery of its second 20,000 TEU-class boxship, COSCO Shipping Taurus. The delivery and naming ceremony for the ultra large container vessel (ULCV) was held in Shanghai on January 27, 2018.Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) launched the Hong Kong-flagged ship on January 16.COSCO Shipping Taurus, which features a length of 400 meters and a width of 58.6 meters, has a market value of USD 121.35 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Earlier this month, the company took delivery of COSCO Shipping Aries — described as China’s first 20,000 TEU containership — from Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS).Apart from the two recently delivered ULCVs, COSCO Shipping Lines has nine 20,000 TEU vessels on order at SWS, NACKS and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry yards.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more