Crackdown continues for Chinese human rights activists, with no Olympic truce during games/ 中国维权人士在奥运会期间仍不得安宁：奥运如期举行，镇压依旧如故
IS IT TRUE that yesterday we were also told by credible sources that current City Council attorney Josh Claybourn is openly claiming that he has the votes to be retained as the 2020 Evansville City Council attorney? …last night an e-mail was sent to the City-Council Observer in which Mr. Claybourn states that City Council members that want to retain him are: Brinkmeyer, Beane, Mosby, Elpers, Moore-Morley, Trockman and probably Weaver? IS IT TRUE that Mr. Wallace did a stint in Evansville as the founding CEO of the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville and a key contributor to Innovation Pointe that is still the most technically advanced building in downtown Evansville?… Wallace celebrated his ten year anniversary of separation from GAGE with a bottle of Opus One on the banks of the Tiber River in Rome in August? We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE yesterday we posted that former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel/Jones & Wallace and Democratic State Reperseentive Ryan Hatfield have shown interest in becoming the 2020 City Council attorney? IS IT TRUE we are now told that there are around 5 additional attorneys who would like to interview for the Evansville City Council legal counsel position?IS IT TRUE that former City-County Observer editor and occasional contributor Joe Wallace has accepted an appointment to the Technology Advisory Board of the California Utility Commissions EPIC program?…the EPIC program was established for the purpose of investing in promising technologies to further the use of renewable energy, to strengthen the electrical grid, and to assure that the California power grid is both reliable and sustainable?…the EPIC program invests roughly $130 million per year and has many applicants from all over the world competing for support for projects?… Wallace was invited because of his success in establishing the Innovation Hub or Renewable Energy in Palm Springs and for a lifetime of recognition as an engineering professional in the fields of energy, computer memories, laser-based metrology, and entrepreneurship associated with those technologies? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail IS IT TRUE on Monday evening the Evansville City Council had the first reading of an ordinance permitting the issuance of Economic Development bonds to be drawn against the Jacobsville TIF? …that bonds issued can not exceed $2,240,000 and the funds must be invested in an “Opportunity Zone”? …that the Economic Development bond funds will have to be injected into an “Opportunity Zone” fund in which will be combined with other investor’s funds? …that since the source of repayment of the bonds will come from the property tax assessment City Council members should be asking who are the investors in the “Opportunity Zone”?IS IT TRUE before the establishment of the Limited Liability Company the Economic Development bond funds and the investor funds must be deposited into an “Opportunity Zone” fund? …members of the Evansville City Council should be asking who are the individuals or organizations that will be appointed as the Trustee of these funds?IS IT TRUE in order for the private investors to be able to have the maximum tax advantage, their fund injection must be invested by December 31, 2019? …that there seems to be a sense of urgency regarding this extraordinary financing arrangement but we feel that members of the Evansville City Council should take some extra time to perform their due diligence? …we should not have to remind them about the embarrassing Earthcare deal and the $200,000 lost of taxpayers dollars because our past elected officials didn’t do their due diligence?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville Redevelopment Commission is 0-4 for attracting a grocery store at the old Buellers Grocery store building site located on North Main street? …according to a legal agreement, if a grocery store is not quickly lured in, the developer is free to use the retail space anyway he wants?IS IT TRUE according to the Evansville Courier and Press that the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation Superintendent David Smith was the highest-paid administrator in Indiana’s five largest school systems last year and local teachers were the lowest-paid? … if this is true this is downright shameful?IS IT TRUE we are also told that many employees of the EVSC are finally getting tired of the practices of political patronage, nepotism and pork-barrel politics within the school system?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum in downtown Evansville should be turned into a Military Museum?FOOTNOTES: If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] Observer Comment Policy. 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“Throwing max effort for just one inning was something that I hadn’t done before. That’s something I’d like to carry over as a starter,” he said. “But I think in general just being aggressive, extremely aggressive in the zone is something I will definitely take away.”Making that adjustment after having a different mentality as a starter his whole career will be “difficult,” Maeda acknowledged. And this is not the first time the Dodgers have asked Maeda to change. Roberts has talked with Maeda before about being more aggressive from the first pitch (particularly after a four-home run outing against the Diamondbacks early last season).“Yeah, we talked about it,” Roberts said. “But until a player sees it really play out on the biggest stage, which Kenta did see – and there’s swing and miss with his fastball and it helps the slider play up even more – then they can buy into it. I think Kenta really feels good about that.”TIMMY TIMETwo-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum will try to make another comeback this season. Lincecum is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers.The Dodgers were among the teams represented at Lincecum’s showcase in the Seattle area two weeks ago. They came away favorably impressed with the 33-year-old Lincecum, who has not pitched since 2016 when he went 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts for the Angels.Lincecum had offers from multiple teams and the Dodgers were on his short list. With a set rotation and a deep group of relievers vying for spots in the bullpen, Lincecum would have had to carve out a role for himself. The Rangers are expected to move Lincecum to the bullpen, but their pitching staff offers more opportunity if he is able to maintain his recovered velocity.NOTESLeft-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his spring debut Wednesday against the San Diego Padres. Left-hander Rich Hill is expected to face hitters either in a simulated game setting on the back fields or in a ‘B’ game against the Chicago White Sox in the next day or two. … The final game of the Dodgers’ three-game series in Monterrey, Mexico (May 4-6) against the San Diego Padres will be televised by ESPN. The game will be subject to blackout in Southern California. Spotted against right-handed batters, he did not give up a hit in five appearances in the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs and struck out seven of the 15 batters he faced. He remained unmarked in the World Series until surrendering a costly three-run home run to Jose Altuve in the riotous Game 5.Now the Dodgers hope Maeda the reliever is just as much of a revelation to Maeda the starter.“Absolutely. We talked to Kenta and he did a little self-reflection or evaluation this past winter,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He saw the benefits of being on the attack from the first pitch and felt that it can translate into that starter role.“What he’s known in baseball is trying to go deeper into games as far as number of pitches as opposed to going with the mindset of going as hard as you can for as long as you can. When you look at guys like Clayton (Kershaw) or Rich (Hill) and the elite guys in baseball that have that mindset, players are sometimes surprised how long they can go and hold their stuff instead of trying to reserve or hold back. I do believe that his effectiveness in the ’pen last year will help him.”Maeda has had two largely effective seasons as a mainstay in the Dodgers’ rotation, going 29-17 with a 3.80 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. But he acknowledged he will “try to remember that Kenta (from the postseason) and try to imitate that” as a starter this season. PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda laughs during spring training workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda during spring training workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda warms up during spring training workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda laughs during spring training workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 3Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda laughs during spring training workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandGLENDALE, Ariz. — There was a right-handed reliever who pitched very well in a setup role for the Dodgers during their postseason run.Kenta Maeda remembers him.“Of course,” Maeda said through his translator, laughing. “He was pretty good.”A starter throughout his professional career in Japan and with the Dodgers, Maeda was more than “pretty good” in that relief role last October. He was a revelation. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nick Zachrich began his new position as manager of the Farm Science Review on Sept.12, just days shy of when the 2016 show will open its gates.Nick ZachrichOne of the nation’s premier agricultural trade and education shows, the Farm Science Review is an annual three-day event sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.Zachrich is a six-year employee of the Review, having served as site manager since 2010.“Nick possesses a unique combination of education and experience that has prepared him well for this important role within the college,” said Roger Rennekamp, director of Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the college. “Our goal is to continually improve the visitor experience while showcasing cutting-edge innovations and best practices of modern agriculture. Nick has the ability to take what he learns on a day-to-day basis and use that information to craft innovations that will help us achieve these goals.”As manager, Zachrich will oversee the Review and other events that take place at the college’s Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio.“I look forward to serving our agricultural industry in the region,” Zachrich said. “Technological advancements in agriculture are more exciting now than ever. I plan to continue to build on the reputation that Farm Science Review has to demonstrate and display the latest in agriculture.”Zachrich joins Matt Sullivan, who began his role as superintendent of the Molly Caren center this summer. Sullivan was previously assistant manager of the Review.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorINDIANAPOLIS (DTN) — USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky said Thursday it would be “very unfortunate” for agriculture if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delays a vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement until 2020.Pelosi, D-Calif., was quoted by reporters on Thursday adding some uncertainty to the possibility of a vote on USMCA before the end of 2019. Pelosi was scheduled to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in her office on Thursday to continue negotiations on some sticking points in the trade deal for Democrats.“I’m not even sure if we came to an agreement today that it would be enough time to finish,” The Hill and other publications quoted Pelosi saying.SUPPORTED BY AG GROUPSTo declare USMCA is a priority for agricultural groups is almost an understatement. Agriculture as an industry has been among the biggest advocates for USMCA passage, as 950 groups and businesses signed a letter in May calling on Congress to ratify the deal. After Congress returned from summer recess, farm lobbies and others held a rally to champion the trade deal.The group Farmers for Free Trade just Thursday emailed a list of editorials from newspapers around the country endorsing USMCA and calling on Congress to pass the deal.Further delays of the trade deal could also endanger some moderate House Democrats such as freshmen from Midwest states on the House Agriculture Committee. Reps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, and Angie Craig, D-Minn., have been among those calling for the House to take up the trade pact.Earlier this week, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, met with House Democrats, pushing them to continue delaying a vote until further labor and enforcement provisions are made. Axne said afterward she told Trumka that, while she supported the enforcement of labor regulations, farmers and manufacturers in her district were hurting due to the trade war and tariffs, which a new trade agreement would alleviate.“The longer we wait, [the more] it increases the pain the folks in Iowa like our farmers are getting right now,” she said.President Donald Trump, in his defense against impeachment, has also frequently brought up that Pelosi has not made enough effort to pass USMCA.MEXICO APPROVED DEALUSMCA was signed last Nov. 30 by President Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Canada. Mexico’s legislature has approved the trade deal, but Canada’s parliament is waiting until the U.S. Congress also moves to pass the trade deal.Censky spoke to reporters Thursday after a speech during the Sustainable Agriculture Summit in downtown Indianapolis. DTN asked Censky about delaying a vote on USMCA.“That would be very unfortunate because we have been waiting a long time for this,” Censky said. “Farmers are looking for trade certainty, the American people are looking for trade certainty, and I think it just postpones locking in an improved trade agreement.”Censky added that the trade agreement locks in the current duty-free access most U.S. agricultural products have going into Mexico. The deal also makes some improvements with biotechnology agreements and with access to Canada, Censky pointed out.“It cracks open additional market access into Canada for our dairy, our wheat, our poultry and egg producers, and it updates the provisions of NAFTA. It’s good for American workers, so if it’s postponed, that would be very disappointing and I hope that doesn’t happen because we need to get it done.”Agricultural groups over the summer pointed out food and agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico grew from $9 billion in 1993 to nearly $40 billion in 2018 under NAFTA. The USMCA is expected to boost U.S. agricultural exports by an additional $2.2 billion per year.CRP RULECensky also said Thursday that USDA expects to open enrollment for the Conservation Reserve Program in early December. The rule for CRP signup and changes in the program are under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget. USDA expects OMB to release the rule soon, though Censky said he doesn’t want to say when that could happen.Congress raised the cap for CRP to 27 million acres in the 2018 farm bill. Current USDA enrollment reports show 22.35 million acres in the program. Censky said USDA expects “really good and robust participation” to increase acres.“We think it’s going to be one of the biggest CRP signups we’ve had for a lot of years,” Censky said.Under any sign-up, USDA also is expected to reduce CRP rental rates, which were capped at 85% of the county’s average rental rate for general sign-up.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
I was amused, and maybe a little surprised, to find a snail mail, printed letter from NAIMA, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, in my mailbox recently. This letter, signed by the executive vice president and general counsel, was in response to my earlier post regarding batt insulation. Here is the text of the letter. Please forgive any errors, as it was scanned and run through an OCR program.REGULAR MAILJanuary 17, 2011Mr. Carl SevilleAdvisor to Green Building AdvisorSeville ConsultingRE: Green Building Advisor Article “Should Batt Insulation Be Outlawed?”Dear Mr. Seville:Thank you for your article emphasizing the importance of proper installation of insulation. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (“NAIMA”) is aware of many qualified contractors who properly install a variety of insulation products, but NAIMA is an advocate of the importance of proper installation in order to achieve full thermal performance. Indeed. NAIMA’s published literature states: “Carefully read the manufacturer’s directions printed on packaging of batt or roll insulation to be sure the material is correctly installed.” In another NAIMA publication, it is stated that “[t]he performance of any insulation product is dependent not only on selecting the proper product but also on installing it correctly.” NAIMA also provides guidance and training materials to insulation contractors.What is true of all insulation products is that when properly installed, insulation delivers significant energy savings. What is also true of all insulation products is that all can be improperly installed. All insulation products must be installed correctly in order to achieve the intended thermal performance. The National Association of Home Builders (“NAHB”) has stated that “you can choose the right insulation, but it will not do the job it’s supposed to do if it is not installed properly.” The NAHB’s statement is directed towards all types of insulation products: batt and blanket, loose-fill, rigid board insulation, spray foam insulation, and others. Therefore, to single out fiber glass batts is unfair and inaccurate. If there is a problem with batts, there is a problem with all batts, including cotton, plastic, denim, rock wool, slag wool, or any other type of batt. Moreover, the rate of improperly installed fiber glass batts must also be weighed in balance with the fact that fiber glass is the most widely used insulation product in North America. Put simply, more fiber glass batts are installed so more are likely to be improperly installed.Many insulation products when incorrectly installed not only fail to deliver their optimum thermal performance, but may cause serious damage or destruction to the building too. Just consider a few of the following examples that effectively illustrate the need to apply equitably the phrase “when properly installed.”In your article, you mention that blown-in products might have been a preferable alternative, though more expensive. As noted above, there is not an insulation product, or any other product for that matter, that is foolproof. Spray foam insulation, which must be installed by experts, can be over-sprayed or under-sprayed. For example, a Maryland inspector reported about an insulation contractor who completely foamed all the walls, roof sheathing, ridge vents, attic fan, and soffit vents. The fan and vents ceased to function. In addition, significant fire and explosion hazards exist during installation of spray foam products. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has identified several fatalities and incidents due to severe asthmatic attacks and fire/explosions associated with the use of isocyanurate-containing materials (which is one of the chemical hazards in spray foam products).Other examples of misapplication of spray foam include under-spraying that leaves gaps and holes similar to those described in your article on fiber glass batts. These gaps or voids will result in decreased R-value. If during a retrofit foam insulation is applied over a 48 inch space using only a two or three inch opening at one side, the foam will begin to expand and cure before it has reached the full depth of the cavity. This would block any more foam from filling the cavity, so random voids would result. Even proponents of foam insulation caution that “spray foam products must still be sprayed correctly.”Most other blown-in products can also be under-sprayed, fluffed, or subject to settling. For example, cellulose insulation settles over time. Third party documentation estimates that settling of cellulose insulation shows an average settling value of 19 percent. Therefore, if cellulose insulation is improperly installed without accounting for settling, cellulose insulation will lose about 19 percent of its R-value when it settles. Therefore, proper installation of cellulose insulation is required in order to improve energy efficiency. The installer must take into account installed thickness and settled thickness, which means additional product must be added to compensate for that settling factor.Too much cellulose insulation above ceilings, however, can impact the ceiling structure of the home. Based on US Gypsum weight limit recommendations for backloaded standard drywall and the installed density of shredded newspaper insulations, there is potential for ceiling drywall to sag at R-values above R-30 for regular cellulose insulation when installed over 1/2 inch ceiling drywall with framing spaced 24 inches on centers. Cellulose insulation, if improperly installed, can cause fires when the insulation is placed near a heat source. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) regulates cellulose insulation as a recognized fire threat. To protect against that fire threat, CPSC regulations mandate the proper installation of cellulose insulation: “Based on available fire incident information, engineering analysis of the probable fire scenarios, and laboratory tests, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined that fire may occur where cellulose insulation is improperly installed too close to the sides or over the top of recessed electrical light fixtures, or installed too close to the exhaust flues from heat producing devices or apparatus such as furnaces, water heaters, and space heaters. These fires may result in serious injuries or deaths. Presently available information indicates that fires may occur where cellulose insulation is improperly installed even though the cellulose insulation complies with the Commission’s amended interim standard for cellulose insulation.”‘CPSC has actually issued regulations that mandate proper installation to avoid house fires, yet even a legal mandate cannot stop improper installation as attested to in the enclosed article, “Going Green May Make You See Red.” Improper installation of cellulose is so serious that this warning label must be affixed: Manufacturers of cellulose insulation shall label all containers of cellulose insulation with the following statement, using capital letters as indicated:CAUTIONPotential Fire Hazard: Keep cellulose insulation at least three inches away from the sides of recessed light fixtures. Do not place insulation over such fixtures so as to entrap heat. Also keep this insulation away from exhaust flues of furnaces, water heaters, space heaters. or other heat-producing devices. To be sure that insulation is kept away from light fixtures and flues, use a barrier to permanently maintain clearance around these areas. Check with local building or fire officials for guidance on installation and barrier requirements. Request to Installer: Remove this label and give it to the consumer at completion of job.Reflective insulation must be positioned adjacent to an air gap to be effective; otherwise heat will simply conduct through to the next solid layer that it touches. In other words, if the reflective insulation is positioned improperly, it will not deliver the intended thermal performance.If you are so anxious to outlaw insulation products, would it not be prudent to start with those products clearly identified as threats to life and safety? Certainly outlawing fiberglass batts should be a low priority. Perhaps in future columns you can join with NAIMA and many other insulation producers in advocating proper installation for all insulation products. To single out fiber glass actually does a great disservice to your readers because it suggests that it is somehow a unique issue to fiber glass when, in reality, it is an issue for the entire insulation industry.Sincerely,Executive Vice President, General CounselNorth American Insulation Manufacturers AssociationSo who is NAIMA anyway?According to its website, “NAIMA is recognized as the voice of the insulation industry for architects and builders; design, process and maintenance engineers; contractors; code groups and standards organizations; government agencies; public interest, energy and environmental groups; and homeowners. NAIMA is an authoritative resource on energy-efficiency, sustainable performance, and the application and safety of fiberglass, rock wool and slag wool insulation products.”OK, so we know they represent all insulation manufacturers, EXCEPT cellulose, foam, cotton, wool, and maybe a few others I am not aware of. So, it is not surprising that the letter focused on the dangers of spray foam and cellulose insulation while ignoring any potential problems with the products NAIMA represents. I do appreciate that they thanked me for emphasizing the importance of proper installation of insulation products, but I didn’t really need a lecture on how wonderful their products are and how evil the competition is. I suppose what I find the most interesting is that there was no acknowledgment that the title about outlawing batt insulation was tongue-in-cheek and meant only to get the reader’s attention, which it apparently did.I suspect that NAIMA wishes I had never written the post, and that the whole issue would just go away—but somehow I think that since the letter has inspired me to write about this again, it will have the opposite effect and help promulgate this post even further.
Rod Ebondo. PBA IMAGESRefusing to go home, Centro Escolar University came out like a house on fire and burned Flying V’s dream of a perfect conference down with a 93-72 blowout Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig in their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series.The Scorpions held the Thunder scoreless in the final 5:15 of the first quarter to turn a 14-12 deficit into a commanding 31-14 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Macandili on facing powerhouse teams in AVC: ‘This is anybody’s game’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ That choking defense continued in the second quarter, where CEU locked Flying V down to grab a lead as high as 23, 58-35, at halftime.Making true of his vow to force the equalizer, Rod Ebondo scattered 18 points, 26 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks to carry the mantle for the Scorpions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingArt Aquino was also flawless from the field as he made all of his seven shots to pour 18 markers and seven boards, while Christian Uri had 15 points and four rebounds in the victory.“We didn’t focus much of our defense on Teng, but rather, our team defense. We followed our gameplan on defense and that made things easy on us on offense,” said coach Yong Garcia. Robredo: 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul CEU shot 10-of-22 from threewh ile also limiting Flying V to just 31-percent shooting from the field.The win kept the fourth-ranked Scorpions alive and forced a winner-take-all Game 3 slated on Thursday for the right to face Cignal HD in the Finals.“The pressure is on them,” said Garcia. “We didn’t really expect to make it here, but since we’re here, it’s not bad that we try to go for it.”It was a forgettable outing for leading MVP contender Jeron Teng, who played through a sprained left ankle in the first half before fouling out at the 7:21 mark of the fourth quarter.He finished with 13 points, on a 5-of-13 shooting from the field, on top of three rebounds, and two assists in the defeat to lead the Thunder.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Gab Banal, Aris Dionisio, and Eric Salamat all churned out 11 markers in the defeat.The Scores:CEU 93 – Ebondo 18, Aquino 18, Uri 15, Casiño 13, Jeruta 10, Manlangit 8, Wamar 7, Cruz 4, Arim 0, Baconcon 0.FLYING V 72 – Teng 13, Banal 11, Dionisio 11, Salamat 11, Torres 10, Cañada 8, Paredes 4, Tampus 3, Thiele 1, Austria 0, Koga 0.Quarters: 31-14, 58-35, 79-61, 93-72.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ
An information exposition hosted by the Jamaica Customs Department will be held on Saturday, January 26, at the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA), Old Hope Road, Kingston. The event, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., culminates a week of activities to observe Customs Week 2013 from January 20 to 26, under the theme: ‘Innovation for Customs Progress’. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held on Wednesday (January 23), at the agency’s headquarters on Half-Way-Tree Road in Kingston, Commissioner of Customs, Major Richard Reese, said the expo provides an opportunity for stakeholders to get information on the many activities and innovations of the department. “We will be seeking to increase the level of awareness about the services we offer and how to simplify or improve the processes,” he said. Various stakeholders, including the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, Tax Administration Jamaica and the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), will also mount information booths. Other activities for Customs Week include an awards ceremony on Thursday, January 24, at the Ministry of Finance and Planning’s National Heroes Circle offices, where 10 staff members will receive awards from the World Customs Organization (WCO) for outstanding work and for upholding the rules of the WCO. The Department is registered with the WCO under its Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme and Customs Enforcement Network (CEN). In addition, 12 employees will receive the Commissioner’s awards for exceptional service. On Friday (Jan. 25), a Customs Vibes Day will be held in the car park of the Customs Department, Newport East, which will see staff engaging in friendly competition in football, netball, and domino with representatives of stakeholder groups and agencies.